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Darksiders - PC

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Platform: PC
  • Graphic novel art style by Joe Madureira (X-Men, Battle Chasers, The Ultimates) highlights a unique visual art style and original storyline
  • Use War's extreme arsenal of angelic and demonic weapons to Unleash War's fury on enemies, and use virtually anything within your environment as a weapon (lamp posts, cars, buses...)
  • Experience the God-like Power of War, Horseman of the Apocalypse: a combination of brutal attacks, supernatural abilities and seamless traversal that delivers intense action combat and adventure
  • Open World Exploration allows player to discover hidden secrets as you explore the vast terrain of a ruined Overworld, and ward off relentless enemies
  • As a Horseman of the Apocalypse use the services of your phantom steed Ruin as you blaze a trail through enemies and across devastated environments

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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 23, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,586 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Product Description

War, the first Horseman of the Apocalypse, stands accused of inciting a war between Heaven and Hell. In the slaughter that ensued, the demonic forces defeated the heavenly hosts and laid claim to the Earth. Dishonored and stripped of his powers, War must return to Earth in search of vengeance and vindication.

Darksiders is a third-person, single player action/adventure game inspired by the characters, themes and mythology of the apocalypse and the battle of Armageddon as described by the Book of Revelation. But this modern interpretation is not your run of the mill Sunday school stroll through the New Testament. In the game players take on the role of "War," one of the dread Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But things are not as they were.

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The Story
Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War - the first Horseman of the Apocalypse - stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between heaven and hell. Dishonored and stripped of his powers, War must return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible. But there is no clear definition of good and evil in this tale. Hunted by a vengeful group of angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vindication. But the answers he seeks will reveal a deep conspiracy in which War will find, and have to resign himself to the reality that although once the hand of God, he is just a pawn in the eternal battle between heaven and hell.

War swinging his primary weapon from above in Darksiders
Devastating weapons arsenal.
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War using an magical ability on an enemy in Darksiders
Upgradeable abilities.
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Demon enemy from Darksiders
Enemies from heaven & hell.
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War fighting atop his trusted mount Ruin in Darksiders
Fight & explore atop your mount.
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A mix of exploration and fast-paced action gameplay, Darksiders is based on nonlinear play situations. That means that as War slowly regains his previous powers of destruction and carnage in order to continue his search for the origins and reasons for his betrayal, players will be able to backtrack to areas and scenarios that they may have left unexplored upon first discovery. Almost all areas of the game can be explored and some of the things players will find as they do so are treasure chests, health chests, and bonus life points, etc. The ability to go back and explore areas is important, especially as the game progresses and War finds himself up against enemies whose defeat require special skills and/or weaponry. As for combat gameplay, Darksiders features a variety of weapons--including blades and firearms--that can be used in combo moves or in single strikes. Some of these can be charged up for quick, but devastating attacks on enemies and all can be arranged on your controller's D-pad for easy and preferred access. Additional gameplay elements include the ability/necessity to fight from the back of your mount, Ruin, and the collection of the souls in the form of glowing orbs that fall to the ground as enemies are dispatched. The latter can be used to level up War with new items and abilities.

Varied Characters and Environments
Although players take on the imposing role or War, Darksiders also contains a wide variety of equally intriguing and sometimes frightening characters. These include: an assortment of vengeful angels; demons, such as "the Jailer" whose body is made up of the remains of countless cadavers; a bestiary of wicked and vile creatures created to bolster the armies of hell on Earth; and Ruin, the trusty steed of War. Gameplay environments players will experience are equally varied, and include areas both underground and on the surface, that call to mind both familiar, if ruined modern urban environments, as well as ones seemingly pulled from the nightmarish scenes of the biblical apocalypse.

Key Features

  • Apocalyptic Power of War - Unleash the wrath of War, combining brutal attacks and supernatural abilities to decimate all who stand in your way.
  • Extreme Arsenal - Wield a devastating arsenal of angelic, demonic, and Earthly weapons, and blaze a trail of destruction atop Ruin, War's fiery phantom steed.
  • Epic Quest - Battle across the wastelands and demon-infested dungeons of the decimated Earth in your quest for vengeance and redemption.
  • Character Progression - Uncover powerful ancient relics, upgrade your weapons, unlock new abilities, and customize your gameplay style.
  • Battle Heaven and Hell - Battle against all who stand in your way—from war-weary angelic forces to hell's hideous demon hordes.
  • Weapons and Gear - Darksiders features an extensive arsenal and inventory of weapons and gear.
  • Varied Play Environments - Players will fight through varied environments, including those above and underground, and modern and nightmarishly mythical in design.

System Requirements

Minimum: Recommended:
OS: Windows XP (SP3), Vista (SP1), Windows 7
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ 2.4Ghz or better, Intel Pentium 4 530 3.0 Ghz Processor or better AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Dual Core 2.60 Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 Dual Core 2.13 Ghz
RAM: 1 GB XP, 2 GB Vista / Windows 7 2 GB XP, 3 GB Vista / Windows 7
Disc Drive: DVD-ROM drive
Hard Drive: 12 GB
Video Card: NVIDIA (GeForce 8800/GeForce GT220) 256 MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon X1900 256 MB graphics card or better (must support pixel shader 3) NVIDIA (GeForce GTS 240) 256 MB graphics card or better, ATI Radeon HD3870 256 MB graphics card or better (must support pixel shader 3)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darksiders (PC) April 5, 2012
Platform for Display:PC Download|Verified Purchase
After hearing several youtubers recommend this game, I was delighted when I found it on sale for five dollars on Amazon. I have played it for several hours now and here's my impression.

