I got Darksiders because I was interested on the rather unique theme. Once I started playing it, I quickly found myself being oddly familiar, despite being my first playthrough. Then it dawned on me, the game played like other more popular Action Adventure titles such as, but not limited to: God of War, DMC, Zelda, Prince of Persia, Portal etc. At first I was skeptical about the similarities but still found Darksiders to be a fun game in it's own right.
War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse has landed on Earth triggering a full scale conflict between Heaven and Hell which utterly disrupted the precious Balance that dominantly prevailed for eons. Hated by Hell, condemned by Heaven, War now walks the Earth in an attempt to clear his name.
+ Familiar but still Fun Gameplay: -Taking multiple inspirations from other titles, Darksiders takes the best of the best features and aspects of those titles and mashes them up to make a Frankenstein monster type of game which is unique unto itself. This game deserve more attention than what initially got.
+ Atmosphere and Sound: -Sound assets are magnificent, scenery are breathtaking and character art are wonderful built. They all come together to make a very immersive and beautiful post-apocalyptic Earth.
+ Graphics to Framerate Ratio: -Being a copy paste console port, does leave the game a bit weak in terms of graphical fidelity, poor texture quality, weak special effects and limited animations are blatantly visible but it does benefit older and more outdated PCs. The 1080p support does make it more vivid and sharp than the console counter parts.
+ Puzzles: Taking inspiration from the Zelda games, Darksiders does feature a lot of puzzle solving, involving different skill sets and items that the player acquire. The puzzles are simple enough to not be frustrating, yet delivers a certain level of complexity that makes them satisfying to solve.
- Controls: -Being a console port, this game was clearly designed to be played using a gamepad rather than the mouse and keyboard. Attempts were made to integrate it better to Keyboard controls but the player will be left rather frustrated for the most part.
- Limited Graphical settings: -This speaks for itself, the game hardly has any options to change graphical fidelity. If you find yourself using a lower-end PC and FPS drops occur, you probably won't be able to do anything about it.
- Poor Story and No character progression: -War is not the most likable video game personality you will encounter, the story does not develop on the main protagonist either in personality or traits. He will have the same expression and demeanor from start to finish. As the Fallout games say, "War never changes."
- Restrictive maps: -Lets make a checklist on what being a Horseman is all about. 1. Have a horse (albiet a bit late in the game but CHECK) 2. You can fight in said horse (CHECK) 3. You have a place to ride your Horse (NOT CHECK). The game gives you one or two maps where riding Ruin (your horse) viable, but other than those maps, you'll find yourself fighting on foot through small and cramped areas not being able to utilize the glory of mounted combat.
GOOD GAME, it takes the best mechanics of other games and places them into one and making a very fun and enjoyable experience.