Somewhere between a blockbuster and an arcade game
posted by tluv42 (OXFORD, OH) Apr 21, 2013
Member since Apr 2013
Darksiders is a pretty great take on the classic hack and slash genre, but for me it started to lose identity as game dragged on. The combat and executions that you can perform are really satisfying and fun to watch happen, but they get repetitive and almost in the way of getting through fights as you near the end.
On top of the repetition that the game gets it also loses some of its identity. You actually get an item in the game that is akin to the portal gun from Valve's portal and while it is an interesting mechanic and does make puzzles more difficult it seems kind of a lazy on Vigil's part to have used something that another game has already proved to be a great puzzle platforming tool. It doesn't even differ from its doppleganger in the sense that even the speed increase that some can give you is there to you, the physics isnt transferred over which makes it "different" but seems pointless. The game does get back on track with the last boss and final puzzles as it reintroduces the main storyline again but the bosses and items you needed to find before this final objective seem almost distracting and like a side quest rather than your main goal.
All in all the game wasn't nearly as "bad" as I may have made it seem but there are really some glaring things that take a little work to get beyond. If you don't mind having to muscle through some bad voice acting the game gives you a sense of accomplishment as you move through which I took as a rewarding play experience that was merely the director's cut of the whole movie (which always go on forever) I gave this game an 8 because I found it satisfying, rewarding, and just challenging enough to make me think. Excited for the second one!
Besides the obvious cliques and mind destroying puzzles, Darksider is one of the best slasher games I've ever played. I was so proud of the ending; I had the abyssal armor and with my steed destroyed the final boss with ease...payback for a certain 8 legged boss. Im so attached to War, the First Horseman. I only wish i can use him in one of the next sequels. I just started second one and Death seems bad to the bone and everything but War remains my favorite.
posted by kronicuser (SAINT PETERS, MO) Apr 13, 2013
Member since Dec 2011
I've seen a lot of hate on this game because it's trying to copy other games and overall it just isn't that great. It does remind me a whole lot of devil may cry (killing creatures to unlock the next path and etc) To me it seems they combined elements of several good games and made it their own. Story is good, graphics are decent, and the combat/wep/upgrade system is pretty nice. A great rent idk if I'd buy it cause once you beat it, it wont have much replay value.