I enjoyed the first Darksiders and was excited to see what became of the universe after the conclusion of the first game but unfortunately this is on more of a prequel/parallel timeline and answered fewer questions than "Prometheus." The gameplay is repetitive (lots of grinding for three for a kind), storyline uninspired, and it's one of the few games that I've ever sent back before finishing a play through . Seems like THQ really rushed or under financed this game in light of their recent business troubles.
Just like Rocksteady did with the Batman Arkham games, Vigil has done with Darksiders. While the first installment was an amazing game to start off with, Joe Mad and Vigil took it a million steps further. Loot system that rivals the like of Diablo and Kingdoms of Alamur, check. Deep RPG elements that compete with Fallout and Elder Scrolls, check. Fighting mechanics a la God of War and Devil May Cry, check. Add on the art direction, beautiful landscapes, and character design that only Joe Mad can come up with and you have a possible GoTY in Darksiders 2. While there may be minor cosmetic graphical issues near the end of the game, they are nothing compared to how great this game is. The only other issue I have found is that as with most action/adventure games the camera angles can sometimes be an annoyance, at best. But again, these are minor issues. Feel like the first game lacked depth? The entire first area (1 of 4) is bigger in size and as long as, in game time, as the entire first game. Still want more? Try taking on their arena known as The Crucible. In the Crucible, you take on 100 waves of enemies at 5 wave intervals. Every 5 waves you have the choice to keep going for better prizes or quit and receive the prize you have earned. In Darksiders 2 you truly are able to make Death your own unique character. With all sorts of visual armor choices, weapon styles, melee skills, arcane skills, no Death will be the same. Another new feature to Darksiders 2 is the addition to Tomes. Tomes are basically an in game messaging system where you can trade items with other users, receive DLC content, and even receive items from characters in game.Lastly, if you felt like the first game was a little easy, Darksiders 2 has added in a NG+ mode and a Nightmare difficulty. Boost your character up through several NG+ runs and try to take on Nightmare mode, where death in any battle will result in your save file being erased. This is my GoTY. Do not pass this game up! 10/10