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God Of War Composers Rock Darksiders Soundtrack

The time has come for action fans to make a tough decision: Darksiders or Bayonetta?

Both promising titles launch today and although Bayonetta has had the early review edge for some time, the first few scores for Darksiders have also been impressive. Furthermore, it seems to be geared more to the God of War followers while Bayonetta might satisfy those who have adored the likes of Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden in the past. One other thing Darksiders has going for it: a kick-ass soundtrack. Composed by award-winning musicians Cris Velasco (God of War series, Clive Barker's Jericho) and Mike Reagan (God of War series, Conan), this music assortment should be dark, heavy and oh-so-very-fitting. According to the press release, this soundtrack features "60 minutes of original music composed by Velasco and Reagan and was recorded with a full choir at the world renowned Skywalker Sound Studios." Vigil Games audio director Jeremy Robins added that this score "not only encompasses a character as epic as one of the four horsemen, but helped define it as an IP." It's almost impossible to overstate the need for fantastic music in games these days, especially for projects that require a heavy dose of atmospheric flavor and attitude. The soundtrack is always such a big part of the action.

So today, make your purchase decision carefully. Both games are technically classified as "action" but as you've likely already surmised, they're quite different from one another.

Related Game(s): Darksiders

1/4/2010 8:57:09 PM John Shepard

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Comments (83 posts)

Alienange
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:13:09 PM
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It's Darksiders over Bayonetta for me and it's certainly true that music plays a huge part of the entertainment value in a game. Hiring this talent is certainly a move in the right direction.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:13:22 PM

You've got to be kidding me. They hired the people that did music for GOW, big woop. That doesn't make me go OMG I NEED this game anymore than if it was my favorite artist. A game lives and dies on its gameplay, not the background music.

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Oxvial
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:24:56 PM

actually music can be a good reason (but not the best one)and one of the reasons I don't like Bayo too much that J-pop music is just too cheesy for me.

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SnipeySnake
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:31:22 PM

Music is actually one of my big points i need in a game. And i kinda like the bayonetta music over darksiders (my opinion).

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Hezzron
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:48:32 PM

Music IS important. You can have a great game, but lousy music will drag it down and make the whole experience irritating.

I'm sure some folks here can name a few games they've played, where they've decided to mute the volume and play their own tunes.

Also, if music in games weren't a big deal, PSX Extreme wouldn't bother with articles like this.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:51:01 PM

I never said music wasn't important. I'm simply saying it doesn't make or break a game. I'm pretty confident when I say ALL OF YOU would still be buying GOW3 even if it had the My Little Pony theme in the background.

end of line or whatever that assclown says.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:57:32 PM

@hezzron73

Even PSXE can have a slow news day.

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:42:04 AM

Well I think corny or bad music can break a game.
And FFVII without all it's amazing soundtrack and theme music would've totally changed the impact it has on me now.

The atmosphere and fun you have playing a game will totally change with music.
That's why I don't like playing my own music to games that allow it, the composers made what they want us to hear - kinda ;)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:49:33 AM

Banky I bribe you for a reason, you're supposed to agree with me!

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Silent_J
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 8:14:56 AM

muted devil may cry 3.had to take the music off .

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frostface
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:18:38 PM
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Can't see myself getting Bayonetta at all, holding onto my redundancy money for the Heavy Rain, Dantes Inferno, WKC and a few others coming out soon. Don't know enough about Darksiders, we gonna be getting a review on that one?

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dragonx_HD
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:22:54 PM
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If only we lived in a world without rent, I could buy both. But then I would have to have a clone to help play all these awesome games that come out. I almost feel bad for the duel console owners. Where do you get the time. lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:12:50 PM

TheWorldEndsWithRent

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:10:36 PM

Stop renting and own? It's a great time to buy a house.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 7:31:25 AM

Yeah, and then you can start flipping houses, and then you can really start making some money.....oh, wait.

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Buckeyestar
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 7:40:40 AM

Buying a house wins up costing you more than renting.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 10:08:23 AM

@ Star

You do realize buying a house is an investment? Renting is throwing your money in the garbage. My parents have owned several houses and each time they sold it they made a substantial profit. How much money do you get back for renting? ZERO

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:36:00 PM
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I need to save my money for better titles, but when I get one it will be Darksiders.

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to_far_apart
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:05:53 PM

Let's just hope the wallet can withstand this onslaught of purchases lol

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:11:54 PM

You need to upgrade that pathetic excuse for a computer.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:27:13 PM

Meh. It does what I need it to do.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:42:43 PM

Let me guess:

Porn
Word Processing
PSXE
Torrents
Porn

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Oxvial
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:53:41 PM

that list lacks more porn.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:58:21 PM

Well I figured I'd leave room for some Straight porn and some Bi porn. I didn't want to come off weird, you know?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 4:10:33 AM

Sorry vertigo I think you're the only bi gamer in town :) But that list looks about right anyway.

