There’s a lot that can be said about a game that takes all its cues from other games.
Usually a game will take one or two elements from something and put its own spin on things. Darksiders, however, takes all its cues from several other games and smashes them together into a story that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
If you were to replace the protagonist, War, with Legend of Zelda‘s Link, this game might very well be just another Zelda game. It’s pretty much there already, only its set on Earth during/after the apocalypse. It’s even got two of the series’ iconic weapons, the boomerang and the hookshot. And it even has the Zelda series’ famous formula of “Find 3 (or in this case, 4) artifacts, return them to fight a mid game boss, then find 7 more to fight the final boss.”
And of course there’s the same puzzle-solving dungeon crawling where you find a new weapon or item in each dungeon, which you use in some way to defeat the boss of that particular dungeon.
But Zelda isn’t the only game Darksiders rips off. There’s also a little bit of Devil May Cry in the useless gun with infinite ammo you get. And lets not forget the obvious God of War reference in the very nature of the game’s character. Heck, you even get a portal gun (yes, a PORTAL GUN) in this game. It’s like the developers decided to take all the popular franchises at the time and smash them into one game.
Despite the obvious rip offs of so many other games, Darksiders manages to pull a good story out of itself. It’s all based around Christian mythology and the apocalypse. Heaven versus Hell and all that. Names of the angels and demons often coincide with names of the very same angels and demons in Christian mythology which adds a classy touch to the story that doesn’t really make much sense.
War, as a character, is really unsympathetic. Just about the only time you actually feel anything for him is at the end of the game when the other three horsemen are coming to help him fight a war that, frankly, you don’t understand why it started in the first place. War is much like Kratos in that he thinks all of his problems can be solved by breaking someone or some thing. You rarely, if ever, see him express any emotion other than anger.
Despite so many problems, this is actually a fun game. The characters are designed in interesting ways and the story is told in a manner that keeps you interested. It can get a little long in some parts but if you manage to plow through you’ll find yourself strangely rewarded.
If you find yourself drawn in, there is plenty of stuff to search for in the open world. Life and Magic containers, armor pieces, and one funky skeleton with a British accent, a top hat, and a cane to name, well, most of them. there are a couple of hidden treasures to find too, but a lot of them are missable if you don’t keep your eyes peeled.
Overall, this could be a game for some to buy, but it is definitely one that most people should at least try. Rent it to see if you’re in the first group.
You can find Darksiders at any of these stores around Anoka County today.