Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,164 reviews)
Release Date: 23 Dec, 2010

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Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth.

Brought before the sacred Charred Council, War is indicted for his crimes and stripped of his powers. Dishonored and facing his own death, War is given the opportunity to return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible.

Hunted by a vengeful group of Angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance and vindication.

  • Apocalyptic Power – Unleash the wrath of War, combining brutal attacks and
    supernatural abilities to decimate all who stand in your way
  • Extreme Arsenal – Wield a devastating arsenal of angelic, demonic and Earthly
    weapons; and blaze a trail of destruction atop Ruin, War’s fiery phantom steed
  • Epic Quest – Battle across the wastelands and demon-infested dungeons of the
    decimated Earth in your quest for vengeance and redemption
  • Character Progression – Uncover powerful ancient relics, upgrade your weapons,
    unlock new abilities, and customize your gameplay style
  • Battle Heaven and Hell – Battle against all who stand in your way - from war-weary
    angelic forces to Hell’s hideous demon hordes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, Windows 7, DirectX 9.0c
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or better, Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor or better
    • Memory: 1GB XP, 2GB Vista / Windows 7
    • Hard Disk Space: 12GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA (GeForce 8800/GeForce GT220) 256MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon X1900 256MB graphics card or better ( must support pixel shader 3 )
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, Windows 7, DirectX 9.0c
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB XP, 3GB Vista / Windows 7
    • Hard Disk Space: 12GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA (GeForce GTS 240) 256MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD3870 256MB graphics card or better ( must support pixel shader 3 )
Helpful customer reviews
100 of 115 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: 6 December, 2014
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Graphics:
+ distinctive comic look
+ chic character design
- sometimes monotonous color schemes
- partly boring textures

Atmosphere:
+ optically good, bizarre nightmare worlds
+ cool one-vs-all-feeling
+ high motivation by frequent rewards

Sound:
+ massive soundtrack
+ language can be changed via steam
+ very good english speakers

Balance:
+ three levels of difficulty
+ very good checkpoints
- limited storage spaces

Level Design:
+ eerily beautiful world end
+ varied locations
+ semi-open world
+ destructible objects
- a lot of running

AI:
+ exciting boss battles that require different tactics
+ occasional intermediate bosses
- standard opponents are just cannon fodder

Weapons:
+ many unlockable abilities and bonuses
+ weapons with their own experience point system
+ selectable attributes
+ catchy combos

Campaign:
+ cool, though taciturn hero
+ open and yet satisfying end
+ chic cutscenes
- are resolved to low

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 15 hours
- stretched in places

Multiplayer: No Multiplayer

I had Darksiders already played on the console and have it on PC now with joy done again. This at first glance quite nondescript program is crafted so well done, has such a motivating experience points system so funny monster massacres and such an interesting story, that is, before you know it, it stuck for hours - and at a considerable playing time. Darksiders is one of my favorite single player action game.

Score: 87 / 100
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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: 24 October, 2014
There were moments when I wanted to hate this game.

Whenever I had to hold caps lock or hammer the middle mouse button at key moments (yes, it's a console port), whenever I had to dig through menus to reorganise items because I could only have three accessible at a time (YES, it's a CONSOLE PORT), whenever it crashed when I alt-tabbed, whenever while climbing what I thought was "left" the game considered to be "back" (and so on through all the directions), whenever I missed achievements because of a long-standing bug which was never fixed...

...and yet...I made it to the end. Why? Some of the puzzles are really satisfying and quite clever. The combat is solid. The world is a nice change from the standard fantasy tropes. There are plenty of collectables, with varied but fair obstacles to getting them.

It's far from perfect, but it's well worth playing through.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: 19 October, 2014
This game is really good
good missions
good over world
good gameplay
good fighting
good in general
I say get darksiders 2 after you finish this, it's way better!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: 25 December, 2014
Its such an underrated game. 10/10
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: 20 October, 2014
Great game. Interesting story, easy to understand but if you want to also quite complex combat system and adorable comic graphics. This game is just pure fun and it is one of the games i actually played through a second time!

