Drawn back to the darkside

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

ORIG­I­NAL­ITY in video gam­ing, it’s pretty over­rated these days.

The first Dark­siders game proved this in 2010 when it be­came a sleeper hit, de­spite an over­whelm­ing sim­i­lar­ity to Nin­tendo’s smash hit

Zelda se­ries. So the se­ries is back to do much the same thing again in this se­quel, and that’s OK with me.

Fol­low­ing War’s ac­ci­den­tal apoc­a­lypse in the orig­i­nal game,

Dark­siders 2 picks up the story with Death, War’s brother in arms, and one quar­ter of the in­fa­mous Four Horse­men of the Apoc­a­lypse.

Star­ring the new playable horse­man Death, look­ing to re­deem his brother and res­ur­rect the hu­man race, Dark­siders 2 shifts the main ac­tion to a whole new lo­ca­tion called the Nether Realm, which looks some­thing be­tween Tolkien’s Mid­dle Earth and the back of Ooze some­where. It’s an un­touched myth­i­cal world full of wide open plains and deep dank tombs.

Ad­mit­tedly you’ll spend much of your time gal­lop­ing across it on vast find- and- fetch quests, but at least it’s an at­trac­tive- look­ing can­vas for your elab­o­rate er­rands to take place in. From a game­play stand­point,

Dark­siders 2 ex­hibits in­flu­ences from sev­eral other great games. What emerges is equal parts God of War,

Prince of Per­sia, and Shadow of the Colos­sus, all stemmed from the core in­spi­ra­tion of Nin­tendo’s flag­ship fan­tasy se­ries Zelda.

The game’s plat­form­ing might not be as pol­ished as Prince of Per­sia, its com­bat def­i­nitely not as vis­ceral as

God of War and its dun­geon puz­zling isn’t a patch on Zelda but it still man­ages to merge these el­e­ments into a co­he­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dark­siders 2 may share more than a few sim­i­lar­i­ties with other games, but the end re­sult is still a fun throw­back to an ad­ven­ture genre built on ex­plo­ration and loot­ing. Add a stun­ning art style and oo­dles of imag­i­na­tion and you’re still left with a thor­oughly en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

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