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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for PlayStation 3 / Suitable for 15 years and over / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2010-01-08 / Published by THQ

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      24.11.2013 17:18
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      A great adventure that's rather underrated.

      The Four Horsemen: it's a topic that hasn't much been explored in games, so it's nice to see that 2010 title Darksiders focusses on such a unique area. I bought the game years ago but, unfortunately, I restarted it several times, struggling to get into it. I recently tried it once again, and it turned out to be a lesson in patience. Get past the mediocre first hour or so and you are treated to a glorious and enticing world with great gameplay. It may be slightly derivative, but this is a superb title that any fan of action games will enjoy.

      Darksiders sees you control one of the Horsemen, named War. In the past, a battle raged on for years between the kingdoms of Heaven and Hell. The Charred Council came to suppress the fighting between the two, employing the Horsemen to enforce the peace. Meanwhile, a third Kingdom, Man, emerged. There would one day be a huge battle between the three and thus seven seals were made, to be broken when the war began and alerting the Horsemen. And so, War arrives on Earth when all of the Seals are broken. He learns, though, that the final seal was never broken and the other Horsemen weren't summoned. He is stripped of his powers as a result of his actions, and vows to find who did this to him.

      The story is quite good, with a new and intriguing concept. It makes for a beautiful world full of great characters and stunning scenery. It doesn't reach its full potential however. A large part of the game sees you finding monsters' hearts for a demon called Samael so that he will help you forward. It's uninteresting structurally and couldn't have much more of a 'filler' feel to it. Luckily, the actual playing part of working with Samael is good, making those six hours or so much less boring than it could have been. War, as the main character, is very good - he's cold and brutal, perfectly fitting the general idea of War's personality. The supporting cast is also far more than decent; from the Watcher, who keeps War on a tight leash throughout his journey, to Vulgrim, a slimy demon and salesman, there're plenty of enticing characters.

      Darksiders is a hack-and-slash title. In essence, the genre is full of swordfighting, item collecting and money-finding, and that description fits this game pretty well. You have available to you a large world which opens out as you go along. The game consists of two main mechanics: combat and puzzles. Combat sees you fighting against monsters with War's sword, the Chaoseater, and other weapons which are found later. The control scheme is simple, as you have an attack button and a button that initiates a brutal finishing move for weakened enemies. You can mash the square button constantly if you're not on the highest difficulty, but you're fortunately given a wide range of combos, mixing things up a bit. For example, you can hold two buttons down for a charged hit, or leave a gap in between tapping the attack button to execute a more powerful strike. You also get access to weapons like a scythe or boomerang-like blade. In addition, there's a 'chaos form' mode, which turns you into a huge fiery monster, but is only available occasionally. The fighting is not for the faint-hearted: the game's slogan 'heads will roll' couldn't be much more fitting, and there's plenty of blood (there's even a stat that tells you how much demon blood you've spilled). It's a surprise that it managed to avoid an 18 rating here in the UK, instead being given a 15 certificate by the BBFC. The puzzles are an even better gameplay element. At many points in the game you'll find yourself in many dungeon-like places, and in each one you'll have to get through using tools you have found. One, for example, sees you using portals and heavy blocks to raise platforms so that you can reach a surface above. Most of the bosses are puzzles too; you need to figure out how to defeat them before actually fighting them, making those battles more about your brain than skill with a sword.

      One of the most noticeable things about Darksiders is that it 'borrows' elements from other games. The Legend of Zelda is clearly a chief influence. The combat has some similarities but the puzzles and exploring are a bigger reminder. Like the Zelda games, Darksiders has dungeons and a similar chest system (i.e. a big chest will give you a map where a small one will give you a health vial). You can also collect 'souls' (equivalent to Zelda's rupees) which can be used to buy things from merchants. There're also parallels to Portal (an ancient device allows you to shoot orange and blue portals onto certain surfaces; stepping through one brings you out through the other) and Devil May Cry in its fast and fluent combat system. Opinion on the matter is varied, some calling Darksiders derivative and others saying that it is just full of homages. I personally liked it and thought it took the best bits from many games while making them its own.

