Darksiders Genesis


From the dawn of creation, THE COUNCIL has maintained the Balance across existence. Carrying out their orders are THE HORSEMEN, Nephilim (powerful beings spawned from the unnatural union of angels and demons) who have pledged themselves to the Council and been granted immense power. However, this power came at a tragic cost: the Horsemen were ordered to use their newfound strength to wipe out the rest of their kind. What followed was a bloody battle on Eden where the Horsemen, obeying the will of the Council, annihilated the Nephilim.

Still reeling from the events on Eden, WAR and STRIFE have been given a new assignment -- LUCIFER, the enigmatic and deceptive demon king, has been plotting to upset the Balance by granting power to master demons throughout Hell. War and Strife must hunt down these masters, gather information, and ultimately fight their way through a tangled, demonic conspiracy that threatens to forever upset the Balance and unravel all of creation.

DARKSIDERS: GENESIS is an action/adventure game that tears its way through hordes of demons, angels, and everything in-between on its way to Hell and back with guns blazing and swords swinging. Genesis gives players their first look at the world of DARKSIDERS before the events of the original game. Furthermore, it introduces the fourth and last horseman STRIFE, as well as Co-op gameplay for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Features:

  • Blast angels and demons as the gunslinging Horseman Strife, playable for the first time
  • Swap between the powerful swordsman War and Strife instantly in frenetic, single-player gameplay
  • Explore the epic world of Darksiders and wreak havoc with a friend in two-player cooperative mode
  • Experience a brand new story campaign that takes place before the original Darksiders, exploring the origin of the Seven Seals
  • Grow in strength and power as you collect items, abilities, weapon enhancements, creature cores and more
Minimum Requirements
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7, 8, Windows 10 (64 bit)
Processor: AMD FX-8320 (3.5 GHz) / Intel i5-4690K (3.5 GHz) or better
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 15 GB available space
Recommended Specifications
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7, 8, Windows 10 (64 bit)
Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K (3.2 GHz)/AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (3.2 GHz) or better
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 15 GB available space
  • Despite the fundamental changes to the series' viewpoint, Darksiders Genesis feels like a true Darksiders game, and banishes any memory of the lacklustre third entry.

  • Darksiders Genesis is by far the best game in the series. As someone who has played all of them, I can honestly say that this is more than a hack and slash game where you slay demons, but a kick-ass demon slaying game that has found new life by remixing what it does best and incorporating the best features of other games to create something new in the series.

  • From the gorgeous visuals to the smooth, frenetic combat and environments that beg to be explored, the quality on display here is incredibly impressive. Despite a smattering of minor issues and a few iffy design choices, Darksiders Genesis is still a fantastic videogame, and might even be the best Darksiders game to date.

  • Darksiders Genesis is a great game. I feel like the developers masterfully ticked every box on their design sheets, so they should be proud of this one. Unless the genre really turns you off or the occasional puzzle is a deal-breaker for you, Darksiders Genesis is definitely worth your money.

  • Though it lacks polish, Darksiders Genesis is a rare spinoff that equals and sometimes surpasses its mainline brethren.

  • Darksiders Genesis translates everything from its 3rd person predecessors perfectly, I have zero complaints about the gameplay itself. The additional core system and the myriad of upgrades ensures boredom never sets in and I highly recommend anyone who’s got an even passing interest in this gives it a go.

  • Darksiders Genesis looked like another Diablo clone, but it has its own personality and is a Darksiders with a different perspective. It's fun, has a component of RPG and platform game and, despite its problems, is a great new game of the saga created by Madureira brothers.

  • I expected much less from Darksiders Genesis and I got a really pleasant surprise. What looked like a hack'n'slash, a weird version of Diablo, turned out just another Darksiders game, only isometric. Hell, I think it's even better than Darksiders III. Good stuff.

  • Darksiders Genesis is not only immediately fun, it is also immediately recognisable as Darksiders despite the move to a new genre and completely different camera angle. Strife is a very welcome addition to the Darksiders canon, and when paired with War they have helped elevate Genesis to the best entry in the series in the post Vigil Games era.

  • Darksiders is back with a fantastic adventure that still delivers an experience true to the series. This is a great adventure both alone or in coop, so don’t let the camera fool you.

