Generally favorable reviews - based on 70 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 70
  2. Negative: 0 out of 70
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  1. Mar 3, 2020
    Despite the fundamental changes to the series' viewpoint, Darksiders Genesis feels like a true Darksiders game, and banishes any memory of the lacklustre third entry.
  2. Dec 20, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is by far the best game in the series. As someone who has played all of them, I can honestly say that this is more than a hack and slash game where you slay demons, but a kick-ass demon slaying game that has found new life by remixing what it does best and incorporating the best features of other games to create something new in the series.
  3. Dec 16, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a fantastic new direction for the series, and while I love the third-person 3D entries, I’d be fine with the Genesis blueprint running the show moving forwards. This is one of my favourite games I’ve played this year. Put it on your Festivus wishlist, if you haven’t picked it up yet.
  4. Dec 15, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a great top-down action game despite some minor issues.
  5. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis feels a lot like some of our favorite parts of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games mixed with Darksiders tone and puzzle-solving. It unfortunately brings some issues in those games along, such as enemy repetition and glitchy environments, but these are light problems among the genuinely enjoyable and accessible gameplay.
  6. Dec 4, 2019
    From the gorgeous visuals to the smooth, frenetic combat and environments that beg to be explored, the quality on display here is incredibly impressive. Despite a smattering of minor issues and a few iffy design choices, Darksiders Genesis is still a fantastic videogame, and might even be the best Darksiders game to date.
  7. Feb 12, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis is a great game. I feel like the developers masterfully ticked every box on their design sheets, so they should be proud of this one. Unless the genre really turns you off or the occasional puzzle is a deal-breaker for you, Darksiders Genesis is definitely worth your money.
  8. Dec 6, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis translates everything from its 3rd person predecessors perfectly, I have zero complaints about the gameplay itself. The additional core system and the myriad of upgrades ensures boredom never sets in and I highly recommend anyone who’s got an even passing interest in this gives it a go.
  9. Dec 4, 2019
    Though it lacks polish, Darksiders Genesis is a rare spinoff that equals and sometimes surpasses its mainline brethren.
  10. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis looked like another Diablo clone, but it has its own personality and is a Darksiders with a different perspective. It's fun, has a component of RPG and platform game and, despite its problems, is a great new game of the saga created by Madureira brothers.
  11. Dec 9, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is not only immediately fun, it is also immediately recognisable as Darksiders despite the move to a new genre and completely different camera angle. Strife is a very welcome addition to the Darksiders canon, and when paired with War they have helped elevate Genesis to the best entry in the series in the post Vigil Games era.
  12. Dec 5, 2019
    I expected much less from Darksiders Genesis and I got a really pleasant surprise. What looked like a hack'n'slash, a weird version of Diablo, turned out just another Darksiders game, only isometric. Hell, I think it's even better than Darksiders III. Good stuff.
  13. Dec 4, 2019
    There are many things that I wish Airship Syndicate would have done differently, but Darksiders: Genesis is definitely a title worth picking up. It's no Darksiders 4 and lacks the polish of any of the previous Darksiders games, but it's got the flavor, the pace and the combat mechanics that made the franchise popular among gamers. There's a compelling story underneath all the hacking and slashing, with interesting characters and extremely well-done level design. The puzzles are very clever, something that I would expect from a Darksiders game, and there's simply a lot of content to enjoy throughout a nearly 15-hour playthrough.
  14. 85
    Despite some hokey voice acting and a few technical quibbles, Darksiders: Genesis manages to be every bit as significant to the franchise as the mainline games.
  15. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders is back with a fantastic adventure that still delivers an experience true to the series. This is a great adventure both alone or in coop, so don’t let the camera fool you.
  16. Dec 11, 2019
    Despite the story of Darksider Genesis is pretty mediocre, the combat system and puzzle-solving design are impressive. With a beautiful Diablo-like aesthetic, it also presents us a fascinating world.
  17. Dec 4, 2019
    Thanks to relatable heroes and streamlined gameplay, this isometric Hack & Slay is a blessing for the slightly worn Darksiders series.
  18. Dec 18, 2019