Definitely a thumbs up from me. ;)
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: 21 August, 2014
I had this game for a while and just finally got to play it. I was expecting a good game but I was happily surprised.. I'd say that this game is close to a masterpiece. Good Storyline, Fun Gameplay, Great Art ( I love Joe Madureira's style and it transpires all over this game). Overall I really enjoyed it.. 9/10 from me.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: 21 September, 2014
Darksiders take the puzzle elements of Zelda games and add to that the more combat-intensive aspect of games like God of War. This is a very well designed game. It i also very polished. The game design, its characters, environments, worlds and story are done in an extremely outstanding quality. The art in the game shows off the design best. One thing I have to mention: although this game offers a very refined Zelda/ God of War experience, it does so without adding something unique the formula. But this is only a minor complain, because the elements Darksiders borrows from others games are so well put together. I thoroughly enjoyed the game to the very end!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: 30 September, 2014
Darksiders' refreshing blend of character action and environmental puzzles make for an exceptionally enjoyable game. Highly recommended.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: 26 November, 2014
Despite it's poor technical state I strongly recommend this.
+ Good combat mechanics
+ Challenging puzzles
+ Epic voice acting
+ Variety of weapons and gadgets
+ Impressive story and characters
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: 24 August, 2014
Reminds me alot of DMC and GoW and a couple of other PS2 games of the genre. At first it seemed a little too simple but as you progress in the game you will find how much variety there is, both in combat and in puzzles. I like how the main character is such a badass and playing as him you can just plow through hordes of enemies. The thing I like most about the game so far has to be the boss fights. You can get really creative while fighting them, dodging their attacks, countering their blows and hitting their weakspots and finally finishing them with a unique blow that often gets pretty ugly. Can't wait to finish this game so I can try out the sequel. The game is great but the one thing that bothered me was the way they layed out the keybindings. I fiddled around with them a bit but didn't quite get them to be as smooth as I would have liked.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: 29 August, 2014
My god , I finished this epic game today and im too excited to try the second one :D . If you buy games on basis of how f*cking epic story it has just like me , this game is surely for you . Do yourself a favour and play it .
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: 5 October, 2014
Bad port of a good hack and slash game with a very cool artstyle decent boss fights and lots of attributes to customize your weapons with. The puzzle segments can feel a bit long at times but they are always fresh and challenging enough that ur not mindlessly moving and pressing things but not hard to the point you wanna tear your hair out. Unfortunatly the keyboard and mouse controls are bad no matter what configuration you have and very often and many of the achivements for me didnt work, so now it looks like i skipped whole boss fights and didnt collect weapons that i do have. also the mouse likes to fly back to the center of the screen (even when using 360 game controller) whenever you enter your inventory or map which gets very annoying if you use them often. so i reccomend this version of the game to only peopl who poses controllers and dont care to much about collecting achivements. if u dont fall in that category get the ps3 or xbox 360 version
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: 21 September, 2014
Since the first switch-on game, from the first view you know that game catch you and not let. The story is quite sophisticated and rough voice of the hero "War" you immediately fall in love, as well as the voices of other characters. The game is pretty much like game "God of War". I definitely recommend the game.

+ Gameplay
+ Story quality
+ Customized control keyboard and mouse

- Bugs
- Setting options details
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11 of 17 people (65%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: 17 October, 2014
An excellent action adventure game with meaty hack and slash combat. Not a perfect game, but you'll certainly enjoy playing it.

The only good zelda style action rpg that I'v managed to find on PC. Items and upgrades are planned and well though out every step of the way and the pacing is terrific with a good balance of exploration and linear story progression.

Buy the game alone, it's sequel is terrible.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: 10 October, 2014
The Developers will be rolling in their graves then they read this but it's simply God of War meets Castlevania meets Zelda meets Platforming titles.

Which isn't a bad thing. The game is fun. Really fun. Combat is enjoyable. The story is easy to dive into. You play a horseman of the apocalypse. You bring the apocalypse to Earth. You need to find out why it happened. Fight, smash, more fight and more smash. Level up, gain new powers, beat bosses.

A highly enjoyable game.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November, 2014
This game is pretty badass. It plays like a mixture of Zelda and God of War/Devil May Cry/Bayone- Look, you do puzzles and crazy combo attacks, and sometimes you press a button/key to rip some poor soul's limbs off. It is, for the most part, mindless entertainment (other than the puzzles and the brief strategy involved in the combat).

The story is based on the Judeo-Christian Apocalypse and one member of its heralds, War of the Four Horsemen, accidentally starting the end of the world too soon. It quickly becomes a story of revenge, justice, and answers as War travels across a destroyed earth (or, more accurately and area that could easily be just what/where New York City and some part of New Jersey used to be. It's not the full planet) taking down other biblical beasts and monsters of both Heaven's and Hell's host. If I am not mistaken, War is actually described as, "Hunted by Heaven, and Hated by Hell."
While its fun, it is a bit straight forward up until the end, in which you're thrown a few twists and turns.

Speaking of being straight forward, the game is fairly linear, but in a more Zelda-y or Halo: CE sense than a Call of Duty and FINAL FANTASY XIII way. You're given many areas (Forgive me for not remembering the exact number, it's actually been months since I played the game) to explore in a pseudo-open world sense, with at least one dungeon per area. In the dungeons, you go back and forth between combat and solving puzzles to progress, and like in Zelda, acquiring a new skill or tool to complete the dungeon and open up old paths for exploration in the other areas.

