Darksiders is easily one of my favorite games'. Growing up as a kid in the 90's, I naturally played a lot of Zelda. However, as I got older, the formula began to grow a little bit stale for me, so I looked for something new that was similar to it. God of War was pretty close, but it still lacked the feeling and the magic of Zelda. When I heard about Darksiders and it came out, I was amazed.
Dare I say, Darksiders is better than Zelda. Don't get me wrong, Zelda is a classic series, and were it not for Zelda there would be no Darksiders. Additionally, in some ways, Darksiders is actually more shallow than Zelda, especially with the lack of side quests. However, I think when you compare Darksiders to some of the best Zelda games, on their own merits, Darksiders is superior.
Darksiders basically takes what made Zelda great, and overhauls it with a few fresh twists. In fact, the amount of nods, if not jabs at the Zelda series throughout the first game is too many to count. There's a similar sound that plays when you discover a secret, you have to work your way through dungeons filled with puzzles, boss battles are very similar, you have to find special equipment to help you through the game, you get a horse to ride, etc, etc. The list goes on, but really, Zelda and Darksiders are siblings.
What makes Darksiders better though, is the fact that all of these elements are built upon in meaningful ways. For example, in the Zelda series you often receive stronger and stronger swords, but in Darksiders, your sword not only gets progressively stronger, you get access to a ton of combo moves that make you more powerful. In addition, you can also modify your weapon with enhancements. This is just one way that Darksiders takes Zelda's formula and expands it.
Darksiders is just an amazing game. Whether its the incredible voice acting and well crafted story, the memorable and unique looking characters, the awesome combat system, the beautiful graphics or the horde of things to do and find, Darksiders has it all.
What do you guys think of Darksiders? Do you prefer it to DS2? Is it better than Zelda in your opinion?