VideoGameBox.co.uk has listed Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition on PS4 for just £27.70. If you use the discount code VGBDISCOUNT, you can bring the pre order price down to just £26.32 delivered which is a nice saving over the £30 price tag at other retailers. They will also reward you £1 in reward points that you will be able to redeem on any future purchases.
Feeling lucky Steam gamers? Running through until 30th June purchases made at Bundlestars will entitle you to a totally free mystery gift! How awesome is that? Mystery gifts include, a mix of indie classics, Triple-A blockbusters, and even Steam Wallet credit.
The Lucky Strike sale currently has an amazing array of offers available for us including:
The Indie Gala Darksiders Bundle is now live for £5.87.
You'll get Steam copies of Darksiders, Darksiders II (and all DLC!), AquaNox, Summoner, Titan Quest and Painkiller Overdose. It's a stonking bargain for some impressive games, so be sure to check out this cheap PC deal while you can.
There's a big fat Nordic/THQ sale that's kicked off on Xbox LIVE, with a bunch of games such as Red Faction: Armageddon, Guerilla and Darksiders getting a lovely little price slash for digital aficionados. As usual, there are a few "deals" on here that might raise some eyebrows (RF: Guerilla for £7.49 will no doubt be hilarious to anyone who's browsed physical media for it over the last couple of years) but it's worth a look for those of you who prefer convenience to clutter, and it's certainly a decent opportunity to snap up some DLC offerings if you're so inclined.Click here for the full list of Nordic/THQ deals >>
In another surprising twist, Nordic Games (the Viennese company behind JoWood, the Wii Sing series and DreamCatcher) have dropped $4.9 million for over 150 THQ licenses. Having secured the likes of Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans! and more, Nordic have promised not to "dash into" anything, and instead take a good long look at how best to continue some of these brands.Click here to read more...
Most of THQ's game brands or intellectual properties (IPs) were snatched up in January, with the likes of Saints Row, Homefront and Metro quickly finding new owners, mainly due to development for the next titles in the series already being well under way. However, a few IPs were unsold, meaning a secondary auction would be required. Bidding has just ended with 17 bids to be offered to the courts.
Names of bidders and what they bid on are yet to be revealed, but Polygon have dug out a few details. The IPs were bundled into six different lots as listed below:Click here to read more...
Earlier in the month we reported that Crytek had snapped up around 30 or so ex-Vigil staffers, including founder David Adams, to help form the company's first US-based studio. Recently, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli discussed the move, expressing surprise that nobody made a bid for the studio during the THQ auction, and explaining why no-one should be expecting Darksiders III any time soon.Click here to read more...
The vultures have had their fill. THQ lies bleaching in the cold winter sun, its juicy assets, studios and properties stripped from the carcass during yesterday's feeding frenzy that saw over $100 million change hands. All that remains is a final 'Chapter 11' sell-off before THQ dies completely.
How the mighty have fallen. Starting life in 1990, Toy Head Quarters swelled into a publishing titan worth a billion dollars in revenue, but their lust to grow as fast as possible left them with too many studios, too many licenses, and so rarely the massive mega-hits they so desperately needed. After dealing themselves a raw hand with the Udraw tablet, the last few years saw them continually shedding and shelving projects in a bid to keep afloat. It wasn't enough, and their desperate last-ditch effort to sell themselves wholesale to a stalking horse investor spectacularly backfired what now seems like a lifetime ago.
But while many IPs and studios have been left out in the cold (Vigil Games, Red Faction and Homeworld among them), many more have found new homes, new publishers and potentially new opportunities to keep doing what they do best: creating great games for us to play. To this end, we're going to take a close look at where THQ's assets have ended up, and what their new owners plan to do with them.Click here to read more...
We’ve seen talk of “Humble Bundle” fatigue here on Dealspwn, but it might be worth one more splurge with this latest sale from the folks who usually peddle indie titles. Five titles (and two expansions) from troubled publisher THQ are on offer here where you can pay what you want, but the real news is if you beat the average (currently around $5.80) you get everything listed above, as well as digital copies of the soundtracks.
The games included didn’t set the world on fire as THQ had hoped, but with the price currently working out at under £4 for all of that content it’s hard to argue with the value for money, even if you own one of them already. Upon purchase, you’ll get Steam keys with which to redeem your purchases, and as always you get to how to split your money between Humble Bundle, charitable causes, and THQ. Thanks to Jaffo @ HUKD!
Should THQ be diversifying to help spread the risk and lift themselves out of the financial pothole in which they found themselves last year? Not according to new president Jason Rubin. For Rubin, the way forward is simple: it's all about triple-A.Click here to read more...
