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Darksiders

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MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
84
3.6
Windows
83
4.0
Xbox 360
84
4.0

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Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 7 3.6
Windows 13 4.0
Xbox 360 6 4.0
Combined MobyScore 26 3.9


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Xbox 360Xboxygen
On a droit ici à un jeu ultra complet incorporant à merveille plusieurs styles qui sont fort bien adaptés aux différentes actions à effectuer. Darksiders est fun, a une prise en main facile avec une qualité et une beauté exceptionnelle qui s’en dégagent, il demande réflexion et propose des combats en veux-tu en voilà. En clair, on ne s’ennuie pas tout au long des 20 heures que propose le jeu, c’est que du bonheur. L’année 2010 commence sous de bon auspices, souhaitons qu’elle continue sur cette lignée ; ce jeu est, à n’en pas douter, un des hits de cette nouvelle année.
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Xbox 360GameGavel.com
Darksiders isn’t going to win any points for originality any time soon, and it definitely owes much of it’s pedigree to some hard working alumni that have come before it, but it’s a good game of it’s own right. Everything that is presented here is done so with very hard work, and a true attention to detail that make it hard to find enough room to say anything negative. It also makes it hard for me to have any deeper discussion of the game because it apes so many things… where you might expect subtext, there is no subtext, no hidden layers. In this case what’s there is simply there. Fortunately what’s there is pretty damn good.
100
PlayStation 3GameGavel.com
Darksiders isn’t going to win any points for originality any time soon, and it definitely owes much of it’s pedigree to some hard working alumni that have come before it, but it’s a good game of it’s own right. Everything that is presented here is done so with very hard work, and a true attention to detail that make it hard to find enough room to say anything negative. It also makes it hard for me to have any deeper discussion of the game because it apes so many things… where you might expect subtext, there is no subtext, no hidden layers. In this case what’s there is simply there. Fortunately what’s there is pretty damn good.
100
WindowsGameGavel.com
The PC version of this game is very poorly optimized, even at the time of writing this review, which is a little insane. Even with a machine well above spec I couldn’t get this game to stop stuttering, crashing, and just basically being a giant pain in the neck. However, it definitely looks much better than the console versions. As for the game itself, Darksiders isn’t going to win any points for originality any time soon, and it definitely owes much of it’s pedigree to some hard working alumni that have come before it, but it’s a good game of it’s own right. Everything that is presented here is done so with very hard work, and a true attention to detail that make it hard to find enough room to say anything negative. It also makes it hard for me to have any deeper discussion of the game because it apes so many things… where you might expect subtext, there is no subtext, no hidden layers. In this case what’s there is simply there. Fortunately what’s there is pretty damn good.
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PlayStation 3Gamers' Temple, The
When viewed as a whole, it is clear that Darksiders was made by skilled developers who truly love video games. If there ever was a game that could be all things to all people and tastes, Darksiders is it. There isn't a single aspect found in this title that is anything less than exemplary, and even with a crowded spring release schedule including the likes of Bayonetta and God of War III, Darksiders is more than deserving of your gaming dollars. There is no such thing as a perfect video game, but Darksiders is about as close to one as you'll ever play.
96
PlayStation 3Console Monster
How shocked I was to find that the more hours I spent investing into Darksiders, the more rewarding it felt. Darksiders feels like a breath of fresh air, a step in the right direction and a reinvention of formulas that are sorely missed when used at this level of quality. If this is the first offering of Vigil Games, I highly anticipate their next and keep my fingers crossed for a sequel. Now all that is left is to hope that Darksiders achieves the sales it deserves, and does not suffer a silent death aside the ever loud sequel sales.
96
Xbox 360Console Monster
How shocked I was to find that the more hours I spent investing into Darksiders, the more rewarding it felt. Darksiders feels like a breath of fresh air, a step in the right direction and a reinvention of formulas that are sorely missed when used at this level of quality. If this is the first offering of Vigil Games, I highly anticipate their next and keep my fingers crossed for a sequel. Now all that is left is to hope that Darksiders achieves the sales it deserves, and does not suffer a silent death aside the ever loud sequel sales.
95
PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
That self-confidence bleeds into the dialogue, into the narrative and into the characters. Where other games would leave you feeling embarrassed by the over-the-top nature, Darksiders somehow manages to come off as earnest. Pure fantasy, sure, but the kind of fantasy that isn't afraid to show a cleaved head or amputated limb. More than all that, though, it's just plain fun to figure out the dungeons and the puzzles and the boss battles and the world. Darksiders is, above all else, an absolute blast to play, and deserves to be in everyone's collection. Go play it, because no amount of talking up the game's strengths can match that first half hour after the end of the world.
95
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Darksiders is an epic game with fast paced action, eye popping environments and awe inspiring enemies. This game may not have been on many peoples radars considering the other quality titles being released in the early part of 2010, but it should be the first game on peoples lists now because if you miss this you will be missing out of an unbelievable experience.
95
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Darksiders is a complete game experience, and if you have even the remotest of fondness for action games you should make a point to play it. There are plenty of games that are fun to play through, but only a select few will stand out in your mind for some time to come. Darksiders is one of those games, and for me the 2009 holiday season will forever be tied to fond memories of the time I spent in War's post-apocalyptic world. And although it’s a first week of January release, it's hard to imagine Darksiders not taking a spot on the best of 2010 list.
94
Xbox 360AusGamers
Darksiders is the perfect way to spend a solid January (and February), and all of the above just has me hoping this team continues the series, or if not, move onto something equally amazing. If you like your adventures filled with, well, adventure, Darksiders is going to keep up at night for hours and hours on-end (my longest marathon session came in at around eight or nine hours); the game's level-design is brilliant, it harbours among the best puzzles I've encountered in games, has an excellent and well-thought out learning curve, plenty of reason to explore, great art-direction, excellent sound and a compelling story with equally engaging characters. What's not to love?
93
Xbox 360AceGamez
All in all, Darksiders should be considered a triumph. Simultaneously old skool and brand spanking new, it has enough variety in terms of atmosphere, gameplay and imagery to match any action/adventure game on today’s market. Not as hardcore as similar titles like DMC4 or the recent awesomefest that is Bayonetta, Darksiders nevertheless delivers solid, compelling gameplay in spades. Responsive controls, intuitive level design and a genuine feeling of starting weak and getting steadily more badass as you progress makes Darksiders not only accessible but also immense fun to play. Although perhaps the first game released in 2010, it’s already looking like a serious contender for the year’s Top Ten action titles. Quite simply, there’s a new god of War in town, and he makes Kratos look like an ice dancer…
92
PlayStation 3GamingTrend
In what is shaping up to be a year of God of War types of imitators, Darksiders has the distinction of being the first one to enter the fray. It’s tempting to write off this title as nothing more than a God of War clone, but nothing could be further from the truth. While it does share many of the same themes and gameplay styles, Darksiders is truly its own game, with its own set off high points and low points. Whether it’s the engaging combat or the surprisingly complex puzzle solving involved in many of the levels, Darksiders manages to consistently impress. This is absolutely a title that you do not want to miss.
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PlayStation 3ZTGameDomain
Darksiders is what I call a "hybrid" game. It has taken elements from other games and made them its own. Not only does it have action-adventure, hack-n-slash, but just wait until you get to test drive War's horse, Ruin. And with smooth gameplay, awesome story and voice work, THQ has kicked off 2010 with a bang.
92
PlayStation 3Multiplayer.it
Darksiders è un esempio perfetto di come dovrebbe essere realizzato un videogioco in tutti i suoi aspetti, dispone infatti di un gameplay valido supportato da un level design e da una realizzazione dei personaggi eccellenti, una componente puzzle predominante e mai troppo ostica, una varietà di fondo considerevole, un comparto tecnico davvero piacevole soprattutto grazie al livello artistico. Anche se privo di spunti particolari verso l'alto e di concessioni in chiave extra e rigiocabilità, il titolo fa la sua bella figura ed è assolutamente consigliato sia ai possessori di PlayStation 3 che a quelli di Xbox 360.
Buona la prima per i Vigil Games, i videogiocatori possono ringraziare di poter disporre di questo action/adventure che in più di un'occasione fa richiamo, fatte le dovute proporzioni, a titoli quali Zelda e soprattutto Metroid Prime.
92
Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Darksiders is what I call a "hybrid" game. It has taken elements from other games and made them its own. Not only does it have action-adventure, hack-n-slash, but just wait until you get to test drive War's horse, Ruin. And with smooth gameplay, awesome story and voice work, THQ has kicked off 2010 with a bang.
92
Xbox 360Game Chronicles
I can only imagine the sequel and hopefully the chance to play as one or more of the other Horsemen, but until that day arrives, Darksiders is the ultimate quest for vengeance and a heavenly way to dispatch the endless demon hordes, proving once and for all that it is better to serve in heaven than rule in hell.
91
Xbox 360411mania.com
The game is a blast from start to end. Vigil games and THQ really knocked it out of the park in my opinion. The game kept my attention from start to finish, and has me eagerly awaiting the next title in the Darksiders saga. If January is any indication to what we can expect this year, we have a lot to look forward to.
91
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
A solid, well written, well executed game. If you're looking for something new and original, Darksiders is your game.
90
WindowsEurogamer.it
Considerando inoltre la sostanziale mancanza di action game di rilievo su PC, Darksiders è da considerarsi la primissima scelta per chiunque fosse in cerca di un po' di sana azione. Insomma, nel caso in cui il personal computer rappresenti la vostra fonte primaria di intrattenimento videoludico, non c'è davvero alcun motivo per cui dovreste farvi scappare questo affascinante prodotto... sempre che non abbiate paura di vedervela con gli eserciti di Paradiso e Inferno, ovviamente.
90
WindowsMultiplayer.it
Straordinario nella sua versione per console, Darksiders conferma le proprie qualità anche su PC, presentandosi in perfetta forma all'appuntamento grazie alla risoluzione maggiore e alla mancanza di tearing. Il gioco vanta un comparto tecnico e una direzione artistica di grande pregio, ma è soprattutto nella struttura e nel gameplay che si trovano i suoi punti di forza. Guerra affronta una miriade di avversari sempre più scaltri, può utilizzare tante armi differenti e acquistare potenziamenti attraverso un sistema davvero ben bilanciato e privo di particolari sbavature. All'interno di ogni scenario inoltre, il personaggio si trova a confrontarsi con enigmi dalla complessità crescente, in una festa di citazioni e omaggi che sembra non avere mai fine. L'ottimo sistema di controllo chiude il quadro di una realizzazione curata fin nei minimi particolari, un esercizio di game design che non può lasciare indifferenti.
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WindowsAllRPG
It’s the amalgam of all these disparate elements that make Darksiders a truly unique title despite all of it’s unoriginal material. You’ve never had a Zelda dungeon built like a massive Portal map. You’ve never seamlessly switched from weapon to weapon in Zelda, and you’ve never enjoyed exploring this much in a God of War game. It’s all of these new wrinkles on established gameplay mechanics that allow Darksiders to give a thoroughly enjoyable experience to the player. It all feels familiar and at the same time feels new, and that is something that really resonates with you as you go along.
