Gaming Angels received an invitation to THQ’s Darksiders II Community Event, and I was honored to be selected to go. After I rage quit Darksiders just the week before, to say I was nervous about having to play the game for two days straight would have been an understatement. I was really scared I was going to get frustrated to the point of giving up, and then the THQ and Vigil staff would have to help me, and then I would sit in the back all red faced and sad. At absolute worst case scenario, I flipped a table in rage, stormed out, and then somehow left the building with the ginormous statue of War in the lobby.
Fortunately, my fears were all for nothing. I had a great time playing Darksiders II, to the point that after playing for 4 hours on Thursday, I was sad we had to stop for a Q&A session. From the 8 hours I’ve played total, I never once got frustrated with the platforming, the puzzles, or really any aspect of gameplay. With the first game, I got a little angry within the first couple of hours.
You can read my full write-up of my experience on Gaming Angels. I’m actually looking forward to Death’s story releasing next month now, whereas just a week ago, I was ready to pass it up completely unless GA had me review it.
I did play a bit of LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 on the Vita on the plane, and wow that was a disappointment. Are all LEGO games on the Vita as disappointing in presentation and gameplay or is it just all handheld LEGO games? I remember really enjoying LEGO Star Wars III on the 3DS, so I have a hard time believing that WB has just given up making LEGO games enjoyable on portables. Is it just the Vita? Does WB not care how blurry the cut scenes are, how chopped up the story is, or how awful the mini-games they inflict are? I haven’t played the same game on the consoles, so I can’t fully compare the differences, so it’s possible the console version is just as bad. Either way, both WB and Traveller’s Tales should be ashamed of themselves. If it’s just the Vita, they should be doubly ashamed of themselves for allowing such a half-assed presentation and game on the Vita. Please do not let LEGO LOTR be that awful on the Vita. If it is, just stop porting LEGO games for the Vita. It’s ridiculous.