I’ll be honest and admit I’ve never played the original Darksiders nor its sequel, but I always meant to get around to doing so. Well it looks like six years of waiting has paid off, as not only do I get to finally experience the first title, but a vastly improved version on top of that with the Darksiders Warmastered Edition. Fans of the original and those who love titles such as Devil May Cry will want to mount up on their apocalypse horse of choice and get in on this war.
I love fantasy game titles that take place in a modern setting, and that’s exactly how the story kicks off as the news reports of massive meteors striking the world, and some just happen to hit the city where this title takes place. The meteors actually turn out to be demons and angels bringing their timeless war to the Earthly realm due to some negotiations between the two falling through. This leads us to our unlikely hero, War of the four horseman of the apocalypse, who has been falsely accused of making this happen and has to do his best to balance the scales between the realms while also setting the record straight about his defamation, which makes him an enemy to both demons and angels. With that being said, we all know there’s going to be a lot of hacking, slashing, and even some puzzle solving on War’s quest to resolve things.
Those returning to this game will be happy to know things look and move a lot better this time around, thanks to the revamped and remastered visuals in 1080p running at a buttery smooth 60fps. While the visuals come off a bit cartoony looking, they’re clean, solid and cool to look at. I’m glad to say the gameplay is just as impressive as the visuals, as the controls are spot on for attacks and specials, along with jumping and climbing for the platforming elements sprinkled throughout. There’s also violent finishers you can perform on your foes as they near death like those featured in the Gods of War titles that’s a nice bonus to pull off as you hack your way to the top.
As you make your way through, you’ll start to see gameplay similarities to titles such as the recent Legend of Zelda entries, as you’ll come across maze-like dungeons and puzzles you’ll have to solve to make your way out of them, while taking on epic bosses of course. You’ll also find upgrades for your weapon and skills, as well as learn new ones on your journey that will aid you in your quest and making you excited on what new power will come next. These abilities will be put to the test as things start off relatively easy at first, but have a tendency to rise up when you least expect it and may cause a tad of frustration for some. This coupled with the ever growing amount of skills and combos you learn with some having complex patterns to keep up with can overwhelm those wanting to see this adventure through to the end.
In the end though, Darksiders Warmastered Edition is worth checking out for those who enjoy Devil May Cry and Legend of Zelda, as the game somehow mixes the two together makes it work for the most part here. While it has its faults and even a few minor hiccups that will hopefully be patched soon, you’ll want to mount up and ride into battle with this one.