      The title contains a lot of replay value. There are three difficulties, from 'Easy' to 'Apocalyptic' and finding souls by killing enemies or unlocking chests allows you to buy new combos and weapons. You can also purchase health upgrades and powers. I'd be tempted to play Darksiders again just to see if I could buy everything possible. There are also plenty of collectibles. There are artifacts to find, which can be sold - and they're ranked into three groups. The lowest one contains an easy to find and common set of artifacts, whereas the highest group contains one artifact which will give many trouble in locating. Lastly there are 10 pieces of Abyssal Armour, scattered around the world. Finding them all will give you a stronger and more epic set of clothing, but finding all 10 parts is no easy task. Unfortunately, there's no New Game+ mode (a feature in some games that allows you to start fresh with all the items you finished with) but a completely new playthrough is a pleasure anyway.

      The graphics of Darksiders are wonderful. There's a completely unique art style that's hard to describe, but it makes even the dullest of locations look beautiful. The game begins in a dark and grimy street, but things soon open out into more vibrant landscapes. It's no surprise as the game's creative director is Joe Madueira, who has worked on the 'Uncanny X-Men' comics. The fantastic visuals make the bloody decapitations worryingly satisfying, and navigating War around is a joy, both because he's great to control and also because seeing what's next is genuinely exciting. The audio is also excellent. The voice acting really pushes forward the violent and brutal world - War's voice is deep and growly, for example. Undoubtedly the most famous actor in the game is Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, no less). His voice here isn't really any different to that of his Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum, but his work is great overall. Also featured is veteran video game actor Troy Baker. The music is superb, too. The main theme is loud and grandiose, and the same goes for the rest of Darksiders's score. It's great and, like just about everything else in the game, perfectly fits the theme.

      In summary, Darksiders is a very good game that reaches the potential of its intriguing concept. The story, while not quite brilliant, is interesting for the most part. It's a long and bloody revenge story, featuring a diverse range of characters. The plot greatly sets the scene for the gameplay, which is an excellent mix of puzzles and combat. The fighting is meaty and satisfying, while the puzzles are sometimes brain-bending and challenging but always fair. Even the bosses largely require your brains to complete. The value for money is rather good, as well; it lasts 15-20 hours on your first playthrough, and you'll just want to play again from the start. There're a large number of collectibles to get your hands on. The visuals are brilliant with a colourful and unique art style along with varied character design. The audio is another great aspect of the game - the voice acting is great and the music is epic. It's only let down by a slightly overlong length and the lack of a New Game+ mode.

      Thanks for reading! This review is also on Ciao under my name YoshiCheesePuff.

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        21.08.2012 20:57
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        good fun game

        This is a great game if you enjoy others such as God of War, Dantes Inferno and Devil May Cry. You play as War, one of the legendary Four Horsemen, who has been tricked into coming to earth and this triggering the apocalype. The council accuse War of causing the apocalype and as a result, strip him/you of all your powers. The game basically evolves around War trying to regain all his powers, whilst at the same time trying to figure out why the apocalype was triggered early and tracking down those responsble.

        The game is third person, but there are no dogdy camera angles and it is easy to control War and see whats going on. The graphics are very good considering this game is about 2/3 years old now, I am a bit late jumping on the wagon but as Darksiders 2 is released today a few weeks ago I decided to get the first one to see what all the fuss is about.

        As you progress through the game you attain various weapons and level ups etc you can also purchase upgrades and extra combo's using souls you have collected by killing demons and enemies. If you are like me though you will instantly forget the countless button combinations and just pick your favourite few moves and literally hack and slash your way through the game which seems to be just as effective.

        The game lasts for around 15 hours, unless your like me and obsessively have to collect EVERYTHING in which case it will last alot longer. The story is good and engaging, although War is a bit of a boring character - why they chose to use War in the game and not Death i'll never know but hey Death is featured in Darksiders 2 so that should be interesting.

        I would suggest playing through the game on the hard difficulty first off, otherwise it can seem a bit easy. The first big boss 'Tiamat' is a bit hard, but this is the hardest boss of the game (a bit backwards I know) so if you struggle to take her down dont get disheartened as once you defeat her the others are easier.

