Seeking to clear his brother’s name and restore the Earth, Death, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, sets out on his own epic journey, running simultaneously alongside the events of the original, critically-acclaimed Darksiders. And as in Darksiders, the award-winning gameplay consists of combo-based combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving. But don’t worry if you haven’t played the original, the two stand alone, with knowledge of the original merely adding to the experience, rather than being integral to it.
Building upon the foundations of the original, Darksiders 2 features a fully-fledged Diablo-esque loot mechanic, gifting Death with unique weapons, armor, items, and abilities. Furthermore, Death himself levels up, unlocking new skills as he goes, boosting his lethality in combat. Additional tools, granting access to new areas of the game, are also acquired, further shaking up combat, unlocking new combos, and opening up previously-inaccessible locations filled with secrets and hidden loot.
As one would expect from a sequel, Darksiders 2 increases the level of detail and scope of the game’s worlds in comparison to the original game, and for users of NVIDIA graphics cards there are a range of driver-side enhancements to further increase fidelity and performance. Via the NVIDIA Control Panel, MSAA, FXAA, and CSAA anti-aliasing can be enabled to lessen the impact of jagged edges; Ambient Occlusion can be enabled to enhance the game’s shadowing; and SLI support can be enabled to maximize performance on multi-GPU systems. To make use of these features, GeForce driver 306.02 beta, or later, must be installed.
All in all, Darksiders 2 is a fantastic follow-up to the highly rated original. Featuring more content, more locales, more items, more combos, more weapons, and more enemies, it’s all a fan of the original could ask for in a sequel, and it’s equally accessible to franchise newcomers who will discover a multi-layered title full of diverse gameplay.