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PlayStation 3AllRPG
It’s the amalgam of all these disparate elements that make Darksiders a truly unique title despite all of it’s unoriginal material. You’ve never had a Zelda dungeon built like a massive Portal map. You’ve never seamlessly switched from weapon to weapon in Zelda, and you’ve never enjoyed exploring this much in a God of War game. It’s all of these new wrinkles on established gameplay mechanics that allow Darksiders to give a thoroughly enjoyable experience to the player. It all feels familiar and at the same time feels new, and that is something that really resonates with you as you go along.
90
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
En soignant aussi bien le fond que la forme, Vigil Games nous offre un pur chef-d'oeuvre d'action-aventure. Équilibré, rythmé, contemplatif, rageur, le titre fait naître moult sentiments tout en mélangeant les influences. Prince of Persia, God of War, Zelda, Portal, autant de modèles insufflant une énergie sans cesse renouvelée à Darksiders. Eclectique et homogène à la fois, poussant un peu plus le concept du "bigger, better, louder", ne se reposant jamais sur ses acquis, impressionnant à souhait, le jeu de THQ s'impose comme une étoile dans le ciel. En espérant que les joueurs suivent sa lumière qui devrait montrer la voie à d'éventuelles suites. On en frémit d'avance...
90
WindowsBrash Games
On the whole, Darksiders is great fun and well worth the asking price. The game has a good few hours worth of play and can immerse you into the role of War with enough vigour without becoming too cheesy. A damn fine plot with some cool combat moves thrown into the fiery pit, with plenty of opportunity for an equally good sequel.
90
PlayStation 3411mania.com
Darksiders, for what it did, turned out great. With the stage that's set at the end, a sequel looks even more ambitious and awesome, provided Vigil can do more of what was originally planned for the first game but was unable to get to and incorporate. Looks like War's going to be busy bringing a lot of his namesake for the years to come. Now if only Joe Mad would do some more Battle Chasers comics. Hell, I'd take a Battle Chasers videogame at this point.
90
PlayStation 3Gameplanet
Darksiders is plagued somewhat by its copy-cat style. Fortunately the necessary improvements have been made to the known gameplay mechanics, and the context of the apocalypse certainly makes it feel all new, which is the main thing. The gameplay, environments, story and graphics are all implemented very well, and on top of this the story will last you around at least fifteen hours. It's a sure thing that if you are a fan of Zelda or God of War you will find an incredible amount to love in Darksiders. If you aren’t a fan of platforming hack'n'slash style titles, it'd best to leave Darksiders alone.
90
PlayStation 3GamingExcellence
Given Darksiders is the first release from developer Vigil Games, it's an impressive debut. Masterfully crafted, Darksiders is clearly a work of passion, and though it borrows a lot of elements from other games, they come together in such a way that will keep you entertained from start to finish. While you'll get between fifteen to twenty hours of play, you'll find yourself exploring the open-ended world and seeking out all of the hidden secrets long after you've completed the main story. A twist ending to the game is also a nice surprise that leaves the game open to a possible sequel. 2010 is off to a great start with Darksiders, and if it's any indication we're in for a great year of games. Highly recommended.
90
PlayStation 3PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
But in reality, some of these criticisms are minor at best, and will rarely hinder the enjoyment of an absolutely stellar game with a lot of polish and personality to boot. The game never tries to play out like a movie or pretend to be a cinematic experience, and for this we’re quite thankful, as all your achievements and rewards are dictated entirely by you and not by a well choreographed triggering event. Darksiders is a pure gamer’s kind of game that harks back to many gaming greats, and a fantastic start for newcomer Vigil Games.
90
PlayStation 3Da Gameboyz
It has been some time since I had this much fun or been this addicted to one particular game, and that says something about Darksiders. It is cleverly crafted on what are some tried and tested ideas, mixed with a healthy dose of epic storytelling and good old fashioned gore. There is no doubt that it will have its detractors out there who may say it has emulated similarly styled games, but the attention to detail that Darksiders pays and the inclusion of a far more fleshed out story cannot be matched. The game is most certainly one title in 2010 that you must add to your game collection.
90
PlayStation 3Gamestyle
Although the combat can get repetitive, and Darksiders has adopted a tried and tested format, the story, style, and atmosphere make playing through Armageddon a unique and involving experience. Gamestyle welcome this new IP, and only hope that there is a sequel on the way. It's far too early to declare Darksiders as game of the year, but it'll certainly be a contender. It sets a high standard, however, and if this is a sign of things to come, then 2010 is going to be a great year for gamers.
90
PlayStation 3Cynamite
Darksiders überzeugt durch eine intuitive Kampfsteuerung, viel Stil und dem richtigen Maß an wahnwitzigem Humor.
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PlayStation 3Gaming Target
One thing you can say about Darksiders is that it isn’t original. It takes a lot of elements from highly revered games. But one thing you can’t say is that Darksiders is uninspired. The people at Vigil have obviously worked really hard to make sure that the quality of all of those gameplay elements stand up to the games they came from. This is no cash-in. What at first seems like a God of War clone turns into a grown up version of Zelda - a bloody adventure with dark themes and settings, and it actually works. The puzzles are clever, the combat is visceral, there are a good amount of items and upgrades to be had and the world is convincing. Darksiders might not be very innovative, but it is without a doubt a 3rd person jack of all trades that shouldn’t be passed up.
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PlayStation 3Kombo.com
Darksiders is a great title that certainly crept in under the radar of many. Aside from a frustrating evasion and blocking system, the game is an otherwise enjoyable experience. The puzzles, sense of exploration, epic battles, and vast arsenal of weapons are all truly sensational. The year may be young, by Darksiders will certainly be one of the best titles to be released in 2010.
90
PlayStation 3Worth Playing
Darksiders is certainly a pleasant surprise. A game that takes multiple mechanics from other, highly successful games usually ends up being nothing but a mess, but in this title, everything seems to mesh together well. All of the components feel so good together that you wonder why no one has done this before. Match up the good gameplay with a graphics and sound package that contains a high level of polish, and you have the makings of a game that simply should not be missed. Adventure fans will have a great time with Darksiders, and gamers who are looking for something new amidst a sea of sequels should definitely pick up this title.
90
PlayStation 3IGN Australia
The most fun you can have at an apocalypse
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Xbox 360GamingEvolution
Darksiders isn't perfect. Like some of its inspirations, Darksiders isn't so strong with the platforming. I had many moments of frustration because I felt very confident that War shouldn't have missed a jump, jumped too late, or should have grabbed a ledge. In fact, there were times where I swear War didn't jump at all, and just ran straight into a pit of death. Fortunately, falling to your death in Darksiders only results in a small health penalty and places you back at the jump you missed, so it was never a terribly big deal. I also had some issues with the camera. Specifically, it's fixed too close to War. Too often I couldn't really see what was happening in a fight, resulting in too many hits from off-camera. But I'll say it again: Darksiders is the best Zelda game I've played in a while. Joe Mad's visual style is stunning and unique and the game itself is just downright fun. Darksiders shouldn't be missed.
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Xbox 360TeamXbox
Finishing Darksiders was one of those great reliefs quickly followed by a refreshed desire to play it again. It’s a really long game for one of its type. My first playthrough took just over 20 hours, and that is without collecting every last item and maxing out the level of all weapons. If I go back and do that, it’s probably going to take at least another 10. And, yet, Darksiders was so much fun that I would happily do it again. There are some blemishes here and there, but they are technical in nature. Everything else about this game, from the concept through the execution, is unequivocally great. Darksiders is a great way to kick off the decade.
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Xbox 360Digital Chumps
Darksiders thoroughly impressed me and I wasn't expecting anything less. With any luck, this will be the start of a long and successful franchise. First must have game of 2010, and Vigil Games has got my attention for any future projects they're behind.
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Xbox 360GamingExcellence
Given Darksiders is the first release from developer Vigil Games, it’s an impressive debut. Masterfully crafted, Darksiders is clearly a work of passion, and though it borrows a lot of elements from other games, they come together in such a way that will keep you entertained from start to finish. While you’ll get between fifteen to twenty hours of play, you’ll find yourself exploring the open-ended world and seeking out all of the hidden secrets long after you’ve completed the main story. A twist ending to the game is also a nice surprise that leaves the game open to a possible sequel. 2010 is off to a great start with Darksiders, and if it’s any indication we’re in for a great year of games. Highly recommended.
90
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
It’s hard to mess-up with the graphics and audio when the game’s setting is just so damn awesome, many titles don’t have that going for them right from the start. With nearly 20 hours of gameplay in the main campaign it’s well worth the cost of admission – it releases in early January 2010 – and I didn’t even tell you how fun riding Ruin the demon horse is. A couple times the puzzles were a bit frustrating or the boss battles a tad too difficult but nothing that stopped us from continuing the adventure. What a great and “fun” way to start the New Year of video gaming, developer Vigil Games have a true action experience on their hands with Darksiders, make sure not to overlook it when it hits store shelves on January 5, 2010.
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Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Graphically the game is gorgeous which the different kinds of environments help to showcase. This is a really easy game to get into and one that everyone should be able to enjoy. If you are a completionist it will take you a while to get all of your abilities and weapons and to level them up completely. If you just want to go through the game and enjoy the story and not have to worry about leveling up or customizing anything then you can do that too. The weapons that you use the most will level up naturally as you progress so it isn’t anything that you need to concern yourself with if you don’t want to. The characters compliment each other really well and this is an incredible effort for Vigil’s very first title. Not only is this a tremendous start to this year, this is a tremendous start to this decade and something that both Vigil and THQ should be very proud of. This could be the start of a great new franchise for both studios and gaming in general.
90
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Without a doubt, Darksiders is a game that stands on the shoulders of giants, and Vigil Games clearly could not be more proud of this fact, as their passionate yet careful design demonstrates that they both respect and know how to borrow from the best. But more importantly, they also know how to craft an engaging, original tale, how to create a complete living, breathing world in which to tell it, how to construct addictive, mind-bending environmental puzzles, and how to provide enough variety and gameplay twists to make everything that is old completely new and fresh again. Simply put, gamers looking for action and adventure NEED to play this game. Gamers looking to get their 3-D puzzle-platforming fix NEED to play this game. Gamers looking for a truly fantastic story NEED to play this game. And fans of Joe Mad and comic books in general who have any sort of dexterity with a videogame controller NEED to play this game. To do otherwise would be to do oneself a disservice.
90
Xbox 360Da Gameboyz
It has been some time since I had this much fun or been this addicted to one particular game, and that says something about Darksiders. It is cleverly crafted on what are some tried and tested ideas, mixed with a healthy dose of epic storytelling and good old fashioned gore. There is no doubt that it will have its detractors out there who may say it has emulated similarly styled games, but the attention to detail that Darksiders pays and the inclusion of a far more fleshed out story cannot be matched. The game is most certainly one title in 2010 that you must add to your game collection.
