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IGN AU: Darksiders Review

Darksiders has been a long time coming, but the wait has been worth it – this is a great action RPG. Solid, ever-evolving combat meets solid, ever-evolving puzzles in some really evocative environments. There are a few clumsy or lacklustre moments – the flying sequence is dull, for instance, and this isn't in any way a revolutionary game, but it is good fun and it is well-designed. A bit more challenge – both in combat and in puzzles – would have been appreciated (action veterans may want to consider playing on 'Apocalyptic' over 'Normal' difficulty), but in all Darksiders is more than worth your time and money.

Presentation - 9.0
Graphics - 9.0
Sound - 8.5
Gameplay - 8.5
Lasting Appeal - 8.0
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RememberThe3572854d ago

Cool, now all I have to do is go out and buy it.

Digitaldude2854d ago

Sounds pretty good, better than I better also.
But seriously is it me or do reviewers not know what a 9/10 is. IGN alone has given many many 9/10 in the year. 9/10 means a fantastic game that comes along a few times a year. Obviously many good games are coming out but they nee to adjust their numbers.
Around 5 years ago there werent half as many 9/10 given out then there was in recent years

HammockGames2854d ago (Edited 2854d ago )

Great score. Looking forward to this one.

Let the tide of great games for 2010 start rolling in.

@1.1 - As long as they're deserving of the score I don't mind, but I hear what you're saying. I'll worry if My Little Pony Road Apple Wars gets 9's and 10's. But it sounds like Darksiders is legit (good news for us).

Rampant2854d ago

I need this game. How could this have been off my radar for so long?

Raf1k12854d ago

This is great news for me as I've been looking forward to it for the past month after checking out some vids on gametrailers. I like the idea of a hack'n'slash with dungeons and upgradeable gear.

The look of the game also appeals to me. It may not be graphically amazing but the way it's done it great.

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hatchimatchi2854d ago

We're seeing lots of 9's lately because developing games on the ps3/360 is extremely expensive. Gone are the days of horrible cash in games flooding the market. A game that flops can single-handedly close a studio down these days. I.e. Factor 5 with Lair and Free Radical with Haze. Bad games still rear their ugly head from time to time (rogue warrior & vampire rain, lol) but not nearly as much this generation. Companies realize that they have to make quality, polished products if they want to succeed in the videogame market. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, (anything by activision & the yearly madden game) but those games are still polished and playable, it's just the same recycled stuff over and over.

The Great Melon2854d ago (Edited 2854d ago )

@MmaFanQc

Agreed, that is an injustice right there. Godhand was definitely fun and quirky even if it I didn't particularly like the clunky tank controls.

N4g_null2854d ago

You guys should realy support these guys they some really creative guys working over there. It's really too bad gow is getting all the hype when I love the art and stlye of the game more yet it's too bad I won't be getting an hd system just to play this game. Now if it comes to pc then I'm all over it.

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kvg882854d ago

It got docked points for lack of multiplayer? Seriously, since when has this been a requirement?! Isn't there such thing as single player only games anymore? lol while multiplayer can be fun, it shouldn't be necessity.

holdmedownma20082854d ago

IGN is full idiots, they think every game should have a multi-player mode like Halo.

BigPete79782854d ago

It's the way things have become now. Everyone wants some form of multiplayer in some way. I completely am the opposite though. I will take an amazing single player with a story that draws me in over multiplayer any day of the week. I rarely play multiplayer as it is.

Raf1k12854d ago

Wait for their review of GoW3. They'll knock that for lack of muyltiplayer too.

Ravage272854d ago

that was really retarded of them

bacon132854d ago (Edited 2854d ago )

Agreed. This type of game is a single player experience. A multi player mode would probably have felt half assed and unnecessary. IGN STFU.

KillaManiac2854d ago (Edited 2854d ago )

It makes no sense to give lower score for no multiplayer unless it was a game series that became popular with its multiplayer and the new game did not have it.

At the same time you can't hate on IGN completely (overall all reviews) they seem to be alot better than other sites now and days.

They didn't dock no multiplayer on Dragon's Age, Fallout, Oblivion, or Mass Effect type games...so not sure they do it to this game.

Also this is only IGN AUs review....we will see if the NA review is odd as this one was.

hatchimatchi2854d ago

If a reviewer knocks points off because of a lack of multiplayer, they deserved to be punched repeatedly in the mouth.

Multiplayer should never be a requirement and it's obsolete in the long run. What do you think is gonna happen to all these games whose focus is online MP when they shut the servers down 2 generations from now, or earlier? A solid single player experience will always outshine any MP focused game based solely on the fact that 15 years from now when the MP isn't playable, the single player campaign will be there, completely playable.

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TenSteps2854d ago

it has caught my attention

peeps2854d ago

sounds good. i'm still not sure what to get tho, this or Bayonette since they both come out on the same day. I'm sure a game like this would give me more playtime but in the coming months i wonder if thats the sorta game i need lol, maybe best saving this 1 till we have a games shortage in the summer perhaps...?

OmegaSlayer2854d ago

I don't expect a stop during summer.
This year will most surely be a non-stop rain of good games.
And devs are studying the times of releases to not saturate the market, so Summer will be the next Holy Land.

Bayonetta is awesome, around 10-12 hours on the first walkthrough and has a ton of replayability, the games is well thought and never gets old since the bonus characters have a slighth different gameplay and there's a lot of stuff to unlock.

I dreaded the review for Darksiders, until now I had the fear that the devs could have f**ked up a game with an incredible potential.
Now I'm happy.
Even 2 Italian magazines (OPM and PSM) both rated the game 9/10, so it's quite a unanimus verdict.
Congrats to Madureira, Vigil Games and THQ.

mesh12854d ago

NOT BUYING THIS GAME bayonetta is the best hack and slash ever made to date .

hatchimatchi2854d ago

Bayonetta is a great game but considering this game isn't hack n' slash, your post comes across as stupid and irrelevant.

Darksiders, if anything, is more similar to Zelda than it is to the hack n' slash genre. Which, in my opinion, is a great thing. I love a good open world adventure game, we don't see them all that much anymore in games.

TheXgamerLive2854d ago

I don't thinks it's a zelda look a like so much as it's more of a Legend of Kain/Soul Reaver look and play a like. In fact, if you liked Soul Reaver then you should love this game.

I have Mass Effect 2 pre ordered for january but I'm going to add this to my january list as well.

lastly, the sony fanboys are getting out of control, lets please stop the crap, ok? Enjoy the damn games, that's all.

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