        Overall its a good fun game, with a good story and pretty graphics and scenery. Its fun to play and you get a good amount of gameplay for your money. If you like God of War and Devil May Cry and other similar games then you'll enjoy this.

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          15.08.2011 23:11
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          a decent game that will keep you entertained

          So i have recently completed this game and in completion.. it isnt a bad game! To be fair im not a big fan of these games, i get bored to easily. He loses all his powers, then you go about the game gaining them back. Though some of the puzzles in the game are quite fun to do. If you like games like :- devil may cry, assasins creed, or god of war,, anything like that this is the game for you.

          The basic plot of the game is its the time of apocalypse and heaven and hell are at war on earth. You - play the part of War, one of four horseman that are sent to restore order. However the apocalypse came far too early and someone summoned War when this wasnt suppose to be happening. He then is charged by the 'charred' council with death as he is accused of bringing about the apocalypse. War asks if he can find the person who summoned him so he can take revenge to which they agree and your journey starts.

          The charred council take most of Wars powers away from him, so as you go about the game you regain each ability back and weapon. Leveling them up and boosting there power's by getting souls. You get souls by killing monsters or by finding them in chests through out the game. You speak to a demon called vulgrim and with the souls you can level up abilities buy new ones and get new weapons.

          You play the game in third person, so your always behind war as he fights enemies and completes puzzles. I have never been the best at these kind of games, but with each weapon there is a number of combo attacks that you can do through the game. If your anything like me. you'l just press anything and hope for the best, or get use to like two moves and use them a little to much, but im sure if you know how to use these moves you'll have a little more fun through out the game.

          I did enjoy this game but i do feel that it has brought nothing to the genre. The story line was decent and the style of game was just like any other like it. Though it has kept me entertained. I wouldnt have bought brand new and have seen it going for around £10 - 15 in some shops. So if you want to spead little money and keep yourself entertained, heres the game for you!

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          07.01.2011 19:34

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          Great game, beware sudden bouts of addiction.

          There's been a lot written about this game so I'm not going to give a detailed review about the game and gameplay, just my experience of it.
          I'll start by saying that I'm not a great gamer. Apparently I lack the necessary reflexes and co-ordination, but I do provide entertainment for my teenage son who thinks it's hilarious to sit and mock me.
          That said, I have managed to complete a few games (heavenly sword, Among thieves) and this type of adventure/fantasy game appeals to me.
          Darksiders looks absolutely fantastic and by turns I love it and loathe it! I am on the easiest setting but I still find it extremely difficult sometimes. It isn't always apparent what you are meant to be doing, and not being a seasoned gamer I'm not that quick on the uptake.
          For example in one section I was in I had to throw sticky bombs at the monster and then ignite them to kill him (easier said than done), so having learnt that, I tried it on the next monster that looked the same but all I had to do was hit him with my sword. Confusing.
          I have to warn you that when you come across the boss called Tiamat you will be at the point of throwing the game through the window in frustration. She will not die. After spending at least 9 hours trying to kill her I pleaded with my son to help and he did the deed.
          For all my whingeing and moaning I am really enjoying the game. As I mentioned it is fantastically animated and it is very varied. There are lots of different challenges and things you can buy to help you in your quest.

          I imagine it is also quite challenging for the seasoned gamers among you on a higher difficulty level. Even on easy-peasy I'll still be with it for the forseeable future.

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          22.05.2010 13:16
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          If you have liked games like god of war this game is quite simalar. It is an action adventure video game it is a single player which gives you the role of protagonist. The game is good for its price plenty of freedom in the game and involves exploring and puzzles too which is also challenging for the old brain cells. The world is divided into different areas and also some areas are locked until War regains many of his lost weapons and abilities allowing these areas to be acesssed. The combat in the game is good too as you kill angels and demons and he kills each of them a certain way and also very descriptive graphic and also painfull. Each weapon has a different function changing the way you attack. I find the game different than other games with combination of swimming climbing puzzles and combat. The game also has good graphics especially when you are tearing your enemy apart very graphical.