90
Xbox 360IGN Australia
Darksiders has been a long time coming, but the wait has been worth it – this is a great action RPG. Solid, ever-evolving combat meets solid, ever-evolving puzzles in some really evocative environments. There are a few clumsy or lacklustre moments – the flying sequence is dull, for instance, and this isn’t in any way a revolutionary game, but it is good fun and it is well-designed. A bit more challenge – both in combat and in puzzles – would have been appreciated (action veterans may want to consider playing on 'Apocalyptic' over 'Normal' difficulty), but in all Darksiders is more than worth your time and money.
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Xbox 360Gaming Target
One thing you can say about Darksiders is that it isn’t original. It takes a lot of elements from highly revered games. But one thing you can’t say is that Darksiders is uninspired. The people at Vigil have obviously worked really hard to make sure that the quality of all of those gameplay elements stand up to the games they came from. This is no cash-in. What at first seems like a God of War clone turns into a grown up version of Zelda - a bloody adventure with dark themes and settings, and it actually works. The puzzles are clever, the combat is visceral, there are a good amount of items and upgrades to be had and the world is convincing. Darksiders might not be very innovative, but it is without a doubt a 3rd person jack of all trades that shouldn’t be passed up.
90
Xbox 360Destructoid
Darksiders is one of the best action-adventure games of the current generation. Everything in it, you've played before, but never has such a collection of game mechanics been stitched together so well, not to mention feel like part of a coherent game world. Everything that is in Darksiders feels like it belongs there, and makes sense. Altogether, fans of action games owe it to themselves to check out this memorable, lovingly crafted, and simply fun title. Vigil is going to achieve great things if this debut is to become its standard.
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Xbox 360Gamer Limit
Instead of your run-of-the-mill repetitive action adventure title, the game provides puzzles, item collecting, Earth-roaming, and soul harvesting activities as other avenues for you to take part in. Despite the same day release as Sega’s pivotal action adventure title, Vigil Games’ debut is a fine introduction to their future repertoire. The bar for 2010 has been raised a little early, but hey, so did the Apocalypse – and look what that got us.
90
Xbox 360Cynamite
Darksiders überzeugt durch eine intuitive Kampfsteuerung, viel Stil und dem richtigen Maß an wahnwitzigem Humor.
90
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
En soignant aussi bien le fond que la forme, Vigil Games nous offre un pur chef-d'oeuvre d'action/aventure. Equilibré, rythmé, contemplatif, rageur, le titre fait naître moult sentiments tout en mélangeant les influences. Prince of Persia, God of War, Zelda, Portal, autant de modèles insufflant une énergie sans cesse renouvelée à Darksiders. Eclectique et homogène à la fois, poussant un peu plus le concept du "bigger, better, louder", ne se reposant jamais sur ses acquis, impressionnant à souhait, le jeu de THQ s'impose comme une étoile dans le ciel. En espérant que les joueurs suivent sa lumière qui devrait montrer la voie à d'éventuelles suites. On en frémit d'avance...
90
PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
En soignant aussi bien le fond que la forme, Vigil Games nous offre un pur chef-d'oeuvre d'action/aventure. Equilibré, rythmé, contemplatif, rageur, le titre fait naître moult sentiments tout en mélangeant les influences. Prince of Persia, God of War, Zelda, Portal, autant de modèles insufflant une énergie sans cesse renouvelée à Darksiders. Eclectique et homogène à la fois, poussant un peu plus le concept du "bigger, better, louder", ne se reposant jamais sur ses acquis, impressionnant à souhait, le jeu de THQ s'impose comme une étoile dans le ciel. En espérant que les joueurs suivent sa lumière qui devrait montrer la voie à d'éventuelles suites. On en frémit d'avance...
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PlayStation 3IGN UK
It's this level of polish and creative assuredness that really make Darksiders such a delight in the end. It's bold and recklessly inventive in ways that games rarely are these days, and virtually every aspect of Darksiders shines with quality, making for an experience that, while not exactly original, still feels fresh, satisfying and, above all else, enjoyable. It's far from the soulless fighter THQ's marketing would have you believe and the deft mix of combat, platforming and puzzle-solving makes for an action adventure that genuinely does feel like an epic endeavour. It's a genre too few developers try their hand at these days and one that's rarely done well. Despite some flaws, Darksiders is an expertly designed, frequently dazzling spectacle - and if it really is the first in a series as Vigil suggests, we're genuinely looking forward to seeing more.
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PlayStation 3GameFocus
While January is shaping to be an interesting and busy month in the gaming industry (other games like Bayonetta, Army of Two: 40th Day and Mass Effect 2 are also being released this month), Darksiders starts the new year off with a bang. I’m extremely happy for Vigil Games and THQ for making the decision to release the game now rather than falling between the cracks during the exhausting and crazy Q4 2009 period. If you’ve got some holiday money burning a hole in your pocket, Darksiders is worth every dollar.
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Xbox 360GameFocus
While January is shaping to be an interesting and busy month in the gaming industry (other games like Bayonetta, Army of Two: 40th Day and Mass Effect 2 are also being released this month), Darksiders starts the new year off with a bang. I’m extremely happy for Vigil Games and THQ for making the decision to release the game now rather than falling between the cracks during the exhausting and crazy Q4 2009 period. If you’ve got some holiday money burning a hole in your pocket, Darksiders is worth every dollar.
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PlayStation 3Spazio Games
Il debutto di Vigil Games nel mondo dei videogiochi è sicuramente da ricordare e uno dei modi migliori per inaugurare questo rovente 2010. Darksiders è, nonostante l’inesperienza del team, un titolo maturo e sviluppato con competenza. Dopo le prime ore di gioco l’avventura di Guerra comincia a mostrare il proprio valore, grazie ad un level design ottimo, scandito da una vertiginosa crescita del proprio personaggio che acquisirà una varietà di azioni ed oggetti veramente notevole, capace di tenere incollati allo schermo per tutta la durata dell’avventura principale. Una trama con poca verve, qualche piccola sbavatura nel sistema di controllo e la mancanza di un pizzico di originalità in più impediscono a questo titolo di raggiungere l’amalgama perfetto. Rimane comunque un’opera di altissimo livello e consigliata a tutti gli appassionati del genere, soprattutto in vista dei possibili seguiti che il finale aperto lascia intuire.
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PlayStation 33D Juegos
Darksiders abre el 2010 como uno de los grandes lanzamientos de acción y aventuras que nos dejará el año. El juego mezcla con habilidad abundantes géneros, y consigue un conjunto brillante de rol, combates y rompecabezas que calará en el aficionado. Un videojuego de los de antes con tecnología de ahora, que no teme apostar por conceptos atípicos, controles complejos y un crisol de géneros para mostrarse genuino y con personalidad.
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Xbox 3603D Juegos
Darksiders abre el 2010 como uno de los grandes lanzamientos de acción y aventuras que nos dejará el año. El juego mezcla con habilidad abundantes géneros, y consigue un conjunto brillante de rol, combates y rompecabezas que calará en el aficionado. Un videojuego de los de antes con tecnología de ahora, que no teme apostar por conceptos atípicos, controles complejos y un crisol de géneros para mostrarse genuino y con personalidad.
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Xbox 360Spazio Games
Il debutto di Vigil Games nel mondo dei videogiochi è sicuramente da ricordare e uno dei modi migliori per inaugurare questo rovente 2010. Darksiders è, nonostante l’inesperienza del team, un titolo maturo e sviluppato con competenza. Dopo le prime ore di gioco l’avventura di Guerra comincia a mostrare il proprio valore, grazie ad un level design ottimo, scandito da una vertiginosa crescita del proprio personaggio che acquisirà una varietà di azioni ed oggetti veramente notevole, capace di tenere incollati allo schermo per tutta la durata dell’avventura principale. Una trama con poca verve, qualche piccola sbavatura nel sistema di controllo e la mancanza di un pizzico di originalità in più impediscono a questo titolo di raggiungere l’amalgama perfetto. Rimane comunque un’opera di altissimo livello e consigliata a tutti gli appassionati del genere, soprattutto in vista dei possibili seguiti che il finale aperto lascia intuire.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Darksiders is a game that completely enveloped my time. I got lost within its mythos (I'm a sucker for Heaven-versus-Hell stuff), storytelling, visuals and gameplay. It's true that it merges the parts of other outstanding games, and some may call that derivative. However, I think its characters, level design and puzzles were enough to help it stand out on its own. Besides, how strange would it be to knock a game because it has too much stuff you liked before?
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Xbox 3609lives
Darksiders is verrassend op alle vlakken. Het juiste evenwicht tussen het verhaal, het solide vechtsysteem en de uitdagende puzzels zorgt dat je deze game wil uitspelen. Voeg daarbij de unieke grafische stijl en Darksiders wordt het eerste spel van 2010 dat je moet in je bezit hebben.
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PlayStation 3Level
Distracția este garantată cu acest joc. Deși nu are multiplayer, povestea, puzzle-urile și gameplay-ul îl fac atractiv și pentru cei care doar cască gura de pe margine. O grafică superbă, o poveste și lupte interesante și probleme care necesită atât îndemânare, cât și un cap bun pentru a fi duse la capăt sunt, în câteva cuvinte, termenii care caracterizează acest joc. Cumpărați-l, merită.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich hatte Darksiders bereits auf der Konsole durchgespielt und hab’s nun auf dem PC mit Freuden noch mal getan. Dieses auf den ersten Blick recht unscheinbare Programm ist handwerklich so gut gemacht, hat ein so motivierendes Erfahrungspunkte-System, so spaßige Monstermetzeleien und eine so interessante Geschichte, dass man, ehe man es sich versieht, stundenlang daran festhängt - und das bei einer beachtlichen Spieldauer. Darksiders ist mein Singleplayer-Actionspiel des Jahres.
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Windows3D Juegos
Darksiders desembarca en PC para reeditar su éxito en consolas como uno de los grandes lanzamientos de acción y aventuras que nos ha dejado el año. El juego mezcla con habilidad abundantes géneros, y consigue un conjunto brillante de rol, combates y rompecabezas que calará en el aficionado. Un videojuego de los de antes con tecnología de ahora, que no teme apostar por conceptos atípicos, controles complejos y un crisol de géneros para mostrarse genuino y con personalidad.
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WindowsComputerGames.ro
So is Darksiders worth spending your 49.99 Euros on? Well, you won’t go through it more than a couple of times, and that’s probably only going to happen if you’re keen on getting all of the achievements (the Steam achievements are exactly the same as their console counterparts). It is, however, a polished, entertaining product and while not a gaming milestone by any means, it represents a solid example of an AAA title, which delivers exactly what it promised.
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PlayStation 3XGN
Duidelijk mag zijn dat je met Darksiders een zeer goede titel in handen hebt. De game brengt je een zeer sterk verhaal over het gevecht tussen hemel en hel dat ervoor gezorgd heeft dat de mensheid uitgeroeid werd. De goede graphics en passende muziek zullen je gelijk in het verhaal opzuigen, en je pas helemaal op het einde weer loslaten. Helaas beschikt Darksiders niet over een multiplayer, waardoor je de game niet snel een tweede keer oppakt. Toch waren de lovende impressies zeer zeker niet onterecht, en dingt Darksiders nu al mee naar de topper van 2010!
