Darksiders Warmastered Edition Impressions—Dark Fantasy Action That Slays

Game: Darksiders Warmastered Edition

Developer: KAIKO, Vigil Games

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Reviewed: PC

In the real world, war is a divisive, deadly armed conflict with devastating repercussions. A poignant, shocking reminder of mortality. But Darksiders Warmastered rewrites the rules by transforming you into the very personification of War; You’re a member of the four horsemen, summoned to defend the earth during the apocalypse, and suddenly, death takes on a whole new meaning. Belinda Carlisle was right, heaven is a place on earth, but so is hell, and as War your job is to make sure justice is served.

The blood and guts of Darksiders rides on an impressive hack ‘n’ slash gameplay loop where you’re slashing demons and exploring a gritty, post-apocalyptic landscape in exchange for souls, a currency that ultimately lets you afford weapons, upgrades and bonuses. Darksiders Warmastered replicates the formula perfectly, gussying up the environments and protagonist for a more crisp, smoothly animated bloodfest that’s a total joy to behold. Considering this is a console port, it does run well with keyboard and mouse but I recommend an Xbox 360 controller for easier, more intuitive gameplay. Its epic storyline and bulked up protagonist aren’t just shallow aesthetic pieces designed to look pretty either; War comes with a wide range of attacks and techniques, and there’s a randomised slew of enemies demanding a mixture of tactical dodges and brute force to defeat.

In addition to the main campaign objectives there’s also a series of mini tasks on the side to keep you on your toes: Collect lifestone shards to boost your health, or legion artifacts for a different kind of prize, and dissect the environment for hidden secrets. Enemies scale up accordingly, so battles feel very well balanced and extremely rewarding when you avoid major damage. The only real critique I can offer here, apart from the occasional crash, is something that seems inescapable for RPGish games: It can be a bit of a grind. Despite that, there’s a wealth of variety. Tight, effortless controls and grand artwork create a believable world that players get to journey through as an unlikely protagonist whose conscience is plagued by thoughts more important than death. Earning the respect of NPC’s and inching closer to justice is remarkably satisfying.

Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a worthy rendition of the original title and earns the Gameranx stamp of approval. If you already own Darksiders, you should have received the Warmastered Edition automatically. Everyone else can grab it via Steam (PC), the Microsoft Store or the PlayStation Store for $ 19.99 USD.

A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Call of Duty: WW2 Release Date Apparently Leaked

In a development that’s becoming oddly routine for Activsion, promotional materials appear to have given more details on Call of Duty: WW2 ahead of its official debut event. This time it’s only a few minor details, including a likely release date.

The leak appeared on the game’s dedicated subreddit (via Polygon). The release date is slated for Friday, November 3, which would fit with Call of Duty’s typical November-Friday launches. Other details include an original story for the cooperative mode, and private beta access offered as a pre-order incentive. It also boasts what you’d expect from a Call of Duty game set in World War 2, like the Normandy invasion, war on the European front, and “the bonds of camaraderie.”

It all seems of-a-type for a Call of Duty game that promised to go back to its roots, even if the name seems what a player would Google if they couldn’t remember the actual title. Activision and developer Sledgehammer Games are planning a livestream event this Wednesday, where we’ll likely see these details along with the first footage of the upcoming game.

So far all indications are that the companies are playing it safe by going back to familiar territory, but who knows? It has been almost a decade since the series took place in the World War 2, so there’s plenty of room for it to explore new systems that have developed since then. At the very least, it will probably be the prettiest (and/or most horrific) Normandy invasion we’ve seen.

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Valve Says Dota 2 Ranked Match Players Must Register Phone Number

A recent update to Dota 2‘s matchmaking system is now making it mandatory for players of ranked matches to link a unique phone number to their accounts. The move comes amidst concerns that players with multiple account “create a negative matchmaking experience” and may be “ruining” ranked matches without any consequence. The matchmaking changes will go live on May 4, and don’t allow phone numbers provided from online services.

The announcement came as a way to ensure “quality matchmaking” for all Dota 2 players, but also revealed a host of other changes. From now on, if your Solo MMR is higher than your Party MMR and you queue in a party, your MMR will now be calibrated so it’s half way between the Solo and Party MMR value. Valve says this is to prevent matches from becoming volatile and turning into an “unpleasant and uncompetitive experience” for the parties involved. Furthermore, unsavoury behaviour such as feeding and botting is being weeded out with added detection measures, stricter punishments and even permabans.

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How to Unlock Gold Mario in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe boasts the largest roster of racers ever to rev their engines in Nintendo’s perennial kart-racing franchise. All of your old favorites from 2014’s Mario Kart 8 on Wii U return, plus characters such as Link that made their debut in DLC expansions. The complete lineup is at your fingertips from the start—with one notable exception: Gold Mario.