    I think Darksiders Genesis has a really solid base, is greatly entertaining, and is definitely worth its price tag. The previously mentioned technical flaws can (hopefully) be addressed in future updates, and I would then have little gripe with the game itself. If you are a Darksiders fan, or simply want to feel the power of slaying demons left and right, I would definitely recommend picking this title up.
  19. Dec 4, 2019
    A great one-shot adventure or an enjoyable grindfest, depending on which you want.
  20. Feb 28, 2020
    This diversion from the main branch of Darksiders games was a risky, but at the end of the day correct, choice. This game is devilishly fun.
  21. Feb 10, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis truly surprised me, a game I was hardly interested in after the mess that was Darksiders 3. While I highly recommend it to franchise fans and those who enjoy a good ol’ dungeon crawler, I’m confused by two huge release decisions: to first put this on PC and Stadia far ahead of a Switch, Xbox One and PS4 release, and to optimise the game for a controller even then. With a console release just days away – and expect an update on this review with our thoughts, by the way – I’m still left thinking this new format would have been perfect for the PC’s keyboard and mouse.
  22. 80
    With two styles of satisfying combat that stay fresh throughout the entire game, supported by a side of Zelda-style item-based dungeon puzzles and pre-apocalyptic series lore, this is a brilliant adaptation of Darskiders' signature brand of fun, even if it's not as grand or cinematic as the third-person action games.
  23. Jan 3, 2020
    Darksiders: Genesis proves that less is more. The choice of Diablo-style isometric perspective proves to be a boon, but don’t be fooled by the puzzle and adventure elements - this is an action game at heart. Strife and War are here to entertain you, and they’ll do whatever they have to do to achieve that goal.
  24. Dec 21, 2019
    After the less successful Darksiders 3, the franchise seems to have found its way up again. Apart from the sometimes forced humor and clumsy controls, there is little to be said about the spin-off game, which despite the changed camera position will feel familiar to Darksiders fans.
  25. Dec 20, 2019
    Taking the series in an entirely new direction, Darksiders Genesis manages to stay true to the prior games whilst delivering in a totally different genre. A fun game let down by grindy character progression.
  26. Dec 19, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis may seem a Diablo-like, but it’s a true Darksiders with a change of perspective. He focuses mainly on combat, yes, but it hasn't forgotten exploration, puzzles and even platforms.
  27. Dec 19, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis marks a return to form for the series, with a classic experience underlying the shift in camera perspective and budget price tag. Some minor issues with controls during puzzles and navigation aren't enough to dampen enjoyment of this surprisingly great prequel spinoff.
  28. Dec 15, 2019
    Perhaps it was a bit unexpected, but Darksiders Genesis is more than a decent game, honoring the name of the long-time series. Featuring remarkable graphics and an amazing soundtrack, the new installment can provide you in with at least fifteen hours of enjoyable action.
  29. Dec 13, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a game which can appeal to longtime series fans and newcomers alike, and anyone tangentially interested in the action-RPG genre should give it a chance.
  30. Dec 11, 2019
    Thanks to the passage from the action-adventure genre to the hack 'n' slash with isometric view, Darksiders Genesis demonstrates how the series can evolve without losing its core.
  31. Dec 10, 2019
    Though Genesis doesn’t exactly introduce anything totally new to the franchise, it’s an entertaining experience that stays true to the feel and tone of the series despite making a few budgetary concessions.
  32. Dec 9, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis looks very much like the older games in Darksiders series, and even repeats their mistakes, such as camera problems. Nevertheless, solid visual design and good music that matches greatly with the game's tempo save the day and make Darksiders Genesis a very good game, but not one of the best in the genre.
  33. Dec 9, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis explores a new genre with the series, the story may have been better, but the experience is enjoyable whether you're playing alone or with a friend, fans of the series will be satisfied with this one.
  34. 80
    It's hard to imagine any fan of any of the Darksiders games not enjoying Genesis. It definitely hammers home on the strengths of the franchise and brings the playable characters full circle with the introduction of Strife.
  35. Dec 6, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a well thought and executed isometric hack and slash game - with an original progression system - that excels in battle, exploration and co-op mode. A great addition to an already excellent franchise.
  36. Dec 5, 2019
    Quotation forthcoming.
  37. Dec 5, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis pulls off the change in perspective. It feels like a true to form Darksiders game and should not be skipped by any fan of the series.
  38. Dec 4, 2019
    Minor faults aside, Darksiders Genesis masterfully shrinks down the long-running franchise into a top-down action game that’s just plain fun to play.
  39. Dec 4, 2019
