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Darksiders: Warmastered Edition

Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell.

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A hack and slash action adventure video game with about equal time devoted to combat and puzzle-solving/platforming developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. This game is based on the book of Revelations in the Bible. It took the concepts of four horseman’s and created their own mythology on them.

 

Summary:

Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, WAR one of the Four legendary Horsemen of the Apocalypse. A powerful warrior with a strong sense of honor who will stop at nothing to gain revenge for being betrayed. Where his sole duty is to be summoned to the Earth once the final battle of Armageddon begins. He is not aligned to Heaven or Hell but instead serves to bring order by the rule of The Charred Council, whose purpose is to uphold the balance between the two forces. He maintains a strict code of honor and will battle any obstacle in his way.

Earth is now a desolate wasteland, barely resembling it’s former shape. Humankind has long crumbled due to the Destroyer’s army of demons.

 

Gameplay:

The player takes place of War the main protagonist of the story, along with his steed, Ruin in a third person perspective. Action takes place both underground where puzzles play a large role, and above ground in which free roaming is allowed. The world is divided into separate locations with many areas initially inaccessible until later in the game. The center of the world, The Scalding Gallow, acts as a hub where War is given new objectives and paths to unlock new areas, many of which require the use of newly gained abilities to progress. The players have limited use of two-handed signature sword  Chaoseater, he will eventually obtain other weapons throughout the course of the game. He also has a Scythe, which he uses as his other main offensive weapon.

Weapons have different combinations of attack that can be obtained throughout the game. Along with combos, players are encouraged to use countering moves, blocks, and swift dodging. Projectile weapons such as a revolver and a boomerang-style throwing blade can also be used. Objects littered throughout the environment can also be used as weapons and projectiles. At a later point in the game, War gains the ability to summon a horse that provides faster movement and increased attack power. Along with weapon based attacks War can also use an array of magic-based attacks, known as Wrath powers, that are both offensive and defensive in nature. The amount of Wrath powers available are determined through the Wrath meter. War’s Chaos Form: which transforms him into a large, fiery and extremely resistant entity can be activated once War’s Chaos meter is filled. The powers and horse which War must regain play an important role in the game as they enable him to access areas of the world which would otherwise be closed to him. A wrath meter fills up as War fights and gives access to powered-up and special moves. War can also use special fatalities. For instance, War can jump from demonic bat to demonic bat, killing each one without touching the ground. War will also perform more stylized fatalities on bosses and mid-bosses without the need for the derivative quick time events. The combat centers primarily on powerful combos and specialty fatalities.

Gear items are featured equipment which War needs in order to open new areas within the large open hubs.

New equipment can also be purchased by selling souls collected by War’s Soul Harvest ability to a Soul Trader Demon, Vulgrim. This demon will trade souls and artifacts, the only applicable currency in a post-human world, for new abilities, weapons and armor. Weapons can also be customized by collecting upgrades throughout the game. These upgrades can be equipped and swapped between War’s arsenal of weapons. War also changes in appearance, from his red, blue, and black, to a more bad-ass gray and black with red-eyes. Health and Wrath capacity can also be increased by collected containers scattered throughout the world, defeating main bosses, and from Vulgrim.

 

Verdict:

Darksiders: Warmastered Edition is a great remastered for one of the greatest games of the past generation. Ultimately, Darksiders is a solid action-adventure title. This game brings back Guerra into action on PC and current-gen consoles. Great visuals, awesome gameplay and a very interesting story. Surely, everyone’s dying to play this game so much!!