Quick Look: Darksiders

#251 Posted by handlas (3067 posts) -
@JohnRabbit said:
" @handlas said:
" @JohnRabbit:   Relax?  I didn't know I was conveying anger.  If the game is good, then Jeff's review will say so.  I don't think judging his thoughts during the quick look is the best idea.  The quick looks are more-so just for entertainment. "
Your initial post defended a position that wasn't being attacked (the quality of the Quick Look, Jeff's role in its production).  It comes across as needlessly accusatory.  More to the point, we seem to differ on how we view Quick Looks.  Video reviews to me are summary discussions on what a game contains, the quality of that content, and whether or not the particular reviewer liked the experience.  Quick Looks to me are a more "direct" review of a game; a player experiencing the game live and delivering immediate and off-the-cuff remarks. They do not have the luxury of time to carefully build and craft their thoughts into a shinier package (a review). A Quick Look to me has as much influence if not more on how I will personally feel about playing a particular title.  I just think Darksiders shows poorly overall.  The method in which its parts build upon one another does not become apparent until the end of the first dungeon (about 3 hours of game time), at the very least. Like you said, if the game is good (which it is) Jeff's review will echo this sentiment.  However it is not too much to expect the words and opinions expressed in a Quick Look would be somewhat indicative of the final assessment.    It is foolish to continue this debate however.  I look forward to the review. "
ehhh...relax dood.
#252 Posted by AV_Gamer (846 posts) -

LAME This game rips off every other hit game of this type poorly. At least Dante's Inferno is interesting. This game isn't

#253 Posted by Metal_Mills (3413 posts) -
@supermike6 said:
" What's screen tearing? "
When the screen splits in 2. Think of it like having a picture of a piece of paper. Cutting it in half horizontally, and moving the bottom half slightly to one side. The picture looks like it tears. Games do this sometimes but quickly so it looks like it's ripping, fixing and reripping over and over. Most times it's not a big issues but in some games(like Dead Rising) it gets bloody annoying.
#254 Posted by Keeper_Garrett (46 posts) -

Awesome Young Ones quote...

#255 Edited by rugripper40 (60 posts) -

holy cow dude...how can the dudes at giant bomb goofing around get you so upset...dude games are suppose to be a slammin goodtime and these dudes here are funny as hell...if gaming and reviews get you that fired up,then quit gaming...you need to take a deep breath and a chill pill or open your own website...btw ive been enjoying these dudes humorous activities for 10 years,i doubt their going to change the way they do things because of  your rants....rock on with your badself
#256 Posted by rugripper40 (60 posts) -

what???  refine what???....its an action adventure game not a open sandbox game... if thats what your refering to by being refined.,dont know...its this way dude...you either like action adventures or story driven games with button mashing or you dont...i really like these type of games over any other again...and there pretty much the same,theres nothing to refine....god of war is an awesome game and when it comes out in march,nothing will even compare to the brutality and awesomeness[new word] of this game...lol...god of war...action adventure genre...nothing compares to it...that game is just fkin great    
#257 Edited by mordecaix7 (727 posts) -

Looks like it turned out that Jeff really liked it. 4 out of 5 stars.  For those saying it's a rip-off (from Jeff's review):

Despite the way that Darksiders makes you think of some other game at every turn, it doesn't feel like some copycat piece of trash. Instead, all this "borrowing" results in a game that, at times, feels a whole lot like Nintendo's Legend of Zelda series. And it's done well enough that folks looking for a Zelda-style adventure won't be disappointed.

and about the story

 The story lurches a bit in spots, especially near the beginning of the game, but as more and more blanks get filled in, Darksiders' narrative gets stronger and stronger, culminating in a conclusion that answers all of the questions asked during the previous 15 hours while also setting things up for what would probably make for a pretty cool sequel. 

 and finally combat

Along the way, you'll experience plenty of combat. Darksiders has a fairly well-developed combat system that'll certainly reward you for just mashing buttons, but you can exchange the game's currency (souls, naturally) for additional attacks and weapons. The extra moves let you execute dash attacks, pop-up attacks that set up lengthy air combos, and so on. It's not entirely unlike God of War or Devil May Cry, if I may cram yet another game name or two into this review. The combat ends up feeling really satisfying as you get better and better at the additional moves, but the defensive end of the fighting, which lets you block, counter, and dash all by using the right bumper in various ways, doesn't feel as responsive as it should, making it tough to act with precision when you're being swarmed by angry demons. 

final quote

While you can explain a lot of things about Darksiders by listing off other games that are directly referenced during the adventure, the game doesn't feel like some simple clone.

