Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Nov 29, 2012
    100
    The voice acting is all wonderfully done, especially Death. He's such a great character and is very funny throughout the game, especially in the way he deals with some of the side-quests that characters give him. If you already own the game, there's very little incentive to picking up the Wii U version, but if you've held off or never had the means to buy it until now, I highly recommend the purchase.
  2. Nov 29, 2012
    100
    On Wii U this stays an essential buy for everyone that hasn't played it yet. It is a very, very accomplished game and great for all the reasons the original was a few months ago, but you don't have to buy it again for the WiiU. Also, it doesn't do much to prove that conversions to this platform are necessarily better than their 360 or PS3 counterparts. It's still 'just' one of the best games in recent years as it was back in summer.
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    96
    An excellent game made even better, the Wii U version of Darksiders II is the one to own.
  4. Jan 17, 2013
    90
    Darksiders II is an excellent launch game to test your Wii U. Its mixture of gameplay styles puts the console through its places and proves that the Wii U is well adapted to traditional games. Besides that, Darksiders II is an enormous adventure and the Wii U version even includes the first round of DLC on the disc, so if you've been holding out on Darksiders II, the Wii U version is the one to get.
  5. Dec 13, 2012
    90
    This version of Darksiders II is nearly identical to the ones released on the PS3, 360 and PC in Auguest. While the Wii U version doesn't offer many innovations, it does come with all of the currently available DLC. The GamePad makes little difference to the gameplay, and though it's fun to have maps and inventory items ready and in front of you at all times, I still preferred to play with the standard controller. It's a great game, perfect for anyone who likes a good action-RPG.
  6. 90
    If you picked up a shiny new Wii U and have not played Darksiders II on any other console you really can't go wrong picking this up as it makes for a solid launch title. From its production values to the size and scope of the adventure you embark on, the game will really engross you. That being said, if you have previously played the game on a different console then I really can't recommend it as nothing has changed and the GamePad features don't add anything mind blowing to the overall experience.
  7. Dec 4, 2012
    90
    A great port of an amazing game, even if the gamepad could have been used much better.
  8. 90
    Despite these problems, Darksiders II is an excellent, lovingly crafted game I wholeheartedly recommend, especially if you liked the first. From a production value perspective, it's at the top of its class, and my problems with the game are largely personal preference quibbles. Just like the first, Darksiders II is the Zelda game we never got.
  9. Nov 28, 2012
    90
    The Wii U version of Darksiders 2 won't revolutionize the way players were usually playing. Having the entire HUD on the GamePad is pleasant but the navigation is not as good as it should be. Moreover, the different moves that need to be done with the motion controls are not really intuitive. And yet, despite these few minor problems, Darksiders 2 is still fun to play, especially with the new "remote play" function brought by the Wii U version.
  10. Nov 21, 2012
    90
    Darksiders II is a great adventure. It takes everything that was great in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions and adds "The Argul's Tomb" DLC and also a great integration with the GamePad screen.
  11. 90
    Still, it remains the same great game as before, so those who have yet to venture out into the great unknown as Death are guaranteed a great launch title with the Wii U version of Darksiders II.
  12. Nov 18, 2012
    90
    An excellent way to experience Death's adventure. There haven't been any significant changes from the Xbox and PS3 versions. The combat is still thrilling, the dungeons are lengthy and challenging, and the loot hoarding is addictive.
  13. Jan 8, 2013
    89
    Darksiders II offers almost everything, a good action adventure needs – variety, explorable landscapes, neat dungeon design, boss fights full of action and a variety of side quests.
  14. Jan 15, 2013
    88
    If you're a Wii U owner who hasn't played this on other systems, and are itching for Zelda, this is a great way to make the wait more bearable. [Feb 2013, p.77]
  15. Dec 7, 2012
    88
    Darksiders 2 on Wii U is more or less the same as on other "current gen" consoles. However the game suffers bad optimization in graphics.
  16. Nov 19, 2012
    88
    Exactly the same great game. Only The Argul's Tomb and new possibilities with the GamePad screen make the Wii U version the most complete and recommended, but identical to the others. The best adventure game of 2012.
  17. Dec 10, 2012
    87
    The Wii U version isn't that much different than it is on other consoles, which makes it one of the better games in the Wii U launch lineup.
  18. Nov 22, 2012
    86
    All the extra content and new GamePad features on Wii U make it a great choice until Zelda comes, even though visually it's slightly worse than the other versions.
  19. Jan 14, 2013
    85
    In the end, the Wii U version of Darksiders II is almost exactly like the other console versions. The added control options are nice but don't give Wii U owners a large advantage over their brethren.
