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Darksiders II - Game Review

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Published September 7th 2012

The world is in the bin thanks to the apocalypse that plagues the streets of the world. The human race is completely obliterated; the horsemen that attempted to restore the balance between the kingdoms of Heaven, Man and Hell, has failed and is now in the hands of the Charred Council awaiting his punishment. I guess we're really in the deep end now. With no hero to save us, we might as well wait for Death to come for us all.

That's right folks, believe it. The second installment to the exciting apocalyptic game series Darksiders, has arrived to show off its glory. With an amazing new protagonist and a totally new powerfully driven storyline, packed with an insane gaming experience, Darksiders 2 offers so much more than just your simple hack and slash.

Continuing on from Darksiders, which saw the horsemen War defeat heavens traitor, Abaddon. War now stands guilty before The Charred Council, convicted for the crimes of unleashing the apocalypse and dooming mankind. With a clear conscience that his brother is innocent, Death embarks on a journey to restore mankind in order to convince the council to allow his brothers release. His only hope is to succeed in finding The Tree of Life, which is the only source of power capable of restoring human civilisation, and the only hope he has in freeing his brother.

Playing as Death is more flexible and fast paced compared to his brother displayed in the first Darksiders. Due to War's heaviness his attacks speeds were limited as was his flexibility, making him vulnerable to hits, though they were easily compensated through his Stone Skin ability. However Death on the other hand, is an all effective brawler. His all rounding abilities to block, attack and quick dodge, are signs of how lethal he can be which tend to have him end battles quicker.

Unlike the previous Darksiders, Death carries a secondary weapon, which helps deliver critical damage to enemies, through comboing with both primary and secondary weapons. This works well with dealing heavy damage, not to mention each weapon can be equipped with an element such as fire, meaning on top of inflicting normal damage your causing elemental damage as well.

A new loot system has been added, which after defeating an enemy you get armour and weapons to help strengthen Death, as he now has an attribute table that displays his current strength, defence, magic, attack, etc. which all can be risen by equipping various weapons ,armour and leveling up.

To make Death more devastating, an ability tree has been added to the game; the abilities can be purchased using skills points earned by leveling up, but be warned, leveling up may take some time, so use your points wisely.

Darksiders 2 offers a much larger world and is much more demanding. Besides the completion of the main storyline, there are also side missions that draw the game out further. Although tiring, applying yourself to side missions will also help gain better items and level up points.

To balance out the pace of the game, puzzles have been included, which are based around moving objects and parkouring up walls to activate switches. At times frustration tests you, as simple jumps can turn disastrous if not performed correctly.

It's unfortunate to see that the graphics are not as high standard as most of the games that have been released; in some areas of the game, the graphics are over pixelated and tend to look like a PS2 graphic standard. Some parts are chunky and blocky, while the scenery doesn't look as realistic.

Regardless, DS2 offers an excellent action experience. It easily makes up for its weak spots through its amazing game play, customisable weapons and storytelling. The voice acting is done exceptionally well, making Darksiders 2 a unique game that delivers well on all levels.
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Why? Darksiders 2 offers so much more than just your simple hack and slash.
When: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Where: Released in August 2012
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Really nice review, I have this game and was so pumped to play it. Haven't got around to it yet, hopefully will soon :) Subbed
by Jamie Briggs (score: 2|192) 2229 days ago
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