  • Thanks to relatable heroes and streamlined gameplay, this isometric Hack & Slay is a blessing for the slightly worn Darksiders series.

  • I think Darksiders Genesis has a really solid base, is greatly entertaining, and is definitely worth its price tag. The previously mentioned technical flaws can (hopefully) be addressed in future updates, and I would then have little gripe with the game itself. If you are a Darksiders fan, or simply want to feel the power of slaying demons left and right, I would definitely recommend picking this title up.

  • A great one-shot adventure or an enjoyable grindfest, depending on which you want.

  • With two styles of satisfying combat that stay fresh throughout the entire game, supported by a side of Zelda-style item-based dungeon puzzles and pre-apocalyptic series lore, this is a brilliant adaptation of Darskiders' signature brand of fun, even if it's not as grand or cinematic as the third-person action games.

  • Darksiders Genesis is a low budget, low priced full fledged title with a lenghty campaign and some impressive setpieces, tons of collectibles and a surprisingly deep combat system.

  • Darksiders Genesis is a well thought and executed isometric hack and slash game - with an original progression system - that excels in battle, exploration and co-op mode. A great addition to an already excellent franchise.

  • Darksiders Genesis may seem a Diablo-like, but it’s a true Darksiders with a change of perspective. He focuses mainly on combat, yes, but it hasn't forgotten exploration, puzzles and even platforms.

  • Darksiders Genesis have a change of style but the pace and the coremechanics are still great and enjoyable. The game looks and sounds amazing. Frenetic combat for single and co-op.

  • Perhaps it was a bit unexpected, but Darksiders Genesis is more than a decent game, honoring the name of the long-time series. Featuring remarkable graphics and an amazing soundtrack, the new installment can provide you in with at least fifteen hours of enjoyable action.

  • It's hard to imagine any fan of any of the Darksiders games not enjoying Genesis. It definitely hammers home on the strengths of the franchise and brings the playable characters full circle with the introduction of Strife.

  • Thanks to the passage from the action-adventure genre to the hack 'n' slash with isometric view, Darksiders Genesis demonstrates how the series can evolve without losing its core.

  • Darksiders Genesis is a game which can appeal to longtime series fans and newcomers alike, and anyone tangentially interested in the action-RPG genre should give it a chance.

  • Quotation forthcoming.

  • Darksiders Genesis pulls off the change in perspective. It feels like a true to form Darksiders game and should not be skipped by any fan of the series.

  • This diversion from the main branch of Darksiders games was a risky, but at the end of the day correct, choice. This game is devilishly fun.

  • If you’re after yet more Darksiders action and aren’t put off by the change in viewpoint, which you shouldn’t be, Darksiders Genesis will not disappoint. Even better, it’s available a bit cheaper than usual releases. Airship Syndicate has created a game that both fans and those new to the series can jump into and have a great deal of fun. And thanks to co-op, it no longer has to be a solitary affair.

  • Minor faults aside, Darksiders Genesis masterfully shrinks down the long-running franchise into a top-down action game that’s just plain fun to play.

  • Although the concept of a "Diablo spinoff for the Darksiders series" had the potential to just be a big bowl of wrong, the mad men and women at Airship Syndicate pulled it off.

  • Taking the series in an entirely new direction, Darksiders Genesis manages to stay true to the prior games whilst delivering in a totally different genre. A fun game let down by grindy character progression.

  • Endowed with a superb artistic direction, the proposal of Airship Syndicate is moreover surmounted by a cherry in the form of an online co-op mode or locally with two people.

  • As a stopgap between Darksiders 3 and the eventual Darksiders 4, Genesis scratches an itch in an unconventional manner that deserves some appreciation for trying something new along the way. Darksiders Genesis is action and co-op play firing on all cylinders. Even if I do need to strap a pair of binoculars to my face to see what I’m doing.

  • An entertaining spin-off that manages to retain the Darksiders vibe while shifting the perspective, offered at an inviting price point.

  • After the less successful Darksiders 3, the franchise seems to have found its way up again. Apart from the sometimes forced humor and clumsy controls, there is little to be said about the spin-off game, which despite the changed camera position will feel familiar to Darksiders fans.

