Darksiders is a series that gives me warm feelings. However, the third part was, in my opinion, underwhelming in many aspects, and I had mixed feelings about coming back to the Fury. When I learned the new game will allow us to control Strife, the last Horseman, I was really thrilled. Then, they presented this whole Darksiders Genesis, which at first glance looked like some kind of budget variation on Diablo. But eventually, I was reminded of the old truth: do not judge a book by its cover. As it turns out, the new spin-off of the series is 100% Darksiders, only isometric!
War and Strifes dance with demons
Darksiders Genesis is a prequel for the entire series. The story takes place before the events known from Darksiders and the finale of this game is a prelude to the original. So if you're only interested in the story, it's just one thing that makes Darksiders Genesis worth it. Just keep in mind that the plot is rather simple, so do not expect crazy turns of events only an excuse to mutilate demons.
One can even say that the Riders are incredibly naive, their decisions seem meaningless, and the last scene may seem unfinished. It's like another act is missing. However, this is totally not the case, because after the end of Darksiders Genesis, you should jump right into the first Darksiders, for this spin-off lays the foundation to all subsequent events in a perfect way.
WHAT'S THE RIGHT ORDER TO PLAY DARKSIDERS?
Just like with Star Wars you have to decide yourself. If you want to fallow the story chronologically, you have to begin with Darksiders Genesis, and then with all the subsequent parts. But of course nothing prevents you from finishing the full playthrough with this sequel. The narrative may seem incomplete at first, but everything certainly makes sense if you know the full story.
The last Horseman and his pals
- Isometric perspective works great;
- Riding horses, and even two;
- Dynamic combat that requires thinking;
- The platform elements work perfectly;
- A lot of mysteries, secrets and collectables;
- Challenging difficulty level;
- Co-op split screen mode;
- Non-intuitive map;
- Minor graphical glitches;
- The story is really naive;
- Random, split-second freezes of the character.
Throughout the sixteen chapters, we will accompany Strife and War in their pursuit of the mission ordered by the Council see for yourself which demon they have to chase. Along the way, we'll meet some old friends, a lot of new characters, and will either grow to love or hate the last Rider. Strife is rather specific a cynical, self-confident jester who sometimes throws in some boorish one-liners.
Hats off to the devs, who decided to also give us another protagonist without War, Strife would be a real nuisance. Accompanied by War, however, his malice gains a certain charm, contrasting with War's stern, military disposition. The dialogues between them are rather typical, but they have a few pretty amusing moments. A big advantage is the fact that story does actually exist in Darksiders Genesis they often comment the events, and there's plenty of animated, cartoonish interludes.
The later are actually really good. Beautifully drawn, they perfectly convey the atmosphere and work better than regular cut-scenes on game engine. Also noteworthy is the full dubbing, which I definitely liked. The actors who voiced enmity and war were able to convey the spirit of these characters. I was only twisting the nose of the main antagonist (although using the child's voice was a jackpot), who sounded like he was reading his text from a card.
WILL THERE BE DARKSIDERS ABOUT STRIFE?
That would be nice! The story in Darksiders Genesis is the beginning of the entire Horsemen story, and as we explore the plot, we actually don't learn much about the last of them, i.e. Strife. The story does not focus on him, and throws only some clues about his past and motivations. This is a big difference between this game and the previous parts, which mostly focused on depicting the adventures of the remaining Riders. Here, we join War and Strife in their journey, and the latter, in my opinion, deserves a separate game that would fully explore his past. Maybe this way the character would be more fleshed out.