I am back with some more action reviews and another remastered game following my Resident Evil 4 HD Review. Here we have another game remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by Nordic Games. This Darksiders Warmastered review looks at the upgrade to this classic game featuring War at the end of the world.
And I’m pleased to say I really enjoyed going back to this one with a nice upgrade.
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Also don’t miss Neal’s review of Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition. The events happen at the same time and it’ another great game. But for now, we are sticking with War.
Look and Feel – Beautiful Chaos
For a remaster, everyone notices the graphics straight away, the graphics I found were absolutely stunning. They’re sharp and slick and everything here has got a nice update to bring it close to today’s standards.
The original game didn’t look bad but they have certainly put some work in. Particularly on the detailing of characters and environments.
The only complaint I have is the cut scenes. While everything else is super sharp and looking pretty. The display of the cutscenes are off. When the characters speak the camera is going too fast and the speech is falling behind at times and they could really have touched them up some more.
The voice acting is great, even though the lip sync is poor. There was also glitching when the camera moves to the next person who is due to speak, again, the speech was behind. The voices are sharp and clear, but it’s the timing unfortunately that let’s them down.
Overall, the game is very pretty and sharp, voices are on point. The timing and lip sync isn’t great but it’s still a fantastic game in it’s presentation overall.
Story and Gameplay – War Never Changes
The story of Darksiders is one of the reasons to play the game personally. The tale it tells draws from the End of Day’s mythology. It features the 4 Horsemen of The Apocalypse and the Seven Seals. These are all broken, supposedly by War, which brings about the end of our world.
War if accused of breaking them unjustly and is stripped of his power and sent to prove his innocence on what is left of Earth.
Soon you are battling with monsters, demons and some rather crafty puzzles in order to clear your name. I love the story the game tells and if you have not played it before, you’ll realise just what a game you missed last generation.
The gameplay for this game is just as good now as it was at the time. You’re playing from a third-person view in the middle of an Apocalypse. There are a number of weapons and upgrade options even if you start with only your hands. The Chaoseater will be your signature weapon and what a weapon it is.
Progression is the key here and in traditional action-adventure style, reminiscent of a Zelda in many ways. New skills are unlocked to open up pathways you’ve already visited, but can’t access.
The controls are smooth and it’s always fun to do some button bashing to make the combos. While it feels action combat like, there is more depth to it as you progress and once you get together with the combos you really do have some fun.
The boss fights are just as tough as I remember. It’s hard to get the sequences right when attacking and trying to keep your health intact when there are three rounds of them. Smaller enemies are fine because you can use finishing moves, it’s the big ones with a harder hit that provides the bigger challenge here. But they also have a finishing move when you have worn them down enough.
Most of the game is not so much about combat however. There is a lot of problem solving and exploration. The game sees you moving from one location to another only to back to where you started to unlock a locked door. It’s very clever in it’s design and really does give a range of different gameplay elements fans of this genre will really enjoy.
Technically the remaster adds some fluidity to the gameplay and, as mentioned, the presentation is great. It doesn’t really make any big difference here, the frame rate still isn’t quite quick enough to cope with too many enemies on screen and some jerkiness can spoil the fun. But it’s still a great game to play and one that suits fans of the original for that second play and certainly anyone who missed it on last gen.
This made me realise how much I miss Darksiders! The game has so much going for it, and while it’s not perfect and never was, you will love it in spite of a few glitches here and there.
It’s a shame the cut-scenes weren’t better in this remaster as the story element of the game is one of the main reasons to play. It spoils it a little but it’s still something to enjoy here. The gameplay has a lot of depth and really does make you think with the puzzles yet tests our combat skills in those epic boss fights.
This series needs more, of course Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition is a great game to play and the events unfold alongside this one. But will 2017 see a Darksiders 3 announced? I really hope so.