Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition Review

If I could piece together what Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition for the Nintendo Switch reminded me of, it would be a mixture of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and the God of War series. The initial look of the environment reminds me of a darker more adult version of the over world of Hyrule from the Twilight Princess. The dungeons that I have played to unlock the fire of the mountain for the ability to move forward felt very traditional to what you would see in an adventure game with finding a dungeon map and fighting a mini boss and a main boss along with hordes of enemies. This game is a hack and slash with the capability of dodging at will. You’re able to also utilize a side arm using the “X” button and your gun using the “ZR” button. The main attack patterns is where the reminiscing tone of God of War comes into play where Kratos had chain like scythes that could seemingly create multiple different attack strings.

The dungeon format and puzzle solving mechanics is what remind me of the Zelda franchise. Puzzles with rolling spheres and bombs that trigger from the use of your pistol and some bombs that are green will react automatically when touched with the green crystals that will block your path. The bombs that trigger with your gun can be used to activate switches that are hard to reach or that are far away. I didn’t feel challenged on the normal difficulty in any of the dungeons I played, I suggest that you switch to the hardest difficulty if you are in the same boat.

I believe that THQ did a great job bringing this game over to the Nintendo Switch. This was my first introduction into the Darksiders franchise and style of games but I can definitely see myself seeing the game through to the end to see how clearing Death’s brother War from being executed is. Death wants to restore humanity and that in and of itself is an interesting outlook to hear that the reaper wants to bring life instead of take it. I love the music in each dungeon and in the overworld and think that if you’re in the market for a hack and slash action-adventure title for your Nintendo Switch, Darksiders II Deathinitive edition is your game!

Gaming Score: 8.5 out of 10. 

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