Darksiders was originally released back in 2010 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game followed the story of War, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse who finds himself in the middle of a clash between the forces of heaven and hell. The game borrowed elements from other popular franchises that were hot at the time, both in the combat and exploration of its environments. The mixture of the fighting from the God of War series together with the scope of a Legend of Zelda title made an interesting combination. Though it was inspired by those successful franchises, it still had a plot and characters that gave it a unique identity among other games released at the time.
The re-release of the game, titled Darksiders: Warmastered Edition, is an upgraded version that sports a few new features. The game now supports 1080p visuals and 60 frames per second on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Having the game now run at 60 FPS as opposed to its original 30 FPS makes everything look and move nicer on screen. However, if you were expecting any changes to the game or newer content in the Warmastered Edition, then you’re going to be disappointed.
Same Old Thing
What you played back in 2010 is exactly what you’re going to play here. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, you’re only getting a visual upgrade. Many of the same flaws and issues that were there during the original release are still present. It can sometimes take a while to traverse large environments, some of the hit detection on enemies and bosses can be off, and leveling up War’s abilities and weapons can be a very elongated process. But if you enjoyed the game back in 2010, then chances are you’re not going to be detracted by those issues here and will instead enjoy the upgraded visuals.
Despite this, however, Darksiders still has plenty of great character designs and audio cues to take in. It’s great hearing Mark Hamill’s voice as a sinister spirit that lingers around you constantly, and the monster designs for the forces of heaven and hell are a real treat. The effects from attacks and set pieces in the background are still good looking, all of which really pop out with the graphical upgrade. I didn’t even experience one moment of slowdown when things got hectic with lots of enemies showing up in battle.
For an updated version of a game, Darksiders: Warmastered Edition does make the experience look prettier on the newer consoles. It would have been nice to see a few more technical adjustments to the game for this rerelease and address some of the older problems it had. Doing so would have only helped to make revisiting the game’s story all the more justified. If you didn’t already play Darksiders on your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, then it wouldn’t hurt checking it out now on the latest consoles for a budgeted price.