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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 HorsemenPenned 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: 73 out of 81
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  1. If ever there was a pure gamer’s game, Darksiders is it.
  2. This is no cash-in. What at first seems like a God of War clone turns into a grown up version of Zelda - a bloody adventure with dark themes and settings, and it actually works. The puzzles are clever, the combat is visceral, there are a good amount of items and upgrades to be had and the world is convincing.
  3. Darksiders is revealed to be a very good game and an authentic surprise, showing the true passion of the developers for many classical gameplay mechanics, managing to avoid any "clone effect". The game is only lacking that magic and pathos that could have guaranteed it a place in the games pantheon. It is however an unmissable title for every action-rpg lover.
  4. It's able to emulate its idols very well, so whatever War is doing, it's bound to be enjoyable. But anyone who's attracted to this sort of game, or action games in general, is going to feel more familiar than floored.
  5. Like a less polished God of War with a great comic book artstyle and brutal gameplay. Has some minor flaws but is overall a brilliant action adventure.
  6. In spite of lifting nearly every gameplay element from other, often better games, Darksiders still succeeds at bringing these disparate threads together into a brutally satisfying whole. It’s also a blast to explore even at its low points, and if the idea of a Zelda with a more “mature” bent and better combat catches your interest, you’ll want to check this out.
  7. It's an open world that's not open, a Zelda game with no wit or brain power, and a God Of War clone without bite. [Feb 2010, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 75
  2. Negative: 3 out of 75
  1. TravisH.
    Jan 7, 2010
    10
    Beautiful, gory, massive and thoroughly entertaining is what comes to mind about this game that has quickly hacked, slashed, and shot Beautiful, gory, massive and thoroughly entertaining is what comes to mind about this game that has quickly hacked, slashed, and shot it's way to my top 5 games of the past 12 months. War is one of the four horsemen, responsible for enforcing a peace treaty between heaven hell. Blamed for triggering the apocalypse on earth early, War sits wrongly accused in front of the council before being stripped of his powers and setting out on a journy to solve the mystery and punish those responsible for his framing. Though gameplay may have hints of games such as Zelda and God of War, it never goes to the extent of completely ripping them off. Instead it embraces tried and true gameplay with fresh ideas to become a monster of it's own. The combat is face paced, beautifulyl staged and downright fun. The amount of customization and combos is really beyond other games of this type. Weapons level up as you use them and one weapon enhancement can be added to each. These enhancements play a big role in combat and can be mixed and matched to your liking. War's primary weapon is the Chaoseater, a giant sword that decimates anyone who crosses its path. Over time you will aquire weapons like the scythe a weapon that's strengths are distance melee and dispatching groups of enemies, and the tremor gaunlet a powerful and massive glove that when charged smashes the ground and creates a visually pleasing smash. Along with your primary and secondary weapons War can have one gear item equipped as well which is mapped to the right trigger. Though very useful(and completely necassary) for solving puzzles, these gear items also add a new dynamic to the combat. They are dulled out at just the right times in the story and become an integral role to combat and puzzles alike. The crossblade is a 4 sided thrown item that can be chained together to slice up multiple enemies, while mercy is War's trusty pistol that can be used to keep enemies and the air and chain together devestating combos. War also gains passive abilities. As you earn them they are always with War throughout the game, and there is no need to equip them. My favorite has you holding A down to have War sprout massive beautiful wings that allow him to glide to otherwise unreachable areas. I mean it when I use the term massive. They take up length wise my entire 46" sony bravia xbr and even a few feet of each side is off screen. Another part of combat consists of War's wrath abilities which include blade geyser, a movie that summons blades all around War and damages any enemies in the vicinity. wrath ablilities, weapons, consumables and different moves can be bought throughout the game from vulgrid, a nasty demon who honestly creeps me out a bit.Also, Vulgrim can be used about a quarter through the game to travel tunnels and quickly transport to new areas and back and forth. This is essential as the game really is pretty big. The puzzles are prefect when it comes to my taste in games. Some games get to serious and make the puzzles brain smacking hard, while others make them seem more like childsplay than a challenge. Darksiders fits comfortably between the two, being hard enough to satisfy but not so hard you'll plant your controller through your flat screen. The characters in the game and the world itself look absolutely stunning in HD. It's quite obvious that Joe Mad(an extreme talent) was involved deeply with the creative design as the characters are bulky and satifying. The world itself is nicely tectured and you may find yourself exploring just to see all of the amazing details the design team packed into this masterpeice. The enemies and bosses are astounding,, and War is one of my favorite characters in a video games of all time. To sum it up, Darksiders is a sleeper hit in the making. With it's fast paced in your face combat, and it's, masterfully staged puzzles and exploration, Vigil game's Darksiders is everything people have been waiting for in a next-gen game. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, it's time for me to get back to slaying some demons! Expand
  2. GilF.
    Jan 6, 2010
    10
    This game was surprisingly fun. I was expecting a GoW rip off but I was very wrong. It has good action, great level design and top notch This game was surprisingly fun. I was expecting a GoW rip off but I was very wrong. It has good action, great level design and top notch voice acting. A must have gmae. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    OMFG!! This game is by FAR the most UNDERRATED game this gen! Its a **** amazing game.. I dont know why some people hate it, i recommend everyOMFG!! This game is by FAR the most UNDERRATED game this gen! Its a **** amazing game.. I dont know why some people hate it, i recommend every "REAL" gamer to buy this AMAZING MASTERPIECE!!! Expand
  4. May 1, 2012
    9
    Created by the talented team of Vigil Games and Joe Madueira, Darksiders is a real treat for the senses. The art direction is just superb, theCreated by the talented team of Vigil Games and Joe Madueira, Darksiders is a real treat for the senses. The art direction is just superb, the gamedesign well executed, the combat is challenging and satisfying and the main character has just the right amount of "bad ass". The apocalyptic setting is well designed and looks fantastic with its mix of hand painted textures and normal maps, a definite must have. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2012
    8
    An exceptional game but no one without faults. First of all, Darksiders has a pretty decent story and pretty GOOD characters for all you RPersAn exceptional game but no one without faults. First of all, Darksiders has a pretty decent story and pretty GOOD characters for all you RPers however the set design is really its biggest down fault. There is so many flaws and a lot of unnecessary obstacles and puzzles that forces you play on its own pace. However like the said the characters are good, the story is good and the combat is good. Looking foward for Darksiders 2 Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2014
    8
    Penned by legendary comic book artist Joe Madureira (X-Men, Battle Chasers, The Ultimates), Darksiders is set in a Post-ApocalypticPenned 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
  7. MarkG
    Jan 12, 2010
    2
    Jaggie-fest with horrendous screen tearing on the Xbox version. If you have a PS3 (you should have by now), get it on that, it's 5x Jaggie-fest with horrendous screen tearing on the Xbox version. If you have a PS3 (you should have by now), get it on that, it's 5x better, really. Collapse

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