          The storyline is intresting and keeps you ingrossed. The story is about trying to keep peace or introduce peace between heaven and hell after years of war and murder so Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are sent from the charred council to try and put this plan in action and it is a very good game different and cheap and also alround good gameplay and very tactical gameplay. I give this a three stars as for me I do not like trying to work out puzzels and stuff thats just the person I am so thats my dislike. I do enough thinking at work without having to think playing games.

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          16.05.2010 18:11
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          Entertaining and intense

          Darksiders has had a fair amount of comparisons to the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War, and while indeed it's not the most original game out there, it's fun on its own merits, although is better served as a rental more than an outright purchase.

          Darksiders has you playing one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse - aptly named War - and after being tricked, you trigger the Apocalypse ahead of schedule, destroying the world. It's apparent that someone close to you - perhaps one, or all, of the other Horsemen - betrayed you, and you need to clear your name before you're taken down.

          The comparisons to the aforementioned games are inevitable - the game relies heavily on combat and allows the same depth of customisation that they do, where you can enhance your weapons and abilities as the game progresses. Also, there are the same sorts of epic boss fights, and a lot of the gameplay is puzzle-based.

          Visually, the game has a very distinctive style, offering up a unique and interesting depiction of a post-apocalyptic world. There isn't a whole lot of diversity throughout, but the lands are rendered well, even if nothing here looks as amazing as, say, anything in God of War 3. I also wished that War would look a little more distinctive; instead, he resembles the figure we've seen in tonnes of books, and little attempt is made to establish their own take on the character.

          This game is fun enough that the relatively short run time and lack of replay value are negated if you treat the game as a short rental more than anything. It's worth a stab, but I wouldn't buy it.

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          22.04.2010 20:03
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          every action fan should give it a try

          Darksiders was released at the same time as another similar game called Bayonetta. This left me with a choice as to which one to get, since i preferred the art style in Darksiders that was the one i chose.

          You may see a lot of reviews saying this is just a copy of the Zelda gameplay and they'd be right. But that isn't a bad thing, especially if you've never played a Zelda game before. The basic story plays out like this. The Apocalypse has begun and War is sent down to reek havoc, except it turns out someone tricked him into coming down and destroying humanity. Instead of punishing him the watchers decide to send him back 100 years later to clear his name. Stripped of all your godlike powers it's your job to kick some ass.

          War has access to an impressive arsenal but much of it has to be unlocked or purchased in the game. This is done through collecting souls (very similar to God of War) and traded in. The world that you inhabit is stunning. some of the visuals are quite breath taking. The character designs are also excellent, there has been references made that they look World of Warcraft-esque. But fans of Joe Madureira's work will know his style was around years before WOW. The combat is fun and easy to learn but very hard to master. Learning to juggle enemies by switching weapons on the fly is very satisfying.

          This is definitely a must play game for action fans

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          21.02.2010 19:52
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          Very good game and worth playing

          Darksiders follows the story of War one of the horsemen of the apocalypse as he battles through an earth now littered with demons and angels that are all out to get him. The story begins with War descending on the planet earth (I think) as the apocalypse is beginning. In this short introduction you get to test out all of the controls. Soon with powers stripped War discovers that he tricked into being summoned to earth. This essentially sets up the story, War returns to earth to hunt down those that have destroyed the world of man to restore balance to the universe (not too epic then).

          The graphics are stunning as is usually the case with the next gen games that are release. The attention to detail in the environment is very good and truly does look like a post apocalyptic world. The character/boss design has been executed well and is something you will look forward to seeing as you progress. The voice acting seems to be well cast (War is particularly good) with the expected really evil people being well, really evil sounding.

          When playing this game you can't help but think of it as a Zelda type theme, and considering how good that series is it is off to a good start. War fights his enemies with a very large sword, as you progress through the game you will unlock other items that will allow access to other areas of the game (Guns, fists, wings, horse etc).

