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 (4,414 reviews)
Release Date: 23 Dec, 2010

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"A mash between Zelda, Prince Of Persia and God Of War into one of the most beautiful, well-crafted adventure games I've ever played. You'll remember it."
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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
55 of 57 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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33 of 41 people (80%) 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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: 19 March
Darksiders MINI REVIEW
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=411264237
Good things:
• Decent story
• Beautiful art style
• Lots of abilities to find, gear to collect and weapons to upgrade
• Amazing sound design
• Good game mechanics

Bad things:
• Less video custimization options
• Bad cut-scene image quality

VERDICT
'Worth playing"
8.5/10
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: 25 December, 2014
Its such an underrated game. 10/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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14 of 19 people (74%) 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
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: 26 March
Decent third-person puzzle adventure videogame with a little bit of action. Bugs included.
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12 of 19 people (63%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: 11 March
一个背着大剑骑着烈火战马猛男的解迷之旅。。。

I like the varied locations,interesting puzzles

and epic voice acting of this game.

especially the silent badass - WAR!

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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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: 29 December, 2014
I love the Darksiders franchise, I love Darksiders 2, and I kinda like this game as well, but damn, I haven't played yet a game so good yet so full of bugs and glitches. Let me mention only a few, the ones I faced in 15 hours of gameplay:
- the black screen upon first time launching issue - fixable by deleting files from the game installation (the AMD_Logo_movie.wmv file or the options.dopt file)
- the steam cloud not working issue - save files have to be manually moved around upon various folders to actually enable the proper use of the "cloud" synchronization feature
- the game breaking "twilight cathedral" crystal sword bug (a "crystal sword" needed to progress through the game gets missing and you have to completely restart the chapter, unless you have a proper save);
- Steam achievements that should be unlocked might not get unlocked, for unknown reasons. Very often game saves are a must.

Furthermore, so far, the boss fights are either too easy (the jailer) or damn straight unfair (Tiamat). On the good side, I don't see that much of a difference between Darksiders 2 and 1, visually speaking. The game looks good, the cutscenes are amazing, the design is well-thought. If you loved Darksiders 2, you won't feel like Darksiders 1 is a downgrade.

I loved Darksiders 2 and recommended it with all my heart, but Darksiders 1... hmm... Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed playing it, but I just can't recommend it as it is, without hesitation, with all my heart, in its current form. It's just too flawed.

At the moment, after all this struggle with bugs and glitches, this game goes to my "recommended with a lot of second thoughts" list.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: 25 February
I've tried to get into this game on two separate occasions now, and it just doesn't hold my attention. It feels a lot like God of War, but it's not quite as exciting. The abilities you gain along the way aren't all that useful from what I've encountered, and you'll probably find yourself button-mashing your way through most fights.

When gameplay is less than fantastic, I usually turn to the story to save the experience. The story seems interesting, but the stoic main character is not really a protagonist that elicits any sympathy from me, and I feel no sense of satisfaction when I further the plot. I'm honestly struggling to write this review because I just don't remember much of the game.

It's not bad, and, if you've never played God of War or even Devil May Cry or the Batman games, you'll probably enjoy it. Otherwise, I would pass on this. It's just kind of "meh."
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: 6 October, 2014
Felt a lot like God of War but on a smaller brutality scale so I still loved it!

8/10
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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: 25 February
7/10

The story was good, it was a fun ride, and the bosses were well designed. Each taking a new strategy.

But I use to play A LOT of God Of War.. and it felt exactly the same but with a 4 horsemen theme.
So it personally didn't wow me in combat or enemies. Every different area had the same enemies just reskinned.

Didn't offer anything new to keep me wanting more. Just felt like a ♥♥♥♥ ton of enemies in 1 spot, then a ton of puzzles.
Puzzles are fine, but I hate when games need a puzzle for almost every room.. I wanna fight enemies, not play tetris.

But that is my fault, was hoping more Devil May Cry, where its "get this item, bring it here"
Less like Legacy Of Kain, "move these, hit those, turn this, teleporter here, throw this when that turns perfectly straight" in a large room.

But even with all that, it was good, just not what I expected and not something I haven't played 50 times on my ps2..
Was fun, but I don't think I need to playthrough again, since I just realized there is no New Game+ option so I can go through with everything unlocked and really tear ♥♥♥♥ up.

Another thing I remembered, the achievements are broken to hell. Half didn't unlock when I should have got them.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: 21 February
Do not buy this game, here's why:
  • Bad port. Clunky controls, limited graphic options, often awkward camera and my personal favorite a dead mouse. Obviously this port was made for quick cash in.
  • You will run into a technical problems. Once you try to turn on the game it welcomes you with black screen which requires you to delete some files from game directory or restart steam. Achievements won't unlock until you restart steam and you are never certain if you are going to unlock them or not. Save file might dissapear when you're half through a game.
  • Sound freezes for no reason durring cutscene.