Last year's Darksiders was a great but oft-overlooked action game which may explain its bargainous price, which knocks £2 off the next lowest. It feels rather like a conglomeration of God of War and Zelda, which may sound strange but really works. It's an enjoyable and silly jaunt which casts you as War, one of the Four Riders of the Apocalypse, tasked with sorting out the mess you caused by accidentally bringing on Armageddon a tad early. Combat is fast, fluid and fun and there are some good, challenging puzzles to keep things interesting. It was never going to make any Best Of... lists but it's a good solid game that you're likely to enjoy. Thanks to LunacyNic at HUKD!
Coming on like the bastard offspring of God of War and The Legend of Zelda(!), Darksiders is at once an unusual and a slightly derivative offering. You play as War, of Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse fame, in a very enjoyable romp, decorated with some fast, fluid and very satisfying combat. The puzzling element is a good balance of challenging and fun and fits well into a lengthy single player campaign. Not an amazing game, perhaps, but certainly a very good one. (NB. It is also available at the same price from Play, but there is a 1-2 week wait on stock)
Cracking deal here for you digital download enthusiasts, as Direct2Drive have slashed the price on Darksiders to a mere £4.95. And you don't even have to walk to your doormat to pick it up when the postman delivers, let alone drive to the store, as it downloads direct to your computer. Darksiders is a little like the illegitimate offspring of Zelda and Devil May Cry, blending the former's open-ended structure and puzzling with the latter's demonic hack-and-slashing. It never quite reaches the same heights as its peers, however, but is a solid, beautiful experience from the mind of comic book maestro, Joe Madureira. A sequel is already in the works.
Darksiders was a as brave as it was shameless; aping Zelda's mechanics and progression while providing a gaudy original setting. THQ were onto a real winner on consoles, but unfortunately much of the PC version is lost in translation. Dave quite rightly stated that it wasn't worth the £35 asking price in his full review... but less than a fiver is another proposition entirely.
Note that this isn't part of the holiday sale- but Steam's daily deal will wrap up soon to be replaced by another slew of bargains. We'll bring you more detailed coverage throughout the week!
Developer: Vigil Games
“Dear Mr or Mrs God, this is just a little note to say thanks for the plagues and the constant disruption of peoples' lives with disasters and carnage, that's all been mighty grand. However, could you please refrain from allowing games developers to flail our retinas with any more face-meltingly awful hack-and-slash games, please? KTHXBAI.”
Hopefully the big person in the sky (or the giant spaghetti monster, whichever) gets that note, because I'm fed up of games like this, and I really don't play them very often. I'll begrudgingly admit that when done with style, like Bayonetta, there's a lot going for this type of thing, intense action and fast-paced combat. Delivered properly, it can work.
Delivered smeared with excrement and you get Darksiders. That's a little harsh, as once you've got into it, it's just your incredibly average console slasher. However, I've got my PC hat wedged firmly on today and it is telling me to advise all of you out in Dealspwn land not to touch this with a ludicrous ten-foot long novelty sword. It's 35 quid and it just simply isn't worth it. Even if it has got Bennett from Commando doing the voice of one of the characters.
You play one of the Four Horsemen, War in fact, whose task it is to protect the balance between Heaven and Hell and so on. Something goes wrong, he gets blamed for the apocalypse and is then sent down with a Mark Hamill-voiced entity keeping him on the straight and narrow. This involves pressing the left mouse button a lot while hearing War go “hugh!” and “rargh!” a million times, with the occasional “Oof!” thrown in when you get hit. Sometimes you press E to perform a finishing move or two, or maybe even Space to jump in the air.
The first hour of play is constantly interrupted by cutaways to a bigger monster emerging from the ground or something exploding a bit. Honestly, it's almost constant. Thankfully, the game gets better once this stops happening quite so much, finally enabling the action to flow more. Objects and abilities spice combat up a tiny bit, but the default controls are so awkward, it becomes a pain to use them. Tellingly, they're still arranged in that D-Pad shape, indicative of how little effort has been made in porting this over.
As you progress, you do get some more interesting ways of dealing death about the place, but it's all very much going through the motions, even when you get some of the really high-powered stuff. Big monster roars at you, you dodge it's slow attack, chop it a bit, dodge it's other slow attack, repeat. It's all as basic as basic gets, with nary a hint of originality to be seen anywhere.
The storyline has been praised elsewhere, but it's difficult for this perhaps overly cynical and world-weary typist to see exactly why. The main character certainly isn't engaging, just your standard beefcake hero with ridiculous armour and an oversized weapon. What was that someone said about an obsession with gay space marines? This guy has a sword rather than a gun, but it's essentially the same thing. Had the protagonist not been such a grunting nobhead, perhaps the events that unfold in front of you might have provoked even the slightest bit of emotion. As it is, nothing emerges but weary apathy, punctuated by the dripping sound of your mind melting out through your ears.
Even visually, things are utterly drab, with some really low quality textures on display. Occasionally you get a big demon attacking you that's relatively impressive, but nothing you won't have seen a thousand times before (and probably done better, too – see Painkiller, for example). Just like the rest of the game, they're tired, uninspired and bland. A bit more colour, a more stylish approach and maybe things could have been a bit more interesting.