    An entertaining spin-off that manages to retain the Darksiders vibe while shifting the perspective, offered at an inviting price point.
  40. Dec 4, 2019
    Endowed with a superb artistic direction, the proposal of Airship Syndicate is moreover surmounted by a cherry in the form of an online co-op mode or locally with two people.
  41. Dec 4, 2019
    If you’re after yet more Darksiders action and aren’t put off by the change in viewpoint, which you shouldn’t be, Darksiders Genesis will not disappoint. Even better, it’s available a bit cheaper than usual releases. Airship Syndicate has created a game that both fans and those new to the series can jump into and have a great deal of fun. And thanks to co-op, it no longer has to be a solitary affair.
  42. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis may be a new look for the series, but it doesn't sacrifice the glorious chaos fans have come to love. Gorgeous visuals, weighty combat, and a surprising amount of replayability make Darksiders Genesis something everyone can enjoy.
  43. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a low budget, low priced full fledged title with a lenghty campaign and some impressive setpieces, tons of collectibles and a surprisingly deep combat system.
  44. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis have a change of style but the pace and the coremechanics are still great and enjoyable. The game looks and sounds amazing. Frenetic combat for single and co-op.
  45. 80
    In a year where we’ve had no shortage of hefty experiences demanding an endless endurance to enjoy them, it’s nice to play something that reigns it in a little. Darksiders Genesis isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it’s the kind of refreshing hack-and-slash game that could reinvent the series and should be a breath of fresh air if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by most games these days.
  46. Dec 4, 2019
    As a stopgap between Darksiders 3 and the eventual Darksiders 4, Genesis scratches an itch in an unconventional manner that deserves some appreciation for trying something new along the way. Darksiders Genesis is action and co-op play firing on all cylinders. Even if I do need to strap a pair of binoculars to my face to see what I’m doing.
  47. Dec 4, 2019
    Although the concept of a "Diablo spinoff for the Darksiders series" had the potential to just be a big bowl of wrong, the mad men and women at Airship Syndicate pulled it off.
  48. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 6, 2020
    Although Genesis turned out to be a bit glitchy and buggy, and its parkour sequences are straight-out torturous, all in all it it’s a pretty successful experiment. [Issue#243, p.48]
  49. Mar 2, 2020
    What Airship Syndicate have done is show the world that the Darksiders IP is more than a one-trick pony, and for those who’ve not been tempted by the core franchise entries up until this point, there is now a very different sample of the IP with which to taste.
  50. CD-Action
    Jan 15, 2020
    The new Darksiders’ top-down perspective may actually be my favorite of the series. The game has its flaws but looks great, sounds absolutely fantastic and offers both dynamic gameplay and some interesting environmental puzzles to spice everything up. [02/2020, p.46]
  51. Jan 6, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis is an excellent addition to the action-RPG genre. While it isn't as polished as Diablo, Genesis delivers a great adventure full of exploration and puzzles to boot. With its main characters there is plenty of fun for veterans of the series as well as new players.
  52. Jan 4, 2020
    A competent hack'n slash with beautiful art and great soundtrack, a focused and professionally delivered game which only lacks more variety and deepness to convince to the dedicated fans of the genre.
  53. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis takes the franchise's pillars (fast-paced combat, some puzzles and platforming) to an isometric perspective. A game that, although feels completely like a smaller spin-off rather than a big new entry in the series, manages to still give that Darksiders' feeling that fans love.
  54. Dec 4, 2019
    A purchase is highly recommended to all fans of the brand, but more could be done to refine a title that still does not reach the peaks of the initial regular chapters.
  55. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis manages to twist the series' formula successfully, offering plenty of engaging puzzle-solving and treasure hunting, both elevated by the good mission and location design. Repetitive combat, lack of a true loot system and a few other issues prevent the game from being a must-buy for everyone, but Darksiders fans will surely enjoy their time with the game, even more if they have a friend to play with.
  56. 70
    Darksiders Genesis provides a short burst of demon-crunching carnage for hardcore fans of the franchise, but the overall experience is easily eclipsed by other, deeper, more engaging action-RPGs.
  57. 70
    Darksiders Genesis gets a lot right. It has plenty of personality and a dynamic, engaging action system. Its only real problem is that it has tackled a thematic challenge that it can't deliver - hell should not be dull, empty or repetitive, and yet this game fails on all fronts there. It's not entirely the developer's fault, in the sense that if they showed a truly creative vision of hell it would either offend or be too surreal for the kind of mainstream audience that it's pitched at, but perhaps developers need to better consider where they're setting their games in that case.
