Review of Darksiders II from THQ
One of the most anticipated games of the year was released last month and we have been playing it – a lot! That game is Darksiders II from THQ, and here is our review.
Follow the exploits of Death, horseman of the Apocalypse, in a tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels Death through the light and dark realms as he strives to redeem his brother War, blamed for inciting Armageddon and the eradication of Mankind…
That is how THQ describe the game in a single paragraph!
Published by THQ and developed by Virgil Games, Darksiders II is the sequel to the very popular game Darksiders (obviously). In Darksiders II you play the most feared of all the Horseman, Death himself. Apparently Death’s brother War has triggered the Apocalypse before it’s time and only Death believes that his brother is innocent. So he sets out to to prove War’s innocence, and thus begins the game…..
Death has many abilities, including the ability to run along walls (which proves very useful) and later in the game he can transform into Reaper form to manipulate objects and fight he enemies.
One of the major elements in the game is loot. Loot can be found in chests, during side quests, when you kill your enemies, and so on. This look could include weapons, armour, amulets, consumables, and more. You can choose to keep items, use items, sell them or drop them (as you can’t carry everything, even if you are Death). There are even rare objects and Epic objects, so be on the look out for those!
Another major element to the game is Death’s Skill Tree. Whenever Death gets experience points, it move’s him closer to level increases. Level increases give him that all important boost in stat’s but it also give you a skill point to use however you wish to increase his Skill Tree. There are two Skill Trees – the Harbinger Tree and the Necromancer Tree. The Harbinger tree is a warrior track and the Necromancer one a spellcaster track. You can choose which of the two you want to increase, or you can increase both, but you can only use one skill point on one tree. Each skill has three elements to it – the first gives you that ability, and the other two increase it.
Death has two companions in the game – his trusty steed Despair, and a bird called Dust who helps Death to navigate. Almost from the start of the game you ride Despair and when you are exploring the open world you can either walk or ride, and you can even fight whilst riding too!
You don’t have to have played the original Darksiders game to play, or enjoy Darksiders II.
The game itself is massive! And I really do mean massive. There are so many elements to the game, plus a lot of side quests that you can go on, that you will never get bored! There is a huge open world to explore, so each time you play the game you can choose a different path, use different weapons (there are thousands of weapon and armour items waiting to be found and used) and even choose to customise your Skill Tree in a different way than the last time. And the loot you find is randomly generated so each time you will get something different, so it’s not a case of “I know I can get X from that bad guy”.
The controls are very good, and there is a lot to learn for the combat elements in the game, but when you perform certain attacks you get a satisfaction of seeing Death perform them and your enemies falling.
The graphics are excellent and there has been a lot of effort put into everything you see and interact with.
Virgil have really chosen a great cast of voice actors for the game too. Death is voiced by Michael Wincott, who you might remember from the original Crow movie, and other voices include Keith Szarabajka who was in The Equalizer (now that’s showing my age) and Angel, amongst other things.
The soundtrack of the game is really haunting and fits the game perfectly, adding a lot to the atmosphere of the game. It was composed by Jesper Kyd, who also composed the score for games such as Assassins Creed, Hitman and Borderlands. You can even buy the soundtrack if you want to listen to it when you are not playing the game.
Below is a video compilation of my first hour of playing the game, and I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface (I didn’t want to include anything in the video past that first hour because I didn’t want to spoil it for anyone):
Darksiders II really is a must have game, and believe me you won’t finish it quickly, and even when you have finished it there is so much more that you can do! Some people might be put off by the sheer size of the game, but for me it represents a challenge and great value for money. Definitely one of my favourite games this year!
It’s available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. If you don’t have a copy already, go buy it now! Oh, and it’s coming soon for the Wii U as well!
Have you played Darksiders II yet? If so tell us what you think by leaving a comment below.