          On top of the swords and guns there is the mandatory magic and upgrades that you can pick in this type of game. War has access to four spells to help him out, one that does a large amount of damage to surrounding enemies, one that reduces damage and two that deal damage over time. Upgrades can either be bought from a demon that is encountered right at the start of the game. Or there are various runes that can be equipped to weapons for various bonuses.

          The controls of this game are pretty simple and killing enemies are more to do with timing as opposed to hitting a large button combo. For example when using War's sword the only button that is pressed will be square. This may sound a little dull but it works quite well, as the enemies get larger and more powerful the timing of dodges, blocking and striking become more important.

          The majority of the game does not revolve around just slashing your way through an endless mob (there are a fair few enemies though). Each part of the story will will be filled with puzzles for you to solve before being able to progress. Later in the game these become more complicated, generally they revolve around opening a door or just blowing something up that's in the way. It breaks up the fighting well and the puzzles are never take too long to complete so that frustration rarely sets in.

          To complete the game may only take 15 hours or so to complete, if you take the time to unlock all of the upgrades and such then this will extend the game play by maybe another 5-10 hours. I advise to play through on the Apocalyptic (Hardest) setting from the beginning. This forces you to find the tactics of killing enemies, whereas had the lower settings been used the game is just too easy.

          This game is very good, the story is well written and one that you enjoy watching seeing. The controls work well, the simplicity is not something that disappoints due to the mechanics of the fighting. The game is possibly a little to easy to finish but then I have only just finished playing Ninja Gaiden 2 and that's impossibly hard so maybe I'm being unfair.

          This game is well worth playing and is probably the closet rival the Zelda games have had in a long time. There are a lot of items to unlock meaning those of you who are trophy hungry will have plenty extra that will keep you busy.

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          26.01.2010 12:25
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          A well polished Action-Adventure game.

          Where to start other than saying it's a fantastic game. It's an action adventure game that has been described as a cross between Zelda and God of War. And whilst the game doesn't really bring anything new to the genre, everything it does is as polished and close to perfection as it gets.

          The story of the game follows War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He works for the charred council and is to be called to earth, the kingdom of man, when 7 seals are broken signalling a great war between Heaven, Hell and the Kingdom of man. You control and follow Wars path as he is called early, without the other horsemen and blamed for starting the Great War without the seals being broken. The charred council remove Wars powers and he must fight to uncover what and who has brought about these events.

          This is a 3rd person combat game that includes great exploration and some good puzzles along the way. The puzzles are a good challenge without being impossible, the areas are vast without there being too much aimless action-less walking and the combat fantastic. Damage your opponent enough and War can pull of a finishing move of such, which is very gory and very cool. String along multiple combos to increase weapon XP and destroy your foes. You can slash your way to the finish but if you like collecting things there are lots of collectables for War to get in this game, from chests, life shards, wrath, armour and artefacts to trade for souls. Souls are then swapped for weapons. There are numerous boss characters to fight as well, which aren't always slash and dash, they do provide a little working out in how to pin point their weak spot to defeat.

          There are different elements thrown in as well, just as you think its all sword fighting you uncover other weapons and different styles and elements of the game to keep things fresh as you go along. I don't want to spoil the surprises but the changes will bring joy to you as you go along.

          Trophies for this game are linked to collecting everything, killing a certain amount of demons and besting in game characters in body count challenges. As usual there are trophies for completing the game based on the difficulty you play on. If you love collecting trophies, and I must admit I'm a little addicted, then play the game on its hardest level for a one play through deal. Apocalyptic might sound hard but the game isn't as hard as other games on their hardest setting. And if you find it hard to start with stick with it because its gets easier as the game goes along and War picks up more health and better items.

          The story itself is very engaging and keeps you pulled in and wanting to know more, the voice acting for the characters is superb and some of the best I have heard. The graphics as well are a beauty to behold, not the best seen on the system but pretty close. It's all pulled together to bring you a pretty stunning package in my opinion.

          All in all the game should take you about 20 or so hours to complete if you collect everything so not short by any means. This is a game that has pulled good reviews everywhere and like I have said, whilst not bringing anything new to the genre it is bringing a good story, some good action and a lot of polish. I just hope the rumours of a sequel are true. Definitely worth every penny.

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