  20. Dec 14, 2012
    85
    This eye-popping, massive adventure has its share of rough edges but ultimately does a fantastic job of transporting you to a faraway realm and telling a great story--which is superbly voice-acted--in the process. [Dec 2012, p.88]
  21. Nov 29, 2012
    85
    The Wii U conversion has several technical flaws starting from the bad framerate during the fights. At the same time it uses the GamePad in a perfect way and the game is still one of the best action adventure of the last years.
  22. Nov 27, 2012
    85
    If you know Death from another console there is no reason for you to ride with him again. But as a launch title for Wii U this as close as you will get to a game in the tradition of the Legend of Zelda-series.
  23. Nov 25, 2012
    85
    All that said, if you have already taken Death's journey, there is little reason to come back for seconds. Darksiders II is a great game, but once is more than enough here. I am still dealing with side quests and DLC from the original 360 version personally, so unless you skipped it altogether, there is no single feature that makes this worthy of a double dip. Wii U owners that have yet to embark on the series should definitely check it out. It is a massive game that will last you upwards of 50 hours to complete. As a launch title, that is impressive.
  24. Dec 17, 2012
    84
    For newcomers to the series, Darksiders II provides a satisfying gaming experience on the Nintendo Wii U. With fun gameplay and lots of challenges to be found along the way, the only thing holding back the title is the frame rate and loading times that can sometimes be an issue. However most of these can be forgiven, especially when you are finding new weapons and powers as you search the land for a way to vindicate your brother.
  25. Dec 10, 2012
    84
    The control pad is used for skills and your inventory, but outside of this none of the motion control or other features are used.
  26. Jan 6, 2013
    80
    Fans of action RPGs, dungeon crawlers and puzzle games will absolutely fall in love with this game. It isn't a flawless title, but it's definitely worth the purchase if looking for a lengthy experience.
  27. A fantastic start to the Wii U's more mature library, this is grim, gritty and, most importantly, hugely enjoyable to play, especially if you're a Zelda fan.
  28. Dec 10, 2012
    80
    Darksiders II is very, very good. In paying homage to the Zelda series - while adding its own unique flavour - the team at Vigil has crafted a game that will appeal to those looking for a grittier take on the action-RPG dungeon crawler, while helping Nintendo fans scratch that Hyrulian itch for the time being.
  29. Dec 7, 2012
    80
    If you buy Darksiders II then you'll know for sure that you got a lot of content. You can spend hours on this title. It's a decent game, not better or worse than the earlier version. It's just a good game.
  30. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    While the Wii U version doesn't do anything that's detrimental to the overall experience it also does little to improve it in any meaningful way.
  31. Nov 28, 2012
    80
    This port of Darksiders II on the Wii U has both pros and cons: on the con side, some frame rate drops and less than perfect visual optimisations. On the pro side: all the DLC packed in, the maps and touch screen inventory on the Wii U GamePad. The rest is as the originals: excellent.
  32. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    The overall game doesn't get the polish on Wii U that it needed on other platforms back in August, but it remains a majestic blend of melee combat, puzzle solving and exploration. And if you squint, it's the best Steven Tyler game since Revolution X!
  33. Nov 20, 2012
    80
    Darksiders II comes with a few extra technical foibles on the Wii U, but the fluid action and intriguing exploration are still front and center in this expansive adventure.
  34. Nov 17, 2012
    75
    The RPG elements and to-the-point action all make for some solid gaming, glitches and all. It's a shame so many glaring issues hold such an ambitious endeavor back from the greatness its developers were clearly aiming for.
  35. Dec 20, 2012
    70
    Darksiders II is a great title on Wii U too, but Vigil Games should have worked more on the tech side of the game.
  36. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    This makes Darksiders II's bugs gamebusters. The bugs are so prevalent, the freezes such a problem, that I would only recommend the game to those willing to risk the wear and tear on their brand new hardware by having to unplug it regularly; this cannot be good for the Wii U's processors and hard drive.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    10
    Definitely the definitive version of this game... graphics seem slightly better to me on the wii u over the ps3, and it all runs silky smooth. While the gamepad is not implemented a ton, the things that is used for (like inventory management) really do help with the gameplay. This is all-around the best version of an already-incredible game, and something you have to buy if you are into action/adventure games Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    10
    Epic game, the adventure game of the year, is still the epic version of ps3 and 360 but this one is the definitive edition, epic combat, epic story EPIC! Full Review »
  3. Nov 29, 2012
    9
    Utterly.
    Amazing.
    The graphics are clear, although the sound is... eh. The palette of color spread around this game makes it visually
    stimulating like nothing else. Bright neon colors, to dim and dark shades. The sound on the other hand is... well, pretty much nonexistent. When going through a dungeon, it's near dead silent unless there are enemies around. The game play is fantastic, it controls easily and fluidly, even the wall running is easy. My only complaints about this game is that some of the interactive controls are hard to use (for example, the ball you push gets stuck on tiny rocks), and sometimes the enemies get a little boring, but not for long. Full Review »