Welcome to our Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition review. It’s been about 4 years since Darksiders II Deathintive Edition released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC after the original Darksiders II released back in 2012. Now in 2019, its the Switch’s turn to have a bit of the pie after being ported by the guys at Vigil Games.
- Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Gunfire Games/Vigil Games
- Publisher: THQ Nordic
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: September 26th, 2019 (Nintendo Switch) 2015 (Other Formats)
- Price: £25.99 (U.K), $29.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 16 (UK/EU), M (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
In Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition, the story has you taking on the role of Death as he sets out to clear his brother’s name. Death himself is a bit of a cocky dude, although a very powerful one at that, so much so that you wouldn’t want to anger him or get on his bad side.
While the story itself is easy to follow, it makes more sense if you’ve actually played other Darksiders games. I’d definitely recommend playing the first one if you want to fully understand as this game takes place after the events of the first.
Armed with some very sharp scythes plus the ability to use secondary weapons, Death takes on a number of enemies both small and boss size as he partakes in his journey across the lands in this open-world adventure.
Enemies of the small variety differ greatly between areas and dungeons and whilst some do present a slight challenge they’re often easy to take out, particularly if you keep your weapons up to date through upgrading (if they allow it) or replacing with newer, much stronger ones as you progress. Boss fights are much tougher and get harder the further through the game you are, but can be overcome with a bit of patience.
Certain weapons can be upgraded and Death himself levels up in an RPG style complete with a skill tree that allows you to unlock new skills and combat moves as you progress through the game. Experience comes from defeating enemies and whilst there are plenty of those about it does take a while to level up.
Throughout the journey, you’ll find yourself platforming in a similar style to that of Lara Croft games or Unchartered games in that there’s lots of climbing, vertical shimmying, plain old obstacle dodging and plenty of puzzles to solve. The game handles all of this quite well, although dodgy camera angles can and do cause some frustration throughout, particularly when traversing walls and jumping from pillar to pillar.
As well as the game’s story quests you’ll also come across plenty of other stuff to do, such as freely exploring the open world and all of its secrets as well as completing side quests for various characters you’ll meet on your journey.
As far as ports go, Vigil Games has done a good job bringing this over to the less powerful Switch and it looks pretty nice graphically both on the Switch’s display and through my T.V. That said it isn’t without its hiccups and there are moments when the Switch’s weaker hardware shines through such as times where the game starts to stutter and slow down in a noticeable way and when opening doors which causes a 5 second wait to occur before you can move again.
When I say it looks nice graphically, I really mean it. Everything from the vast open areas you can witness on foot or the back of your horse to the game’s many dungeons you’ll find yourself exploring is so well detailed and graphically pleasing that you’d think the game has been specifically designed for the Switch.
In conclusion, Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition is the same game fans of the series loved from Xbox One, PS4, and PC but brought to life on a system that allows it to be played when on a bus or far from home. Vigil Games, tasked with porting such a big game to the system has managed to do a wonderful job and although it’s not without its hiccups it works and plays really well both when docked and being played portably.
That concludes our Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition review. To purchase the game digitally on Nintendo Switch, check out the links below. Alternatively, you can purchase the game as a physical edition from all good retailers.