Have you Played… Darksiders?

Today’s game recommendation is a title that I finally proudly finished today. It took a lot of time on my part to go back to the game and finish it once and for all but I am sure glad that I did. Have you played Darksiders?

Darksiders is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Vigil Games and published by Nordic Games. The game was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2010. Its been five year, but at least I finally got to playing this great title this year. In Darksiders, you play as War, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I won’t tell you much about the story since it is pretty complex  and can be hard to figure out at times. All you need to know is that the Kingdoms of Heaven and Hell waging war with each other while humans are caught in between. After the introduction of the game, all humans become instinct while War is accused of being the one who brought the Apocalypse too early. He is given a chance to redeem himself and an opportunity to find the real culprits.

Darksiders is a pretty intense hack and slash. You use War’s weapons to kill enemies that consists of angels and demons alike. You start with your weapon chaoseater and eventually you gain new weapons and items like a scythe. Here is where I want to draw a comparison between Darksiders and another video game series, the Legend of Zelda. Most of my time with Darksiders felt as if I was playing a Zelda game. That is not entirely a bad thing. I love the Legend of Zelda, it is one of my favorite video games series, but it would have been nice to see some more originality in Darksiders. Many items felt like Zelda items with skins on them. There was a hookshot, a saw that acted as a boomerang, an upgraded sword that acted like the Master Sword in Zelda. You could even ride a horse just like in Zelda. You went through dungeons solving puzzles with items you gained in those dungeons and there was always a boss at the end of these dungeons. Don’t get me wrong, these similarities don’t ruin the game but sometimes it feels like Darksiders blatantly copied the Legend of Zelda. Still, this game is so worth playing, especially if you are a Zelda fan.

If you have not played Darksiders yet then I encourage you do. There is already a parallel sequel (Darksiders 2) that I plan on playing real soon. Nordic Games has even hinted at a Darksiders 3. You can read more about that here. Now would be the perfect time to get into this great series.

 

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