May 18, 2012
Dump Bin Diving: Darksiders
In the lull of exciting new releases, however I am looking forward to this month (Dragons Dogma, Max Payne 3, TC: GR Future Soldier oh my!) but I have been doing a lot of scouring in bargain bins and scouting sales to pick up some games that I may have missed or thought about picking up at the right price. Recently I picked up Darksiders, an action/adventure game that took on the badge of “a mature Zelda”. While some of that moniker is correct, the vast open map, you get a horse to ride, you scour dungeons, find maps for said dungeons, and gain a heart to progress further; there are however differences, there is actual plat forming, the combat is more repetitious and feels like God of War, but that is as far as it deviates. The game was released back in January of 2010 and was met with warm critical praise. The game is great if you like the Zelda formula but crave something different and want to trade in Green tights for what can only be described as garbage can armor and a red hood. You play as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The story starts as what seems like the apocalypse is happening, War jumps the gun and comes down to earth to play mediator and finds out the seventh seal has not been broken, Whops! War is then striped of his powers as punishment and must go on a journey to figure out who summoned him in the first place. The story is kind of thin, but some great voice acting by Mark Hamill, who plays the watcher (the one sent with war to make sure he does things as he is told) and the remaining cast does a good job as well enough though War comes off as a bit whiny and fake at times. The games combat, boss fights, great art direction (outside of War’s armor), and weaponry are some of the points that really shine. Some of the plat forming, constant backtracking, and annoying challenge rooms are what could pry you out of the experience. The game can be found in almost any retailer for around $20. I got mine at a Best Buy on sale for $10, but I would have easily paid $20 for it. There is a lot of game here for your dollar and in a time where military FPS are a dime a dozen, it’s nice to have something come along that is different. There is a sequel that has been in the works for some time and will feature Death, another horseman, as the main protagonist. Darksiders 2 is scheduled for release this August.
+ Cool art style
+ The story has a cool premise
+ Fun boss battles
+ Knows it steals idea’s from other games but wears them well
+ Combat has its awesome moments
– But it can grow tiresome
– see about bullet point about the plat forming sections
– Backtracking, backtracking, and more backtracking
Final verdict: Worth you burger money!