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Xbox 360ActionTrip
Struggling to be as open-minded as possible and upholding at least a shred of journalistic integrity (which, I realize, I've never had), I'd like to criticize this game for doing precious little to advance gaming as we know it. Perhaps the developers even prolonged the main campaign more than they should've. Half of the effort that went into additional levels and puzzles, could've gone into making at least something we haven't seen before. While such criticism should be taken into account if you're going to buy the game, it does seem somewhat unfair, since Darksiders: Wrath of War is actually a very entertaining and challenging game that tells a good story.
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
Overall, Darksiders has a crap ton of content, and it has quickly become a new and exciting intellectual property for THQ. Also, if you’ve got kids, make sure they are in bed when you pop this puppy in. If the rest of 2010’s game lineup looks anything like Darksiders, it’s going to be a damn good year! Highly recommended, don’t let this one slip under your radar. Can’t wait to see Darksiders 2!
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Xbox 360XGN
Darksider brengt je alles wat je ervan verwacht. Een mooie post-apocalyptische wereld met subliem geluid verdient gewoon een hoog cijfer. Als dan ook nog eens de gameplay heel tof is dan kan er niets meer mis gaan.
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PlayStation 3JeuxActu
THQ ne pouvait pas mieux commencer l’année en sortant Darksiders, certainement la grande surprise de ce début 2010. Malgré ses faux airs de beat’em all à la sauce God of War, le titre de Vigil Games se destine finalement à devenir le jeu d’aventure incontournable pour tous les possesseurs de PS3 et de Xbox 360. Beau, doté d’un gameplay solide, facile à prendre en main, captivant et sévèrement burné, Darksiders est un festival de plaisir d’une violence et d’une intensité rares. Que l’on aime ou pas les hack’n slash ou la série The Legend of Zelda, il est inconcevable de passer à côté de ce hit qui vous tiendra en haleine pendant une quinzaine d’heures de jeu. Vivement la suite !
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Xbox 360JeuxActu
THQ ne pouvait pas mieux commencer l’année en sortant Darksiders, certainement la grande surprise de ce début 2010. Malgré ses faux airs de beat’em all à la sauce God of War, le titre de Vigil Games se destine finalement à devenir le jeu d’aventure incontournable pour tous les possesseurs de PS3 et de Xbox 360. Beau, doté d’un gameplay solide, facile à prendre en main, captivant et sévèrement burné, Darksiders est un festival de plaisir d’une violence et d’une intensité rares. Que l’on aime ou pas les hack’n slash ou la série The Legend of Zelda, il est inconcevable de passer à côté de ce hit qui vous tiendra en haleine pendant une quinzaine d’heures de jeu. Vivement la suite !
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PlayStation 3PlayFrance
Alors que l'on n'attendait pas grand-chose de Darksiders avec l'arrivée prochaine de Bayonetta ou God of War III, le titre de Vigil Games a su nous séduire grâce à des combats rythmés, variés, et extrêmement agréables manette en main. Il serait toutefois dommage de réduire le jeu à un simple beat-em-all tant les puzzles proposés sont ingénieux et offrent une pause bienvenue entre deux affrontements contre des ennemis redoutables. Ajoutez à cela un design atypique et une bande son très réussie, et vous obtenez la première grosse surprise de 2010. Voilà qui promet !
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WindowsSpazio Games
In mezzo alla pletora di titoli action-adventure ampiamente pubblicizzati e riconoscibili, Darksiders ci ha stupito, oggi nella sua conversione PC così come all'inizio dell'anno su console. La sua spiccata componente adventure, il sistema di combattimento tutto sommato vario e appagante, gli ottimi puzzle ambientali che dovremo affrontare sul finire del gioco lo rendono un prodotto completo e caldamente consigliato, seppur non perfetto. Sarebbe stata infatti apprezzata un pizzico di originalità in più che avrebbe permesso allo sviluppatore Vigil Games di debuttare nel mondo dei videogiochi con un vero e proprio capolavoro, cosa che purtroppo, seppur di poco, Darksiders non è. La conversione PC rende onore al titolo originale, con evidenti passi avanti nel campo della fluidita generale e dalla mera resa visiva, anche se si sente la mancanza di qualche aggiunta per l'utenza PC che avrebbe quantomeno pareggiato la lunga attesa.
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PlayStation 3Game Over Online
The game ends with a really blatant sequel hook, and the buzz about the game is better than I thought it'd be. Darksiders could use a few overhauls to its combat system before it's a truly great game, but what's here is an entertaining series of shameless thefts.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
Even without a clear narrative purpose, Darksiders never wavers from being an enjoyable adventure. I had a blast playing it, and strangely enough, the obvious nods to other games added to the fun. Despite a lame last boss fight, the setup planted for the sequel has me counting the days until it arrives.
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PlayStation 3Meristation
Darksiders bebe de muchas fuentes, pero la fusión de elementos tiene su propia personalidad. Largo, divertido y variado, el primer juego de Vigil Games nos ha dejado con un excelente sabor de boca. Cierto es que han optado por no arriesgarse más de lo necesario y se inspiraron en algunos de los juegos más importantes de los últimos tiempos, pero han sabido tratar su material y dotarlo de una jugabilidad particular que hará las delicias de los aficionados a las aventuras de acción en tercera persona, con mucha exploración; un subgénero que en los últimos tiempos estaba cayendo en el olvido y que con Darksiders regresa con fuerza. Una muy buena obra que sitúa a Vigil Games en el punto de mira de cara a futuros títulos.
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PlayStation 3Gamervision
Darksiders doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to adventure games, but that’s not a bad thing. Though it’s not without its issues, and the elements inspired by classic adventure titles don’t always hit their mark, there’s actually quite a bit to like about the game. From the solid story and non-stop action, to the impressive character and level design, the combined aspects present an impressive package. Darksiders starts 2010 off on the right foot, and sets the bar for the rest of the year in gaming.
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PlayStation 3Vandal Online
En conclusión, Darksiders es ante todo un juego muy completo. Como ya hemos comentado, integra elementos de muchos otros juegos y lo hace bien, sin profundizar demasiado en ellos ni tener un estilo propio muy marcado, sino manteniendo un equilibrio que lo convierte en un gran juego de acción y aventura. Cuenta con un buen sistema de combate, un diseño abierto que se aprovecha bien y mucha variedad para el jugador, y sobre todo con una duración mucho más larga de lo habitual (unas 15-20 horas) y numerosos secretos para ir convirtiendo a nuestro jinete en una verdadera máquina del apocalipsis. Muy completo y muy recomendable.
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PlayStation 3Gamernode
In the end, any complaints about Vigil Games' first outing are far outweighed by the reasons to praise it. If for no other reason than its ability to seamlessly fuse the best aspects of two great formulas, Darksiders is a triumph in game design, a platform to build upon (the ending hints at a sequel!), and something everyone who truly loves video games should try, because you'll likely love it.
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PlayStation 3PSFocus
Darksiders is een erg leuke game geworden. Als de bikkelharde ruiter van de Apocalyps War trek je ten strijde tegen de legers van hemel en hel in de ruïnes van onze beschaving, hierbij gebruik makend van een enorm arsenaal aan wapens. Bovendien zorgen de vele omgevingspuzzels en het platformaspect voor extra variatie. De vernietigde wereld en de vele, gestoorde personages zijn prachtig vormgegeven door de gevestigde waarde Joe Madureira. Het sterke stemmenwerk maakt het geheel tevens af tot een bijzonder aantrekkelijk plaatje. Toch is Darksiders geen absolute topper, zoals Bayonetta dat vorige week wel was. Hiervoor kan de game soms iets te eentonig worden, zijn de controls vaak net dat beetje te stroef, weet het RPG systeem te weinig indruk na te laten en bevat de game over het algemeen iets te weinig originaliteit. Maar laat dat je vooral niet tegenhouden, want Darksiders is een game die je als actiefan zeker gespeeld moet hebben!
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PlayStation 3Everyeye.it
Un titolo che parte in sordina e cresce nelle mani dell'utente, formando poco a poco un profilo ludico complesso, intrigante, con elementi originali affiancati ad espedienti più tradizionali, ma sempre validissimi. E' un prodotto complesso e completo, soprattutto lodevole per la sua immensa varietà, che diversifica l'esperienza di gioco per le quindici lunghe ore dell'avventura principale. Dotato di un level design eccezionale, di un plot con buoni spunti e personaggi interessanti, resta sempre l'opera prima di un Team esordiente, con tutto quello che ne consegue. Un profilo visivo claudicante, una sceneggiatura che solo nelle fasi avanzate trova la sua cifra, limitano (e non sempre in maniera ridotta) l'appeal del titolo. L'acquisto è seriamente consigliato, nella speranza che il team possa in futuro sviluppare un seguito, superando i difetti di gioventù di questo primo, riuscitissimo esperimento.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
The game ends with a really blatant sequel hook, and the buzz about the game is better than I thought it'd be. Darksiders could use a few overhauls to its combat system before it's a truly great game, but what's here is an entertaining series of shameless thefts.
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Xbox 360Gamernode
In the end, any complaints about Vigil Games' first outing are far outweighed by the reasons to praise it. If for no other reason than its ability to seamlessly fuse the best aspects of two great formulas, Darksiders is a triumph in game design, a platform to build upon (the ending hints at a sequel!), and something everyone who truly loves video games should try, because you'll likely love it.
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Xbox 360Vandal Online
En conclusión, Darksiders es ante todo un juego muy completo. Como ya hemos comentado, integra elementos de muchos otros juegos y lo hace bien, sin profundizar demasiado en ellos ni tener un estilo propio muy marcado, sino manteniendo un equilibrio que lo convierte en un gran juego de acción y aventura. Cuenta con un buen sistema de combate, un diseño abierto que se aprovecha bien y mucha variedad para el jugador, y sobre todo con una duración mucho más larga de lo habitual (unas 15-20 horas) y numerosos secretos para ir convirtiendo a nuestro jinete en una verdadera máquina del apocalipsis. Muy completo y muy recomendable.
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Xbox 360Gamervision
Darksiders doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel when it comes to adventure games, but that’s not a bad thing. Though it’s not without its issues, and the elements inspired by classic adventure titles don’t always hit their mark, there’s actually quite a bit to like about the game. From the solid story and non-stop action, to the impressive character and level design, the combined aspects present an impressive package. Darksiders starts 2010 off on the right foot, and sets the bar for the rest of the year in gaming.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
Even without a clear narrative purpose, Darksiders never wavers from being an enjoyable adventure. I had a blast playing it, and strangely enough, the obvious nods to other games added to the fun. Despite a lame last boss fight, the setup planted for the sequel has me counting the days until it arrives.
