Darksiders: Warmastered Edition Review

Developed by: Vigil Games
Published by: THQ Nordic
Reviewed on PlayStation 4 (also available on Xbox One, Wii U, and PC)


dw2The original Darksiders is a third person action role playing hack and slash adventure game released back in 2010. Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is an upgraded version  of the original game when it was released back on the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360. You play as War, one of the Four Horseman of the apocalypse. Somehow the apocalypse was triggered early and War was to take the blame. The charred council in charge of the horseman granted permission for War to return to Earth to fix or find out who is behind this atrocity.

dw4The story is by far some of the best I have come across as creator Joe Madureira is one of the best storytellers and artists in the comic book industry. Some of his works include Battle Chasers and Avenging Spiderman, so players are in for a treat.  Joe Mad brings some of the best monster creation and detail to life…his designs are absolutely gorgeous. From angels and demons to War’s horse’s fiery mane, his designs will leave you admiring the amazing details of the city and in the characters. Now if the strong artwork isn’t enough, Darksiders brings you some of the best voice talent including Liam O’Brian as War, Troy Baker as Abaddon and Straga, and even the amazing Mark Hammil as the Watcher.  Hammil really brings the game to life since the Watcher is stuck to War as a condition to the council and can kill War if he does not listen.

dw3The gameplay is fantastic as a hack and slash action RPG. You gain souls from the demons or monsters you kill and this will become your currency in the game. This will help you purchase upgrades to your weapons, learn new skill set and combo moves, as well as gain power ups and potions. The game is like a dungeon crawler as you will go through specific places to retrieve something that will help you progress. This visual upgrades are very nice, since having played Darksiders on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, I could really see the enhancements that were done. War’s sword Chaoseater looked amazing in this edition, with the details even more vivid. The effects and combos are also really beautiful to behold. The detail in War’s horse Ruin looked phenomenal with his fiery tracks burning behind you as you ride through the wasteland.

Music is spot on in the game. While riding from area to area or just exploration the main areas, the music flows along with your actions. The boss battles in this game are quite dramatic on a huge scale. The music is always on par whether  you’re chasing a gigantic worm to flying on winged beasts. The music is just one part of a smooth, polished experience that makes Darksiders: Warmastered Edition such a great game even after all these years.