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'Darksiders' rides again on PS4, Xbox One and Wii U

Engadget Engadget 28/07/2016 Timothy J. Seppala
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Aside from the next Legend of Zelda Wii U owners don't have much to look forward to in terms of forthcoming games. Breath of the Wild is the lone glimmer of hope in the console's twilight years, but there could be another -- perhaps even before that new Zelda makes its debut next spring. If those folks are hankering for something similar, albeit with a post-apocalyptic take, maybe Darksiders: Warmastered Edition will fit the bill.

The game is a mash-up of classic Zelda tropes (specifically its puzzles, dungeon designs and boss battles), RPG elements and the God of War series' combat. Except here, you're playing as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, War. In 2010, Darksiders: Wrath of War was initially available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and published by the now-defunct THQ. It spawned a sequel where you played as a different horseman, Death, before the franchise was sold off with the rest of THQ's assets in 2013.

With little to no fanfare, last year Darksiders 2 was remastered under the awkwardly subtitled Deathinitive Edition and released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with higher-res graphics and a bunch of add-on packs. Seeing as how the original was a Wii U launch title, Nintendo's console didn't see that revamped version.

This chance to see where the cult-classic series started doesn't have a release date yet, but developer Nordic Games promises native 1080p resolution, doubled texture resolution and a few other graphical tricks. Unlike the PC, PS4 and Xbox One editions, though, the Wii U's aging hardware will only run the game at 30 FPS versus 60 FPS on Windows and Microsoft and Sony's consoles. With the Gamescom tradeshow in Germany around the corner, expecting more details to surface about the game is a fairly safe bet.

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