Review: Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition (PS4)

Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks upon a quest to restore mankind, and redeem his brother’s name.

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Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • Four save slots.
  • Four difficulties: Easy, Normal, Apocalyptic and Deathinitive.
  • Action brawler RPG game play.
  • Opening tutorial section with ongoing support.
  • Fully voiced cast for each character.
  • Dungeons are plentiful and offer puzzles and complex platforming whilst facing off against hordes of enemies and bosses.
  • Earn exp and level up to earn points to put into the massive upgrade tree which in turn unlocks new abilities, Powers and buffs.
  • Solid fighting mechanic. Combo system coupled with dodge abilities plus you have primary and secondary weapons that you can hot swap between mid combo.
  • Enemies can drop loot and money.
  • Auto pick up loot function.
  • Choose questions in dialogue conversations.
  • You get a recap of the story when you load your save.
  • Fast travel available.
  • Despair: Your horse that you can call on to aid in travelling. You can still attack when mounted and you do have agallop button.
  • Dust: Your bird that when called upon will show you the way in dungeons.
  • Optional side quests.
  • Reaper form: Transform into a reaper and have stronger attacks, Take more damage. Attack and kill enemies to keep your form going.
  • Find secret rooms, shortcuts and hidden chests.
  • Handy lock on button to aid fighting.
  • Possessed gear: Once found you can sacrifice lower gear to upgrade the possessed weapons.
  • New game plus option.
  • Crucible is a wave based survival mode that adds hours of replay ability.
  • Intriguing expansive lore.
  • Huge boss fights.
  • Mini map shows chests and mission markers.
  • A huge open world where you can do as you like within the sandbox environment.
  • Easily playable with a simple control scheme mixed with the whole pick up and play mentality.

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Cons:

  • Juddery performance with screen tearing and just general slow down its biggest problem.
  • A lot of fiddly platforming sections with the main problem being that the game doesnt always register grabs and jumps properly.
  • Menu system feels slow and clunky, Changing gear is a chore as is checking the map.
  • Cannot use d pad in menu options.

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Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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