  58. Dec 11, 2019
    Darksiders: Genesis has a clear identity. It's not the most experimental game in the world, but it takes a variety of tried-and-tested systems and executes them with bravado and grace.
  59. Dec 4, 2019
    For those who want to continue knowing the bloody adventures of the four Riders of the Apocalypse, Darksiders Genesis is a must. On the other hand, if you're looking for the usual saga formula, it can be quite disappointing.
  60. Dec 4, 2019
    The challenging boss fights, engaging combat, and emphasis on co-op in Darksiders Genesis make it still worth checking out despite its technical hiccups. Fans of the Darksiders franchise worried that the game is too different from the others can rest easy knowing that Darksiders Genesis is a genuine Darksiders experience from start to finish.
  61. Dec 4, 2019
    For me, the new gameplay approach was interesting because I am also a big Diablo fan and was curious how the developers implement this in the Darksiders universe. The answer is: not very thoughtful.
  62. 70
    When it works, Darksiders Genesis is quite fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the game is plagued by many technical issues and some very questionable design choices that prevent to guarantee an enjoyable experience from start to finish.
  63. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a fun, but samey hack-and-slash romp. I've always admired the Darksiders franchise for jumping to different styles of play from game to game: Darksiders Genesis is its biggest jump yet, and one of its most successful. Though it feels understated, thanks to a pulled-out camera and a less flashy approach than the original three, it's a well-designed gauntlet of quick, mashy fights and light brain teasers. It's not going to set the world on fire, but it's all good fun.
  64. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis fails to take advantage of the series' strengths. Since Darksiders’ inception, fans have imagined what it might be like to team up as the different horsemen. Darksiders Genesis finally offers a co-op experience, but its offbeat design and forgettable story don't deliver on the fantasy.
  65. Dec 4, 2019
    Isometric Darksiders spin-off that does not do Strife any justice.
  66. Edge Magazine
    Jan 31, 2020
    While Genesis may already be fading from our memory, those looking for nothing more than 15 hours or so of punchy, demon-slaying action will no doubt have an appropriate response. It matters not. [Issue#342, p.110]
  67. Jan 16, 2020
    It’s not a horrible game per se, but there’s absolutely no reason to play it, even if you crave a co-op slasher.
  68. Dec 5, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis feels like a B game. There is nothing wrong with that and it also justifies the lower price. Yet we would have liked a little more balance and urgency.
  69. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis, assuming some of the technical limitations are ironed out, could be a fun co-op romp for ardent fans of the franchise. For those looking to try out something new, there are better co-op games, and better Darksiders games.
  70. Dec 4, 2019
    Darksiders Genesis is a completely mediocre, somewhat boring game. There is good entertainment for a few hours, but then the variation ends and it becomes very much the same enemies, the same level, the same mission and you do more or less the same thing for the rest of the game.
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  1. Dec 5, 2019
    Genesis may look like a departure, and it is in some ways. But at its core, it's the same old pleasures for this entirely pleasurable series, albeit with the odd new trick and delivered from a new perspective. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Dec 4, 2019
    Here's what I can say about Darksiders Genesis, the new game from Airship Syndicate: It's serviceable. Not great, but not bad.
  3. Dec 4, 2019
    Sure, I had some fun, but I was eventually bored by the constant combat and puzzles that felt like chores meant to break up the real action of the game.
  4. Genesis is so unashamedly mid-tier (and I don’t mean this pejoratively, it’s great to see this sort of budget project surfacing again), and so overflowing with proud mid-decade nostalgia, that it’s easy to overlook its annoyances.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 279 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 279
  1. Dec 5, 2019
    Для спин-оффа серии лучшего и пожелать нельзя, как впрочем нельзя было ожидать ничего другого от талантливой команды разработчиков, жду DLC кДля спин-оффа серии лучшего и пожелать нельзя, как впрочем нельзя было ожидать ничего другого от талантливой команды разработчиков, жду DLC к генезису и четвертую номерную часть. Full Review »
  2. Dec 14, 2019
    Mediocre Diablo knock off. That was my first thought having played 30 minutes of this game. There's a lack of polish. You seem unable toMediocre Diablo knock off. That was my first thought having played 30 minutes of this game. There's a lack of polish. You seem unable to manually adjust the camera angles which annoyingly auto adjusts in a way that often makes things harder not easier. Its not a small shortcoming when you are asked to climb walls, jump and pull levers, fly and more.

