Amsterdamned: Darksiders II in brand new HD gameplay

Thursday, 22nd March 2012 16:00 GMT By Patrick Garratt

VG247 video editor Sam Clay went to Holland to see Darksiders II and came back some amazing HD gameplay and an interview with the art director. It’s hotter than Hell: head inside to see what happened when Death did the ‘Dam.

Darksiders II is one of THQ’s big core bets for the year, adding many RPG elements to the pure Zelda-ish dungeon-crawling of the original and switching protagonist from War to Death.

All the footage you’ll see above was captured at the game’s first hands-on session in Amsterdam last week. Check the video for our chat with art director Han Randhawa, direct capture of Death’s new inventory, the new traversing system, riding on constructs to demolish paths to inaccessible areas and an epic boss fight with a “big lad”.

Darksiders II will ship on June 26 in North America and June 29 in Europe for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.



  1. nofear360

    Can’t wait, loved the first one!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    I saw this in San Francisco at the beginning of the month. Genuinely excited for it. So much more to it than the first one.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Well, that’s looking pretty great. And they’ve added Prince of Persia into the list of “games we nicked cool shit from” this time, I see!

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Odd they didn’t show the combat in that footage. It’s got floaty numbers showing damage above enemy heads now.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    Holy ****. Go VG! Seriously AWESOME start. Really, the first new video content starting with exclusive Darksiders 2 footage. FUCK YES.

    Also, congrats to everyone at VG247.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. The_Red

    Also, I want to make love to those artwork / posters.

    EDIT: At Pat. Are you sure they have floating numbers for damage? Like Borderlands and such?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ManuOtaku

    This gen will be hard for me to pick the best new IP, with bayoneta, darksiders, kigdoms of amalur, shadow of the damned,torchlight, little king story,zack & wikki, muramasa, no more heroes, etc i cannot made up my mind really, which is related with the topic at hand, what a great game darksiders was , and i got the feeling the second instalenment will sore out the few issues the first game did had, therefore this game will be a possible goty IMHO.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    @5: :D @6: Yeah. RPG style. When you’re fighting mobs there are numbers coming off the heads of enemies, and there are training areas where you can hit dummies, etc, to see how your fiddling’s affected your weapon damage.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sam Clay

    @6 I can confirm that floaty numbers and health bars are present!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Joe Anderson

    Great video Sam well done, although I’m extremely jealous that I wasn’t there. No bigger fan of Darksiders than me.

    If you haven’t played the first you must the ending is epic.

    Looking forward to getting hands on with this, seeing in on video at Gamescom even had me excited.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    Well i’ll be damned, in my country :D

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OrbitMonkey

    Thought I was watching Shadow of the Colossus at the end there. Except a lot more fun and not so up its own arse ;-)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. nofear360

    @3: Devil May Cry 4 too (the hand/gauntlet for crossing gaps)

    #13 2 years ago
  14. jldoom

    This one’s looking pretty good! I never got around to playing the 1st one, but now I should be able to get it in the bargain bin for cheap.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. mehdidante

    looks like the studio got new sculpters .

    #15 2 years ago
  16. viralshag

    I can’t wait for this game… War was cool but Death just looks awesome.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. The_Red

    @8 and @9 Thanks for the update and info.

    I was already sold on this game. Now, it’s double sold. Seriously, even in a game like Dead Island these floating numbers are a good thing.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. KAP

    Loved the first, I even platinum’d it I think..
    My question is though is that meant to be thee death? And if so, why is he even “fighting” as opposed to damning his foes to the underworld……. and all that!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Sam Clay

    @18 I suppose we are yet to find out! ;)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. MegaGeek1

    The guys at Vigil ooze talent. Some might argue they “borrow” from other games, and yea they do, but to do it with such imagination and freshness almost makes it feel like a fan service.

    Anyone who is a fan of Videogames, Comics, Cartoons, Manga, etc. should be excited for this game.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Edo

    Looks spectacular,thank you Sam Clay!

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    It looks too much like the original to really get me excited about it.

    Great piece though. Production values wholly unfit for VG247 (I’m thinking of the bulletcast here).

    #22 2 years ago

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