  • A purchase is highly recommended to all fans of the brand, but more could be done to refine a title that still does not reach the peaks of the initial regular chapters.

  • Darksiders Genesis is an excellent addition to the action-RPG genre. While it isn't as polished as Diablo, Genesis delivers a great adventure full of exploration and puzzles to boot. With its main characters there is plenty of fun for veterans of the series as well as new players.

  • CD-Action

    The new Darksiders’ top-down perspective may actually be my favorite of the series. The game has its flaws but looks great, sounds absolutely fantastic and offers both dynamic gameplay and some interesting environmental puzzles to spice everything up. [02/2020, p.46]

  • Darksiders Genesis manages to twist the series' formula successfully, offering plenty of engaging puzzle-solving and treasure hunting, both elevated by the good mission and location design. Repetitive combat, lack of a true loot system and a few other issues prevent the game from being a must-buy for everyone, but Darksiders fans will surely enjoy their time with the game, even more if they have a friend to play with.

  • A competent hack'n slash with beautiful art and great soundtrack, a focused and professionally delivered game which only lacks more variety and deepness to convince to the dedicated fans of the genre.

  • Darksiders Genesis gets a lot right. It has plenty of personality and a dynamic, engaging action system. Its only real problem is that it has tackled a thematic challenge that it can't deliver - hell should not be dull, empty or repetitive, and yet this game fails on all fronts there. It's not entirely the developer's fault, in the sense that if they showed a truly creative vision of hell it would either offend or be too surreal for the kind of mainstream audience that it's pitched at, but perhaps developers need to better consider where they're setting their games in that case.

  • Darksiders: Genesis has a clear identity. It's not the most experimental game in the world, but it takes a variety of tried-and-tested systems and executes them with bravado and grace.

  • Darksiders Genesis provides a short burst of demon-crunching carnage for hardcore fans of the franchise, but the overall experience is easily eclipsed by other, deeper, more engaging action-RPGs.

  • For me, the new gameplay approach was interesting because I am also a big Diablo fan and was curious how the developers implement this in the Darksiders universe. The answer is: not very thoughtful.

  • When it works, Darksiders Genesis is quite fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the game is plagued by many technical issues and some very questionable design choices that prevent to guarantee an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

  • Darksiders Genesis is a fun, but samey hack-and-slash romp. I've always admired the Darksiders franchise for jumping to different styles of play from game to game: Darksiders Genesis is its biggest jump yet, and one of its most successful. Though it feels understated, thanks to a pulled-out camera and a less flashy approach than the original three, it's a well-designed gauntlet of quick, mashy fights and light brain teasers. It's not going to set the world on fire, but it's all good fun.

  • For those who want to continue knowing the bloody adventures of the four Riders of the Apocalypse, Darksiders Genesis is a must. On the other hand, if you're looking for the usual saga formula, it can be quite disappointing.

  • Darksiders Genesis fails to take advantage of the series' strengths. Since Darksiders’ inception, fans have imagined what it might be like to team up as the different horsemen. Darksiders Genesis finally offers a co-op experience, but its offbeat design and forgettable story don't deliver on the fantasy.

  • Darksiders Genesis feels like a B game. There is nothing wrong with that and it also justifies the lower price. Yet we would have liked a little more balance and urgency.

  • It’s not a horrible game per se, but there’s absolutely no reason to play it, even if you crave a co-op slasher.

  • Edge Magazine

    While Genesis may already be fading from our memory, those looking for nothing more than 15 hours or so of punchy, demon-slaying action will no doubt have an appropriate response. It matters not. [Issue#342, p.110]

  • Darksiders Genesis is a completely mediocre, somewhat boring game. There is good entertainment for a few hours, but then the variation ends and it becomes very much the same enemies, the same level, the same mission and you do more or less the same thing for the rest of the game.

Darksiders Genesis
$29.99 $14.25
Title: Darksiders Genesis
Genre: Action, Adventure
Released: 5 December 2019
Developer: Airship Syndicate
Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Single-player
  • Multi-player
  • Co-op
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Full controller support
  • Online Co-op
  • Shared/Split Screen
  • Remote Play on Phone
  • Remote Play on Tablet
  • Remote Play on TV
  • Shared/Split Screen Co-op
  • Remote Play Together
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