February 18th, 2017 - Jason
There’s an appeal to games that utilize the same areas over and over, and it’s partially because people love familiarity. What else do people love the same of? Well, that would be remasters of games that came out on the previous console. Or at least, that’s what the game developers seem to think as games keep getting rereleased. One of the more recent games to get that treatment is the original Darksiders with its Warmastered Edition. This comes off the heels of the Deathfinitive Edition of 2 – but is the apocalypse really worth surviving again?
If you played Darksiders originally, you are getting the same experience again for the most part. The difference is that now you get less lip sync. Honestly, starting the game off the opening cut scene was cut off very abruptly, and a good portion of dialogue in the game looks like a poorly dubbed movie from the 1960s until you play it long enough that it corrects. It wasn’t a very reassuring start for a game that is supposed to look better than the original version. Sadly, it appears that games that are being “remastered” for the current generation of consoles aren’t actually ending up better (Assassin’s Creed 2, anybody?).
Technical issues aside, the game plays as well as it ever did. If you just want to experience the battles, the exploration, and the world, you’ll have fun here. As with most remasters, it looks how you remember it, but when comparing the 2010 version and the 2016 version, it definitely looks better. I suppose one of the best ways to describe this is looking at the Sly Collection on PS3. Playing through Sly Cooper, it was exactly how I remembered it looking. But after popping the game into the PS2 and playing it, I realized just how different they really are. Of course, that is going from SD to HD, whereas this is HD to… HD. It doesn’t go to 4K, although I’m not sure the models or texture maps would really make that much of a difference if it was without being rebuilt from the ground up.
Controls are tight, the music is as good as it was before, and enemy AI is unchanged. Lip sync aside, all of the voice acting is great and pulls you into the world. If you’ve never played the game and don’t have the means of playing it on a last generation console, or you just don’t want to take it out to play a single game, this will work just fine. Is it the best version of the game? It may be after some of the technical issues are patched out, which can definitely happen in this day and age (might’ve happened by now, since I originally wrote this a couple months ago) – after all, Final Fantasy XV is getting patched for additional cutscenes and gameplay. Basically, if you like action-adventure games and have never played this, it’s a great title to jump into. If you already have played it or own it, it’s hard to recommend it again as there’s nothing new here.
- Lip Sync
- No Extras Added
Darksiders Warmastered Edition was developed by Vigil Games and KAIKO, and it was published by THQ Nordic. The game launched on PS4, X1, and Wii U on November 22nd, 2016, and PC November 29th, 2016 for $19.99. The game was provided to us for review on PS4. If you’d like to see more of Darksiders Warmastered Edition, check out the official site.
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