Darksiders Impressions: Weapons and Gear

Vigil Games gave us an updated look at its apocalyptic adventure game, including some cool new weapons.

At first glance, it's easy to compare Darksiders to God of War, Devil May Cry, and Bayonetta because all of the games mix a supernatural setting with over-the-top action-packed gameplay. The last of those is also due out in January, and both games feature a story where the forces of light battle the forces of darkness. While the premise might not be completely original, Darksiders manages to stand out of the pack with its role-playing-game-like progression system and a vivid, distinctive art style, thanks to creative director (and Marvel artist) Joe "Mad" Madureira. He presented an update of the game at a recent event in London, and we got a chance to see this promising apocalyptic action romp in greater detail.

The story in Darksiders is inspired by the Bible's Book of Revelation, and you play as War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It seems War has been tricked into kick-starting the irreversible events of the Apocalypse: fire, brimstone, and that sort of thing. Banished to Earth and stripped of his immortality by his superiors, it's up to you to set things right and clear War's name in the process. Along the way, you earn experience, which can be used to unlock and upgrade a deadly arsenal of weapons. War's most important tool is his sword, which makes easy work of grunts, such as imps, zombies, and angels. It's also useful against boss characters and can be used to perform some awesome one-button finishing moves, which result in a satisfying spray of inky black bodily fluid. There's a range of sweet special moves you can use it for, including some where you spin horizontally and vertically with your blade, slicing and dicing through opponents in the process.

War is also equipped with a killer oversized gauntlet, and you can crush a zombie's skull into a splattering mess with the tap of a button. We also saw the giant shuriken-shaped "crossblade," which you can use to target multiple enemies with, much like Zelda's boomerang. Another advantage of the crossblade is that you can switch to another weapon, such as your sword, and dish out extra damage at the same time. We also got treated to a brand new weapon not seen before: the "redemption" grenade launcher. You initially prise it from the steaming corpse of an angelic being, but we're told you also discover a demonic variant later on with different properties (we'll have to wait to find out what they are). Due to the menacing firepower of such weapons as the grenade launcher, you will only be able to use them in certain areas. The most powerful weapon at War's disposal, however, seems to be his "chaos form" ability. Transforming into his true form--a terrifying flaming demon beast--allows you to unleash some devastating melee damage in a short limited time period.

Madureira introduced us to a giant rocklike creature during his presentation called The Smith. Brandishing a giant mace and capable of performing a hilarious head-butt move that can send you flying, The Smith is a formidable foe. Thankfully, you earn its respect and will get to play alongside it at certain points throughout the game. The Smith becomes an indispensible help at times, thanks to its ability to smash through walls and fling you onto rooftops, which allows you to explore new areas.

Angels have some cool weapons, like this this grenade launcher, but they're yours for the taking.

During the event, we also got some extended play time with the first part of the game, so check out our extended hands-on impressions in the coming weeks once we're allowed to reveal all. Darksiders is coming to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in January.

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UnitedGamerz
UnitedGamerz

This game is going to be insane. Is about hell and freaken heaven. I dont know abot the book of revalations but the four horsemen thing sounds cool. EVERYBODY GET READY TO RAVEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Darkbeyond
Darkbeyond

This game looks awesome cant wait to get my copy!

poststillmatic
poststillmatic

Well, just read IGN AU and UK review for this game and it seems to be a hyrbid of some really good games. They gave it a 90 and an 89 respectively and the combat gets very sophisticated and you must play this on Apocaypse mode. It like even though the borrowed from many good games, it stands on its own and I'm going to pick this up along with the 4 or 5 other games I need to get.

Hotsora
Hotsora

This looks like it's going to be a killer

Myaoras
Myaoras

What's your problem, seriously. This story is about a single character with a single mission to clean his name. It's a tale about War. You people still look at this game as if it is some sort of Multiplayer beat 'em up fest. You'll see that the game is not like God of War or Devil May Cry. If anything this game is a Mature form of Zelda. Combat seems interesting enough, but it's defintely not the best the game's got to over. Y'all check it out this January.

ArmoredBreaker
ArmoredBreaker

@xEpiphoneSG Wheb they said that u can play with one of the 4 horsemen i thought it would be all horsemen like death and conquest but just One?! aaaawwww there goes another f****kin good game okay waiting for bayoneta and dmc 5

xEpiphoneSG
xEpiphoneSG

I read somewhere that the game will not be a typical "6-10 hour" game...they said "15-20" hours...I kind of wish that they just made it a flatout action RPG, rather than just including a few RPG elements and making it linear. I need a good Hack n Slash RPG, cuz fable 2 is short and shallow...I may sound like an @$$ to you but nowadays that is what people want...the only games that get away with 6-20 hours are multiplayer games (MW2)...remember WET...probably not because it was short and no multiplayer, so no one liked it. it had great gameplay, but people wanted it to be longer... Imagine this: Choose which of the 4 horsemen you want to be, and have diffirent special abilities for each...make skill tress to upgrade...make a big open world to explore...include MANY side missions and also pathways to choose which affect story... there are games like that but they are shooters (borderlands) i want one that is more of hack n slash fantasy type...

xXCloud99Xx
xXCloud99Xx

this looks good! and by the sounds of it i'll be gettin this and god of war.... but this sounds better just cause of the source material, god of war just feels, jaded now....

