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Jack of all Trades – Darksiders – 2010

Master of none. Darksiders is a accumulation of  everything popular in video games for the last five years. World of Warcraft, Devil May Cry, The Legend of Zelda, God of War, Prince of Persia, Fable 2, Arkham Asylum, Portal, Metroid,Panzer Dragoon, Halo 3. Doing a quick pass though Metacritic browsing reviews of trusted sites this is just a sample of  similarities noted regarding the game. Is Darksiders just plain plagiarism or a dream come true for a gamer that just doesn’t have the time to play all those games?

See, luckily (pathetically?) all those series I’m familiar with and a few are some of my favorite properties of all time.  For somebody like me Darksiders doesn’t offer much new. The ‘homages’ are so obvious. Darksiders has it’s own ‘Water Temple“. Darksiders has it’s own evil doppelganger fight. Seriously I could do this forever almost everything in Darksiders is something I’ve done before. Even the story is the typical anti-hero out for REVENGE while also saving the world. War is so badass he’s good.

And Darksiders is good. I finished the game quickly and maybe aside from not giving a rats ass about the story nothing is necessarily wrong with it. I cannot imagine not recommending the game to anybody for a reason as simple as it rips everything else off. Underworld practically has the same coup de grâce ending as Equilibrium but really it’s worth watching both movies. For the person who can only play one game from 2010 and missed the last five years in gaming Darksiders is a good way to catch up.

Statistics:

22 of 27 Artifacts
6 of 8 Enhancements
2 of 4 Legendary Enhancements
Total Game Time 20:27:56
Time in Combat 4:30:23
Total Kills 2199
Number of Deaths 100
Distance Traveled 269.38 Miles
Total Souls Collected 50849
Highest Combo 48
Demon Blood Spilled 4675.48
I did find all the pieces for the “Abyssal Armor Set” and used the code “The Hollow Lord” to unlock “The Harvester” Scythe.
After finishing the game I rode my horse in circles with a rubberband around my controler to earn the Dark Rider Achievement while cleaning cat barf and doing dishes.
35 of 43 Achievements 830g. Finished the game on Apocalyptic (Hard) diffulucty with little problems. Most bosses took me a few attempts and I think the only differene between the diffultyies is the amount of damage you take. As a God of War vet knowing how to dodge is the only required ability to complete the game. One fight requires you to know the timed block. The game is also very player friendly in regards to death. If you die in combat you get returned to the last checkpoint but always given a boost of health. Platforming death almost always returns you to the last save point you were at. There are also purchable consumables to grant any type of boost needed to get past a troublesome area.

22 of 27 Artifacts
6 of 8 Enhancements
2 of 4 Legendary Enhancements
Total Game Time 20:27:56
Time in Combat 4:30:23
Total Kills 2199
Number of Deaths 100
Distance Traveled 269.38 Miles
Total Souls Collected 50849
Highest Combo 48
Demon Blood Spilled 4675.48 gallons

I did find all the pieces for the “Abyssal Armor Set” and used the code “The Hollow Lord” to unlock “The Harvester” Scythe.

After finishing the game I rode my horse in circles with a rubber band around my controller to earn the Dark Rider Achievement while cleaning cat barf and doing dishes.

35 of 43 Achievements 830g. Finished the game on Apocalyptic (Hard) difficulty with no major problems. Most bosses took me a few attempts and I think the only difference between  difficulties is the amount of damage you take. As a God of War vet knowing how to dodge is the only required ability to complete the game. One fight requires you to know the timed block. The game is also very player friendly in regards to death. If you die in combat you get returned to the last checkpoint but always given a boost of health. Death during platforming sections almost always returns you to the last safe point you were at. There are also purchasable consumables to grant any type of boost needed to get past a troublesome combat area.

Note: Thanks to Enfeugo for letting me borrow the game. He’s a true Van.

Note 2: As much as I love linking to better content then my own toase.net has a more comprehensive review then what is written here that I enjoyed.

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