E3 '07: Darksiders First Look

THQ unveiled Darksiders, a new action adventure game, at E3 2007, and we take a first look at it.

One of the relatively few new game announcements here at E3 was THQ's Darksiders, an upcoming action adventure game for the Xbox 360 and PS3. It has one of the more interesting settings we've seen in a game in a while, but the gameplay should be fairly familiar to fans of modern action games.

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Darksiders is subtitled Wrath of War, which doesn't make much sense until you learn that you play as War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The game apparently starts as you and your cohorts are in the middle of destroying the world, with Famine, Death, and Pestilence also helping you kill off every last remaining human on the planet. Most games would probably throw in a twist that resulted in the salvation of mankind, but we're told that you actually manage to succeed in your objective within the first half-hour or so of gameplay, resulting in a world where no humans exist, but instead where demons and fallen angels battle amid the ruins.

After a betrayal by the powers that be, War is set loose on Earth and stripped of most of his powers. Since the fallen angels and demons are still fighting, you'll have to battle both sides and attempt to regain your powers. The developers at Vigil Games aren't currently saying what your ultimate goal is, but we imagine we'll find out more in the future, since the game isn't expected to ship until late 2008. As far as the actual gameplay goes, the most obvious reference is to God of War, and not just because you play a character named War. The game apparently places a good amount of importance on the fluid animations that God of War is known for, and many of the movements of War are immediately reminiscent of Kratos' own methods of battling enemies, with one of War's attack animations even including a pregnant pause while he holds a sword above his head before it crashes to the ground. Also included are button-pressing games that will shuffle you through a preset attack on large enemies according to how well you can hit buttons that pop up on your screen. Enemies that you kill also drop souls that you need to suck in; these act as your currency for upgrades.

Apart from the basic action, though, the game reportedly takes on some influences from the free-form adventures in Zelda and Metroid. While you will need to make progress in the game, you'll also be capable of freely backtracking to any area that you've already passed through. As you regain your lost powers, though, War will shift visually from a relatively plain (if robotic-looking) individual to a true engine of destruction. Eventually you'll also be able to regain your lost mount (you are a horseman, remember?); we're told it will not only be good for movement but will also enable you to significantly upgrade your combat abilities while you ride.

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Another way in which the game is tied back into older adventure games is the way in which the weapons and inventory are used. As in Metroid, you will periodically come across paths that are unpassable until you find a new weapon or gear item to use. One of these gear items is a tractor-beam-like attachment to your arm that will let you pull items toward you and then throw them at your enemies. We're also told that you'll find some iconic weapons that will have their own special abilities, such as Death's scythe.

Darksiders is looking like it should be an excellent next-gen action game for fans of intense God of War-like action. We don't know much about the game at the moment, but it's looking surprisingly smooth even this early in development. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more information on Darksiders in the future; it's currently slated for a tentative release at the end of 2008.

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23 comments
Fady117
Fady117

Great, another RPG ride to come this year. can't wait!!!

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

i think the game is going to be great because its sorta like god of war and then it has the free play like zelda. so umm and ten the storyline is great as well...

graavigala
graavigala

i just hope that this game doesnt get the DragonKind treatment and get cancelled when 70% was done... but hey! open-world exploration sounds good, hopefully it will be OPEN and not narrow corridored openes. still the game looks nice and the "hero" of the game looks just great, Joe Madureira is really great artist and its great to see his art turned into 3D

Merodach
Merodach

Hey THQ you had me at "Joe Madueria is the artist", I saw this game in motion at Gametrailers and it looks awesome

Kartel101
Kartel101

This game is gonna be awesome, I'm pleasantly surprised that no one so far is complaining too much that its a GOW clone cause GOW took alot of inspiration from DMC so theres nothing wrong with that as long as you do it well and make the game stand out with a fair amount of originality. I'll be keeping an eye on this one for sure esp seeing as Todd McFarlene (creator of the Spawn comic book) is involved.

Muddypoof
Muddypoof

Zelda with adult themes and art style. This looks really cool. God of War combat doesn't hurt either.

strangelove
strangelove

what are some other god of war clones, Shinedown220? guns and non-linear gameplay don't sound like god of war to me. are all 3rd person action games a GoW rip off now?

Shinedown220
Shinedown220

How many God of War Clones does this make!!! Although it looks some what promising.

SM2099
SM2099

Post Apocaliptic / playing as one of the dudes that braught the Apocalypse?! This is totally surreal. I wanna see this. Better yet I wanna play it.

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

this game looks very cool, especially the screenshots

-Krakapow-
-Krakapow-

any game where you get to be a horsman of the apocalypse gets thumbs up from me. hopefully there'll be more, like wrath of death?

sens_rocks_40
sens_rocks_40

finally, a nex-gen game like god of war, too bad we have to wait till late 2008, but still, this looks pretty sweet

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Looks decent. I hope it can turn out well.

t0xin_ven0m
t0xin_ven0m

So, I wonder if this is supposed to be anything like the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse that was cancelled about 2-4 years ago..?

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I hope it lives up to be a great adventure game.