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  • Summary: Penned by legendary comic book artist Joe Madureira (X-Men, Battle Chasers, The Ultimates), Darksiders is set in a Post-Apocalyptic demon-ravaged world where evil forces have prematurely brought about the end of the time. Originally sent to oversee the destruction of Earth, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been betrayed by their master, stripped of their powers and cast down to Earth. Players take on the role of WAR -- the first of the Four Horsemen -- as he embarks on a brutal quest of vengeance and revenge against the forces that betrayed him with the help of his phantom steed RUIN. The first title from new THQ studio Vigil Games, Darksiders: Wrath of War features open-world exploration, a deep combat system and a huge arsenal of modern and mythical weapons. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 65 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. If ever there was a pure gamer’s game, Darksiders is it.
  2. An excellent platforming hack'n'slash title that pits the best elements of some of our favourite games against the forces of Hell during the apocalypse. An epic title that is well polished and well implemented, even if the game mechanics feel a bit familiar at times.
  3. Although the combat can get repetitive, and Darksiders has adopted a tried and tested format, the story, style, and atmosphere make playing through Armageddon a unique and involving experience.
  4. Darksiders has set 2010 off to a running start. With gory hack-and-slash action, challenging dungeon puzzles, an intriguing (albeit sometimes annoying) guardian demon, gorgeous scenery and a story that begins with killing mankind, you get a little bit of everything.
  5. It'll test your patience, but persevere and your sense of self-satisfaction will swell. [Jan 2009, p.64]
  6. THQ's Darksiders may not be the most original game, however it works by giving the player a fun gaming experience that attempts to be clever at certain times and actually succeeds.
  7. By stitching together successful ideas of the last decade, Vigil Games created a bulky, unfriendly Frankenstein monster, and failed to breathe life into it.

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  1. Positive: 57 out of 67
  2. Negative: 3 out of 67
  1. Sep 20, 2010
    10
    This gem is hands down one of the most underrated games in a while. The reviews are pretty good across the board but I am the only person I know that bought this game. To me this game is the ultimate gamerâ Expand
  2. JasonG
    Jan 18, 2010
    10
    This game is absolutely fantastic. I did not know what to expect at first, but being seven hours in, I can honestly say that this is a beautiful game with great dungeons that are, in my oppinion, better than any found in the latest Zelda game, and the story is fantastic. HIGHLY recommended. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    Flawless tale. Awaiting the sequel.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Expand
  4. SethB.
    Jan 6, 2010
    9
    The game had initially started out very easy to play, and as such I started out being fairly disappointed. I stuck with it for a little longer, watched the difficulty level ramp up quickly and came to a realization. If you were to take Zelda and it's dungeon system and moderate storyline and replace the visuals and battle system to better match something comparable to Devil May Cry or God of War (meet those somewhere in the middle) and you get Darksiders. To put it simply, it's Sony's Zelda game, with a meter telling you how much blood you've spilled. Expand
  5. DrewD
    Jan 20, 2010
    9
    I'd give it an 8.5 if it was available. This game is definitely an early sleeper for 2010. The beautiful and diverse backgrounds set through out the game really set the stage. The voiceovers are clear and concise and give each character his/her identity. Its God of War-esque with more open space. Even though there are a lack of combos, the overall combat and decent magic spells make up for it. Being able to venture back to previously unreachable places and upgrade yourself accordingly creates an added interest. War is a character to like as well as he gets down to business, looks like a bad-ass and carries a fearsome sword. I am quite bias toward action adventure games (God of War, Devil May Cry, Onimusha) however, either way, this game was a pleasant surprise, kept my interest, excited me for a sequel. Expand
  6. AlbertJ
    Feb 18, 2010
    8
    I definitely like the idea of melding together aspects of some of my favorite games (Zelda, GOW) but It was hard going from Dantes Inferno (The game I was playing before this) to this as Darksiders graphics don't have the same detail and polish (And I can't pinpoint it, but Wars running animation doesn't seem quite right!), but overall it's an enjoyable game with aspects of other great games (Just don't expect it to be as great as the afformentioned games and you'll enjoy it more) Oh, and I picked it up new for $39.99 at GameStop, so if you see it for that price it's a no brainer! Expand
  7. [anonymous]
    Jan 23, 2010
    0
    there is absolutely nothing original about this game. Every single detail has been taken from some other game. It's got all the trademark items of Legend of Zelda and even has a portal gun. This game has no shame and should be considered an abomination. Expand

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