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Scheduled release date:

Q4 2012

Publisher:

THQ

Developer:

Vigil Games

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action/RPG

Darksiders fans will maintain that Vigil’s pulse-pounding action extravaganza doesn’t get enough respect. But maybe when the sequel drops, the gaming community – and critics – will be waiting to embrace a top-quality, ultra-entertaining effort. In the first game, we played as War, one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse but this time around, we get a new protagonist: Death. And you know, with Four Horseman, Vigil can easily make four titles...logically speaking, couldn’t we create all new adventures with each member of the clan? Why not? Death, by the way, is a little different than War, which means Darksiders II is no rehash.

Death is faster and sleeker in his combat approach but he’s no less effective. He’ll be able to change his weapon on the fly – can we string combos together across different weapons, ala Devil May Cry? – and Death can even scramble up vertical walls for a short span of time. Furthermore, the developers are implementing plenty of new twists and upgrades, and in some ways, the additions feel like RPG elements. Death is more customizable than War and they’re tossing in a loot system, too. That’s right, you’ll be able to grab armor, boots, gloves, and weapons from fallen enemies, and you can set up your character however you see fit.

Plus, let’s not forget about the magic spells and the various fantasy-like settings we’ll find in the sequel. In so many ways, the game seems to boast a deeper role-playing feel, but not without sacrificing the heated action moments that made the first game so much fun. The key to your success will involve piecing together your weapons and equipment so that it suits your play style. We’ll encounter many different types of enemies, which will force us to reassess our equipment and strategy on a routine basis. Heck, Death will even have a skill tree! This blend of fast action and RPG-like depth is just the type of structure that should appeal to a great many gamers. I know it appeals to me.

The dungeons will be bigger. The world itself will be bigger. The entire scope and feel will be epic and more dramatic. We will have an entirely new story, complete with plenty of new locales and a bevy of new characters. Death will actually have gadgets at his disposal, such as the ghost hook, which turns him into a platforming master. Just about every aspect of the original game has been built upon or enhanced in some way. If this isn’t enough to convince the fans that Vigil is cooking up something special... We don’t have a release date just yet, but Darksiders II should be available some time later next year.

7/26/2011 Ben Dutka

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Comments (9 posts)

NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 9:45:40 PM
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Darksiders was incredible, I can't wait for the sequel. I can see how they can expand on the core gameplay without changing it too much. I hope they dont lean too far into the action genre and end up with a GoW clone.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 11:50:41 PM

GoW=good

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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 6:19:56 AM

God of War is amazing, but that doesnt mean i want a clone.

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Alienange
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 10:03:25 PM
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That trailer looks great. Loved the first one. It really surprised me at how good it was. Great control, great boss battles and some decent exploring and puzzle solving. Vigil reminds me of an old-school dev that's got the modern game know-how. I wish them all kinds of success with this one.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 11:49:36 PM
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Do we get to do more than press Square this time?

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Oxvial
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 1:26:15 AM

Yes that was one of the weak points fix that and they can have my money on day one.

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sunspider13
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 12:21:04 AM
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I was happily surprised with the first DS. It was a fun game and it had a horse, lol. But the game was an old school throwback of an action/adventure game for me and I happy that there is a sequel coming soon.

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Oxvial
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 1:29:24 AM
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Looks like this has potential to be 8.5-9.0, first game was solid 8.0 for me, I'm impressed with the trailer.

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___________
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 @ 4:00:13 AM
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sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cant wait for this!
by far the best of the 3 GOW games last year!
i hope death has the same weighty powerful feel as war did.
thats one of the best parts of darksiders combat, the weapons especially his sword feel so big and heavy, just feels like it would take a brute just to lift it.
have not felt that since i played ninja gaiden sigma and the dalihabro.
awesome game, i just hope they mellow down on the puzzles a little.
they did get a little frustrating after a while!

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