January 22, 2013
Gaming in Stereo: Best of 2012 Day 2
Today we have come to a track from a game I reviewed last year and outside of a few gameplay gripes, absolutely loved, Darksiders 2. Darksiders 2 threw me off, it was advertised as Death was here to save War his brother, but in reality it was more of a personal story. Death did set off to save his brother War but the journey became more about Death’s redemption and the scar he bared. The game was also scored by one of my favorite game composers, Jesper Kyd. Kyd, has composed soundtracks for games like Borderlands, the Assassins Creed series (up until 3), Freedom Fighters, and MDK2.
Darksiders 2 unfortunately, undersold by THQ expectations just hitting over the One million mark across 4 platforms according to vgchartz.com. Though despite those numbers the combat was more varied, the loot system had me scouring every corner, the voice acting was superb by Michael Wincott, James Cosmo, Keith Szarabajka, and the rest of the cast. On top of this was Jesper Kyds outstanding score. This song was not on the offical soundtrack for some reason, but I happened to track down the video featuring the song. The track takes place during the battle with the Makers Guardian, the final boss in the first area. The Makers craft all the worlds that we know and reside in the Forge Lands. Their lands had been over taken by the corruption and built the Guardian to defeat the corruption. The Guardian was over taken by the corruption and Death is charged with the task of defeating the Guardian which protects the corruption inside the Tree of Life. This track plays during said fight, and just like the Guardian, is larger than life. This is the moment the game and story clicked for me during my play through. Darksiders is one of my favorite series this generation, combining the exploration and dungeons of Zelda with God of War like combat, an a interesting story line, and epic music. You can feel the personal struggle in the music with the grave horns, and I struggled where on this list, this track should go. Enjoy what I feel is one of the most underrated games of 2012.