A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Though saving brother, humanity is positive goal, themes of revenge, hatred, constant combat, destruction outweigh these concerns.
Positive Role Models
You play Death, a horseman of the Apocalypse. Trying to save his brother, War, and resurrect humanity is a plus, but his quest for revenge, constant violent methods make him the perfect antihero.
Ease of Play
Multiple levels of difficulty, in-game hints and tips allow players to progress at their own pace; some leaping sections can be challenging.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a variety of bladed, blunt weapons -- oversized scythes and hammers -- to fight monsters in brutal combat. Gore, blood constantly present, with creatures impaled, decapitated, ripped apart, and enemies crying in pain. Finishing moves specifically triggered by players on monsters as well.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters, monsters wear tight outfits, show ample cleavage.
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"Hell" used frequently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is a violent downloadable action role-playing game (RPG). Players take on the role of Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, on his quest of revenge and redemption. Themes of destruction, devastation, hatred, and conquest are constantly echoed throughout the game, providing a bleak setting for players to fight their way through. There's also a focus on continually fighting your way through any enemy that opposes you, wielding scythes, hammers, and other weapons to destroy monsters or corrupted beings. Gore and blood are constantly shown, and enemies are impaled, decapitated, ripped to pieces, or, in some cases, destroyed by the classic avatar of Death himself, all of which actions are triggered by player commands. Controls are easy to manage, though some puzzle sections can prove frustrating to some players.
Is It Any Good?
This updated version of the action RPG brings a massive game to a new generation of consoles and computers, with vastly expanded content and equipment for players to discover. The Deathinitive Edition does a clever job of integrating the downloadable content that was slowly released for the title, seamlessly integrating new loot and gear into stores or as random drops from fallen enemies. New tombs or dungeons can also be immediately accessed, so if you're looking for a challenge (or items that can't be found anywhere else), you can instantly move toward those sections and explore. All of this expands an already vast and deep game that allows players to customize their avatar of death to fit their style of play.
That being said, Deathinitive Edition isn't as "definitive" as one might hope. The original game could have some muddy visuals, and even though this game has been enhanced to full HD, the textures can still be a bit bland and washed out. The game's camera still hasn't been resolved in a satisfying way, because it will still get stuck in some environmental objects as you're navigating some levels. Plus, unlike the original, the update seems to have introduced a number of bugs and crashes that plague the game at random. There's nothing more frustrating than making it through a challenging dungeon only to have the game crash on you unexpectedly. But, these issues aside, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition is still an excellent game that older players will enjoy, especially if they're hack-and-slash game fans.
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