I know I keep referencing Zelda, and while some might consider that to be a bad thing, I certainly don't. I love that franchise, and the only reason I keep alluding to it is because it's a forerunner in its field (kinda), and it really is the best comparison I can make with this game. I'm sure there are a bunch of other puzzle-y, platform-y, RPG-ish games out there that have the same feel as Darksiders, but I just don't know them.

Anyway, the sound design is pretty damn spot on. Things squish, crunch, rip and smash in brutally good sounding ways, and War sounds like the embodiment of destruction should. Oh, and Mark Hamil has a voice in this game, and he's always welcome because, well, hell, it's Luke GOSHDANG Skywalker and The Joker (and Skips). The demons sound demonic, the angels sound pious and righteous, and the music... Um. The music didn't stand out to me, at least not like the sequel's does. It was adequate. Enough for a post-apocalyptic action game.

The art design is definitely one of my favorite aspects of this game, and the sequel too. It's all comic book-y, and I love it. There's plenty of realism in the environment and some of the characters, but not enough that it looks like it's trying too hard, and not too little to the point that it feels like I'm defintely looking at a cartoon.

Now, there is leveling and a small degree of customization involved in the game, but I quickly found a weapon I wanted (which do not present themselves too often) and loaded it with the skill I liked the most (health absorption and DoT, mainly), so I didn't really delve too deeply into the game's RPG elements. Oops (look, this is my first big review, and like I said, it's been a while. Please don't kill me).



So I think I covered everything I needed to regarding this game: setting, story, sound, visuals, gameplay. I'm sure I'm missing some stuff, but I don't think I'd be able to say much on it in that case. Anyway, I'd definitely recommend this game. At its worst, the game feels like a 6.5/10 (which it really only hits when trying to solve awkward puzzles), and at its best it's about an 8.5/10 (which it hits quite frequently in my book). Solid game. Solid entry to the genre of Action RPGs. Solid start to a series that I still hope continues on with good development like the first two.

'S good game.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: 29 November, 2014
I really wish this were better than it is.

Negative first (since you're reading this to know why I voted it down)
  • It's a fairly shoddy console port. Controller-oriented menus, few graphical options, shoddy mouse and keyboard control. With a controller, it handles decently, whereas some battles are literally impossible to complete with the mouse and keyboard controls
  • It has both fatal [CTD] and non-fatal [restart from checkpoint] bugs that are quite frustrating to say the least
  • Poor level and mechanic design. These vary from small and numerous (issues with engine-based input/action/animation lag, poor mechanical decisions, getting stunlocked to death, innappropriate or inadiquate checkpoint locations, etc.) all the way to compounded and quit-worthy (I stopped when I reached a miniboss that could take half my health in one hit, did an attack that covered 95% of the arena, and would knockdown for a second or even third invariably fatal hit after the first connected)
  • A feeling of "Jack of all trades, master of none," it tries to do too much. It's a combo-heavy hack 'n slash with puzzles and platforming, an RPGesque level-up system, and collectables that are actually key to survival. There is so much that you forget half of it even exists, so there were battles it took me an hour to figure out because they relied upon a mechanic I forgot about. None of the above are fully polished, and there are many hiccups, especially in the platforming and puzzling, where little to no direction is given, and the level design is not good enough to guide you through naturally.
  • This game is like a tutorial on how NOT to make boss fights. Take heed, game designers - these are inventive bosses with some of the most abysmal execution and unfair feeling losses I have ever seen in a game. They're not outright broken most of the time, they're just so unfair or punishing for the tiniest mistake that they echo the Famicom era of game design - play it over and over until you memorize it and time every move perfectly.

    On the plus side:
  • The models and art, including the voice and music portions are nicely polished most of the time. Cutscenes were well done, the characters are well acted, and animations are polished. The story is fairly trite, but I expected no less
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: 14 November, 2014
Before I go into depth I want to specify that I did use a gamepad for this game - I strongly recommend using one and would go so far as to say to skip this title if you don't have one. It's a console port, guys.

Darksiders is a game that wears its inspirations on its sleeve famously, and to a ridiculous degree. When you're traveling through a Legend of Zelda-style dungeon solving puzzles with a Portal Device, you know you're not playing a game that's focusing on being particularly innovative.

That's fine, it doesn't do it does particularly well though.

