The Influences of Darksiders II

Learn about the movies, TV shows, and music the influenced Vigil's upcoming sequel.

With Darksiders II's impending release on August 14, we thought it would be fun to see what's been on the minds of the development team as work has progressed on Death's debut. Team members Ryan Stefanelli (principal designer), Haydn Dalton (lead designer), Matt Guzenda (executive producer), Marvin Donald (director), Tim Donley (development director), David Adams (general manager) and Tony Bennett (senior programmer) all contributed to this article.

The Movies

Raiders of the Lost Ark
At first glance, many people read Darksiders as a game of action and intensity. In truth, the core of the game is adventure, and no one does that better than Indiana Jones.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
One of many Westerns we often cite here at Vigil. Death isn’t unlike many Eastwood heroes: calm, cool, and deadly with a hint of brooding. I think many of us would secretly (or not-so-secretly) love to work on a Western game.

The Dark Knight Trilogy
There are a lot of textural and thematic inspirations to be taken from Nolan’s Batman series. Dark and intense, much like Darksiders.

Legend
Come on, have you seen Samael from Darksiders?!

Gattaca
Because we never save anything for the swim back.

The Books

Song of Ice and Fire
What fantasy adventure game isn’t influenced by this right now? While there might not be direct inspirations from Martin’s epic, it’s a series nearly everyone on the team has been reading lately, so it has undoubtedly shaped some of our thought processes. And it’s just awesome.

The Night Angel Trilogy
Another commonly read series by some of the leads here. The relationship between Azoth and Durzo Blint is one of the most compelling in recent fantasy novels.

The Road
Hopeless and oppressive, but an enthralling depiction of post-apocalyptic hell.

Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian
Hilariously epic depictions of heroism and possibly the most flatly entertaining fantasy you can read, despite the era in which it was written. Robert Jordan’s excellent Conan books are also a well-kept secret.

The Stand
A gripping depiction of how an apocalyptic scenario might play out.

The Music

Basil Poledouris
His sweeping arrangements could easily be set behind any Darksiders game. Whenever someone fires the Conan soundtrack up, we feel the sudden urge to see our enemies crushed and driven before us, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

Ennio Morricone
We love Westerns here. They personify adventure, survival, heroism, and grit. Morricone is the de facto musical representation of those same things.

Johnny Cash
If our General Manager David Adams isn’t singing it at his desk, someone should probably check his pulse. “The Man Comes Around” could be Death’s theme song.

Europe
It’s not a typical Vigil Friday night if you don’t hear "The Final Countdown" being blasted at someone’s desk.

Jesper Kyd
There’s a reason we sought this guy out for Darksiders II!

The Television Shows

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
When it comes to ridiculous combat and over-the-top character portrayals, it’s hard to look past JoJo’s.

Naruto
Some of the most radically insane and straight-up ridiculous combat ever put to motion.

Young Justice
You’ll notice a theme among TV shows--cartoons filled with kick-assery. Here’s another.

Family Guy
Nothing in this office is quoted more than Family Guy. Also, the fight between Peter and the chicken was the entire basis for our combat system in Darksiders II.

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scamarot
scamarot

If you gave death a whip, and changed some of the character names with the end boss being dracula you would have the perfect castlevania game that everyone hopes for. Big scary monsters....Check! Really cool environments to explore.....Check! Continuous upgrades to make our hero stronger....Check! Spot on controls....Check! Hours of puzzles and gameply with an engaging story Check check! Don't get me wrong I love Darksiders, and the next installment has got me dancing in anticipation for the sequel, but maybe the people over at Konami should be taking notes here if they plan to make a castlevania game that will be remembered as one of the best again. Until then simon belmont can suck on his whip while death kicks ass. 

001011000101101
001011000101101

Most of this is mainstream stuff that anyone knows about. If that's what influenced, the game will probably be pretty meh. Kyd and Morricone are good, though.

Erzcn24
Erzcn24

Why don't they openly say, that they used God Of War and Zelda as a blueprint for their first game?

Everybody knows it, nobody says it.

 

mwmike11
mwmike11

Can I have this game now, please? That would be awesome...

devilmaycry27
devilmaycry27

u would think the crow movie would be on the list since the voice over for death is the actor who plays top dollar and there's a crow on deaths shoulders

JudgementEden
JudgementEden

This is a stupid article, it barely explains anything. It just lists a bunch of random things.

azureblade89
azureblade89

I dunno; great article but can't tell me Mad Maxx, Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and Stephen King's "The Tower" didn't have an influence on this game.  It just bleeds Death isn't to be f*cked with.

RetroSEAL
RetroSEAL

Gosh I love the Night Angel Trilogy. The only books I've ever read more than once.

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

Thanks for this article Goancarlo, really cool and interesting. I love stuff like this, and what better than a franchise I've been following for such a long time. The art style is what really draws me on top of all the other badass things about Darksiders.

 

Rodrigo_AA
Rodrigo_AA

I never played both of this games, but Death from Darksiders II looks like a bigger brother of the main character of Soul Reaver II.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

So much influence in different art forms made Darksiders II easy to mold. This article is really good :)

Raad78
Raad78

 @scamarot Spot on man, spot on! I've been waiting like forever for cast game like that.

 

Giancarlo
Giancarlo moderator

 @Erzcn24 Because this isn't about the games that influenced it?

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

 @Erzcn24 Not to mention if you did any research you would see people have already stated the comparisons to other games. Nothing new, move along.

MidnightMeteor
MidnightMeteor

 @Erzcn24 Interesting since God of War used Devil May Cry as a blueprint. There's nothing original about your statement.

LustForSoul
LustForSoul

 @JudgementEden Agree with this one. Comparing it to Indiana in one silly sentence. This just makes no sense whatsoever.

Cliffy_T
Cliffy_T

 @Rodrigo_AA Really?  I get more of a Rick from Splatterhouse feel from him.  I guess it's the mask.  Has that same heavy metal skull look to it.

Giancarlo
Giancarlo moderator

 @DieOrFight Those are coming later, but if you've played the original Darksiders, you can probably guess most of the important ones. 

Rodrigo_AA
Rodrigo_AA

 @Cliffy_T But the hair and the colors used for Death and main character of Soul Reaver II are really similar. But you are right about the mask too, maybe Rick is a cousin. :P

dskribe
dskribe

 @Giancarlo 

 

most definitely Zelda, God of War, Portal, Castlevania, etc. etc. hell, there was even a segment in the original Darksiders that was like a level from Panzer Dragoon.

 

loved that game, can't wait for Darksiders II.