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Xbox 360Meristation
Darksiders bebe de muchas fuentes, pero la fusión de elementos tiene su propia personalidad. Largo, divertido y variado, el primer juego de Vigil Games nos ha dejado con un excelente sabor de boca. Cierto es que han optado por no arriesgarse más de lo necesario y se inspiraron en algunos de los juegos más importantes de los últimos tiempos, pero han sabido tratar su material y dotarlo de una jugabilidad particular que hará las delicias de los aficionados a las aventuras de acción en tercera persona, con mucha exploración; un subgénero que en los últimos tiempos estaba cayendo en el olvido y que con Darksiders regresa con fuerza. Una muy buena obra que sitúa a Vigil Games en el punto de mira de cara a futuros títulos.
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Xbox 360GamersHell.com
These misgivings, however, come with the realization that Darksiders is a debut project from a new developer. The game has a few rough edges, but Vigil isn't unfamiliar with the business of making or playing games, and what their work shows is they're a group capable of delivering exciting gameplay and deserved of our attention; they've managed to plant a strong foothold with an new product. Darksiders is certainly an IP we'd like to see some numbers or subtitles attached to in the future.
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
This game is a pleasant surprise and will keep you hooked while it lasts. Sure the story may be pure hokum, but the gameplay is rock solid. This is Zelda for a more mature audience and is yet another great January release – who'da thunk it?
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Gut, über die erste, recht langweilige und stupide Spielstunde decken wir an dieser Stelle den Mantel des Schweigens. Alles, was danach kommt, motiviert jedoch durch den gelungenen Rätsel-Kämpfen-Erkunden-Mix zum Weiterspielen. Nach kurzer Zeit setzte bei mir der Sammeltrieb ein und ich ertappte mich dabei, wie ich bereits besuchte Levelbereiche nach Secrets abgraste. Kritik muss jedoch auch sein. Die Story lockt niemanden hinter dem Ofen hervor und die Charaktere haben so viel Profil wie ein 30 Jahre alter Autoreifen. Schade, da hätte ich Joe Madureira mehr zugetraut.
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Xbox 360GameTrailers
Darksiders has a lot of staples in its stable. And, yes there's even a horse. And a flying section. And even some gun segments. They're all fun, but nothing to blog home about. It's able to emulate its idols very well, so whatever War is doing, it's bound to be enjoyable. But anyone who's attracted to this sort of game, or action games in general, is going to feel more familiar than floored.
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Windows4Players.de
Respekt! Abgesehen von der verdammt langen Wartezeit, immerhin liegen gut neun Monate zwischen der Konsolen- und PC-Veröffentlichung, gibt es nicht wirklich viel an Kriegs Rechenknecht-Umsetzung zu kritisieren. Das Team von Vigil - und das ist in der heutigen Zeit leider keine Selbstverständlichkeit - hat Darksiders hinsichtlich Steuerung und Visualisierung vorbildlich auf PC-Tauglichkeit getrimmt. Natürlich werden einige weiterführende Grafikoptionen vermissen, die über Auflösung und V-Sync hinausgehen - zumal das zwar schwach, aber immer noch vorhandene Tearing den Nutzen dieser Funktion in Frage stellt. Doch sei es wie es ist: Ab sofort dürfen auch PC-Zocker alle Vor- und Nachteile dieses gelungenen Action-Adventures genießen. Und dazu gehören ein Finale mit Gänsehaut-Garantie, das auf dem Weg dorthin viele klassische Register zieht, diese aber zu einem harmonischen Ganzen zusammenführt, die es auf PCs in diese Form viel zu selten gibt.
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Xbox 3604Players.de
Nach gut 13 bis 15 Stunden und einem großen Finale mit Gänsehautgarantie ist das Abenteuer vorbei. Und ich muss Vigil zu ihrem Erstlingswerk gratulieren: Trotz einer äußerst spröden Anfangsphase nimmt Darksiders schließlich Fahrt auf, bis es vor allem im letzten Drittel sowohl erzählerisch als auch spielerisch vollends überzeugt. Das Action-Adventure wird zu einer stimmungsvollen Tour de Force, die eine wohl temperierte Mischung aus Ruhephasen mit viel Erforschung, intelligenten Rätseln für Kopf und Fingerfertigkeit, gut konstruierten Bossgefechten sowie vielen, aber unter dem Strich leider zu anspruchslosen Kämpfen bietet. Dass die Story um Verrat, Täuschung und Rache ebenfalls zu unterhalten versteht, kann man zweifellos der Comic-Vergangenheit von Co-Designer Joe Madureira anrechnen. Und mit zunehmendem Aufenthalt in dämonischen Gebieten wirkt die anfänglich austauschbar bunte Kulisse immer stimmungsvoller.
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PlayStation 34Players.de
Nach gut 13 bis 15 Stunden und einem großen Finale mit Gänsehautgarantie ist das Abenteuer vorbei. Und ich muss Vigil zu ihrem Erstlingswerk gratulieren: Trotz einer äußerst spröden Anfangsphase nimmt Darksiders schließlich Fahrt auf, bis es vor allem im letzten Drittel sowohl erzählerisch als auch spielerisch vollends überzeugt. Das Action-Adventure wird zu einer stimmungsvollen Tour de Force, die eine wohl temperierte Mischung aus Ruhephasen mit viel Erforschung, intelligenten Rätseln für Kopf und Fingerfertigkeit, gut konstruierten Bossgefechten sowie vielen, aber unter dem Strich leider zu anspruchslosen Kämpfen bietet. Dass die Story um Verrat, Täuschung und Rache ebenfalls zu unterhalten versteht, kann man zweifellos der Comic-Vergangenheit von Co-Designer Joe Madureira anrechnen. Und mit zunehmendem Aufenthalt in dämonischen Gebieten wirkt die anfänglich austauschbar bunte Kulisse immer stimmungsvoller.
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WindowsGaming Nexus
Sure, you've seen it all somewhere before, but Darksiders manages to tie together just about every adventure-game idiom and make it all work.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
Darksiders is a title that takes a lot of bold risks and almost all of them pay off, but it's not without it's share of technical issues. While it may have the drive to run with the big dogs, it lacks the final polish that one would hope for. Nonetheless, if you're looking for something adventurous that's a little more grown-up than an elf boy in green tights, War is your man.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
Darksiders has set 2010 off to a running start. With gory hack-and-slash action, challenging dungeon puzzles, an intriguing (albeit sometimes annoying) guardian demon, gorgeous scenery and a story that begins with killing mankind, you get a little bit of everything. To top it off, the end of Darksiders gives an obvious lead-in to the sequel, a feature I don't always favor. But in this case, I can't wait to see what Vigil Games has next up its sleeve.
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
Its especially exceptional considering it's the first release from the developers at Vigil, and shows a certain level of polish that a lot of new IP's released last year was definitely lacking. You could make the argument that it relies too heavily on mechanics from other titles, and lacks a distinct personality, but at the same time everything that it borrows from is handled pretty well, and combines into a game that's actually fun to play. I'm not sure that I'd care to run through it again and again, despite not collecting 100 percent of the secrets within the game, but I'm certainly happy I had the chance to check it out. It's at least unique for the systems it was released on, and I'm all for an edgier take on the standard Zelda formula. Definitely worth checking out if you've been on the fence, and something I wouldn't have any qualms spending a bit of money to pick up.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
Darksiders has set 2010 off to a running start. With gory hack-and-slash action, challenging dungeon puzzles, an intriguing (albeit sometimes annoying) guardian demon, gorgeous scenery and a story that begins with killing mankind, you get a little bit of everything. To top it off, the end of Darksiders gives an obvious lead-in to the sequel, a feature I don't always favor. But in this case, I can't wait to see what Vigil Games has next up its sleeve.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
Darksiders is a title that takes a lot of bold risks and almost all of them pay off, but it's not without it's share of technical issues. While it may have the drive to run with the big dogs, it lacks the final polish that one would hope for. Nonetheless, if you're looking for something adventurous that's a little more grown-up than an elf boy in green tights, War is your man.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
If you're looking for a good action/adventure title to fill the void left by the relative dearth of games released in this genre, then Darksiders fits the bill nicely. It's an extremely technically proficient game, and it accomplishes everything that it sets out to do with flying colors. However, Darksiders only crime may be that they set their sights too low. This game hits the bullseye in the center of the target, but I couldn't help but wish that the target was a little higher towards the heavens.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
If you're looking for a good action/adventure title to fill the void left by the relative dearth of games released in this genre, then Darksiders fits the bill nicely. It's an extremely technically proficient game, and it accomplishes everything that it sets out to do with flying colors. However, Darksiders only crime may be that they set their sights too low. This game hits the bullseye in the center of the target, but I couldn't help but wish that the target was a little higher towards the heavens.
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PlayStation 3RPG Site
Darksiders doesn't do anything new or groundbreaking, but it does a fantastic job of putting together some of the best elements from other games to make something that isn't entirely original but is still incredibly fun to play anyway. War's adventure is polished, and even though it doesn't achieve everything it set out to do entirely, it's definitely a fantastic, fun game with good looking graphics and silky smooth animation - and it's a great synergy of the values of the RPG and Action genres. A fantastic start to 2010.
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Xbox 360RPG Site
Darksiders doesn't do anything new or groundbreaking, but it does a fantastic job of putting together some of the best elements from other games to make something that isn't entirely original but is still incredibly fun to play anyway. War's adventure is polished, and even though it doesn't achieve everything it set out to do entirely, it's definitely a fantastic, fun game with good looking graphics and silky smooth animation - and it's a great synergy of the values of the RPG and Action genres. A fantastic start to 2010.
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Xbox 360Legendra
Darksiders est une belle surprise. Sous ses allures de faux Beat Them All, il cache un gameplay réussi qui rend hommage à de nombreux hits du paysage vidéoludique. L'introduction est si parfaite qu'on regrette que tout le jeu ne garde pas le même décor. Mais on oublie vite ce petit détail pour découvrir un jeu prenant, au gameplay riche et varié qui se paie en plus le luxe d'arborer des graphismes accrocheurs et un doublage excellent. Darksiders est assurément un bon jeu, et on espère que Vigil Games va vite développer une suite qui corrigera tous les petits défauts du jeu.
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WindowsGamesCollection
DS non inventa niente (infatti, nell'articolo ho messo alcune delle fonti da cui ha preso ispirazione), ma nel suo essere "non originale", fa la sua più che adeguata figura regalando un gioco molto buono che vi sorprenderà in più di una occasione. Ormai, si trova anche a pochissimo (io l'ho pagato 5 euro) e vale sicuramente una prova!
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PlayStation 3GamesCollection
DS non inventa niente (infatti, nell'articolo ho messo alcune delle fonti da cui ha preso ispirazione), ma nel suo essere "non originale", fa la sua più che adeguata figura regalando un gioco molto buono che vi sorprenderà in più di una occasione. Ormai, si trova anche a pochissimo (io l'ho pagato 5 euro) e vale sicuramente una prova!
