Some People Like It, Some People Don’t
Darksiders III reviews are out, and the reception has been rather mixed. Most outlets have rated the game from good to average, depending on how you interpret the numbers. Over on Metacritic, the game sits on a 65 for PlayStation 4 (40 reviews), 71 for Xbox (7 reviews), and 72 for PC (32 reviews). It’s neither terrible nor great, but the CEO of THQ Nordic doesn’t seem as indifferent.
Compared to Darksiders 1 and 2, which came as pre-order bonuses, the latest game is lacking in the acclaims department, so fans are worried about the future of the series. The boss at THQ Nordic, one Lars Wingefors, doesn’t seem as concerned. According to him, the company set out to honor the legacy of the hack-and-slash franchise, and they’ve done that.
“The promise we made was to deliver a game to the fans of the franchise, and I’m really proud of it,” Wingefors told GamesIndustry.biz. “I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to show you, I think [developer] Gunfire has made an excellent game, and even my publishing team in Vienna has been working really hard to execute on this — all the marketing, all the behind-the-scenes things.
“Everything around publishing the Apocalypse Edition has been a logistics challenge. A lot of people have spent a lot of time over the past few months to make this happen.”
Some reviews have criticized Darksiders III for its clunky camera angles, burdensome puzzles, and lack of openness. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its merits in combat, level design, and some homages to the games that came before it. Whether or not this means we can expect yet another Darksiders installment is anyone’s guess, but Wingefors seems optimistic.
“There are always a few people not enjoying this kind of product,” he continued, “but there are also people really enjoying it. If we stick to our promise and deliver a product that the fans really enjoy, I think we’ll be [fine].”
Darksiders III is available now for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Keep in mind that the aforementioned Metacritic scores were listed at the time of this writing. Stay tuned for COGconnected’s own in-depth game review.