- Dec 6, 2013
Metacritic: 72 (going with PC version because it currently has more reviews. Will switch if this changes)
God is a Geek: 9/10
Darksiders III is a stunning achievement, bringing the once-dead series back to life with aplomb.
The design of the world, the way Fury explores it, the few puzzles, and the combat are all well-designed, elevating it above the elements that make it feel like a game from the past.
Most of my complaints are related to the RPG bits which are not the main focus of Darksiders III. It remains an action-fueled project and that's an angle it does well, reigning in some of the out-of-hand ideas from its predecessor. With all of the efforts to resurrect this once dead and buried series I hope there's a chance to wrap it all up with Strife: I want to see this story through until the end, blemishes and all.
The straightforward simplicity of Darksiders III is a refreshing change of pace after exploring so many dense open-world games. That simplicity doesn’t refer to the combat or boss battles, though, which are complex and almost startlingly unforgiving. Its throwback philosophy is comfort food for action gamers of a certain age, but it would’ve been nice to see the third game in the series introduce some new concepts to relaunch Darksiders in the modern age.
When combat is between you and one other, Darksiders 3 can provide some decent, button-mashy fun, but the real fight is with the baffling world design and some cheap deaths.
Darksiders return is marred by bland environments and an unfocused design that can't help but frustrate and underwhelm.
Darksiders' schlocky action makes a welcome return, though it's not enough to shake the feeling you've played this before - and better.
Seems like it's being sent out to die. With so many high profile releases in recent months and coming just after a ton of black friday sales where I'm sure a lot of people picked up discounted games, this needed to more than a 7/10 to sell well.
I'd still be interest to play it after a price drop, based on reviews it does sound fun and maybe some of the complains will be addressed in a future patch.
And hey, it's still the better post apocalyptic earth game release this month!