Missed out on Darksiders first time around? We look at why you should check it out

When the original Darksiders was released back in early 2010 it quietly went about its business of being one of the most enjoyable hack and slash titles we have ever played. While it didn't quite receive the same level of fanfare as the likes of Bayonetta, it still proved itself a worthy pretender to the genre crown.

How does it hold up?

So if you've been considering picking up Darksiders' follow up, Darksiders II, but have yet to play the original, we recommend you stop what you're doing right this instant and go find yourself a copy.

It may be a couple of years old at this stage, but Darksiders certainly can't be accused of feeling anything other than fresh. While it doesn't really bring all that much to the table in terms of new ideas, everything is executed in such a way as to genuinely make you feel immersed in the experience.

Darksiders follows War, a member of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who is blamed for unleashing a demon invasion of Earth. Knowing that he has been set up, he manages to make his way to Earth in order to get to the bottom of the problem.

Needless to say, the gameplay is more than a little action packed. War smashes his way from one section to the next with little regard for the safety of others. The demons come through tick and fast so your fingers will need to be at their nimble best if you're going to survive to the game's epic final showdown, but even if you are going to die quite a few times, you'll enjoy every second of the game's comprehensive campaign.

Is it worth buying?

Given the fact that Darksiders can be picked up for well under £20 second hand these days, it's a must have for us, particularly if you missed it first time around. Those of you who are planning on jumping straight into the sequel won't necessarily be missing out on all that much, since Darksiders II takes place along the same timeline, beginning and ending at roughly the same time in the game universe. However, we do recommend playing through the original at some point, such is the level of enjoyment to be garnered from it.

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