Darksiders (2010)

by Ji-yeong
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Darksiders combines hack-and-slash action with adventure elements in a post-apocalyptic setting, following War’s quest for redemption. With engaging gameplay, a deep story, and dynamic combat, it offers a compelling experience for fans of the genre.


Darksiders (2010) delivers a compelling action-adventure experience set against the backdrop of an apocalyptic Earth. Featuring the Horseman War, the game dives deep into themes of betrayal, redemption, and the eternal battle between Heaven and Hell.


‘Darksiders’, released in 2010, is a hack and slash action-adventure video game developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ. The game draws its inspiration from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, with the player assuming the role of the horseman War.

The game begins with War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, being sent to oversee the destruction of Earth. However, War finds himself betrayed by his master, stripped of his powers, and cast down to Earth. The Four Horsemen then embark on a quest for vengeance.

The game is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, where mankind faces near-extinction, and angels fight a losing battle against the demon hordes for control over the world. Among them are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the last of the Nephilim who are tasked to bring balance to the universe.

In Darksiders, players control War in a third-person perspective. The world is split into separate locations with many areas initially inaccessible until later in the game. The center of the world, The Scalding Gallow, functions as a hub where War is given new objectives and paths to unlock new areas, many of which require the use of newly-gained abilities to progress.

Although War is initially limited to the use of his two-handed signature sword, Chaos Eater, he eventually obtains other weapons throughout the course of the game. He also has a Scythe, which he uses as his other main offensive weapon. Weapons have different combinations of attack that can be obtained throughout the game. Along with combos, players are encouraged to use countering moves, blocks, and swift dodging.

Projectile weapons such as a revolver and a boomerang-style throwing blade can also be used. Objects scattered throughout the environment can also be used as weapons and projectiles. At a later point in the game, War gains the ability to summon a horse that provides faster movement and increased attack power.

Caught in a never-ending war between angels and demons, 100 years have passed, and Earth bears little resemblance to the world we know. War has lost much of his power, including his horse Ruin, and must find out where the other horsemen are, and who misled them into starting the final battle.

‘Darksiders’ was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on January 5, 2010, in North America, January 7 in Australia, January 8 in Europe, and March 18 in Japan. The Microsoft Windows version was released in North America and Australia on September 23, and in Europe on September 24. A parallel sequel, ‘Darksiders II’, was released on August 14, 2012.

A remastered version of the game named ‘Darksiders: Warmastered Edition’ was released on November 22, 2016, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and on November 29, 2016, for Microsoft Windows. A Wii U version was released on May 23, 2017, and a Nintendo Switch version was released on April 2, 2019.

‘Darksiders’ is a game that combines intense combat with exploration and puzzle-solving, creating an immersive experience for players. The game’s rich narrative, combined with its challenging gameplay, makes it a standout title in the action-adventure genre.


War – The game’s protagonist, a fierce warrior with a quest for redemption. Other notable characters include the Watcher, a wry observer assigned to War; Uriel, a leader of the Hellguard battling against Earth’s demon invaders; and several demonic and angelic beings War encounters on his journey.


Players control War, wielding his mighty sword Chaoseater, among other mythical weapons. The gameplay is a mix of hack-and-slash combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving, with a significant emphasis on character progression. War’s abilities and arsenal expand as players advance, allowing for customization and varied combat styles.


Darksiders stands as a noteworthy title in the action-adventure genre, offering a rich narrative woven with exciting gameplay. While it draws inspiration from various sources, it presents a unique vision of an apocalyptic tale filled with challenges, exploration, and the quest for redemption.

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