Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Nov 21, 2012
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Nov 25, 2012
    An excellent game made even better, the Wii U version of Darksiders II is the one to own.
  4. Dec 13, 2012
    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.
  5. Nov 29, 2012
    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.
  6. Dec 7, 2012
    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.
  7. Dec 10, 2012
    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.
  8. Jan 15, 2013
    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]
  9. Nov 18, 2012
    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.
  10. Nov 29, 2012
    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.
  11. Jan 17, 2013
    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.
  12. Jan 8, 2013
    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.
  13. Nov 19, 2012
    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.
  14. Nov 28, 2012
    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.
  15. Nov 19, 2012
    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dec 4, 2012
    A great port of an amazing game, even if the gamepad could have been used much better.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    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
    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
    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 »