In what is no doubt its final stop, the original Darksiders returns one last time on Nintendo Switch. Available across many platforms past and present, Darksiders is a wonderful action game in the style of The Legend of Zelda or even Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, albeit with post-apocalyptic trimmings. There are puzzles, dungeons, combat and more packed in here and of the three games in the series, it remains my favorite. So how does it fare on Switch? The results are pleasantly surprising.
Darksiders was first released in 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but while it’s a wonderful game, there’s no doubt that it has a series of technical flaws, and performed poorly on both, with only the the subsequent PC port delivering the goods… until late 2016 that is, when Darksiders received its Warmastered Edition upgrade. This is essentially a creditably remaster for PS4, Xbox and PC, with upgraded assets and a smooth 60fps refresh. And then, months later, Nintendo fans received their own version – on Wii U. That was a strange release bearing in mind that the Switch was already on shop shelves.
Now, almost two years later, the Switch receives its own version of the game that in terms of its visual make-up and presentation falls somewhere between the Wii U and current-gen editions – and what’s welcome is that both performance and quality modes are available. Quite how they present all comes down to whether you’re playing in docked or portable mode.