I was over at Glorp’s house last week, he wanted to show me HDR I assume because he owns stock in a company that produces high-end panels, and I had a chance to check out Darksiders 3 on PC.
I barely recognized it. I talked about that a bit before, but this art on this platform with this dynamic visual range is just… fucked. Obviously that’s the technical term. But in the service of the kind of story it is, which is something like a grim but generous buffet of religious archetypes, multiple concurrent armageddons, and meaningful gazing, it sold it hard has hell. There’s lots of opportunities for scenery chewing, the door jamb is practically lunar. Occasionally, one does hold forth. It’s a fun game to talk to as you play.
I have described what “dumb” means to us in particular, as people who make things, and I think Darksiders could always be usefully observed through that lens: of pop culture, of pulp, worked with tools until it becomes a gleaming mirror somehow capable of observing itself.
Grab and I are gonna hit the stream at 2pm PDT, Switch in tow. Might try some Katana Zero? Might play some of the original Darksiders? Maybe some Yoshi’s Crafted World? Maybe an admixture. We’ll see you then.