Darksiders Warmastered Edition Review

Darksiders Warmastered Edition Review Sahil Lala
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The original Darksiders game was released way back in January 2010. Hard to believe it’s already been 6 years. So how does the remastered version of THQ and Vigil Game’s iconic masterpiece hold up to today’s graphical standards? The answer, incredibly well.

Darksiders tells the tale of War, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse. Prophecy foretells that the Horseman will ride when 7 ancient seals are broken, the armies of Heaven and Hell are released to do battle and the end of days approaches. However, the seals weren’t broken and Heaven and Hell are already doing battle when War is thrust into the foray.

The Charred Council, a trio of ancient beings, capture War and put him on trial for riding out into battle while the seals are still intact. War, however, claims that something strange is afoot and he would like a chance to clear his name. Thus the story of Darksiders is born and it’s up to the player to find out just what the heck is going on.

Players familiar with hack and slash third-person titles will feel right at home here. Fans of God of War or Devil May Cry will enjoy Darksiders. Movement in the game is fluid and actual combat is incredibly satisfying. War also has an array of finishing moves which can be easily triggered when enemies are weakened. By pressing Circle, an awesome finishing move is triggered and many of these never get old to see because of how visually satisfying they are.

Gameplay in Darksiders is a mix of action adventure platforming interspersed with heavy hack and slash combat. It’s a formula that works so well for the title and never gets old because of the variation of enemies and puzzles to solve. There’s also hidden collectables to find which adds to the longevity of the title.

Graphically,  the Darksiders Warmastered Edition is up to today’s standard in terms of visuals thanks to the iconic art style. Having a very graphic novelesque aesthetic has done wonders in keeping the game timeless. As far as remasters go, the game is incredibly high quality and THQ Nordic have done a great job.

There are however some glaring issues that popped up during my playthrough. The voice acting, while absolutely superb, is out of sync in many cutscenes. Additionally some cutscenes just automatically skip themselves and you as the player are just left wondering what happened… this is an issue that needs to be looked into by the developer. Newcomers to the title beware, until the cutscene issues are fixed, the Darksiders Warmastered Edition will leave you confused since you’ll be missing out key story aspects.

Darksiders Warmastered is also quite challenging. Today’s standard in video gaming is different to 2010’s and it was really refreshing to be presented with a title that doesn’t hold your hand and help you beat every single boss. Play this game on apocalyptic mode for a true challenge and you won’t be disappointed.

Conclusion:
Overall, the Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a great title bogged down with a significant issue affecting cutscenes. Fans of the original game won’t mind this as much but newcomers should be warned as this can and will affect their overall gaming experience greatly. After a patch to resolve this problem, Darksiders Warmastered Edition will 100% be worth your while and gets a solid 9/10 from me.

By Sahil Lala

Games of Choice Dota 2 and the Final Fantasy series. Too many hours “wasted”. Let’s not get into the exact numbers... Working with chemicals is what I do. While that may sound fun, it’s actually incredibly complex and weird. Beyond that, I’ve been gaming since I was the age of 4. I started off with Sega Megadrive games and worked my way up the food chain to where I am now. You could call me a veteran gamer of sorts.