Perhaps if you were given this as a present, it'd probably be worth a quick blast on a wet afternoon. After an hour, you'd be bored stiff, but at least you'd have killed some time. When you look into your wallet and realise there's an empty space where 35 quid used to be, you might wonder whether it was all worth it.
If you're desperately after a hack and slasher, get yourself one of the Devil May Cry games or even Bayonetta on the consoles. On the PC, there's just no point to Darksiders, and you can tell this by the lack of any concessions made for the platform other than saying Space instead of Right Trigger. It's a shameless port with very little effort behind it, quite insulting to the PC audience that will doubtless ignore it in their droves.
The Short Version: As average and tediously bland as you could possibly imagine, lacking any originality or excitement. Shouldn't have been released on PC.
Darksiders was a surprisingly impressive new IP that essentially blended brutal hellish combat with Zelda-style dungeon crawling. However, a bevy of more deserving and worthwhile titles has made many gamers wait for the magical sub-£10 level before taking the plunge... and it's finally happened. Play.com are stocking the Xbox 360 version for £9.99, which will save you a fiver compared to Amazon (the next cheapest retailer).
Accidentally tricked into starting Armageddon a mite early, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse has to both set things right and get revenge on his betrayers. Luckily, the horseman in question is War (rather than, say, Pestilence)- and Darksiders challenges you to step into his armoured boots and kick some serious demon ass. Oh, and solve some serious demon puzzles. To help, he's got a sword the size of a Vauxhall Ventora, a bunch of nifty gadgets and a thoroughly disturbing (if helpful) sidekick voiced by Mark Hamill.
Whilst the Zelda-style dungeon crawling lacks the pixel-perfect intricacy of its inspiration, Darksiders is still worth checking out. Revisiting levels with new abilities and upgrading War's equipment is always a blast- and the combat firmly sticks to the fun side of simplistic. Ripping demons apart at the end of a long combo is especially satisfying! Darksiders may lack the punch of some of last year's established IPs- but if you've got some time to kill and a tenner in your bank account, Darksiders will definitely make it go a long way.
Thanks to andywedge at Hot UK Deals
Despite being a fairly recently released title and one that has garnered generally positive reviews, third person action adventure Darksiders is one of those games that seems to just keep falling in price all the time and is already available very cheaply.
At its listed price of £14.98, Gameplay are selling the game for at least £2 less than anyone else for either console. The next cheapest price for either console is £16.99 from HMV (PS3, XBox 360) who are sweetening the deal with an incredibly tacky looking free 2010 calendar, umm, yeah, nice one guys...
In a game that begins at the world's end, Darksiders casts you in the role of War, a member of the Charred Council—a body charged with maintaining the delicate balance between Heaven and Hell and coordinators of armageddon—and one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. When War accidentally makes a bit of a booboo and ushers in the apocalypse a little earlier than he was meant to, he destroys all of humanity and rocks the balance between dark and light.
Darksiders offers you a vast and beautiful world to explore, packed full of challenging but enjoyable puzzles and plenty of fast and satisfying battles. Sure, it's not the most original of games, feeling weirdly like a mix of God of War and the Legend of Zelda games (which frankly sounds like a selling point in itself) but it's a fun game and has enough going for it to prevent it from seeming purely derivative.
Thanks to Stanislavski at Hotukdeals!
Third person action adventure Darksiders has been reasonably well received and, like Bayonetta, Army of Two and Dark Void, is one of a plethora of newish games that are falling in price ridiculously quickly.
I recommend that you get your skates on though as, at this price, the game is likely to go out of stock pretty quickly.
Darksiders begins at the end ... of the world. Players take on the mantle of War, one of the Four Horsemen and member of the Charred Council who maintain the balance between Heaven and Hell and are charged with the task of ushering in the apocalypse when the time comes. Unfortunately for War the call comes a little early and he finds himself charged with the destruction of humanityand upsetting the balance between good and evil.
Combat is fast and fluid and very satisfying and the puzzles are just the right mix of challenging and fun. There's a big beautiful world to explore in a lengthy single player campaign. Though Darksiders comes on like some strange bastard child of God of War and The Legend of Zelda, it is a highly enjoyable romp that somehow manages to escape feeling derivative.
Thanks to Saintnoodles at Hotukdeals!
It seems like it's a bargain week for The Hut as for 24 hours, until 8am tomorrow, the big blue vendor is offering an extra 10% off on all of its PC and Xbox 360 deals following the success of the last couple of days with similar savings for Sony and Nintendo.
As per usual, just enter in the code below when you checkout, and give your wallet some TLC.
As with the last few days, we'll be bringing you a bunch of deals throughout the day, but here's a few of the best we've found to keep you going for the moment. The links will send you on your merry way over to the listed game, and we've calculated the price taking the discount code into account, with nearest competitor listed in brackets afterwards:
What are you waiting for!