Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
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  1. Feb 18, 2020
    Regardless of if you’ve played every Darksiders game or this is your first one, Darksiders Genesis is worth playing. The characters and combat remain fun and exciting to play even after the credits roll. While some enemies can be annoying, combat never gets dull and new items you earn along the way always make encounters fresh. Amongst the other big titles launching this spring, Darksiders Genesis is one that shouldn’t be missed.
  2. Feb 27, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis is a strong entry to the franchise and it’s one that should appeal not only to fans and newcomers of Darksiders, but also to anyone that enjoys a isometric dungeons crawlers with two player co-op support.
  3. Mar 6, 2020
    The first 15 minutes of Darksiders Genesis is enough to prove that it's far better than Darksiders 3, and shows why Airship Syndicate should continue to work on the series. If you are a fan of the genre, Genesis is definitely one of your top choices.
  4. 85
    Darksiders Genesis is a rousing achievement, taking the pillars of the franchise and bringing them to a new genre and perspective. That shift is pulled off almost to perfection, creating one of the better games in the franchise and a satisfying and rewarding combat experience with a lot of meat on its bones.
  5. Feb 13, 2020
    While not as polished as the PC version, Darksiders Genesis loses none of the effortless charm, cool, or playability on console. A great addition to the franchise and a must-have for the fans.
  6. Mar 10, 2020
    A true return to form, this is a prequel that gives audiences the chance to once again bask in the wonderful hack and slash glory, this time with a friend and a whole new perspective. Topping it all off with an intriguing story that acts as a cardinal chapter in the story’s canon, Darksiders Genesis completes the tetralogy with Horseman Strife, style, and substance.
  7. Feb 27, 2020
    It’s a fun action-adventure game that builds upon the lore of the series in a way that works pretty well, with interesting combat mechanics and an addictive upgrade system that gave me a good 20 or so hours of playtime. Even now I could go back and clean up some of the collectibles and optional challenges, and still plan to do so at some point. So yeah, I think Darksiders Genesis is certainly worth a look, but you’ll likely get more appreciation out of it if you’re at least familiar with the series up to now.
  8. Feb 14, 2020
    Sympathetic heroes and a great gameplay flow make the Darksiders perspective change not only interesting for fans.
  9. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Mar 12, 2020
    It’s a terrifically fun game to throw on, whether you’re playing alone or with a mate, and it proves that Darksiders still has plenty of stories to tell. [Issue#173, p.91]
  10. Feb 26, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis brings a new perspective to the franchise. The fourth horseman is not alone. He brought his brother War for some co-op fun! The game is the most fun together, chopping up enemies and solving the puzzles. But alone you can navigate through hell and the story as well. The levels are not that special, but the fighting makes up for it. There are tons of moves and skills to unlock to keep you playing way beyond the 15 hours the story takes to complete.
  11. Feb 20, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis perfectly mixes Action-RPG and puzzle platformer mechanics, delivering an experience closer to Darksiders 1 than Diablo, and doubles the fun featuring a local/online coop mode.
  12. Feb 19, 2020
    Irritations and annoyances aside, Darksiders Genesis is still fantastic stuff. It’s a reinvigorating return to form for the franchise, taking the best of the series and remixing it with a few new ideas that make for a great diversion over a dozen hours of escapism.
  13. 80
    Darksiders Genesis is not Darksiders 4, but it’s still a worthwhile addition to the Darksiders saga.
  14. Feb 14, 2020
    Darksiders turns into a top-down hack-and-slash title... and turns out to be all the better for it. Some minor annoyances don't weigh up to the sheer amount of fun this game holds in store for you, solo or in co-op. The deep and varied combat system forms the proverbial cherry on the cake.
  15. Feb 13, 2020
    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.
  16. Feb 13, 2020
    A fun, cathartic romp through demonic armies, with two fun characters that offer plenty of personality and an interesting alternative to other Diablo style role-players.
  17. Feb 21, 2020
    Despite the lack of polish and variety Darksiders Genesis is an entertaining spin-off that keeps a lot of the franchises’ staples intact.
  18. Nov 15, 2021
    While by no means the pinnacle of the series, it’s a more than worthy successor to Vigil Games’ legacy and a very enjoyable action-adventure title that fans will get a kick out of. I can only hope that Airship Syndicate will one day be able to finally give us the conclusion to this epic saga of Heaven, Hell, and the Balance between them.
  19. Feb 26, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis offers a very enjoyable gameplay that mixes Hack'n slash with Twin Stick Shooters elements. The game still suffers from a major lack of polish which shows in many areas.
  20. Feb 17, 2020
    Even though I'm a tad disappointed with Darksiders Genesis, there's no denying how solid of a game it is. Plus, it's fantastic that its cooperative component is handled as well as it is because playing it with a chum is definitely the way to go.
  21. 70
    Darksiders Genesis is a welcome change of pace. Fan of the series might question whether or not they will like the dramatic overhaul, but this is a really solid Diablo style of game that is a lot of fun to play. I enjoyed the new character a good deal and have always appreciated the world these games were set in. The wheel is not getting reinvented here, but the overall execution is generally well done.
  22. 70
    Darksiders Genesis changes the camera angle but brings a lot of what fans enjoy about the main series. It does get a little repetitive but the road to 100% is addictive and everything's better in co-op.
  23. 70
    Visibility issues aside, Darksiders Genesis is a solid port of a solid action-RPG. It’s accessible for both Darksiders fans and those who’ve never played anything from the franchise before. While there’s nothing truly remarkable on offer here, Genesis nails all the fundamentals of satisfying demon-bashing.
