Darksiders – Retro Review

With the upcoming release of Darksiders II, I decided to check out the first game in the series. I’ve always been a fan of lore and mythology in video games whether it’s a game like God of War, or Dante’s Inferno, or others such as Age of Mythology. Seeing that this game involves a battle between Heaven, Hell and Humankind–I was very interested in checking it out.

You play as War–one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. When Heaven and Hell first started warring, the Charred Council sent the Four Horsemen to end the War. When you come into play, you’re under the impression that the Seven Seals have been broken, which is the only way you can be summoned. But soon find out that that is not the case. You’ve been somehow called early which is breaking the rules of the Charred Council. The game is you questing to find out who and how you were summoned and to eventually defeat “The Destroyer”.

I had a lot of fun playing Darksiders, from beginning to end. Throughout the game you are faced with many different enemies and many different challenges. Playing as War, you can use a few different items to accomplish everything. You start with your sword–Souleater– and gain a few new weapons along the way such as a scythe and a fist weapon. The game mechanics are similar to that of the God of War series, and Dante’s Inferno. It works off of a strong and quick attack system with combos added into the mix as you go as well as grab attacks and aerial attacks. As you deal damage to your foe, the lower they get and eventually the grab button shows up above their head which initiates an “insta-kill” feature where you finish off the last of your enemies health–very similar to the games mentioned above, but not exactly the same.

If you’re looking for a great hack-n-slash, mob slaying, combo racking, bpss battling, puzzle solving action game–then this is a good game to check out! It’s a lot of fun and if you enjoy it enough, the sequel is coming out soon and you get to play as Death!

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5 thoughts on “Darksiders – Retro Review

  1. Dude, Darksiders is the best Zelda game ever made. Of course, as you said in your review a lot of the mechanics are pulled from God of War, but the way the world is set up and a large number of the secondary weapons/items are pulled straight from the Zelda franchise. I mean there’s a boomerang, hookshot, and masks! Really good game imo. Good review.

    1. That’s the thing that I’ve noticed a lot but could never put my finger on! That just laid my mind to rest! Thank you haha. But I agree, great game–and it’s got me excited for the next one.

      1. Oh definitely. The fact they’re adding loot to a game with a Zelda world/dungeon setup, and God of War combat has me all sorts of excited.

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