Darksiders™ is one of the first action-adventure hack and slash games I've ever played. And I have experienced something absolutely unique and peculiar. I never thought I'd like as much as I did.
When I first started the game I had no idea what's going on. The game looked so complex and chaotic at first. Even though I was getting a lot of tips and hints like this - "Use War's Wrath to enter Chaos Form"; I was still feeling lost. But after about half an hour things became much more easier. And the next day the game was crystal clear to me. It felt like I was reading a very interesting book. With every turn of it's page, I was experiencing a new, fascinating adventure which charmed me all the way to the bones.
The gameplay consists of combat, puzzles and exploration. You start as one of the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" - War. You become a blank page, and start slowly getting stronger, faster, smarter. As you continue to progress, all sorts of new weapons, powers and artifacts will be unlocked. Some are unlocked automatically, and others require a fair share of exploring in order to be found. All sorts of things are scattered arround in the decaying post-apocalyptic world. Including a lot of hard-to-find collectibles that reward the player in various pleasing ways. Better weapons allow you to defeat your enemies with greater alacrity. New equipment such as: the "Crossblade", or the "Revolver" also comes in handy when dealing with certain enemies or even some puzzles. Along with weapon-based attacks, War can also use an array of magic-based attacks, known as Wrath powers, that are both offensive and defensive in nature. War's most powerful ability is that he can transform into his Chaos Form: which transforms him into a large, fiery and extremely resistant entity that can cause heavy damage. But my favorite ability comes at a later point in the game. It is the ability to summon War's own fiery horse - Ruin. Not only that it provides faster movement, but also boosts War's attacks greatly. What could be better than riding a fast fiery horse through the golden desert while shooting giant sand-worms with your revolver from it's back ?
The boss battles are awesome in Darksiders™. They feel epic and grand, full of determination and occasionally, oh who am I trying to fool, and mostly gore. War has a unique way to kill each particular type of enemy, usually tearing them apart painfully. Especially the bosses, by ripping their hearts out with his bare hands.
Speaking of War... he is one of the most vibrant and intense protagonists I've ever seen. Liam O'Brien did an amazing job voicing War, giving him the perfect attitude and emotions. War is a powerful warrior with a strong sense of honor who will stop at nothing to gain revenge for being betrayed. The fury of his massive sword is unmatched in combat. As unyielding as time itself, War is both honorable and savage. Which makes him very memorable and likeable, and easily one of my favorite characters ever.
The game generally feels great. There are a lot of different places to visit. Starting from the hot depths of hell filled with lava, and ending with the pure and peaceful Eden itself. You get to meet angels and demons, spiders and ghouls, skeletons and abominations, and a lot of other creatures that you could count as "Supernatural".
Darksiders™ has an epic score and an amazing voice acting. It looks fantastic and the story is long and inspiring. Filled with revenge and honor, but also the idea of constant fight between good and evil. With the player taking the role of War, who is lost between those two. Definitely recommended to everyone who loves a great adventure with a bloody fighting system.10/10