Is Darksiders Warmastered Edition a worthy remaster of the original action role playing game? Check out our review of Darksiders Warmastered Edition.
Darksiders Warmastered Edition is the newly released remaster of Darksiders which is the first entry into Nordic Games action franchise. The previously released Darksiders 2 Dethinitive Edition was released in 2015 with relatively positive reviews overall. With the release of Darksiders Warmastered Edition Nordic Games and Vigil Games aim to provide a better experience with some significant improvements such as better framerate, improved textures, and better resolution. The game is also being optimized for the PS4 pro and supports 4K resolution. Darksiders Warmastered Edition is being released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Hopefully with this release we are one step closer to the rumored Darksiders 3 being released soon.
Trying to describe the gameplay in Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a bit difficult. The game seems to draw inspiration from so many other franchises. On the surface, it does play a lot like God of War and utilizes many of the same gameplay mechanics. I also found that the dungeon’s felt very Zelda esque and the backtracking was akin to the classic metroidvania style. The problem, however, with the gameplay is the fact that the game never seems to establish its own identity. Many of the tasks and frequent puzzle solving elements felt disjointed and became somewhat of a chore during my many hours spent with the game. I felt for the most part that the action was fun, but it became a bit repetitive after my many instances of fighting the same enemy over and over. The best part of Darksiders Warmastered Edition for me was the boss fights. Each boss fight was fun and required quick strategic thinking. Some of the bosses actually reminded me of Zelda Dungeon bosses and required the player to utilize different objects within the environment to overcome the fight. There is also exploration and somewhat of a collection aspect to Darksiders Warmastered Edition. The artifacts you find throughout are cleverly hidden, but I never found myself incentivized enough to actually explore and collect every artifact. There is also a pretty deep progression system and upgrade system in the game. Some of the weapons and upgrades you find for War are cool and have the potential to create many varying gameplay styles. Overall the gameplay in Darksiders Warmastered Edition is good, although it can be a bit repetitive. However, if you like action games like God of War, then this game might be the game for you.
Story and Characters
The story in Darksiders Warmastered Edition centers around War who is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The plot itself involves the battle between heaven and hell and most of your time is spent traversing an apocalypse ravaged earth. The story starts with War losing his abilities and weapon’s and ultimately losing all the powers that made him such an imposing character overall. Throughout the entirety of the game you are regaining said abilities and weapon’s in preparation for the battle with the Destroyer who serves as the main antagonist in the game. Some of the other characters in the game are interesting and provide some funny conversations and scenarios for War. One of the characters that is present throughout most of the game is the Watcher. The Watcher became annoying over time and I couldn’t help but hear the Joker every time he spoke. It seemed Mark Hamill just implemented the Joker voice for The Watcher which seemed somewhat odd overall. The story and characters in Darksiders Warmastered Edition are good and provide some cool moments throughout the game. The story at least in my opinion is secondary to the gameplay and it’s in the actual gameplay that this game truly shines.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics in Darksiders Warmastered Edition are noticeably better than the original release back in 2010. The colors palette is more vibrant and the new 1080p resolution is a welcome change. Another change that was noticeable was the implementation of 60 FPS, the game runs way smoother with the added framerate and is an improvement on the original. The game also supports 4K resolution at least on the PS4 Pro. My one complaint with the presentation in Darksiders Warmastered Edition was the art design. I feel that the game doesn’t hold up well to being remastered and the various locales visited felt very dated. Many of the buildings and architecture look old and the added resolution doesn’t help with the games artistic direction. The sound design in Darksiders Warmastered Edition is also good and some of the music fits the overall tone of the game. There were a few instances where the sound almost completely cut out, but this could probably be fixed with future patches. The voice acting for the most part is good, although I had a few small complaints with some of the side characters. Honestly Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a solid remaster the graphical fidelity improvements are noticeable and the price point is reasonable compared to other AAA titles.
Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a good action game and in some instances, it does stand out from other games within the genre. Where the game falls short is in the repetitive nature of combat and some of the more frustrating puzzles. However, the greatest strengths of this game are the boss fights and the upgrade system. Each boss I fought required varying strategies and the weapon’s and upgrades I collected helped me conquer each boss encounter. I would say if you are looking for a good action game that is competitively priced then Darksiders Warmastered Edition might be the perfect game. Now with the release of Darksiders Warmastered Edition gamers have the chance to revisit the original game and the sequel on the current generation of consoles.