"Darksiders II" takes place alongside the first game, though this time we follow Death instead. Death is a more likeable character than War, doling out wisecracks to those he meets on his journey. The environments are much bigger this time around, so it helps Death has his trusty steed Despair to aid him in his travels. As you progress through the game, you will unlock fast travel, though it won't always be accessible to you. Death moves quicker than War, so combat and platforming is a bit more fluid. Even still, controls may fail you on occassion, usually at an inopportune time. RPG elements are introduced, and there is plenty of loot to be found, ensuring that no two Deaths will look alike. Switching out weapons and apparel isn't always the best, as not every new item improves your stats completely. In fact, most improve part of your stats while lowering others. The menus are a little clumsy to use, but not so bad as to be game breaking. Same with switching between abilities- you need to bring the wheel up each time to switch between those mapped to the R2 button (like your gun and you Deathclaw, a hook shot that enables you to grab points from a distance, either for retrieval or moving about a room). This is awkward, but not so bad. What's more frustrating are the glitches that do raise their head from time to time. These include locking the game up, NPCs not appearing when and where they should, and NPCs not performing as they should (I had a ghost who was supposed to help me in combat who merely stood in a corner instead). the camera also can be very unhelpful, especially in tight quarters, and leads to some cheap deaths and falls. The story is very good, so it's enough to keep you going, even when the fetch quests and combat begin to feel tedious. The environments are huge and nicely detailed, but fairly empty. Voice acting is especially good, even for minor characters. If you enjoyed the first, you should like this one, but you may not love it. 7.5/10 stars
posted by shooterjunkie56 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Aug 15, 2012
Member since May 2011
gamers (73%) found this review helpful
Darksiders was a very overlooked game because it was a very fun game that took the best elements from God of War and Legend of Zelda. Darksiders 2 is an epic sequel to an already great game. The game is lengthy, the art design is awesome and unique, boss fights are amazing, combat is fast and fluid, only minor issues keep it from being perfect.
In Darksiders 2 you play as Death, a horseman of the Apocalypse on a mission to restore humanity. The story is very well written but it has a sequel-bait ending.
Fluid and fast combat
Incredible art design
fun and creative puzzles
epic boss fights
lengthy 20-25 hour campaign
some minor glitches with sound and animations
if you liked the first Darksiders you must pick up Darksiders 2 because I feel it improves on everythng the first one did.
If you like collecting 3 of everything for 20 hours+ this game for you. That's basically whole game with a boss fight here and there. It's fun but was held back from doing the same thing over and over.