The dungeons, level design wise, are all threadbare. Puzzles never get more complicated than "get past the obstruction using the item you got in that dungeon", platforming reaches its maximum amount of complexity 20 minutes into the game, and exploration is limited because despite the expansive levels, there's very few optional areas. You're taken in a very roundabout, but ultimately linear, path and led by the nose from start to finish.

Combat doesn't fair any better - it has all the tools to play well, but the way it's executed is an absolute mess. Even the Counter, the quintessential "up yours" high-risk high-reward move that's been a staple of decent hack n slash games for over a decade, will often be cancelled and interrupted because it doesn't interrupt a good deal of enemy attacks - seemingly at random.

The moveset cops a lot of flak for its simplicity, but once you unlock the full movesets for each weapon and supplement each weapon's combos with another weapon (you can even switch out your sidearm and combo them into each other) you can get a nice amount of combat variation going on.

Design doesn't support that, though, since the game has the a conceptually moronic weapon leveling system that strongly discourages using more than one weapon - the difference between weapon levels is more than just palpable. Add to that that combos have no impact on anything whatsoever.

At its best, it plays like a more forgiving Devil May Cry, but mostly it plays like a more brainless God of War and it suffers for that heavily.

The whole lack of finesse seeps into every corner of the game. They're terrified you'll play it wrong, or will look in the wrong direction for more than a second - puzzles will constantly be interrupted by those infuriating drawn-out mini-cutscenes which point out what you're meant to do, the Watcher is used as a device to call your attention to something that's already flashing, and many more examples. One particularly egregious example has you explore a small environment for four challenge portals, that as well as having icons on the map and having giant beams shoot up into the sky, even have Eye of Sauron-like icons on top of the beams just to be extra sure that you don't actually have to explore.

Darksiders has all the tools and capability to play well, but it adamantly refuses to.

On a more positive note, the environments are absolutely fantastic, I was personally fond of the character design - despite my usual complete distaste for giant pauldrons - due to just how well done it is, and it has some of the best flashy particle use I've ever seen.

War as a lead is bland, but he isn't antagonizing or unlikeable. The supporting cast is similarly lacking in character but inoffensive (with the exception of Samael and the Watcher, who were both pretty enjoyable). The story isn't particularly interesting, but isn't grating.

It's an incredibly pretty game (despite the very noticeable lack of anti-aliasing in a game with so many sharp edges), and if you're looking for a stylish hack n slash and are willing to overlook a few design issues that drag it down, then check it out.

I wouldn't outright recommend it to anybody that isn't looking for that particular type of game, though.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: 18 August, 2014
Darksiders was a welcome surprise when I tried it out a few years back. I’m a big fan of the game’s art design and concept, and the gameplay is deceptively simple despite looking really cool. You can watch the game’s opening cinematic on Youtube for a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of story and style. It’s awesome.

First off, it’s an older title so most of you folks should be able to run it with no problem. The game is a 3d “hack & slash” played in third person perspective, but not “over the shoulder.” The game plays well with a controller, but I went through it with keyboard+mouse with no problems. There’s no “loot” system so you’re fixed in the weapons you can use, but by unlocking different “moves” you can build combos. I’ve heard that the game is really similar to the God of War series in terms of combat, but I’ve never played those so I can’t say for sure. Not only is there a large variety in the enemies you can fight, but there are a bunch of boss battles too. Be warned though that there are puzzle elements to some of the levels which can get very annoying. I had to look online for puzzle solutions a few times.

In the story, you play as War, one of the mythical 4 Horsemen who are tasked with preserving “The Balance” between Heaven and Hell. When the “End War” starts and Hell invades the Earth, it’s time for you to step in kick some ♥♥♥, both demon and angel. After you’re done with the game you might scratch your head a bit trying to figure out what happened (why did this character do that?) but when you’re actually playing it doesn’t pull you out of the game. Also, the ending cinematic really revs you up for the sequel.

Overall, the game a definite must play. It’s been in Humble bundles a few times so you might have it without even realizing it. It’s definitely worth your time to play through. A piece of advice though. If you’re playing the game for the first time with the help of an online walkthrough, DON’T collect the Abyssal armor for your first play through. It makes the game too easy.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: 8 August, 2014
Darksiders is a game in 3th person where you are one of the Knight of the Apocalyps,War.
His gameplay is really familiar with the series TheLegendOfZelda but with a little bit of dark in and more hard.
Darksiders is a game what will let you paste on your chair for his story and his gameplay and his epic soundtracks BUT it will be very hard playing with a keyboard so i recommend a gamepad for a good gameplay. (I played it with keyboard,it was a real apocalyps)
Story: 10/10
Gameplay:9/10 (7/10 with a keyboard)
Grapich:8/10
Soundtracks:10/10
Final score: 9/10

Play this game,it's really awesome.
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