It is true that this game is a mixture of many successful games in a whole new package. However, it is done well! Surprisingly well at that.
The character design is WoW while the gameplay is Zelda meets God of War. The narrative is good and the voiceovers are excellent. Especially Mark Hamill.
The only complaint I have is that you cannot change your primary weapon. You can shift secondard and items on-the-fly but not primary. Oh, and leveling of weapons is slow and arduous esepecially on the secondary weapons.
posted by Nardeko (SLIPPERY ROCK, PA) Jan 21, 2010
Member since Jan 2010
Gameplay: -God of War style fights (and finishing moves) with Legend of Zelda dungeons and map layouts.
Sounds: - The music in the game is rather epic, which is expected for a fantasy RPG, but the voice acting is weak.
Graphics: - Rather good graphics. There are some minor hitches here and there, but all in all, the detail is remarkable.
Review: - Upon loading the game, I felt almost an adrenaline rush. The anticipation was killing me. I got into the game in rather short order, and from the beginning it was set up like an epic movie. There were no shortages of interruptions through the first 10 minutes. They weren't good interruptions, either.
I would be running along the street, and the game would decide that I had gone far enough to stop my progress, show me a meteor falling from the sky, hitting building behind me, and blocking me from backtracking. Some may say this is not a bad thing, and I would agree, to a certain point, and that point is certainly reached quickly.
The gameplay (combat, most of the time, puzzles the rest) is amazing -- just like it was when God of War and The Legend of Zelda series came up with it. The only bad part about the gameplay was the shotty camera controls. Running up a flight of twisting stairs turned into a chore when the camera had to be manually adjusted (at a slower rate than the player turned.)
Combat was fluid, for the most part, though it was littered with repetitive killing blows and button mashing.
On the whole, Darksiders is certainly a great game, but it is not it's own game. I believe that Darksiders could have done much more to build a name for itself, instead of helping along two series (Legend of Zelda and God of War) which are already well enough off on their own.
Don't buy this game, rent it, beat it, return it. The one-time playthrough you'll get with it isn't worth $63, and you'll just end up selling it back to Gamestop in 3 days anyway.