I have never played any of the Darksiders games. Not for lack of wanting, to be honest I’m not really sure why I never played them. I had always heard good things about them, especially amongst the PSVG staff. I specifically made sure not to look at any past reviews or gameplay so I would have a fresh take.
Darksiders Warmastered starts the way very few games start, and it’s something that I have always loved in games…….. Ultimate Power!
You start the game at the peak of your power, fighting incredibly large and impressive enemies. After you progress through what is best described as Hell on Earth, you reach the big boss. It is a very impressive creature and a fun fight. Think God of War boss fight. You even get some of those fun button pressing sequences while fighting the enemy.
After the boss fight you are treated to some truly stunning visuals and top notch voice acting. Then, you are stripped of all your powers. Now you know what you are aspiring to achieve. The end game if you will.
Let pause for a minute and go back to that voice acting I referenced last paragraph. I’m going to list a couple names for you:
Does that do anything for ya? It should!
You don’t talk about voice acting in video games and not mention these two legends. I couldn’t help but get giddy every time I heard Mark Hamill’s character speak. The story is pretty solid also. I don’t want to butcher it, so I will include the synopsis from the developer as to not confuse anyone:
“Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth. Brought before the sacred Charred Council, War is indicted for his crimes and stripped of his powers. Dishonored and facing his own death, War is given the opportunity to return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible. Hunted by a vengeful group of Angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance and vindication.”
As you begin your first mission after being stripped of your power you will quickly realize just how much you have lost. Enemies are tough, even the lowly zombies roaming around. The level is perfect for adventurers as you can explore every book and cranny discovering unlockables. The game has a very God of War meets Onimusha feel, and that “feel” is great. I love the control scheme, and for a game that release a number of years ago, it looks great!
I know it’s “Warmastered”, but I have certainly played some “remastered” games that don’t live up to that title. (Wink wink Ultimate Alliance)
If you take some time to look through your character menu’s you will see just how much growth you will have. Whether it’s new combos, new weapons to discover or a skill tree that you can develop, Darksiders Warmastered has a lot to offer.
As with most of my other reviews, I’m going to avoid getting into the game any further so that you can experience it yourself. Darksiders scratches an itch I have had for a long long time……. maybe since the last God of War. I truly love this game. It controls great, it’s challenging, looks awesome and most of all, it’s FUN! With enough character development to keep you searching for those hidden chests and collecting all those souls to eventually sell for combos, etc.. Darksiders Warmastered will fill up all your free time.
The best news for me is, once I unlock everything in this game, I get to look forward to the sequel!
Darksiders Warmastered is an incredible action/adventure game with a solid story and fantastic voice acting that will drag you in and keep you invested until the bitter end! This game gets a must buy from me, especially at its very affordable price.