Review: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4).

THQ Nordic made it possible to re-incarnate the War and wreak havoc on the ranks of those who had called him wrongly. How does the six-year-old game play on PS4? We’ll find out in a moment.

Remasters. A creation as needed and unnecessary. They do not bother me personally, and sometimes I will even reach for a title from the times of the Polish People’s Party. When I played the original Darksiders (PS3) in 2010, I was immediately enchanted by an interesting idea for the world, its hero and – for those times – nice graphics. Now, after six years, I’ve found a reason to come back to the game, but with more powerful hardware. Certain expectations have therefore increased, but more on that in a moment. I also do not belong to the group of players for whom beautiful graphics determines the level of interest in a given title. I am having a great time with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4), Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PS4) ported from phones or the pixelated Shovel Knight (PS4). Marketing numbers do not make a big impression on me, so I took note of the announced 1008p and 60 frames per second and decided to confront it with the Warmastered Edition (great subtitle, by the way).

Review: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4)

A quick explanation for those unfamiliar with the original – Darksiders (PS3) is a story about one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who was tricked to bring destruction to the Human Kingdom. Instead, he is put on trial by the ancient Council of the Ashen, he swears to get back at the crooks. This is how the rather long and dangerous adventure of War begins. In order not to reveal too much to those for whom this will be the first contact with the title, let me just say that as the game progresses, our hero gains new skills and equipment, and boss fights are sometimes really demanding in terms of tactics and reflexes. The story itself ultimately seems much more convoluted than the first minutes might indicate.

When it comes to gameplay, the work originally created by Vigil Games is representative of the action adventure game genre. As for the combat system, let me reassure you – it is uncomplicated, can be learned quickly and does not flood us with overcomplicated, incredibly long combinations of attacks. Various types of weapons are available to us, among which it is worth stopping at, among others. with a huge glove evoking associations with Hellboy. Someone may ask about the length of the game. My answer is that it takes about 20 hours to complete without rushing to pick up anything that catches your eye. A good result for a game that mixes action, exploration and solving not too complicated (except for those at the end of the game) puzzles.

Review: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4)

Due to what I wrote earlier, the game seemed to me, to put it mildly, not very pretty. After a few hours, however, I realized that this title looks roughly the same as when it was released on PS3. Of course, we have significantly improved resolution and some new special effects, but these were so commonplace in this generation of games that I just didn’t notice them without comparing the two versions directly. The changes appear only when we take a closer look at the aspects of the game that are affected by the increased framerate (up to a fixed 60 frames per second) – i.e. a much smoother and more pleasant camera to use.

Originally released on PlayStation 3, among others, the version lacked Polish subtitles. Thanks to the remaster, this bug has been fixed and the game can boast a cinematic version that was done very well. I have not noticed badly translated issues or any technical problems with the Polish language. If this is your first contact with this title, I would give it a strong 9/10 in this category. However, looking at the remaster itself – it’s not perfect. In fact, the whole thing is good at best. The developer could have done much more in technical aspects to make Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4) better defend itself on this generation of consoles.

Review: Darksiders: Warmastered Edition (PS4)