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Review – Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

by on April 10, 2017
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Release Date

November 22, 2016 (PS4, XBOX ONE), November 29, 2016 (PC), May 23rd, 2017 (Wii U)

Developer

Vigil Games

 

Darksiders takes players into an apocalyptic world based on The Four Horseman. Who are the Four Horseman? The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are described in the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, called the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ to John of Patmos, at 6:1-8. The chapter tells of a book or scroll in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals.

The Kingdoms of Heaven and Hell have waged war, with neither side ever being able to gain an advantage over the other. In time, a mediator group named “The Charred Council” arose to maintain order and balance; to this end, they created a warrior brotherhood, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (War, Death, Strife, and Fury) to intervene and enforce their laws where and when necessary. Amidst the conflict, humanity emerged. Foreseeing that humans would be integral and contribute to the balance’s stability, the council declared them a third Kingdom, the “Kingdom of Man.” The Council brokered a truce between Heaven and Hell: the Seven Seals were created to be broken when the Kingdom of Man was ready for the Endwar.

The main character being one of The Four Horseman is who you are controlling from an easy to control third person view. His sole duty is to be summoned to the Earth once the final battle of Armageddon begins.The game involves a mixture of puzzle solving, combat and exploration still tends to get a bit repetitive with its hack and slash nature as well as still being a bit on the linear sides of things when moving from point A to B.

Where the title Warmastered Edition comes into play is that it is a direct port of the original Darksiders game but with enhancements such as graphics. Below is a great comparison of the “Old” versus “New” when it comes to final rendering of the graphics. As you can see, some special effects were added where needed as well to make the game pop a bit more.

Original (OLD)

Remastered (NEW)

 

Graphically, the game is a beautiful work of art. I was lucky enough to be able to run through the gameplay with the new PS4 Pro and a 4K Resolution Television. The look, feel, and smoothness of the game is quite amazing.

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Overall, I felt that while the game was fun and gorgeous to look at, some shine was lost on the play-ability or replay value of the game due to its somewhat linear focus. It is open world in a sense that you can travel back and forth, but overall it is pretty straight forward and if spent the time you could run through the game in about a day. Over at https://howlongtobeat.com/game.php?id=2243 , they gave us a great breakdown of time to complete from various styles of gameplay (See Below)….

To find out more about Darksiders: Warmastered Edition check out the details below on availability, price, and other great sources Information.

Website: https://www.thqnordic.com/games/darksiders

Price: $19.99

 

Note: GameOctane received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.


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Positives

Warmastered Edition Really Boasts Some Nice Graphical Enhancements
Looks Great On HDR with PS4 Pro and a 4K Display
Decent Story-line

Negatives

Repetitive Hack and Slash Nature
Short Game
Linear Path with some ability to go back

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C

 
Graphics
A

 
Story
B

 
Replay Value
C

Total Score
B-

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Overall for me, Darksiders: War Mastered Edition was a fun game to play, however its hack and slash nature of the game has me walking away with a sour taste in my mouth and is tends to get repetitive and boring. One can only deal with it so much. The graphics however make up for it a little bit, especially enhanced from the previous version.

If you are intrigued by the story of The Four Horseman, I feel it is worth a shot to take a look at it and run through it. If you are not familiar with the story, I feel like there are a lot better titles out there that may be worth the the first look over Darksiders.

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