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Darksiders 2

  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB Rating: M
  • Platform: PS3
  • Max-Players: 1
  • Added on: 2012-08-21 by machvergil

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The sequel to the 2010 adventure game that matched Zelda-style puzzles with God of War combat with a healthy dose of apocalypse. This time you play as Death, War's brother, who is on a quest to prove his brother's innocence on an adventure that takes place parallel to the first game's.

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#0: 08-21-2012 @ 10:22:39 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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  • Real Name:Adam
  • Joined:2010-01-22

I just want to go on record as saying that so far, I am loving this game.

From the first second I got past all the loading screens and I was riding Death's horse into an ominous looking place, I felt a wash of happiness over take me.  I'd missed this setting, this world.  It's the kind of over-the-top-on-purpose-but-fleshed-out setting I really like.  And even though your adventures do not start you in the post-apocalyptic Earth of the first game's, I still feel like I am exploring the same universe that I battled through as War two years ago.

I still love the character designs.  They are, much like most of the game, over the top and over designed, but in a fun, flashy, and cool way.  I thought I'd have a hard time getting into Death at first.  War more has the look I like in my action hero:  heavy armor, big weapon, and a indomitable presence. Death, though by no means scrawny, comes off as slighter and weaker than War at first breath, and his long hair and skull mask struck me as less original than his brother's at first.  We've seen grim reapers before. 

And yet Death is slowly winning me over.  His slighter appearance gives him reason to be nimble in ways War was not.   His primary weapon, a pair of one-handed scythes he connects together into a full size scythe seamlessly during combos, leads to a satisfyingly quick form of combat that is actually more responsive than War's was.  And when it isn't a matter of combat, Death has much better designed Wraith attacks that are more fun to use (and customize, more on that later), plus it's much more satisfying to integrate use of secondary weapons into your combos than it was with War.

What's more is when Death isn't fighting, he traverses terrain in ways that quick, easy, and responsive.  In the last year I've played Uncharted 1 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, both of which had parts where you had to do tricky, world navigation:  running along walls, hanging and climbing things, etc.  The way Death scampers about walls is just satisfying to control and is no where near as frustrating as it has been in other games.  In some ways I'd put it on the same pedestal as the old Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in this category, perhaps even a little better.  This is a good thing since this kind of vertical traversal is a big part of some dungeons.

Death is also winning me over because he has a slight, dry, and cruel sense of humor that War did not.  At one point early in the game a character tells him that an item they gave him will use a small amount of his soul as the power source.  Death's response was to laugh out loud and say "And what makes you think I have a soul?"  It's not comedy gold, but It's a nice break up from how serious and dour War was all the time.  What also is added to it is Death's quest feels selfless compared to War's.  War was out to prove his own innocence and set right the crimes of others, through violent justice.  Death just wants to save his brother and, maybe humanity, in the process.  This makes Death's motivations more complex.  It makes the character seem a bit more fleshed out, multidimensional, relate-able, blah blah.

The big surprise here is the music.  The music in Darksiders was good, and always seemed to know how to punctuate moments, but in the end aside from the title theme none of the tunes stuck with me.  Darksiders II's soundtrack does an even better job of punctuating big moments, and a lot of the environmental music is very engrossing while I'm exploring.

My biggest concern going into the game was the much larger layer of RPG elements applied over the whole game.  Death levels up, gains skill points, earns random inventory items that have stats.  You buy, sell, equip, upgrade these items as you progress.  I was afraid that these RPG elements would ultimately ruin the wonderful flow of the first game but so far I've been able to play through Darksiders II and only pay them exactly as much mind as I want to.  This doesn't have to be Diablo if I don't want it to be.  And as much as these features felt unwanted as much, I have to admit the level system is what makes the Wraith attacks feel more worth it since I am customizing them as I level up.  The loot system is what helps to give me secondary weapons I'd actually want to use.  Plus, having all this inventory to buy and sell helps me be stocked up in the currencies I need to buy new attack combos and the like.

All that's left to gripe about is performance.  The game is beautiful most of the time, but sometimes I get these pretty nasty screen tearing issues that tear me out of the experience.  I'm not sure how much of it is the fact that the PS3 forces my games to run in 720p which is not the native resolution for my TV, or if it's a problem with the game (I have heard people complain about this online).  Either way, it's not a constant issue, and hopefully over time they will fix it with patches like they did with the first game.

Honestly if you are on the fence about Darksiders II don't be.  I know I have a ton left to go but I'm already having a blast.


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#1: 09-23-2012 @ 08:04:30 pm
Link to this Post: http://www.machvergil.com/gamenight/messages.php?go=4626#4626

Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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  • Real Name:Tim
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So I bought the PC version of Darksiders II on launch day, but just now got around to trying to launch it for the first time.

 

I can't play the game.

 

All I see is a black screen when I'd expect the logos of various companies to appears, an I hear audio to this effect despite nothing being visible. Then I get the title screen. Darksiders II, it says, with the only option being Start Game. No buttons on my controller seem to do anything, but the mouse works so I click it. Then the screen goes into seizure inducing flashes without changing what it is flickering before me. If I move the mouse, its tooltip changes at various points in the screen like I was hovering over different buttons, but I have no indication as to what they might be and clicking in those areas causes no visible change on my end. Mashing escape repeatedly doesn't seem to change anything either and the game never exits. I have to alt+F4 to close the game.

So I do some googling and what do I see? Reports of the game not running properly on Radeon graphics cards. Guess what I'm running. Then I stumble across the manufacturer's website's technical FAQs. One of the bullet points is "What motherboards will not be supported at launch?" One is listed. The motherboard I have.

I'm so furious right now. What the fuck, THQ. What the fuck.


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#2: 09-24-2012 @ 05:21:57 am
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  • Real Name:Steph
  • Joined:2010-01-22

That seems a little ridiculous to me.  Why would yours be the only motherboard not supported?  It's not like it's a million years old or made of shoestring and lollipops.  Absurd.


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#3: 09-24-2012 @ 06:30:16 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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How... do... you not... support... a mother board?

Geeze I figured I'd be glad i bought this on console, but not for that reason.


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#4: 09-24-2012 @ 09:04:22 am
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I really wish I'd bought the 360 version at this point. I've contacted Steam support asking for a refund and for the game to be removed, but I'm not hopeful that they'll be able to. Even if they do I'm angry enough with THQ that I won't be buying it for the console any time soon if at all. They've lost a customer and I'll be seriously considering not buying any future titles they may put out because of this.


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#5: 09-24-2012 @ 10:06:20 am
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MachVergilMachVergil

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  • Real Name:Adam
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Well at least this is a time of year where you shouldn't be wanting for games to play...


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#6: 09-24-2012 @ 11:24:09 am
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Misharum KittumMisharum Kittum

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  • Real Name:Tim
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This is true! Guild Wars 2 and Torchlight 2 give me plenty of options. And if I get bored there I can always throw Borderlands 2 onto my plate to fulfill my need for sequels.


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#7: 10-05-2012 @ 06:28:28 pm
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Darksiders 2 is currently 50% off on Steam. Anyone looking to buy it for the PC, now is the time!


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