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Xbox 360GamesCollection
DS non inventa niente (infatti, nell'articolo ho messo alcune delle fonti da cui ha preso ispirazione), ma nel suo essere "non originale", fa la sua più che adeguata figura regalando un gioco molto buono che vi sorprenderà in più di una occasione. Ormai, si trova anche a pochissimo (io l'ho pagato 5 euro) e vale sicuramente una prova!
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PlayStation 3Gamekult
L'année commence en beauté avec ce Darksiders que l'on attendait pas forcément comme un jeu majeur et qui se révèle au final tout bonnement addictif et mené tambour battant par les équipes de Vigil Games. A défaut de réinventer la poudre, le périple vengeur de GUERRE s'inspire des nombreuses grandes références du patrimoine vidéoludique et les tourne à sa sauce pour faire vivre au joueur une expérience astucieuse, épique et violente qui ne pêche que sur un petit nombre d'aspects, comme l'affichage et la maniabilité occasionnellement pris en défaut. Le reste n'est qu'un très agréable trip mettant autant à contribution les réflexes guerriers que les méninges, deux atouts que l'on retrouve plutôt rarement réunis dans un seul titre.
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WindowsGamekult
A défaut de réinventer la poudre, le périple vengeur de GUERRE s'inspire des nombreuses grandes références du patrimoine vidéoludique et les tourne à sa sauce pour faire vivre au joueur une expérience astucieuse, épique et violente qui ne pêche que sur un petit nombre d'aspects, comme l'affichage et la maniabilité occasionnellement pris en défaut. Le reste n'est qu'un très agréable trip mettant autant à contribution les réflexes guerriers que les méninges, deux atouts que l'on retrouve plutôt rarement réunis dans un seul titre. Si le jeu conserve les mêmes qualités que sur consoles, on aurait néanmoins apprécié une optimisation technique un peu plus poussée, histoire de se débarrasser des saccades et des ralentissements disgracieux, notamment. C'est balot.
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PlayStation 3GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies
Epique. Résumer Darksiders à ce seul et unique terme est si facile, et ce mot lui correspond en même temps tellement bien. Vif et nerveux, le titre de Vigil Games ne s'embarrasse pas de fioritures, pour vous proposer de A à Z un concentré d'action exaltante et mémorable. La satisfaction prédomine sur tout le reste, et quand on sait qu'un Darksiders 2 ne tient désormais plus du fantasme de gamer, on ne peut qu'avoir envie d'avancer dans le temps pour parvenir au jour du Jugement Dernier au plus vite. Les jeux vidéo rendent idiots, vous venez d'en avoir une nouvelle preuve.
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Xbox 360Factornews
En toute honnêteté, personne n'attendait vraiment ce Darksiders. C'est donc un plaisir encore plus grand de découvrir avec ce jeu une vraie bonne surprise comme on n'en avait pas vue depuis longtemps, maitrisée sur tous les points : une réalisation solide soutenant un design accrocheur et un univers original, et un gameplay allant repiquer ses idées chez un certain nombre de titres ayant chacun fait ses preuves dans son domaine : du God of War pour les combats et du Zelda pour la progression de l'aventure, pour ne citer que les plus importants, on a vu pire comme sources d'inspirations. Le jeu a en plus la bonne idée de vous tenir en haleine pendant au moins une bonne quinzaine d'heures, et même plus si vous voulez récupérer tous les innombrables trésors planqués sur la carte du monde. Une vraie bonne surprise donc, et un indispensable pour tous les amateurs de jeux d'aventure-action bien burnés.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Vigil weet de goede elementen uit andere games tot een mooi geheel te mixen, maar maakt het soms wat te ingewikkeld.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Darksiders is a derivative but fun romp through post-apocalyptic Earth, with great graphics and sound and a cool story. A sequel has already been announced for 2013 that will feature multiplayer (all four Horsemen – well, three Horsemen and one Horsewoman – will be present). If it lives up to the standards set by Darksiders, I will definitely be looking forward to playing it.
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WindowsEntertainment Depot, The
Darksiders manages to be more than just a combat slog by offering an interesting story, a unique cast of characters, and a lively design that samples multiple genres. Save for a few questionable, unnecessarily tedious encounters, most of the problems I had were the result of the move from console to PC. While still a very good port, Darksiders does take some adjusting to; it's not very accommodating. A minor glitch and a crash were the least of my worries when put up against such a demanding control setup, which stretched the keyboard-and-mouse setup to its limit. Switching to a controller introduces new compatibility problems for those with non-Xbox 360 gamepads. However, once everything is setup, you will find an incredibly addictive, stylish, and varied action title the likes of which are hard to find on the PC these days. It's fortunate that of the few that have it the market in recent memory, one of them was Darksiders.
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WindowsBit-Tech
If you think that you're up for a challenge that might not be the most original in terms of gameplay mechanics, combat and the like, then you can certainly do a lot worse than Darksiders. It's technically very competent, and while at its heart it’s a prettier version of the console version, it's definitely a great distraction from some of this year's other PC fare. It's not too short, nor long, and it offers an excellent Zelda-esque romp albeit one that skinned (or should that be flayed) in sizzling, peeling human flesh.
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WindowsAtomic Gamer
If you're looking for a fun, satisfying demon-stomping romp, you can do a hell of a lot worse than picking up Darksiders, and the PC version is the best way to play if you've got the setup to support it.
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WindowsGameSpot
While developer Vigil Games purloined most of its ideas from other games, it chose from the best of the best and mixed them into a package overloaded with variety and sensory pleasures. That overload manifests itself in Darksiders' convoluted controls, but the game introduces new mechanics so evenly that they won't often interfere with your demon-dicing satisfaction. The platform deserved more tender loving care in the way of graphics options (and a little additional content in the way of Devil May Cry 4 and Jade Empire wouldn't have hurt). Nevertheless, a great game is a great game, and Darksiders is a fun, flashy, and altogether entertaining look at the final clash between the pearly gates' platoons and the legions of the damned.
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WindowsGameswelt
Darksiders war dank der an sich guten Mischung aus Rätseln und Action sicherlich kein schlechtes Konsolenspiel, doch gerade die Kampfpassagen brachten mit der Zeit eine Menge Langeweile. Und siehe da: Auf dem PC sieht das nicht anders aus - wie überraschend. Gute Arbeit haben die Entwickler bei der Portierung aber trotzdem geleistet. Die Grafik ist zwar nicht auf dem neuesten Stand der Technik, aber ansehnlich umgesetzt. Die Steuerung funktioniert dank der intelligenten Hilfen sowohl mit Maus und Tastatur als auch mit einem Controller sehr gut, bis auf ein paar kleine Umständlichkeiten. Alles in allem also eine gute PC-Version eines ebenfalls guten Spiels.
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WindowsGameZone
It’s a shame there was no bonus content to justify the eight-month long wait, but the excellent core game is kept intact, and is sure to entertain PC gamers, assuming they have a gamepad to play the game comfortably.
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Windowsvideogamer.com
Darksiders deserves attention. As a new franchise it does so many things right and should find a place for itself in a massively crowded market. If War was a more engaging character and the combat more refined, Darksiders would stand as one of the contenders for game of the year. Even so, it's a highly entertaining, 15 hour plus adventure, with some gorgeous visuals, devilish puzzles and exciting action. Fingers crossed the sequel will build on this very impressive debut.
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WindowsIGN
Darksiders isn’t the type of title that often appears on PC, and for that reason alone it's worth a look. Vigil’s culled popular gameplay mechanics and puzzle elements from a variety of different titles and effectively combined them to create something with entertaining combat, rewarding exploration, and a satisfying progression as you uncover new items and abilities. A little bit more in terms of the video customization options would have been appreciated, and the blurry cut-scenes can be annoying considering how often they appear, but that shouldn’t deter you from checking this out if you missed it on consoles.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Darksiders unapologetically borrows gameplay ideas and mechanics from all over the spectrum and is constantly cramming new ones in all the way up to the very end. While it's not innovative by any stretch of the imagination, neither is it entirely derivative, as these myriad features not only gel together surprisingly well, but when put together even feel fresh again. Though it's hobbled by a disappointing story and excessively complex controls (as well as some technical issues on the Xbox 360), Darksiders is a fun and entertaining adventure with a host of fair but challenging puzzles, a lengthy single-player campaign, and an engaging combat system.
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PlayStation 3Games Radar
In spite of lifting nearly every gameplay element from other, often better games, Darksiders still succeeds at bringing these disparate threads together into a brutally satisfying whole. It’s also a blast to explore even at its low points, and if the idea of a Zelda with a more “mature” bent and better combat catches your interest, you’ll want to check this out.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
While no feature in Darksiders stands out as truly unique -- even the story, with its Heaven vs. Hell bits, somehow feels a little tired in these days of apocalypse-happy books and movies -- its borrowed parts combine to form a game that's not just competent, but good. Sure, it's more than a little familiar at times -- and on more than one occasion I said, "I remember that from game X," -- but Darksiders is proof that what's old can truly be made new again.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
Still, while on the surface of it Darksiders feels like a game with a lot of good ideas but only a few of its own, where even a brief flying section on an angelic mount owes rather a lot to Panzer Dragoon, overall the silly old story and wonderful art style give terrific heft to the universe, and the clockwork of the puzzles and game systems are precision-engineered in a manner that you come to trust implicitly. It may be a game of betrayal and redemption, but you won't feel hard done by if you choose to begin 2010 in its company.
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PlayStation 3Impulse Gamer
THQ's Darksiders may not be the most original game, however it works by giving the player a fun gaming experience that attempts to be clever at certain times and actually succeeds. As the game progresses, it's interesting to see the story unfold and more specifically, see our favourite horsemen of the Apocalypse redeem himself through some visually impressive powers and of course, good old fashioned hack 'n ' slash action. Definitely a good way to start 2010!
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PlayStation 3Gameplayer.se
För mig är Darksiders bättre än Bayonetta. Jag bryr mig inte om att det lånar det mesta från God of War, för Vigil Games gör det bra och de lyckas behålla integritet i Darksiders tack vare de underbara miljöerna och den coola handlingen. Jag är svag för klyschor, svag för mytologi om livet, döden och apokalyps. Jag är också svag för pur actionglädje och det har Darksiders massor av. Spelet närmar sig nio-strecket men på grund av vissa smärre problem stannar betyget på en åtta, men en mycket stark sådan.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.pt
Darksiders pode não ser um dos melhores jogos de sempre, mas traz algumas novidades que elevam o género a um novo patamar. Esta mistura de vários títulos fez deste jogo algo de diferente, com uma história, que talvez não seja totalmente original, mas diferente dos outros títulos do género e com uma trilha sonora adequada. Uma jogabilidade divertida e viciante que nos prende até ao final do jogo. Os cenários são diversificados e enormes, mas o desejo de os explorar peca por não haver muitos quebras-cabeças. Claro que existem alguns defeitos, como as lutas finais com os bosses, que deixam muito a desejar. Os gráficos poderiam ser mais detalhados, algumas partes do jogo sofrem quebras de fluidez e as lutas vão-se tornando repetitivas. Darksiders não é um jogo curto, mas as cerca de 15 horas passam demasiado rápido. A Vigil Games conseguiu criar um título divertido, com muitas boas ideias que poderão ser aprimoradas num próximo jogo.
