Windows Vista / Windows XP
If you're an adventure/action gamer with a taste for apocalyptic mythology, Darksiders may be right up your alley. In this third person, single-player game, you will play the character "War" who is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the biblical book of Revelation.
In the story, you will find yourself unjustly accused at inciting a war between heaven and hell, and your goal during the game is to travel throughout the earth seeking the truth, building alliances with demons, avoiding (and dispatching) angels and other enemies, and punishing those who have set you up to take the final fall.
Darksiders provides you a vast world to explore--and you will certainly need to do so in order to find the health chests, weapon chests, and bonus life points that keep you going. War will grow in fighting ability as you battle various demons, angels and other enemies, but there seem to be no specific "good guys" and "bad guys"--just the uneasy reality of constant conflict between two opposing sides.
Settings are an eerie combination of postapocalyptic urban areas overlaid with biblical horror. The game leans heavily toward the action end of the adventure/action spectrum, and more traditional adventure-game lovers may be put off by all of the hack-and-slash, but the variety of weapons at your disposal and the abilities of your enemies are often clever and surprising.
Darksiders runs on Windows XP (SP3), Vista (SP1) and Windows 7. It was designed to be played through a console controller, so if you are using a mouse and keyboard, you may find it less responsive and more frustrating than a truly great game should be. More experienced gamers may find Darksiders to be derivitive from other popular games such as "Zelda" or "God of War." But, to those who enjoyed these games, the familiarity may be a big plus. Finally, the resolution of this PC game runs to the low end, but the art work is gripping for a game of this sort.
You can often find Darksiders at a discount if you skulk around the various gaming sites for a while, and it's well worth a download.
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