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Snaaaake
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:39:14 PM
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Bayonetta over Darksiders for me but I'll buy Darksiders after March Madness.

That is, if my wallet is still fat.

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St_Jimmy
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:01:40 PM

well my wallet is anorexic because whenever i get anyform of money at all it always manages to leave just as fast as it came in. Either that too much fibre.

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fluffer nutter
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:41:34 PM
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I hope to be getting both in about five hours.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:11:14 PM

Money Bags fluffer.

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fluffer nutter
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:31:19 PM

Nope. I've got store credit to burn and I will be price matching these so they should be 39.99 + tax, out the door. Yes!

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:49:06 PM

Latley I've been an Amazon whore. They keep emailing me $20 off promotions, maybe because I'm a Prime member. Being a gamer is great, it's Christmas a couple times a month.

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Oxvial
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 9:49:24 PM
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One plus about Darksiders its that the Ps3 version>360 one.

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Snaaaake
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:00:50 PM

How?

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Oxvial
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:21:43 PM

360 version has screen tear problems.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:49:36 PM

Ya but it has the better controller..


I kid I kid!

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Oxvial
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:52:36 PM

yeah the xbox 360 controller is perfect also FPS are awesome on it f*ck the mouse!
;)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:27:04 AM

You wise guy!

I can take it just as much as I give it :)

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:45:29 AM

Ew

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:09:23 AM

No not that way, I meant the gay way.

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St_Jimmy
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:02:28 PM
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Darksiders for me, i don't want to support developers that are sloppy enough to do a crappy port. Not that i will be getting either though, like world said i need to save my money for better titles.

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geovanwitdakick
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:33:38 PM
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I agree with you there Jimmy, I rather not have the game than have the downgraded form of it. Apart from possibly gettin teased by Xbots, you also prolly are buying something that truly isn't worth $60. I'm surely not supporting Bayonetta. I guess I am happy that Sega ported the game over to PS3, but shouldn't they have enough experience with the hardware by now?

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DIsmael85
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 10:52:57 PM
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Bayonetta over Darksiders. Screw that game. I have my reasons :P.

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SnipeySnake
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:34:41 PM

Same

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:47:09 PM

Okay I just read your post, the sex can begin.


I mean fight.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:03:01 PM
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I'm not buying this game. You can't make me.

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DIsmael85
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:20:56 PM

Not sure if you are directing that toward me or not, but let's not go running around on my opinion. You have no idea why I'm not buying this game, and it's not really worth it to explain. So grow up. Before you direct that at me, think for a second, like I said, you know nothing as to why I'm not buying it. Bayonetta will be a much better game. I just happen to like that style of gameplay.
And to be on topic, for those who may say something, cool that the God of War composers are getting into other things, but I dont think it'll make this game any better. I'll wait for the better game God of War 3 when that drops.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:28:05 PM

I think he meant that comment completely in general and directed toward no one and everyone. Or he would have replied to ya.

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fluffer nutter
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:33:32 PM

I say you two tie your left arms together and each grab a shard in your free hand and fight it out!

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SnipeySnake
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:34:31 PM

What World said =0

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Oxvial
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:35:18 PM

LOL.. LV don't want Darksiders and I don't remember him talking about Bayo.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:38:28 PM

Er, seems a little harsh dude when you really don't even know if he's directing it at you. Besides I doubt he's getting either one.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, January 04, 2010 @ 11:46:23 PM

@DIsmael85

No offense but I didn't bother to read your post before making my own. Sorry that you're entire reply is POINTLESS.

Fluffer GREAT Idea, only stipulation I have is I demand we put in the movie Over the Top starring Sylvester Stallone for pregame.

Thank you to everyone that offered an explanation to the man that attacked me, you're all too kind...mwaaaaaaa!

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:08:04 AM

yeah really, if LV wanted to direct it to you, you would've already seen a comment. No need to get defensive there buddy. lol

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:01:01 AM
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Ok ok my bad sheesh, you peoples is crazy, I just noticed the guy went banana's on here after I posted that. Sorry LV, but I assumed, you know how the internets is.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:04:59 AM

No worries, I'm always kidding around. Don't take any of it personal. I'm always good about replying to someone's posts within their post so if you see a post from me outside of yours it's probably not directed toward your post.

I'm still up for what fluffer suggested though. Wanna do a little Over the Top glass fighting?

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:06:16 AM

Haha, alright man. I'm not gonna lie, I'm not good in a glass fight.

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to_far_apart
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:08:54 AM

the internet can be deceiving =o hahaha

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:15:48 AM

Me neither but I love boy blood.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:18:44 AM

You just love boys. :P

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:27:21 AM

Only the ones you produce in your sexy tummy for me.

