Developed by Gunfire Games and published by THQ Nordic, the downloadable title Darksiders III is the long-awaited sequel to 2012’s Darksiders II (which followed the original game from 2010). Anyone who knows the history of THQ is likely as shocked as we are to see the game out in the wild at all, but the resurrected brand’s sequel to one of the biggest hits at the old THQ does not disappoint.
Download Darksiders III
You can download the game from Steam or GOG.com. To do that, simply click on the Download link located below this game review. The release date for the game is November 27, 2018.
The Game Review
Darksiders III is a single-player hack and slash action-adventure game. It does contain role-playing elements but the main emphasis in this title is on action.
As Fury, the sister of two of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, War, and Death, players are unleashed upon an Earth that has seen better days.
Plot-wise, Darksiders III is about Fury’s question to hunt down the Seven Deadly Sins as ordered by the Charred Council. It mixes high fantasy and post-apocalyptic fiction for a tale that is compelling and unique in its own right. The story does continue some of the themes established in the other two games but, like the best sequels, does not require you to have played those to “get it.”
The story is important but it is not all consuming. Players that would prefer to skip over most of it will not be punished though it does make everything tie together more coherently.
In terms of gameplay mechanics, Fury is a mage who has elements of a sword-wielding warrior. The best description for her talents would be calling her a “battle mage.” This gives players some unique options when it comes to combat, including combining magic-based and melee attacks for maximum effectiveness.
Some of the weapons Fury can use include whips, swords, flails, and daggers. What could be considered a nod to the Legend of Zelda series, Darksiders III also has Fury using her abilities to solve some puzzles and overcome obstacles encountered in her journey.
Though not ostensibly a role-playing game, a lot of RPG mechanics underline Darksiders III. This includes leveling and a crafting system for making better gear. The game’s enemies level alongside Fury so there is never a point where she feels overpowered nor the enemies too difficult to overcome. The progression in this area could best be described as a hill that gently slopes upward.
Aesthetics are a hit or miss in Darksiders III. The graphics are bright and appropriately detailed but not cutting edge and certainly nothing close to photo realistic. Portions of the game feel like a last-gen title, albeit one that really pushed the system and wasn’t afraid to try new things out. Music and sound are present and accounted for but neither stands out in any way.
Darksiders III excels as a package deal and is a perfect addition in the line of the first two games. Fans will enjoy it and people who have never tried a Darksiders game will find a lot to like about this game.
- Tons of content and variety
- Combat is really, really fun
- The story is appropriately epic without being overbearing
- Might feel lost if you don’t know the first two games
- Game has a hard time deciding what it wants to be
- Graphics are not the best