Darksiders 3 Gamescom 2018 First Gameplay Impressions

I had the opportunity to play a slice of Darksiders 3 during my time at this year’s Gamescom, and I’m now going to share my first impressions with you. Long story short, though, I wasn’t too taken by the game. I don’t think it’s a bad game, far from it, but it’s not my cup of tea. Everything about it is absolutely fine, but nothing more than that.

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Darksiders 3 Gamescom 2018 First Gameplay Impressions
Darksiders 3 Gamescom 2018 First Gameplay Impressions

First Gameplay Impressions of Darksiders 3

Now, I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t make it very far in this demo. Basically, after killing a couple of enemies and some introduction to platforming and traversing the landscape, the game dropped me right into a boss fight against Envy. Now, I will concede that the boss fight was engaging and different than I expected. However, in my panic, I just couldn’t manage to defeat the boss by the end. That’s entirely on me. That said, I will try to present my first impressions of Darksiders 3 to the best of my abilities.

First off, the audio and visual presentation. The game looks okay. Nothing really mind-blowing design-wise. There’s only so many destroyed, overgrown cities before it literally fades into the background. The audio is good, although nothing particularly special. The voice acting is good, and I like the enemy designs. Overall, the whole package is pretty decent overall, I’d say.

The combat is fluid and fast, definitely, and swinging a whip sword around is always fun. Dodging around and slashing enemies in the air was also kinda fun. However, it did all feel like I’ve seen it all done before. I guess that’s kinda unavoidable with the game’s nature, and that’s just my subjective feeling. If this is your kind of thing, then I’m sure you’re going to love Darksiders 3. Especially if you’re a fan of the other games from the franchise. Maybe it’s just not for me.

Lastly, I’m going to cover that boss fight. It could be a bit of a spoiler, so please, do skip this paragraph, if you will. So, this battle was kinda interesting, even though I didn’t really make it far. So, the deal is, you have to deal damage to Envy, and, after you deal about a third off, you then have to do a platforming section, and really fast. I barely managed to pull it off. Then, you have to do the same thing again, and it didn’t feel repetitive. It was a really fun battle, even though, I admit, at my fourth attempt I kinda gave up.

Darksiders 3 is coming out on November 27th, 2018. You’ll be able to pick it up for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Now, as for recommendations… Well, obviously, if you’re a fan of the series, I’d say the third entry is still worth your money. As for everyone else, if you want to use Darksiders 3 as a jumping-on point, I guess you could. However, overall, I wasn’t too blown away by the game. It’s far from bad, just kinda meh. Personally, I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up. That said, I didn’t exactly play a lot of it, so my judgement could be off-kilter. Overall, wait for the reviews, and make your decision.

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A language teacher and video game enthusiast turned rogue, Joe is on a quest to become the ultimate gaming journalist. This is somewhat hampered by his belief that the golden age of gaming ended with the PlayStation One, but he doesn't let that stop him. His favorite games include Soul Reaver and Undertale. Other interests are D'n'D, dad rock, complaining about movies, and being the self-appointed office funny man, which nobody else agrees with.


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