Gamespy warns PC gamers of shoddy Darksiders 2 port
The Gamespy piece isn't very long and gets directly to the point. They warn PC gamers that if you don't like games that suffer from consolitis, then you're not going to like Darksiders II. The article cued a comment section full of the typical pitchfork and torch responses, and you can't really blame the crowd too much given that the one thing most people buy games on PC for is scalability, which is what Darksiders II lacks.
Now, on the upside -- and I've only had a small amount of time to test this out -- Darksiders II actually runs very smoothly on PC. I'm under the assumption that during the very quiet and stealthy installation the game optimizes the settings for the PC it's being installed on and sticks to those settings. Mike Nelson is correct insofar of the game running at an even 60fps. The downside, however, is that you can't modify any graphical settings for the game; no shadows, no lighting, no post-processing, no bloom, no texture filtering, no nothing. It means that if the game doesn't run well on your system then you're screwed.
Now, according to the article, the Darksiders II community manager makes mention of a Holy Grail of config files for the game that may enable the user to modify advanced settings, as stated on the official Darksiders forum. I checked the config folder in the Darksiders II directory but there's no config file. Gamespy's Mike Nelson couldn't find it either and neither could any of the commenters. It's either extremely very well-hidden somewhere or someone is trying to play Inception with our minds.
Nevertheless, Darksiders II runs and runs well on PC. But you won't have a lot of customization or modification scalability to suit the sweet spots of your system. It's unfortunate but not entirely mob-rally-worthy. It's good that Gamespy brought this out now as opposed to later, so early adopters will at least be aware of what they're stepping into if they decide to get the game for PC.
Already pre-purchased mine as it was discounted. Damn :-/
Patch will probably be made if people complain enough.
Well that's a bummer... although I still find it sad that people will completely write off a game for its resolution.
EDIT: It looks like Vigil is listening and working on a patch... http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/darksiders-2/1225773p1.html
Yea it runs well. But it looks like crap, cause the textures are 720p.
Not that surprised considering the console version was the lead development version and stuff like this has happened a lot of times this generation.
You're right. ATI/AMD has it too, before users do that they need to either take note of their intial settings or build a preset that they can switch to for the game so they won't screw up the other games they run. I wish all games would just let you manage settings from within the game. I hate bothering with .ini files and my graphics card.
A quick fix for those that are interested is to use forced setting for the program in you graphic card settings. Nvidia has them in the control panel, but I'm not too sure for ATI users. You can force some things as you wish. I'm sure there will be a patch shortly that will add an .ini file shortly.
They did it AGAIN?
The first game also had its issues - I couldn't use a normal gamepad because the camera was constantly facing towards the sky, I had to emulate the 360 gamepad through a 3rd party application just to be able to play
Still more graphic settings and glory than on consoles. Except for the textures, the game is a visual pleasure and runs like butter.
This slightly worries me about the Wii U version.
Still worth getting on PC because one day Steam will put it on sale for a ridiculous amount. Plus I haven't even launched Darksiders I yet.
It is good to know these things, but unfortunately, the game does not need to be looked on as badly as some do.
Yeah, listen to the last CagCast, CheapyD and Shipwreck were praising this game. It's a non issue.
oh boy, if only this was the major problem of the game on pc haha, you cant activate reaper form through key binds, camera control of just ridiculously bad, etc, etc. Wonder if u really played the game at all to focus so much on that issue, and not mention these at all
And this is what FREE patches are for. Chances are there's a .ini or .cfg file somewhere you can edit to remedy any issues.
I miss the good ol' days when games had options. Now you are lucky if you can change the resolution.
I will be watching to see what they have to say about the Black Ops 2 PC port. Some people are happy with paying for a beta but I just want to play the working game with a mouse on a system where other players play with a mouse.
It is a very good game but something just doesn't feel right with it, also don't forget the first Darksiders on PC was a butchered port and I was hoping they would learn from the mistakes. :( poor THQ
I hate how much bad publicity this game is getting for Vigil's bad decisions. Between the PC port and Credits debacle, people might get the wrong impression, but trust me, the game itself is still awesome!