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PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
The game has some very strong elements, but never really takes off as we’d hoped. Action fans will probably love this game for its fast-paced combat and gory finishing moves. Fans of puzzle-adventure games in the Zelda realm will probably appreciate the obvious homage to the classic Nintendo series. Still, there is the other side of this ‘borrowing from the classics’ theory that will irritate a lot of gamers. We fell somewhere in between these two classes, meaning we enjoyed the throw back to these venerable franchises, but we wish Vigil Games had tried to make a bigger impact kicking off the 2010 gaming season. The game’s concept is strong on the surface, but beneath the colorfully polished exterior rests just another game to keep you occupied for about 15 to 20 hours.
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PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
Overall, though, Darksiders is a stunning fusion of RPG and Hack ‘n’ Slash that pays off brilliantly. A large chunk of the game may have been borrowed from elsewhere, but it all comes together in a distinctly unique package that is well worth your money. It is definitely different enough from the other hack ‘n’ slash games to be worth the outlay, and from the virtue of its RPG-type features it’s well worth buying in its own right. If you don’t want a game that plays exactly like God of War (such as Dante’s Inferno) and isn’t completely out of its tree in everything it does (Bayonetta), Darksiders is the game for you. With a storyline that can only be described as awesome and gameplay that is brilliant fun and plenty varied throughout, it’s hard to recommend Darksiders much more.
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PlayStation 3DarkZero
It’s a shame that Darksiders has been stuck with the same release date as Bayonetta. If people haven’t done their research they may expect it to be in the same genre as Platinum Game’s action witch. Please don’t think that because Darksiders is a great release for the start of 2010, certainly for people who like the action adventure genre. Even if it takes ideas from other games, it mashes them together to make a complete game that plays well and does its inspirations proud. Darksiders is a nice surprise that is well worth 15+ hours of your life to complete it.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Darksiders deserves attention. As a new franchise it does so many things right and should find a place for itself in a massively crowded market. If War was a more engaging character and the combat more refined, Darksiders would stand as one of the early contenders for game of the year. Even so, it's a highly entertaining, 15 hour plus adventure, with some gorgeous visuals, devilish puzzles and exciting action. Fingers crossed the no doubt planned sequel will build on this very impressive debut.
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PlayStation 3TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Beyond Darksiders action aficionados also have SEGA's Bayonetta and EA's Dante's Inferno to look forward to at the start of 2010, however Vigil Studios and THQ title manages to stand on its own with an inspired blend of its influences. A surprisingly decent attempt despite its issues. We look forward to seeing what the reunited four horsemen can do in the inevitable sequel.
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Xbox 360GamingTrend
The Darksiders experience from start to finish, despite its sneering faults, is imaginative and compelling when at its best. The story itself, which opens up with an awesome CGI cutscene, never loses steam as War finds himself in ever-changing territory and situations. New gameplay elements are constantly being introduced adding new approaches to the combat and puzzle-solving, if someone were watching you play through the first dungeon, left, and returned to watch you work through the final dungeon, they might think you were playing a different game. That's the extent to which the new weapons and items you acquire change the landscape. If you can make it through the few moments of frustration there is a great adventure to be had here with an outstanding cast of characters and wonderful locations to explore.
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Xbox 360Games Radar
In spite of lifting nearly every gameplay element from other, often better games, Darksiders still succeeds at bringing these disparate threads together into a brutally satisfying whole. It’s also a blast to explore even at its low points, and if the idea of a Zelda with a more “mature” bent and better combat catches your interest, you’ll want to check this out.
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Xbox 360Xbox World Australia (XWA)
Darksiders teeters dangerously close to being simply a mish-mash of influences, but thankfully it succeeds in establishing its own identity. This is largely because of its original art design and in the way that it smoothly integrates action and large-scale environmental puzzles. It's not a perfect game, the 360 version has rather bad vertical sync issues and the controls take some time to master. However, the game's engaging gameplay and addictive exploratory momentum more than make up for its few failings.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.es
Darksiders es un juego artesanal y encantador. Si te gusta la temática y sus referencias (Zelda y God of War, para abreviar) te volverá loco y es una compra obligada. Tiene sus fallos y podría haber ido un poquito más allá con los combates y sistemas de gratificación y con la exploración, pero definitivamente no es algo que tenga que echarte para atrás a la hora de ir a tu tienda, comprarlo, ponerlo en la consola, taparte con una mantita y prepararte para pasar algunas de las tardes más épicas de este principio de año.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
Darksiders unapologetically borrows gameplay ideas and mechanics from all over the spectrum and is constantly cramming new ones in all the way up to the very end. While it's not innovative by any stretch of the imagination, neither is it entirely derivative, as these myriad features not only gel together surprisingly well, but when put together even feel fresh again. Though it's hobbled by a disappointing story and excessively complex controls (as well as some technical issues on the Xbox 360), Darksiders is a fun and entertaining adventure with a host of fair but challenging puzzles, a lengthy single-player campaign, and an engaging combat system.
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Xbox 360GameSpy
While no feature in Darksiders stands out as truly unique -- even the story, with its Heaven vs. Hell bits, somehow feels a little tired in these days of apocalypse-happy books and movies -- its borrowed parts combine to form a game that's not just competent, but good. Sure, it's more than a little familiar at times -- and on more than one occasion I said, "I remember that from game X," -- but Darksiders is proof that what's old can truly be made new again.
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Xbox 360GameZone
If there’s one title in early 2010 title that needs to be on your “must-buy” list, then adding Darksiders to that list is safe bet.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Still, while on the surface of it Darksiders feels like a game with a lot of good ideas but only a few of its own, where even a brief flying section on an angelic mount owes rather a lot to Panzer Dragoon, overall the silly old story and wonderful art style give terrific heft to the universe, and the clockwork of the puzzles and game systems are precision-engineered in a manner that you come to trust implicitly. It may be a game of betrayal and redemption, but you won't feel hard done by if you choose to begin 2010 in its company.
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Xbox 360Impulse Gamer
THQ's Darksiders may not be the most original game, however it works by giving the player a fun gaming experience that attempts to be clever at certain times and actually succeeds. As the game progresses, it's interesting to see the story unfold and more specifically, see our favourite horsemen of the Apocalypse redeem himself through some visually impressive powers and of course, good old fashioned hack 'n ' slash action. Definitely a good way to start 2010!
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Xbox 360RPGamer
Being derivative is generally seen as a bad thing, and copy-cat games usually don't get much attention. However, Darksiders proves that being a copy-cat is alright if you manage to equal the source material in terms of quality. With a decent-sized quest of roughly twenty hours and an adjustable difficulty level, Darksiders should be able to tide over both Zelda and God of War fans until their respective franchises see new installments. The game also ends with a set-up for a potential sequel, so hopefully this won't be the last we see of the end of the world.
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
As Darksiders reaches a gripping conclusion, you’ll no doubt feel proud of your efforts at restoring War as one of the revered Horsmen. There’s surprises along the way, in a narrative that is extremely simple to follow. Vigil Games has created a superb protagonist here, as Darksiders proves that its brawn isn’t a world away from the excellence of Bayonetta. What’s for certain though is that, with two thrilling hack ‘n slash releases already this year, Kratos has a hell of a battle on his hands to remain the god of a considerably evolved war.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
It’s a shame that Darksiders has been stuck with the same release date as Bayonetta. If people haven’t done their research they may expect it to be in the same genre as Platinum Game’s action witch. Please don’t think that because Darksiders is a great release for the start of 2010, certainly for people who like the action adventure genre. Even if it takes ideas from other games, it mashes them together to make a complete game that plays well and does its inspirations proud. Darksiders is a nice surprise that is well worth 15+ hours of your life to complete it.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
Darksiders deserves attention. As a new franchise it does so many things right and should find a place for itself in a massively crowded market. If War was a more engaging character and the combat more refined, Darksiders would stand as one of the early contenders for game of the year. Even so, it's a highly entertaining, 15 hour plus adventure, with some gorgeous visuals, devilish puzzles and exciting action. Fingers crossed the no doubt planned sequel will build on this very impressive debut.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.it
Ci sono certamente margini di miglioramento e le speranze che Darksiders possa affermarsi in un sequel, limando le poche lacune ove ce ne sia bisogno, non sono affatto remote.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
Vigil games has produced an outstanding debut title here, and has given 2010 an excellent start for gamers. Darksiders is far from original with a story stolen from religious mythology and gameplay borrowed from other titles, but it's great fun. If you love Zelda, if you like a good hack and slash, even if you have an interest in ancient mythology then there's something here for you, and everyone else, well it's just a bloody good game. I can't think of any reason why you shouldn't all run out and buy this right now, now go get your coat and get down a games shop and do it.
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Darksiders is het resultaat van een frontale botsing tussen de Zelda- en God of War-reeks. Maar in plaats van een gigantische puinhoop zijn beide samengesmolten tot een hybride die vrijwel alle goede elementen uit het action-adventure en hack-and-slash genre leuk met elkaar combineert, ondersteund door een prima verhaal. Het spel zal geen originaliteitprijs winnen, maar dankzij de grote mate van afwisseling in zowel omgeving als spelelementen, de lange speelduur en sterke puzzels is Darksiders een uitstekende game om het jaar mee te beginnen.
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Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Despite a couple of strange mechanical issues and a handful of bugs, Darksiders is a significant accomplishment, even for a well-established company. For a new one like Vigil to pull it off is impressive indeed. Although the game has minor tech problems, it still manages to turn what could be some very dry Biblical themes into one of the most interesting, action-packed games on the market. If Dante's Inferno isn't thinking about Darksiders as competition, by now it certainly should be.
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Xbox 360Giant Bomb
While you can explain a lot of things about Darksiders by listing off other games that are directly referenced during the adventure, the game doesn't feel like some simple clone. If you like Nintendo's Zelda games and want to see an altered, darker take on its concepts, portions of Darksiders will absolutely blow you away.
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WindowsGameZ
De pc-versie van Darksiders is geen geweldige port geworden. Het richten met de muis is onhandig en het bijna totale gebrek aan grafische opties is teleurstellend, zeker in combinatie met framedrops. Wel zijn we ontzettend blij met de mogelijkheid om de toetsen te configureren. De genoemde minpunten zijn gelukkig niet zo erg dat ze de kern van Darksiders aantasten. We hebben veel slechtere ports gezien, om het stinkende, opgezwollen lijk van Resident Evil 4 nog maar eens uit de sloot te trekken. Darksiders blijft een tof spel om te spelen en we wisten ons een dikke veertien uur te vermaken met het doormidden zagen van lamgeslagen demonen.