I highly suggest using a gamepad for this as it is a port. The keyboard and mouse controls are mediocre but it was designed for the console, and so it is best played with a console controller. When I first started playing, I was worried because all I seemed to be able to do was mash the X button. Luckily, the game progresses and combos become available for you to buy. From what I've seen, I'm sure there are plenty of awesome combos as you progress further. The controls feel nice as well, although I do wish there was a sprint option.

This game isn't the best-looking, but its art style is fairly interesting. I was actually a bit impressed by what they accomplished on such an old engine. I didn't come across any fps lag or the like, everything was smooth as butter.

Steam is required to play this game, and as I understand, some people are boycotting this game for that reason. Personally I'm not sure why nor do I really care.

This game is definitely very fun so far, and I can't wait to play more. I gave it 4 stars only due to minor flaws but nothing else. Definitely a must-buy, especially when it's only 5 dollars right now.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! April 28, 2011
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I got this off steam during a 75% off sale. It was 10 bucks down from 40 so I figured why not. I had never heard of the game so I wasn't expecting much.


Excellent mechanics, similar in this respect to God of War, Prototype, and Onimusha. However it feels less repetitive than Prototype, not that it actually is less repetitive but I found I didn't grow bored as quickly as Prototype.

On PC this game is a port from console. Overall the port is good, but no third-person console port will ever control as well on a mouse and keyboard when the game was designed with a gamepad in mind. I went out and got an xbox360 controller. This basically nullifies the issues with it being a port. Controller was easy to set up and the game runs great with it. So for games like this on a PC just bite the bullet and buy yourself a gamepad. Don't worry, the mouse and keyboard will still be superior on FPS's for a while still.

Graphics and Artwork:

Textures are fairly low resolution, and the engine is based on aging technology "dx9" It's not bad for what it is, but it is definitely limited by it's Console origins.

The artwork is excellent. A big congrats to the modelers, sculptors, texture artists and particularly the Art Director "whoever that may be." The overall design is very cohesive. There's nothing outstandingly original here, the heavy body and armor thing has been done to death ever since Gears of war and quake, and the over sized buster sword has been abused for well over a decade. However, I found it all integrated well into the game and it wasn't distracting "I found the Heavy armor in Gears of war distracting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had problems after install July 12, 2012
Platform for Display:PC Download
While the amazon download experience is terrible. You download the entire game, but the install only installs the comic and soundtrack. You get a Steam key that you register with Steam, then it downloads it AGAIN! (good thing I don't have a bandwidth cap!). The Steam install works, thankfully.

That is... after you re-install DirectX, because the game install seems to break the DirectX installation... and you have to install quite a few codecs to get the in-game cutscenes to play. Check the Steam Forums for all the details.

After all that, the game is a lot of fun, I just wish I hadn't wasted my time trying to DL it from Amazon first!
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic game, horrible port December 30, 2010
By Serisan
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Gameplay is great. Very reminiscent of Soulreaver and the rest of the LoK series. Combat is fast, challenging, and interesting.

The problems come in with the fact that this is one of the shoddiest console to PC ports I've ever played. Having to restart boss battles due to glitching out through the floor while attacking, losing hours of progress to a game bug that prevents a door from opening, random crashes, a complete absence of video options to optimize performance...

In short, buy it for the console.
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1.0 out of 5 stars On Grid Play it runs great. Anyone purchasing this December 19, 2014
Platform for Display:PC
For me - I had to set the compatibilitysettings for this game to windows 95/98. Not a problem except that it skips a lot of frames doing this.

I also play this on my Nvidia Shield with the Grid Play option. On Grid Play it runs great.

Anyone purchasing this, do a search before doing so, I'm pasting a link below - but if Amazon takes it away, just search for "darksiders 64bit" and you are likely to experience the same.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The first 3rd of this game was pretty good. Its basically a dumb fantasy game with, but pretty fun to play. In many ways, the dynamics remind me of Gears of War for PC, which was pretty linear and rigid, but basically a fun cartoon like action game. My brain, rightly or wrongly kept thinking it was playing a Gears of War clone crossed with Hellgate London, with a tad of Tomb Raider thrown in! All in all, a decent recipe for some time wasting fun. Darksiders storyline is pretty useless, another retread God vs Man vs Demon sort of thing that's been well played out over the years. But the general action is pretty decent in general, even though the overall environment is pretty shallow. There are some decent puzzles to solve, and some silly underworld inspired creatures.

The problem comes with the controls and the difficulty of basic maneuvers. I can usually deal with lousy console ports, which is not necessarily Darksiders issue overall. The fundamental problem comes in the form of controls. Console controllers excel at allowing button combination's to control complex acrobatic stunts and movements, as well as combo movements at weapon usage. Darksiders is a FAST ACTION game in many passages, where the PC keyboard is a total compromise, and fatally challenging. It makes the basic action of the game seem much more difficult than I'm sure the people who built the game intended. My fingers felt like they were playing a game of Twister some of the time, just to get the main dude to execute certain maneuvers that were required to progress. Other times, I simply had to stop, take a couple of days, then come back to try again. All in all, extremely painful controls make it's overall enjoyment very spotty and inconsistent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your a God of War, not Kratos
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars and its quality is awesome.
the deliver was faster, and its quality is awesome.
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This game was bought with a good price in a promotion so nothing to complain about it.
And I could use the key in Steam
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