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If you're just looking for a good hack and slasher, with a decent story, fantastic voice acting and some solid gameplay, Darksiders II is definitely worth checking out. However, if you're looking to get more out of the game, like satisfaction from the narrative, know you're only really getting half the experience here
Returning players need not pay any mind to the Deathinitive Edition, especially those that already consumed its additional add-on content. That said, those that have yet to step into the shoes of a Horseman of the Apocalypse and are seeking a solid action-adventure RPG need only to knock on Death's door.
Had this been bundled with a remastered version of Darksiders, the package would be perfect. As it stands, it's just a slightly better version of an already brilliant game.
Darksiders II sits on a rock-solid core that it continually builds upon throughout Death's epic quest. Massive overworlds are full of memorable dungeons with fun puzzles and traversal sections. The fast paced action combat is responsive and gives you a plethora of ways to go about each fight. As well as a fitting and well-designed dark aesthetic placed on environments and characters. All of these mechanics evolved as I progressed, ensuring that the game was always engaging and fresh. Even after three years this game still holds up, and there has never been a better time to join the Grim Reaper for an experience that is to die for.
It's still an excellent game over three years removed from its original release, and having all of its content in one place here with spruced up visuals and tweaked loot distribution is nice -- but the graphical hiccups are a disappointment, although likely patchable. Still, for $30 or less, this is one of the best buys in gaming this holiday for anyone that hasn't played Darksiders II before.
Die Deathinitive Edition Darksiders 2 ist die bisher beste Fassung des Action-RPG’s und überzeugt nicht nur mit grafischen Neuerungen. Durch das verbesserte Balancing und die Verteilung des Loots werden auch Veteranen ihren Spaß mit der neuen Version haben. Der Titel hat natürlich auch immer noch seine Schwächen, durch die schlecht umgesetzten Kletterpassagen und teilweise fehlerhaften Charakter Animationen, aber ansonsten gibt es von uns eine klare Empfehlung für Action-RPG Fans die eine neue Herausforderung suchen.
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Darksiders II was one of the more memorable titles from the previous generation, with breathtaking, mythical settings supported by interesting characters, fascinating lore, and snappy gameplay. This very decent Deathinitive Edition includes all of the DLC and commendably improves the assets and lighting effects, but it gets slightly cut down by our scythe of criticism for minor glitches and framerate woes.
Still, when the game works, it certainly works. Getting past the camera issues and annoying padding is a fun game that'll definitely keep you entertained. Plus, you can become a giant spectral reaper and pick apart enemies the size of a Transformer with a single swing. How can you say no to that?
For anyone that missed the original release of Darksiders II, I implore you to give it a go this time around. It is a fantastic game that stands the test of time. I know this is the season for all the new, big games to drop, but if you never got to step into Death's grimy shoes, I cannot recommend this game enough.
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, while not quite the be-all-end-all transfer we were hoping for, is still a fantastic game. It's a lot of fun to play, the story still has lots of strength behind it, and the presentation is impressive, if not perfect.
Might be worth a double dip — it's every bit as fun as you remember, and this version comes with all of the bells and whistles, as well as rebalanced combat, tighter controls, and better loot tables. There are some framerate hitches to go along with the graphical and lighting overhaul, and there isn't a whole lot new here, but if you missed out the first time, don't let this one pass you by.
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is much like Dishonored: Definitive Edition released just a few months ago. Despite it being a few years old, it remains a very good representative of its genre and is even excellent in a few areas. With all of the included DLC, there's a good amount of gameplay and value, and the revamped way it applies the DLC to the game is novel enough to force everyone to experience the content as it was meant to be. The move to a more powerful console doesn't translate into extreme visual changes, though, and those expecting a frame rate bump will be disappointed. For those who have yet to experience the title on the PC or previous generation of consoles, this is still worth checking out.
