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Darksiders 2 (2012) - Review

Darksiders 2 takes place parallel to the events of the previous part. This time, we get to play as another one of the four horsemen, 'Death'. He goes on a personal mission to prove his brother War's innocence and resurrect humanity.

Things I liked:
  • Death was a cool and badass character and his development was better that War's.
  • The combat was more refined from the previous part. Fast, fluid, responsive and fun.
  • Liked the abilities upgrade and the fact that you can remove it all and do it again for experimentation, for a small fee. I eventually stayed with the necromancer side. Summoning minions and crows just felt really good and suited my gameplay style.
  • RPG elements in the game made for a nice addition. NPCs dialogue wheel, side quests and tons of customization for character stats.
  • The pacing of the game was far better than the last part.
  • The opening of the game was great.
  • Many of the boss fights were pretty good and varied a bit.
  • The HUGE ASS guardian boss fight at the end of the first area/act, similar to those from Shadow of the colossus, was simply AMAZING.
  • Jesper Kyd's soundtrack was beautiful and the soundtrack as whole was a huge improvement from the previous part.
  • The art style of the characters and the environments was great, made the game look pretty good as a whole even though the texture resolution was pretty low.

Things I didn't like:
  • The story got bogged down as the game progressed and ended poorly, making it less enjoyable as a whole as compared to the first part.
  • The final boss fight was too easy and disappointing.
  • While the pacing was better, it still wasn't that good. The middle part of the game dragged on a lot. The errand boy nature of the story progression was used way too much.
  • There were too many easy dungeons and puzzles that it became a bore as almost every quest included them.
  • While the soundtrack was great, the most epic pieces were only used once throughout the game, I mean what the hell, why not use it more.

In conclusion, I had a great time with the game thanks to a great protagonist, improvement in combat and addition of RPG elements. The story could have been a lot better though.
I really hope they make Darksiders 3.



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