Who is Gold Mario?

Gold Mario is a secret, unlockable driver exclusive to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The original Mario Kart 8 on Wii U featured Metal Mario, who shares much in common with his golden brother. Both Marios handle similarly; they even have the same stats, which we provide for you below.

So what’s the big deal? Bragging rights. Unlocking Gold Mario is perhaps the greatest challenge the venerable Mario Kart series has ever posed. Adding him to your cast is proof positive that your racing skills are a sight to behold.

How Do I Unlock Gold Mario?

Gold Mario can be yours—if, that is, you’re able to earn a gold trophy in every cup on 200cc engine speed. Mario Kart 8 was the first title in the franchise to offer 200cc as a maximum speed. Every other game topped off at 150cc. To win gold in every cup on 200cc, you’ll have to exercise pixel-perfect control over your character and come in first on every track, in every cup. Pull that off, and Gold Mario is yours.

What Should I Know Before Attempting 200cc?

The best way to prepare for 200cc is to learn every inch of every course on 150cc. Take time to find a character, as well as a vehicle, wheels, and paraglider that suits your playstyle. Once you feel comfortable with your character and kart combo, start working your way through 200cc. You can play through cups in any order, so get your best ones out of the way first. Going through your strongest cups first will give you a few gold trophies under your belt right off the bat, and hone the skills you’ll need to survive 200cc in cups that give you trouble.

What are Gold Mario’s Stats?

Gold Mario plays identically to Metal Mario. Still, if you went to the trouble of unlocking him, you might as well flaunt your victory in front of the whole world by playing online.

  • Weight: Heavy (10)
  • Acceleration: 1
  • Speed: 8 (in all environments)
  • Grip: 8
  • Handling: 3 (in all environments)

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Star Wars: Battlefront II Will Have Linear Campaign

When it comes to the campaign for Star Wars: Battlefront II, we know very little. There are several questions that are popping up in regards to what we can expect when the video game officially hits the market, though we can’t expect all the answers at once. Luckily, one question that has been popping up a bit more frequently is if the narrative campaign will be linear or featured in separate stories similar to Battlefield 1 and now we have that answered.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Single Player Game Director Mark Thompson along with Creative Executive Steve Blank spoke out a bit on the question so many gamers are curious about. It’s official, Star Wars: Battlefront II will feature a linear campaign narrative and not have separate war stories.

Players will follow Iden Verios, a unit leader of the Empire’s Special Forces, over the course of thirty years. However, throughout that time, players will visit other iconic characters to play sections of gameplay with on both the Empire and Rebel Alliance side.

“Without getting into too much detail that I will get in trouble for… We take all of our cues from how to tell a Star Wars story working with Lucasfilm story group, analysing the movies, breaking down the beats and flow of Star Wars storytelling. So yeah, it is a continuous story with a beginning, middle and end and you follow Iden’s journey for 30 years from the end of Jedi up to the Force Awakens at Starkiller base.

It isn’t a discrete set of missions or separate War Stories like Battlefield 1, you do follow Iden through this journey whilst from time to time, switching sides and playing from the perspective of one of the iconic heroes because again that’s just part of Battlefront’s DNA. Sometimes you’re a Trooper, sometimes you’re a pilot and sometimes you’re Luke Skywalker with a lightsaber.”

For now, we’ll have to wait and hopefully hear more details regarding Star Wars: Battlefront II during this year’s E3 expo.

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First Set of Call of Duty WWII Ingame Screenshots Leaked

If there isn’t a reason to enjoy your Sunday, we’ve got one. The first in-game screenshots for the next Call of Duty game have been leaked online, giving fans a tiny sneak peek into the what THEY can expect from Call of Duty’s return to the roots. Unfortunately, the pics are really low resolution – take what you get I guess?

These first screenshots were unveiled via the game’s official website. Furthermore, the first details for Call of Duty WWII have also been leaked via a retailer’s promotional material.

According to its description, players will land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across through iconic location in history’s most monumental war:

“Call of Duty returns to its roots with Call of Duty: WWII–a breathtaking experience that redefines World War II for a new gaming generation. Land in Normandy on D-Day and battle across Europe through iconic locations in history’s most monumental war. Experience classic Call of Duty combat, the bonds of camaraderie, and the unforgiving nature of war against a global power throwing the world into tyranny.”

In other news, Activision has announced that the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise will be getting a worldwide premiere next week on April 26.

The announcement comes from the official Call of Duty website, where a countdown ticker is set up and a World War 2 subhead is present. This means the rumors about Call of Duty returning to World War 2 were true; now we must wait until the 26 for more news on the title.

Check out the countdown here

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