Other than technical failures it feels like some soul-less executive in a expensive suit came into a game dev office, ditched five most successful games over last 5 years and ordered to frankenstein it together because it's guaranteed to sell. It doesn't have soul of it's own and often feels stale and boring compared to other games. It rips off portal, god of war, legend of zelda and adds nothing new.
It'll fit perfectly in my buyers remorse category: 3/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: 1 December, 2014
Before I start the review I want to point out this is a console game brought to the PC with knowledge beforehand that it's been designed for the ground up for a controller on a console, not a keyboard and mouse. They tried but it just doesn't work with keyboard and mouse in my honest opinion. It is because of this reason alone that I highly recommend purchasing one of Microsoft's Xbox controllers for use on the PC. You can find a Xbox 360/Xbox One controller for a decent price, that you can then use to play this game with no problems and fully enjoy what it has to offer as it was meant to be played. This game is an excellent and bug free port of a great console game. I have been playing for at least a day now and I have had nothing but smooth sailing with this game, no bugs what so ever. My experience with the game has been wonderful and reminiscent of older games that I miss and love so much.

Now to the review...

The game has a nice balance of Action, Platforming, Puzzle Solving, and RPG-ish elements in the form of character upgrades that you purchase with the games currency, souls of your fallen demon adversaries, from the game's demon merchant, Vulgrim. A sly and auspicious character who in his many run ins with you, will always entertain and leave you with a feeling he knows more than he lets on. The games currency, souls, can be obtained in one of two ways. First, is the games brilliant but easy to grasp combat system that has plenty of combos you can string together in different ways to achieve your goal of bleeding and beheading the relentless hordes of demons thrown at you in a way satisfactory to you. The combat has further depth added to it through multiple weapons that you either purchase or find on your journey through the game. Each weapon has unique strengths and weaknesses that you will need to learn to really master the combat system. For example, in the game you can purchase a Scythe. Which later in the game can be infused with one of the games many weapon enchantments you obtain through your play-through, to make the Scythe collect more souls after dispatching your demon adversaries than otherwise normal. Or another enchantment which helps level up your weapons quicker and also offers a boost to your defenses. Whatever your weapon of choice maybe, whatever enchantment you chose to use, the main way you obtain souls is slay demons. Which you then take to one of Vulgrim's shops located in various locations throughout the game world, listen to his wonderfully voiced dialog scenes between him and the character you play,War, and make your purchases to further upgrade your character to grow in power. The second way to obtain souls is through exploration of the games many and diverse environments in search of lost relics of power. These relics are the games collectables and they vary in variety. There are some relics that are easy to collect and some not so easy. The more difficult the relic was to obtain, the more souls that will be traded to you once you visit Vulgrim's and hand them over to him in exchange for some extra souls to spend on upgrades. Both forms of soul collecting work well together and help the game pace itself marvelously. The relics provide a reason to explore the stunningly sculpted environments. While the combat helps provide a nice thrill every now and then to keep you on your toes and your heart pumping. The boss battles are spectacular and usually require some trick to defeat said boss. The trick required to take down that dungeon's boss was used heavily throughout the dungeon you go through prior to reaching that dungeon's boss. Sometimes the trick required to defeat the boss is obvious. Sometimes you have to stop and use your head a little to figure things out which provides a thought provoking experience and tests your ability to discern little cues from your surroundings and ultimately defeat the large demon for a large amount of souls to spend at Vulgrim's after the battle. This form of boss fighting is very reminiscent of the Legend of Zelda series and how it does it's boss fights. The puzzles themselves are magnificently crafted and force you to stop and think! They force you to really take in your surroundings, process everything that is going on, and attempt to find a solution to progress. Some puzzles are easier than others, but for the most part they are all entertaining and fun to work through. Just don't frustrate yourself! You will find the completion of these puzzles rewarding but only without help! Especially if you were stuck on one for quite some time! Using a game guide to just power through the puzzles takes away from the experience as large part of the game is figuring things out, remembering what is where, and just all around using your head to complete the game. The game has many characters you run into and they are all unique and diverse, beautifully voiced, and help drive the story forward which will keep you interested all the way till the game ends, and when it does... You just want more. Luckily, there is Darksiders 2 to help with that!

Do I recommend? Oh yeah! I haven't had this much fun in a long time. Although I do recommend using an Xbox control to play it as it is a console game ported to PC and the keyboard and mouse controls are just terrible in my honest opinion.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: 8 February
YOU ARE WAR!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: 21 December, 2014
You will find that playing this game with a keyboard / mouse combination is klunky and you will achieve the success rate of getting very upset. For 1, you must keep in mind that this game is a "console port". That's right! What gives that away? don't kid yourself.. during game play you will see "Xbox360-like" buttons for your decision making. Yes, that was my 1st clue. I semi-ignored that and continued playing without using my xbox360 controller (wired or wireless... it simply doesn't matter. That my friends, is based on your own personal preferance. I tried playing with my keyboard/mouse and I gave up. After trying to initiate my glide power with wings.. it was hard to get that to work. SPACE bar just didn't operate smoothly
and I died...A LOT! I guess that this is my only "Con" for playing this game. Other than that, the story line is 1 of thee best!
It's a 5 out of 5 kick butt goodness game!
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