At only $30, and with all of its extra content included, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is a pretty good deal. It's the same great game, now looking better than ever. If this had gone through some extra bug squashing and had gone for the full 60 fps then this would be an absolute no-brainer for anyone interested in the Darksiders series, but as it stands it's still a great jumping on point for those who have yet to ride with Death.
It may not really be worth playing again if you've already done so, but Darksiders II's terribly-named "Deathinitive" Edition - With All of the game's DLC, a new lighting engine and a few other in-game tweak - does a good job of bringing the game in to the new generation.
Darksiders II has satisfying combat, a terrific variety of puzzles, and great, consistent art design. It starts to wear out its welcome deep into its lengthy runtime, and its story fails to deliver on the original game's promises, but it's still an exciting adventure well worth embarking on. Unfortunately, this edition on PC is full of minor technical issues that prevent it from realizing its full potential. Darksiders II is worth playing, but Deathinitive Edition is not worth the upgrade.
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is best as a purchase for those who haven't yet experienced the original version. The game remains a fantastic riff on adventuring conventions perfected by the Zelda series, and that it gets the imitation right is a compliment of the highest order. Still, the graphical upgrade here isn't as noticeable as in other remasters, and the game remains a bit uneven in its performance.
Darksiders 2 is a good game, just not necessarily as good as your other options right now. One day, when you're desperate to play an adventure title and you've completed everything else this will be an enjoyable treat, but for now, I'd wait.
I appreciate how the DLC content has been integrated into the Deathinitive Edition rather than being separated as it makes the gaming experience seamless. When the plethora of DLC content that includes powerful weapon packs, stunning armor sets, and cool extra missions are added to over twenty hours of gameplay, the result is a great deal for newcomers at only $30. However, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition doesn't offer much to attract anyone who has played the game before. For anyone who hasn't played the game, there's no better time than the present.
I wouldn't recommend Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition to those who already completed the game back in 2012, much like I didn't recommend Dishonored: Definitive Edition to players of the same nature, but it's a great venture to embark on if you haven't already played the last-gen versions.
A by-the-numbers remaster, and one that would've benefited from a bit more love. For those who just wanted to see what all the fuss was about on their Xbox One or PS4, however, it suffices.
'Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition' sits firmly in the camp of "probably didn't need a remake, but here it is and it's actually not bad". It takes care of some video issues from the original release while adding a few of its own, has no new content, and premieres at a relatively high price point fo a returning title. What it does offer is a very competent action adventure game from 2012. It has little to entice the diehard 'Darksiders' fans but if you're new to the series, this is a worthwhile outing.
Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition provides all the enjoyment of the original Darksiders 2 and then some. Some glitches and the fact that it does not add all that much to the base game hold it back a little but it is still a solid title
Darksiders II was a great game back in 2012 and still is today. In fact, it's one of the better action-RPGs out there. However, when it comes to its remastered Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, what was supposed to be the best version of the game suffers from unnecessary technical issues and is disappointing as a result.
Darksiders 2 for the PlayStation 4 is a great re-release of the second entry into the series, but that's only because the core game is so good. Technical issues that really should have been resolved by now, and a weak concluding act inhibit it, but nonetheless there are few games that have been so effective in aping the Zelda formula than this one.
At its core, Darksiders II is a great game. That is what makes Darksiders II: Deahtinitive Edition all the more frustrating. A horrendous frame rate negatively impacts every aspect. Combat feels clunky, and the graphically impressive game ends up looking bad in motion. At least Nordic Games didn't technically call this a definitive edition, as it's really anything but.
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is a very lacking port of an otherwise milquetoast game. It has a bunch of graphical glitches, runs at an erratic frame rate, and has a lot of missing sound effects or sound that is out of sync. Sometimes it looks impressive and other times it looks laughable.
Darksiders II was not the blockbuster hit that many people - THQ included - expected it to be, and the primary reason is that something is just… off. As a result, its Deathinitive Edition had to work very hard to do better, but any chance for it succeeding was undermined by an inexcusable lack of stability in the final product.