The original Darksiders game, developed by Vigil and published by THQ, released with little fanfare, but gained critical and commercial success. While often criticized as derivative, it took established gameplay mechanics from a variety of genres and blended them together seamlessly. Part of the appeal was the ridiculous story, quality voice actors, and the distinct art style from creative director Joe Madureira, comic book writer and artist. THQ Nordic, seemingly happy to remaster the games out of order (and give them horrible names), tasked developer KAIKO with remastering the first game. KAIKO has previous experience, having handled the Xbox One port of the competent but limited Darksiders 2 remaster, and I’m happy to say they have done a great job with the Darksiders Warmastered Edition.
The distinctive art style goes a long way towards creating memorable characters and masking Darksiders’ last-gen origins. Even without the remastering effort, it remains an attractive game.
If you are new to the series or have only played the Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition, a narrative that ran parallel to this game, Warmastered Edition tells the tale of the horseman “War”, in a universe designed around a literal interpretation of the Christian Bible’s Book of Revelation (of course, taking some liberties with artistic license). Demons, angels, and the newly emerged humans are kept in balance by the “Charred Council”, an ancient entity that enforces their will through the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Seven seals bind the angels and demons to peace, preserving humankind until they are ready, so long as they remain unbroken.
For those who have only played the Deathinitive Edition, the Warmastered Edition provides a conclusion to both War and Death’s story.
Story and gameplay aside, the improved visuals and performance boost are the biggest draw of the Warmastered Edition.
Voice acting remains top notch with The Watcher (voiced by Mark Hamill doing his best Joker-but-not-Joker impression) and the sinister-yet-likeable Volgrim the most memorable.
Enjoys games with awesome stories and characters, along with new and interesting hardware. Dislikes day-one patches and driver updates.
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PC, PS4, Xbox One
22 November 2016
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