Sonic_Wolfe
Sonic_Wolfe

Ive read the book of Revelation, pretty scary stuff. So for this game, I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

Rikuide_Furame
Rikuide_Furame

I understand why games are described in terms of others (i.e. "It's a bit like...") but I wish people wouldn't. Let's just wait for the game to come out and judge it on its own merits. Right now, I feel as though this could be great or equally poor.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Might be fun if the controls are tight.

pokefreaks
pokefreaks

I like the 4 Horsemen in PS1's Apocalypse.

gawakita
gawakita

The four horsemen in the book of Revelations actually are not four men riding their horses.... they are symbolisms of events that will happen in the future.

LYTEK
LYTEK

Well, it'll be better-received by the media than Dante's Inferno b/c it doesn't have, from what I can see, nudity/graphic nudity (Dante's Inferno 5th/6th circle of hell, Lust, is completely disgusting but accurate portrayal of that circle of hell.)

Jim60360
Jim60360

dosnt do it for me in any way.

LYTEK
LYTEK

Story looks like it could be good...hopefully they can pull it off.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

haha Vasot you just wish God of War III was coming to your xbox, so you say this looks better cause its multiplat. This looks decent, but in no way whatsoever looks better than God of War III

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

Hmm, could go either way, looks cool though.

virgil_must_die
virgil_must_die

@ahnzz, youre right, maybe they should make another FPS or Grand theft auto rip off! (hard to convey sarcasm by text)

Fady117
Fady117

WICKED!!!!!!! CANT WAIT

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

cool

Excedra
Excedra

sigh, so many games coming out, i bet i wouldnt get this one.

ahnzz
ahnzz

oh another third person action adventure/rpg awesome, just like those other games huh

joelgau
joelgau

Looks good. At worse it will make a good rental. :)

blueguykisame
blueguykisame

looks good, just dont think itll make it to my buy list anytime in the near future.

azanet
azanet

Look Awesome, I will buy this game.....

mirriorman
mirriorman

this looks very good and i like the angels vs deamons style

WTCSkyDiver69
WTCSkyDiver69

@Gizmobeast i agree, Death would be a pretty cool choice to play as too. i read somewhere that War will be receiving help from the other 3 Horsemen at points in the game, so at least there's that.

Doolum
Doolum

if it plays as good as it looks,then i am definitely having it.

fftgaraa
fftgaraa

This game is going to be great, my wallet is going to be dry, and my collection is going to be huge after this year. Getting this for ps3 though, my xbox will have to wait it's turn.

Gizmobeast
Gizmobeast

yeah, Death would be more... interesting than War but still it looks great!

Vasot
Vasot

Looks way cooler from God of War 3

IncipitOmega
IncipitOmega

@Flamuel : Yeah. The caracter reminds me of Arthas also.

Flamuel
Flamuel

"You are not prepared" Recognise that voice anywhere.

kuroshiro99
kuroshiro99

hopefully will be epic and will hold me till GOW III finally arrives and brutally destroys every other action\adventurerer. :D

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

I would never compare Darksiders to those games. It's more like Zelda, besides this isn't just good vs evil, it's heaven vs hell vs War vs everybody else in the freacking apocalypse. Too bad you hae to play as War though, Death is cooler.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

AHAHAHA, those religious nutheads will be up in controversy over the fact that you get to kill angels xD

issizots
issizots

also i don't think "thedarklinglord' knows much about the story of this game as WAR is set up by "so said" the other horsemen inwhich HE trusts so why would you play as the antagonist or even a protagonist in a game which story only involves war as the main character to find out why he was set up? if you have all the four horsement selectible then you're totally changing the games story and even the whole game itself. This game is designed like GOW, you play AS KRATOS not zeus, not a centaur, KRATOS darklinglord, sorry they dissapointed you but to me this game has great flavor and i'm gonna taste it!

issizots
issizots

got this pre ordered and payed for already, just waiting for that SWEET january release date! in the meantime i'll play dragon age/assassins creed2/gow collection :D

Hailfire704
Hailfire704

I didn't think this game looked very good the first few times that I saw it, but with some of stuff I've been seeing for it recently, I can't wait to play.

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

It's a bit disappointing that they weren't more ambitious with this project by offering more variety and enrichment through those RPG elements. Specifically, if you're playing as one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, why not give players the opportunity to select which horsemen they play, each with their own weapons, style of combat, and character development/upgrades? When all is said and done, these games are really just 3-D next gen brawlers - and, along with 2-player co-op - one of the staples of those games was character selection. Final Fight, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Knights of the Round, King of Dragons, etc. And when you're introducing RPG elements to an action game, you get flavors of Diablo which, again, have character/class selection. And, of course, if they really wanted to be ambitious, they could give each character his or her own unique story, complete with cutscenes and ending, and throw in a 2-3 levels designed specifically and exclusively for each character, playing to that character's particular strengths or tied specifically to their story. Make it almost like 4 games in one. Seems like a missed opportunity to me.