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PlayStation 3IGN
It draws heavily from mechanics established in the 3D Legend of Zelda games and mixes in a forgiving combat system along with elements from a host of other popular titles. It's a goulash of collection mechanics, exploration, and combat we've all seen before, but to Vigil's credit all these elements are adeptly combined in the same product and executed well overall. While the game world could have been developed more, the boss fights leave a lot to be desired, and more interesting things could have been done with the combat and puzzles, the game as it stands is still thoroughly entertaining. If it's successful and a sequel is eventually produced, it'd be great to see a game filled with terrors wielding powers of unknowable strength take a few more risks and step into territory less well-traveled. In the meantime, we should just enjoy the solid puzzle and combat mechanics Vigil is offering, as well as the opportunity to stomp demons as a Horseman of the Apocalypse.
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Xbox 360IGN UK
It's this level of polish and creative assuredness that really make Darksiders such a delight in the end. It's bold and recklessly inventive in ways that games rarely are these days, and virtually every aspect of Darksiders shines with quality, making for an experience that, while not exactly original, still feels fresh, satisfying and, above all else, enjoyable. It's far from the soulless fighter THQ's marketing would have you believe and the deft mix of combat, platforming and puzzle-solving makes for an action adventure that genuinely does feel like an epic endeavour. It's a genre too few developers try their hand at these days and one that's rarely done well. Despite some flaws, Darksiders is an expertly designed, frequently dazzling spectacle - and if it really is the first in a series as Vigil suggests, we're genuinely looking forward to seeing more.
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Xbox 360IGN
It draws heavily from mechanics established in the 3D Legend of Zelda games and mixes in a forgiving combat system along with elements from a host of other popular titles. It's a goulash of collection mechanics, exploration, and combat we've all seen before, but to Vigil's credit all these elements are adeptly combined in the same product and executed well overall. While the game world could have been developed more, the boss fights leave a lot to be desired, and more interesting things could have been done with the combat and puzzles, the game as it stands is still thoroughly entertaining. If it's successful and a sequel is eventually produced, it'd be great to see a game filled with terrors wielding powers of unknowable strength take a few more risks and step into territory less well-traveled. In the meantime, we should just enjoy the solid puzzle and combat mechanics Vigil is offering, as well as the opportunity to stomp demons as a Horseman of the Apocalypse.
78
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
This sense of godly empowerment is the game’s greatest strength, but in its effort to adapt and execute ideas from other series, Darksiders fails to establish an identity of its own.
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PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
Darksiders is definitely a game that's capable of becoming a full blown franchise for THQ. For a first game, the gameplay is executed fairly well, even if it isn't the deepest or best designed game. Visually, it can stand to see a number of improvements across the board, but it doesn't make you want to gauge your eyes out, at least. That said, give it a little time for the price to come down a bit on the game, and you'll probably find yourself enjoying it for about $30-40. But with Bayonetta already out, Dante's Inferno and especially God of War III around the corner, for $60 Darksiders is a hard pill to swallow.
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PlayStation 3Game Watcher
Despite a few annoyances, Darksiders still manages to coax you in with it's scale and scope, proving to be a uniquely enjoyable and involving hack and slash title well worth spending time with. If you can get past a slow start and get to the real meat of the game, then you'll eventually find Darksiders to be an immensely rewarding adventure, that will sate even the most feverish of slice and dice appetites. Until God of War III arrives at least. Until then, Darksider's is a solid enough alternative.
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Xbox 360Game Watcher
Despite a few annoyances, Darksiders still manages to coax you in with it's scale and scope, proving to be a uniquely enjoyable and involving hack and slash title well worth spending time with. If you can get past a slow start and get to the real meat of the game, then you'll eventually find Darksiders to be an immensely rewarding adventure, that will sate even the most feverish of slice and dice appetites. Until God of War III arrives at least. Until then, Darksider's is a solid enough alternative.
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WindowsPCActu
En signant une telle aventure, les développeurs de Vigil Games nous offrent une véritable petite pépite vidéoludique. Une réalisation aux petits oignons, des personnages secondaires attachants et un gameplay apportant une réelle variété, voici les ingrédients principaux de Darksiders. Toutefois, n'oublions pas que ce soft est disponible depuis neuf mois sur console et que son optimisation pour nos machines manque de peps. Quoi qu'il en soit, on prend un véritable plaisir à passer d'un environnement post-apocalyptique à un donjon, ou encore aux profondeurs glauques d'une rame de métro, le tout dans une cohérence admirable. Au final, le PC a enfin trouvé sa référence d'action/beat'em all.
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PlayStation 31UP
At its best, Darksiders plays like an interactive compilation of this console generation's most interesting game mechanics. At its worst, it's like sitting through a mediocre cover band as they fumble their way through your favorite tunes. There's fortunately enough of the former to make Darksiders worth checking out, even with heavy hitters like Bayonetta, Dante's Inferno, and God of War III vying for your attention.
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PlayStation 3NZGamer
Darksiders is good but not great, although it's sure to find a smattering of die-hard fans that will love it regardless of its quirks. If you can get through the first few hours, you'll probably finish it and look back on it with mixed (but mostly pleasant) emotions. With a solid base like this to build on, a sequel could be very special indeed - just please spend the time on game design that it needs to lift the core of the title out of the average domain in which it currently resides.
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PlayStation 3Play.tm
It's hard for me to come down heavily on Darksiders. Honestly it is. I'm a huge Battle Chasers fan and, as a result, I genuinely enjoyed the first half of the game as the beautiful environments and superbly realised characters whisked me along without allowing me to look beyond the rich design and eye-popping attention to detail. That viewpoint was only afforded when circumstance separated me from the game for a few days, and I discovered I had no gnawing desire to return - a sensation I couldn't stem when playing all the games Darksiders tries so overtly to emulate. Ultimately, Vigil Games and Joe Madureira have spread themselves too thin with Darksiders, which is, though I'm loathed to say it, largely style and scant little substance.
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Xbox 3601UP
At its best, Darksiders plays like an interactive compilation of this console generation's most interesting game mechanics. At its worst, it's like sitting through a mediocre cover band as they fumble their way through your favorite tunes. There's fortunately enough of the former to make Darksiders worth checking out, even with heavy hitters like Bayonetta, Dante's Inferno, and God of War III vying for your attention.
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Xbox 360Hellbored
As with many games like this, despite all the complaining I seem to have done, I can still see this enjoying plenty of success. This is either from a simplistic approach appealing to a greater audience, or the legions of Madureira fans being able to ignore the tearing and movement issues. If you allow yourself to become immersed in the story then perhaps you will find more here than I did, but I can’t however, and that’s why Darksiders is more Too Human for me than God of War.
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Xbox 360True Game Headz
In comes what must be classified as a sleeper hit, “Darksiders” dropped at the top of the new year against what would definitely be some strong opposition from the more hyped up likes of “Bayonetta” and “Army of Two,” and it’s already sold well enough for THQ to confirm a sequel.
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PlayStation 3D+PAD Magazine
While Darksiders is an undeniably confident package, it’s a shame the developers have fallen back on a succession of barely disguised facsimiles from proven classics to fill in the mechanics of their game. I get the impression that if just a little of this talent was directed at carving a unique niche for Darksiders, then the game would flourish. As it is, the journey that War takes is fun, sporadically challenging and definitely worth playing, but the overwhelming familiarity secludes any deeper engagement. Over to Dante’s Inferno…
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PlayStation 3Extreme Gamer
Darksiders has its moments with a great sense of action in its combat system, and some impressive characters for you to slug it out with. The only problem is that you are only one horseman, and compared to other games that have a similar feel like 'God of War', or 'Devil May Cry', Darksiders feels like a middleweight fighter coming to a heavyweight bout. When admitting this isn’t a contender for the action adventure crown, Darksiders starts to hold its own. The combat, while a little forgiving, is satisfying enough to keep your broad shoulders advancing through the wreckage its demon inhabited world. Darksiders has a lot of solid ideas driven by genuine ambition. However, in the end, Darksiders cannot live up to its initial hype. I am sure that when all the movie pitches are put aside, Darksiders II will be an improvement, with more than one horseman coming to the rescue.
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Xbox 360Extreme Gamer
When admitting this isn’t a contender for the action adventure crown, Darksiders starts to hold its own. The combat, while a little forgiving, is satisfying enough to keep your broad shoulders advancing through the wreckage its demon inhabited world. Darksiders has a lot of solid ideas driven by genuine ambition. However, in the end, Darksiders cannot live up to its initial hype. I am sure that when all the movie pitches are put aside, Darksiders II will be an improvement, with more than one horseman coming to the rescue.
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Xbox 360GamePro (US)
I liked Darksiders enough that I'm going to recommend that gamers try to look past the shameless cribbing of ideas and discover the relatively worthwhile action experience hidden underneath. But I also hope that the developers will put more effort into the inevitable sequel and make it something more than a derivative also-ran. The idea behind the franchise has enough merit that it deserves a better effort and it's lamentable that they didn't realize that from the very beginning.
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Xbox 360Teletext
It's a Frankenstein creation then, but a thoroughly enjoyable one helped by the colourful and detailed graphics. At the end of the day (or world) being competent but unoriginal is usually better than the reverse.
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Xbox 360Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
Ultimately, how much enjoyment you take will depend on whether you fall in love with the cartoonish characters and if you're willing to accept the ridiculous, convoluted plot. Darksiders is well made and passes the time, but it just lacks that 'wow' factor which would elevate it to greatness. There are far too many moments that you'll have seen a hundred times before.
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PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
At the end of the world, Darksiders grabs onto a fantastic biblical concept and makes good on it’s promise to convert that idea into a great looking action title, but the game falls victim to its lack of revolutionary inspiration. There really isn’t anything new or exciting to be seen here, and the trademark aspects of gaming that are given shelter under Darksiders’s abruptly absurd plot all succumb to the same flaws we’ve seen in the past. If you’re looking to get a fresh standpoint on a cool modernized story, you’re starved for a Devil May Cry replacement, or you simply wish to turn the game on to drool over its dazzling, albeit empty end-of-the-world settings, look no further. Otherwise, the apocalypse could’ve been more.
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PlayStation 3Gaming since 198x
Honnêtement Darksiders n'est pas un mauvais jeu en soi. Il n'y a pas de bugs graves et le jeu fonctionne. Il pourra vous occuper pendant une quizaine d'heures. Mais il n'a aucune âme. C'est une coquille vide qui donne juste envie de jouer aux jeux qu'elle essaye lamentablement d'émuler. Ne perdez pas votre temps dessus et gardez votre argent pour les bons plagiats de Zelda (c'est à dire 3D Dot Game Heroes).
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Xbox 360Gaming since 198x
Honnêtement Darksiders n'est pas un mauvais jeu en soi. Il n'y a pas de bugs graves et le jeu fonctionne. Il pourra vous occuper pendant une quizaine d'heures. Mais il n'a aucune âme. C'est une coquille vide qui donne juste envie de jouer aux jeux qu'elle essaye lamentablement d'émuler. Ne perdez pas votre temps dessus et gardez votre argent pour les bons plagiats de Zelda (c'est à dire 3D Dot Game Heroes).