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Developer(s) Vigil Games
Publisher(s) THQ
Designer(s) Haydn Dalton (lead designer)
Joe Madureira (creative director)
David Adams (lead developer)
Composer(s) Cris Velasco
Mike Reagan
Scott Morton
Series Darksiders Series
Engine Havoc
Aspect ratio 16:9
Native resolution 1280 x 720 HD (1920 x 1080 Full HD support)
Version 1.1
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC
Release date(s) NA January 5, 2010
EU January 8, 2010
AU & NZ: January 7, 2010
Genre(s) TPP/RPG, Action-Hack and slash, Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: M
PEGI: 18+
AUS: MA15+
System requirements Minimum
Input methods Keyboard and mouse
Pad
OS Windows XP SP3
Vista SP1
Windows 7
CPU AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz
Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0Ghz Processor
RAM 1GB XP
2GB Vista / Windows 7
GPU NVIDIA (GeForce 8800/GeForce GT220) 256MB
ATI Radeon X1900 256MB (must support pixel shader 3)
DirectX 9.0c
HDD 12GB
Sound 100% DirectX 9.0C compliant
Media DVD, Blu-ray, Online download
Other Online Steam account
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Darksiders is an action-adventure video game developed by Vigil Games and Published by THQ. The game takes its inspiration from the apocalypse and battle of armageddon described in the Bible's Book of Revelation, with the player taking the role of "War", one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Darksiders was released on January 5, 2010 in North America and most other countries. On January 7, Darksiders was released in Australia and New Zealand. On January 8, Darksiders was released in the UK and continental Europe.

Plot

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.
– Description

The player takes on the role of War, one of the four legendary Horsemen of the apocalypse. With the apocalypse just taken place prematurely, and the Earth destroyed, War has been found guilty by the Charred Council for the cause of the premature Apocalypse. War, sentenced to be destroyed, makes a deal to be placed back on Earth to find out who was behind the catastrophe - albeit chained to The Watcher. Caught in a never-ending war between angels and demons, 100 years have passed, and Earth bares little resemblance to the world we know. War has lost much of his power, including his horse Ruin and must find out where the other horsemen are, and who misled them into starting the final battle.

Characters

Main article: Darksiders Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Enemies

Chosen

Major Enemies

Weapons and Equipment

Gameplay

Darksiders is primarily an action-adventure game, with about equal time devoted to combat and puzzle-solving/platforming. War also regains his powers throughout the game, and has his own horse named Ruin. The powers and horse which War must regain play an important role in the game as they enable him to access areas of the world which would otherwise be closed to him. A wrath meter fills up as War fights and gives access to powered-up and special moves. Action takes place both underground where puzzles play a large role, and above ground in which free roaming is allowed.

Although early impressions have led journalists to compare the game to God of War and Devil May Cry due to its strong combination of combo based sword combat, designer Joe Madureira has likened it to The Legend of Zelda due to the game's open-world hub-and-dungeon structure and puzzle solving (including minor platforming) elements. Many journalists have noted that Darksiders has borrowed elements from games such as Panzer Dragoon, World of Warcraft, God of War and Portal.

Reception

Darksiders generally received very favourable reviews, with reviewers praising the game's pacing, fun gameplay, variety of weapons items and content, large world to explore, art style and vibrant use of colour despite the post-apocalyptic setting. Some reviews lamented that Darksiders was too easy, while a smaller amount complained that it was too hard. Some things reviewers criticised Darksiders for were graphical glitches and lower performance. As well as it's complicated control scheme and lack of co-operative, game-plus or multiplayer modes.

Hellbook Edition

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Hellbook Edition content.
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There has been an extended edition of Darksiders game released, called Hellbook. The content of this edition includes:

  • Two game discs with Darksiders with extras:
  • Exclusive cover and case-like packing of the game
  • One Artbook
  • Four Artcards

Merchandise

  • On July 27th, 2011 SOTA Toys released the War and Ruin State of the Art Statue, priced at $249.99.
  • On April 15th, 2012, SOTA Toys released the Samael State of the Art Statue.

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