    Which is my second area of criticism. These game components are handled badly, its hard to do what should be straight forward tasks. Often you feel like this game is a keyboard and mouse killer as you have to mash and pound keys to get things done. Its imprecise and luck plays a big part.

    Additionally why is it when your character is obscured you get a blue outline but not one of the characters he's fighting?

    Its these shortcomings that rob this game of appeal and slow its pace, which is a real failing in what should be a fast paced scrolling D&D style game.

    On the upside the action is reasonable. Its has the right feel and the sets are nice. The banter between the two characters is good, as is the general story. Sound track is decent too.

    That said this one feels lackluster and I'm having a hard time getting into it. I guess I'm simply used to better.

    In short OK but not great. My advice as they tell you when the game starts get a game pad to plug into your PC or laptop. I think this would improve game play and will save your keyboard and mouse.
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  3. Dec 13, 2019
    DARKSIDERS GENESIS is a prequel to the series and sets up the stage for darksiders 1 plus we can finally play our boy strife

    story: the
    DARKSIDERS GENESIS is a prequel to the series and sets up the stage for darksiders 1 plus we can finally play our boy strife

    story: the council gives war and strife a task to defeat the demon lords that are posing a threat to humanity and with the help of some say friendly faces you start your adventure to save humanity


    the new diablo like game play is weird but a warm welcome to the series it brings something new to the table and still retains the hack and slash plus puzzle game play we know and love

    the commentary between strife and war really feels authentic and brings more character development to both of them as you get to know them more

    split screen and co op are a some what of a main feature although you can solo the game it is recommended to play it with another friend

    the art style really shines even if the camera angel is diablo like you can still notice all the small details and all the background stuff

    the horse riding is back after i complained about it in my darksiders 3 review and some maps are purposefully made for you to ride your horse as much as you can

    they brought back war with all the combos skills and stats he had at the first darksiders and some how made him even more bad ass

    the boss fights are unique creative and everyone of them is different plus every boss has his own area to fight them in

    the endgame in this game is mainly collecting hidden stuff doing secret puzzles and 100% the arena either than that there is nothing

    the game has somewhat of a replay value because you can play the game just for its game-play over and over


    some mini bosses are just super recycled to the point of the game even poking fun at that and at some point you can just shoot a red barrel and one shot them

    the map is total trash and barely even helps you navigate

    performance issues such as bugs frame drops and i even experienced 1 hard crash

    the way they made strife in this game felt like he is really weak yes you can switch bullet types and you have a powered up mode but it still felt like not enough and most of the time i played with war although i really wanted to play with my boy strife

    i finished the game after 12 hours which is really short and i really wished that the game would have been longer

    in conclusion the main reason they made this game is budget issues as the developer said but somehow the managed even with a low budget to pull it off and create an awesome solid game which brings me to the final score which is a 8 out of 10 it almost dropped to a 7 but the game is charming and i really do want to the support the studio who made it
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