Darksiders Genesis Review: Storyline, Returning characters, Weapons & more (PC, Stadia)

Darksiders Genesis released on PC and Stadia in late 2019 and picked up some sterling reviews.

Julian-Sims by Julian Sims
REVIEW

Darksiders Genesis is set to drop on PS4, Xbox One and Switch on 14 February 2020, so scrap your Valentines day plans!

In case you hadn’t worked it out by now, Darksiders Genesis is the prequel to the iconic series that has spanned the best part of a decade.

The developers have scrapped the series’ open-world action roots so that Genesis can become more of a 3D action-platformer, like the games Diablo and Torchlight.

Genesis can quite easily be compared to other apocalyptic action games, but this instalment does enough to set itself apart from them. 

If you’re here to find out how Genesis has been critically received, you’ve come to the right place.

Continue reading for all the details.

Reception

Darksiders has always had multiple sources of inspiration and influence that it has borrowed from.

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The first game is said to have borrowed heavily from Nintendo’s Zelda series, especially the emphasis on puzzle-solving and side-quests.

Others have pointed out that the wall-running mechanic of the second instalment shared a definite likeness to the 2008 reboot of the Prince of Persia.

Returning features

Genesis, however, seems to draw influence from the Darksiders series itself, making it seem like a more authentic experience overall.

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What this means is that Genesis immediately and consistently feels like a Darksiders title:

There are returning characters, weapons and abilities from the core set of games that have been thoughtfully integrated and given new spins.

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The addition of Strife as a playable character is the cherry on the cake, as long-term fans of the series have flocked towards the fourth horseman that they never got to play with.

Critical reception

The hack-and-slash game is both unique and enjoyable to play through, despite the idea that it has been labelled as a regurgitation of previous Darksiders titles.

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The team at GamesRadar particularly enjoyed the feature that allows players to switch between War’s ‘melee first’ combat, and Strife’s reliance on weapons, which seems to transform the game into a twin-stick shooter.

It was given a 3.5/5 rating from Gamesradar and a 9/10 on Steam.

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“Darksiders Genesis is a rare spinoff that equals and sometimes surpasses its mainline brethren” 8.7/10 – IGN

“From the gorgeous visuals to the smooth, frenetic combat and environments that beg to be explored, the quality on display here is incredibly impressive” 9/10 – God is a Geek

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For all the latest news on Darksiders Genesis’ impending launch, check out our main article.

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