Launch Primer: Darksiders


Posted January 5, 2010 - By Andrew Pfister

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Ever find yourself in a conversation where all of your friends are talking about the latest and greatest game, and you can't contribute because you haven't been paying attention? Remedy that with our Launch Primers: everything you need to know (sans spoilers) about a new game.


Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
MSRP: $59.99
ESRB Rating: Mature

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What kind of game is it?

Darksiders is a 3D action-adventure game set on a post-apocalyptic (in the biblical sense) Earth.

Who's the developer?

Vigil Games is an in-house studio owned by THQ, and is based in Austin, TX. Joe Madureira, the studio’s creative director, is best known for his work in the comic book industry, notably his mid-90s run on Uncanny X-Men. Darksiders is their first game.

What's the story?

You play as War, one of the New Testament’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (the others being Famine, Conquest, and Death -- look for them to appear in eventual sequels). War has been framed for bringing about the end of the world prematurely. As punishment for his alleged mishandling of God’s carefully laid-out plans, his powers have been taken away and he’s been banished to an Earth that’s been wiped clean of humanity. To make amends and discover the truth, he must battle the demons that have overrun the Earth.

Wait, is this another Devil May Cry game?

Nope! Well, not really. It’s 3D fighting, but searching for and reclaiming War’s “Gear Items” mean that there’s more of an adventure slant with environmental (and combat) puzzles. Think Legend of Zelda, only way, way more dark. You can even ride a horse! (War’s steed Ruin).  You can also go back to areas previously cleared and explore them again with new skills and weapons for new discoveries. Sure, there’s a gun and a sword, and you gather souls when you kill enemies and can use them to upgrade your combos and weapons…but it’s taking a different approach than DMC, God of War, et al.


When you are judged in the end times, you will be judged alone. (In other words: no.)

What'd we say?

We got our review code late, so check back soon for our written review of Darksiders.

See it in action:

Hands On Preview of Darksiders »

Launch Primer: Darksiders


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