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fluffer nutter
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:19:53 AM
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Damnit. I'm psyched for Darksiders and I want to hear this great soundtrack. ARRAWOUROWEIURFWE!

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:30:19 AM

I suggest you go to your local record store and flush the toliet a couple times, it will have the same effect.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:36:22 AM
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Limited, I can tell you with complete honesty that I'd think twice about buying GoWIII with the My Little Pony theme in the background.

I think you really are underestimating the importance of great music. But maybe that's because so many PC games have crap-ass soundtracks. ;) j/k

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:42:34 AM

Tee hee.

*Giggle*

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:55:48 AM

Actually I would think Kratos would totally be more badass by strutting around to the My Little Pony themes. Ripping off horns and all that jazz..

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:03:56 AM

Geez, carrying around this PC baggage sometimes gets heavy on this site!

IMO the genre is what determines the importance of the music. Games like RPGs or story driven games like Heavy Rain rely on the music to draw the gamer even further into the game, I get that. Games like GOW3 I really don't see the music playing a big role.

I'm all for gaming music, I own dozens of soundtracks. PC gaming soundtracks too Ben!

BTW I'm all for GOW3 with the My Little Pony theme, a boy can dream.

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___________
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:12:27 AM

pfffft
who cares about music?
just turn off the speakers and get back to beheading sun gods!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 4:14:40 AM

Got to disagree Vertigo, the music helps get you amped during the battles. Imagine slaying hordes of a-holes with no music whatsoever. Most people don't even realize the role music plays in their favorite games because it feeds so seamlessly into the experience that they don't even know it is making it more enjoyable.

When you're rollin through town in a convertible do you wanna play Low Rider or some crap from Hannah Montana?

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 10:10:22 AM

Party in the USA, definitley.

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Juanalf
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:45:09 AM
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I'm still sticking with Bayo.Why should I (or anybody else)give two sh!ts about who's composing Darksiders.Bayonetta looks to be the better game overall.

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 12:45:58 AM

Yeah it is pretty stylish (Y)

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:05:12 AM

When you're done with its 8hrs of gameplay can I borrow it? I have a feeling I'm going to be short on coasters next weekend.

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Juanalf
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 3:03:24 PM

Maybe!? only if you let me borrow FFXIII so I can use it as a Frisbee.

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Kangasfwa
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:14:48 AM
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I should be getting Darksiders in the mail today. I bought the game months ago (Play mag convinced me early on).

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Silent_J
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 8:18:33 AM

i will be getting darksiders its more of what I like ,that zelda feel to it.but probably gonna rent bayonetta.

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___________
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:15:06 AM
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i cant wait till this comes out.
1 more day, just 1 more day, O COME ON THE WAIT IS KILLING ME!!!!!!!
though i find it extremley hard to believe that bayonetta has got better reviews than this.
and thats kinda worrying, well i dont believe them but if they are true.......
i never agree with reviews, according to reviews bayonetta is a 9.5 where i would say 8 is being generous.
ill wait till ive finished darksiders, but seriously if bayonetta is better than it O BOY! am i going to be disappointed.
its going to take more than dantes inferno and GOW3 to fill that void.

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tlpn99
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 6:28:24 AM
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Easy choice for me as I was never that much of a fan over either Devil May Cry Or the Ninja Gaiden games so looks like the Darksiders for me it is then.

May look at Bayonetta when it's down in the reduced bin further down the line, too many good games coming 2010 cant afford them all this year like I did last year.

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Silent_J
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 8:20:16 AM

I couldnt even finish Devil May Cry 4 ,wasnt really into it.

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 6:29:47 AM
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I work in a GAME store in UK, and yesterday I heard someone claim that Darksiders was better than GoW, because the main character had a scythe.

Really? REALLY? HAVE YOU SEEN THE BLADES OF FREAKIN' CHAOS?

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Silent_J
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 8:22:04 AM

haha what the hell.so that person probably thinks Dante is the best.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 7:39:43 AM
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I have never been excited about either of these games. They just don't seem that entertaining.

Maybe someone can convince me otherwise after they've played them.

But for now I'll stick with UC2, MW2 and ACII....they all have alot of life left in them.

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Nerull
Tuesday, January 05, 2010 @ 1:03:39 PM
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It'll be darksiders for me, can't stand J-pop, but only once it gets cheap.
Dragon age and killzone2 should keep me occupied for a good long while anyway.

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just2skillf00l
Sunday, January 10, 2010 @ 7:53:46 PM
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Yeah. Music is more important in games than some people make it out to be. A game functions at its best through the collective efforts of many elements. Gameplay, controls, cut-scenes implementation, pacing, character design, dialogue/monologue, enemies with high AI, background, and of course music. A game isn't really great unless it balances out most if not all of these elements and more. Uncharted 2 did a lot more than some people may think. It might have been visually stunning but there is a lot more to that game than people may realize.

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