  24. 65
    Make no mistakes, Darksiders Genesis plays and feels like a Darksiders game. It’s just not a particularly strong one. Repetitive enemy encounters, simplistic puzzle design and average platforming all stop Genesis from being as good as it could be. Co-op is a blast, as is the great dynamic between War and Strife, but it doesn’t save the experience in the end.
  25. Apr 22, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis is a pretty good spin-off to the main series. For sure, it will entertain and please the fans.
  26. Feb 23, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis is an unexpectedly great mix of Darksiders and Diablo. You will mainly hack and slash your way through the levels, but clever puzzles, fun explorations and challenging platforming makes the adventure feel familiar yet fresh at the same time. Sure, the game feels a bit low-budget at time, and especially the control and camera could use some fine-tuning. But overall, Airship Syndicate has created a real gem for anyone who wants a slightly smarter and more varied action game.
  27. Feb 13, 2020
    What may have been a solid experience a few years back feels too stale in 2020. Darksiders Genesis is completely competent in its own right, but it doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from previous iterations despite a change in perspective. Combat is a highlight and the Creature Core system provides some depth, however, they're about the only two features we can muster any enthusiasm for.
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  1. May 16, 2020
    Darksiders Genesis is a strange one. While it may look like a Diablo style affair, it remains a Darksiders game at heart, with combat and mechanics taken straight from the main series. The new perspective is jarring however, especially when it comes to jumping and platforming. The lack of dungeon crawler RPG features also makes the pulled back camera feel just a tad cheap. Nonetheless, it's a decent enough game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 101
  2. Negative: 17 out of 101
  1. Feb 15, 2020
    One idiot give it a 10 and another idiot give 0
    And I’m sure both of them didn’t play it until now!! This is our world. Full of idiots...
  2. Jun 28, 2020
    Начну с грустного. Мне игра не понравилась!
    Я являюсь поклонником серии Darksiders с 2010 года. Мне очень понравились первая, вторая, да и
    Начну с грустного. Мне игра не понравилась!
    Я являюсь поклонником серии Darksiders с 2010 года. Мне очень понравились первая, вторая, да и третья (хотя делала другая студия, но думаю, получилось) части франшизы.
    С Genesis, что то не так. Что же, думал я, и понял. В Genesis не так всё!
    Я понимаю это эксперимент с перспективой, но, на мой взгляд, он не удался.
    Игра не может потягаться с Diablo III в качестве "экшен-рпг в изометрии", проигрывает по всем параметрам.
    Не знаю, но пройдя всю игру такое ощущение, что сражался все время с какими то тараканами, ни чем друг от друга не отличающимися. Между прочим, в игре рядовых противников 30 разновидностей или более, но подчеркиваю их практически невозможно друг от друга отличить. Короче враги полный отстой с данной перспективы!
    Иногда было непонятно за какого персонажа я играю в данный момент!
    Боссы. Ну, кроме Молоха, убиваются простым закликиванием. Так себе.
    Теперь то, что меня выбесило больше всего. Это УЖАСНЫЙ ПАРКУР!!! Я погибал в 99% случаев промахиваясь мимо нужных мест. Не знаю может это только на консоли, а на PC по другому, не знаю. Но из-за кривизны этого грёбаного паркура игра потеряла, для меня, балла 3. Просто можно вывихнуть пальцы, что бы запрыгнуть куда надо, много плюшек осталось не взято.
    Опять таки из-за корявой камеры иногда не видно ни героя, ни куда идти, ни хрена!
    Так же я не понял, может это фишка, но. В этой игре самая неудобная, корявая и не информативная карта местности из тех, которые я видел. Зачем то убрали место положения главного героя, при том сама карта иногда сильно отличается от реальной местности. Ещё на каждом уровне тебе чуть ли не насильно втюхивают этот "кладоискатель", но найти какую то плюшку иногда просто не реально из за хреновой карты и убогой камеры.
    Как видно из вышесказанного я играл на русском и всегда приветствую полную локализацию. Но здесь много диалогов сделано с таким ужасным эхом, что не понятно вообще кто и что говорит, только по субтитрам. Ну, можно же было сделать как то получше.
    Ещё сделали этот странный хабчик в этих змеиных норах.
    Сюжет тоже не несёт в себе ничего особо нужного. Кстати, на мой взгляд, Раздор получился очень не интересным геймплейно персонажем. Даже не знаю, как его будут обыгрывать в 4ой части, если будут.
    Единственное, что меня держало это атмосфера и то из-за плохого вида из камеры эта самая атмосфера тоже пострадала.
    Резюмирую: на мой взгляд, неудачная попытка сделать свою дьяблу. Ребята у вас НИХРЕНА не получилось. Забудьте поскорее этот экспромт и бросайте все силы на четвертую часть. Буду очень ждать. Не надо лезть в чужой монастырь со своим бухлом. Делайте то, что у вас получается!
    Не могу посоветовать её никому, особенно поклонникам серии. Игра совершенно не обязательна для прохождения!
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  3. Feb 15, 2020
    Everything is better in coop, but this game crashes too much and only runs 30 FPS and below. It has Metroid elements when you can not accessEverything is better in coop, but this game crashes too much and only runs 30 FPS and below. It has Metroid elements when you can not access some places before you learn certain skills, so you will have to backtrack later. Full Review »