This game cannot be judged by a simple look at the beginning of the game.  It needs to be played through it's relatively weak beginning to experience it's strong middle and end.  This is Vigil's first game and if it doesn't get support, we won't see more great games like this come out.  Vote with your wallet.  This is an experience worth your money (unless you hate the Zelda style game that is...)
#258 Posted by rugripper40 (60 posts) -

dude you need a play by play...damn this game is awesome...dont know why your so negative in every post you write...its either with you, a copy of some other game so it sucks,needs something more..god only know what u r talking about and the reviewers need to be more redifined....if you like a story driven action adventure game...like prince of persia,god of war,ratchett and clank,jax and daxter,and so on...buy it,if not to bad cause this game rocks the fk out...cheers misery


on Jan. 11, 2010
where be the review?  Jeff get bored of it and quit playing?    
#259 Edited by HiScores (64 posts) -

I see what you guys mean about the challenge sections but then again, they're all over every Ratchet and Clank game and I found myself actually looking forward to the arena bits in those games. 
Still, I picked this up with Bayonetta last weekend and still haven't got around to playing. This vid has made me want to get into it.

#260 Posted by Baconator (172 posts) -

I can hear the developers going: ''DAMNIT! Of all the parts he could have picked to show our game ... DAMNIT!'' I'm almost through the game and the part being shown here is in my overall top three of things I didn't care for in this game ... and Darksiders is a long game. Stupid challanges.

#261 Posted by csma (10 posts) -

love this game this is the zelda game type iv been waiting for......... 
horse men rulezzzz!!! 

#262 Posted by InitialReaction (7 posts) -

Darksiders is discussed on this week's InitialReaction, a new podcast dedicated to talking about the games and movies we are playing and looking forward to.  
Check it out

#263 Posted by This_Dude (305 posts) -

i enjoyed this quick look.

#264 Posted by Nentisys (917 posts) -

Just picked up Darksiders, played around 3-5hours so far. Seems interesting, the plot has me interested and I like the artstyle. Very bad spot for a QL though. Looking forward to playing more, so thumbs up.

#265 Posted by TEHMAXXORZ (1190 posts) -

Onimusha? Cars have souls? crazy demons walking into walls?

#266 Posted by phrosnite (3513 posts) -

War has a Powerfist! 40k ftw :) I want to play this so bad.

#267 Posted by csl316 (12270 posts) -

Problem with this Quicklook is that everything before this was pretty awesome.  They just happened to show something pretty dull.
And I recommend playing this on apocalyptic (you know, hard).  Makes the combat a lot more satisfying than it appears to be here.

#268 Posted by Masha2932 (1332 posts) -

It seems like inception ripped off the darksiders horn :-)

#269 Posted by DG991 (1435 posts) -

I can't watch this and hear the jokers voice... its so jokers voice. 

#270 Posted by magnum45 (25 posts) -

Seems to be a bit too influenced by God Of War series.. IMO.

#271 Posted by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -

i impulse bought this today. looking forward to it.

#272 Posted by kollay (2053 posts) -

I just beat this for the first time yesterday - great game.

Can't wait for Darksiders II!

#273 Posted by Paindamnation (863 posts) -

Liam O Brien is in EVERYTHING

#274 Posted by Sackmanjones (5276 posts) -

Yay for bumping old threads

#275 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5150 posts) -

Wait, why is this QL has its own thread? Videos don't have threads.

#276 Posted by JonSmith (174 posts) -

Because Drew said so. And you're a BIT behind on this one.

#277 Posted by believer258 (13555 posts) -

This Quick Look contains what is probably the worst part of the game. Someone might watch this and think "what the hell? Why do people like this game!?"

The rest of it is much better.

#278 Posted by OneAndOnlyBigE (471 posts) -

Old threads being bumped isn't necessarily a bad thing if people are going back and play Darksiders in anticipation of Darksiders II. However, as others have said, don't let the portion of the game being shown in this Quick Look dissuade you from playing the game. It's easily the worst part of an otherwise excellent game.

#279 Posted by theimmortalbum (558 posts) -

@OneAndOnlyBigE said:

Old threads being bumped isn't necessarily a bad thing if people are going back and play Darksiders in anticipation of Darksiders II. However, as others have said, don't let the portion of the game being shown in this Quick Look dissuade you from playing the game. It's easily the worst part of an otherwise excellent game.

I bought Darksiders earlier this year after Patrick talking about playing through it. I love it and can't wait for DS 2. The part in the QL is where I'm at in the game, actually.

#280 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -

Real tempted to pick it up. Any ideas where I can get it super cheap? 

#281 Posted by Hunkulese (3205 posts) -
@theimmortalbum You love it and can't wait for the sequel after playing 20 min of a 30 hour game?
#282 Posted by theimmortalbum (558 posts) -

@Hunkulese said:

@theimmortalbum You love it and can't wait for the sequel after playing 20 min of a 30 hour game?

Yep. I'm already sold on it. Haha.

#283 Posted by cbarnes86 (674 posts) -

I'm upset at myself for not having played this game when it came out. I have it out on Gamefly now (just in time eh?) and I love it. I've always been into games like God of War and Legend of Zelda and this game mixes the two pretty greatly. Can't wait to finish it and play the second! (LOOT!)

#284 Posted by TekZero (2991 posts) -

One of those games I seriously regret trading in. I might just buy this on Steam just so I can play it every now and then.

#285 Posted by Terramagi (1168 posts) -

This game looks BORING AS SHIT.

Jesus christ, this game got a sequel? Was THQ so affluent before the shitstorm that was 2011 that they could afford to finance it?

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