DARKSIDERS GENESIS (Airship Syndicate/THQ Nordic – X1/PS4/PC/Switch – 2019) – Here’s an interesting definition to irony. Seven years ago, THQ released Darksiders II before the company ended up going bankrupt. Last year, it came soaring back into the spotlight and released Darksiders III, one of its most successful games in its return. Now it’s heading into E3 2019 at full speed, and it just announced yet another Darksiders game into its fold, and this one has an interesting Diablo style twist to it. Enter Darksiders Genesis…
This one is far different from the other Darksiders games before it, but that could actually serve to its benefit. In it, players can actually take control of the forth and final Horseman of the Apocalypse, Strife, as he sets out to shoot his way through an armada of enemies. But this time, he gets some help from the first one that entered the fray, War, as he makes his way through a series of levels.
Rather than taking place in a third-person perspective like the first three games in the series have, Genesis uses a top-down perspective like the Diablo games. It’s a neat new set-up, kind of akin to what THQ did with Warhammer: Kill Team a little while ago, which came out alongside its Space Marine game. It features a ton of shoot-em-up action, along with a little bit of puzzle solving and co-op action, for those that are looking for it. But there’s also a bit of exploration to go along with it, and some visitation between heaven and hell.
And what’s more, it looks like the game could have some involvement of Joe “Mad” Madureira once more, the original madman behind the Darksiders franchise. That’s because the developers of Battle Chasers: Nightwar, Airship Syndicate, are behind Genesis, and although Joe’s involvement wasn’t confirmed just yet, we wouldn’t be surprised if he has a hand in its design. It certainly looks that way.
The game’s trailer paints an interesting picture of what’s to come, and could also feature appearances from other characters as well — hints of what’s to come for the future of the franchise. And it looks to be a whole lot of fun, despite differences from other Darksiders games. This, paired up with the rumored Darksiders II port coming to Nintendo Switch, should make for a bright future for the dark and abysmal franchise. We’re not sure how the game will fare just yet, but when it comes to winning over the fans, well, Genesis does.