Percentile Rank

Darksiders Genesis is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 76 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 76 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Dec 4, 2019
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Dec 5, 2019

Another cheerfully apocalyptic outing for the Horsemen.

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Player2.net.au
B
B
Dec 5, 2019

everything Genesis does, it does quite well, and over the ~15-20 hour playtime (depending on how thorough you are) you’ll find it quite hard to identify moments of weakness. For existing and prospective fans alike, there’s much to love about Darksiders Genesis.

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Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 4, 2019

An updated view of the action makes Darksiders Genesis look fresh, but after looking under that new paint job I found a game that feels tired, despite a few bright spots.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 9, 2019

I had a genuinely good time with it for at least 75% of the time I spent playing it. If you’re actually into the series as a whole, I imagine you’ll have an even better one.

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Scored Reviews

Leadergamer
Dec 6, 2019

Strife is as cool as I expected.

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Just Push Start
4.75 / 5.0
Just Push Start
Phillip Price

Top Critic

4.75 / 5.0
Dec 23, 2019

While the story at times felt a bit trite, and the enemies can feel a bit repetitive, this game is fun to play. While it will only take players around twelve to thirteen hours to complete the first playthrough, between the Apocalyptic difficulty setting, Arena mode, and metroidvania type puzzles, players will find themselves sinking dozens of hours into the game well after completing their first playthrough.

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Rectify Gaming
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis’s superb blend of action, platforming and exploration make it one of the best games of the year.

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Glitched Africa
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Darksider Genesis. The ending leaves much to be desired but the experience to get there was brutally fun and exciting. It takes around 12-15 hours to complete the main campaign and the arena is added content so overall, the game is a great package. I will be playing this next year on a console just to experience it all over again.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Dec 19, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is by far the best game in the series. As someone who has played all of them, I can honestly say that this is more than a hack and slash game where you slay demons, but a kick-ass demon slaying game that has found new life by remixing what it does best and incorporating the best features of other games to create something new in the series.

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Windows Central
Dec 13, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is a great top-down action game despite some minor issues.

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AusGamers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2019

Literal moves you performed as War in the original game are transferred to perfection here -- Darksiders Genesis is simply <b>Honey I Shrunk the Horseman</b>, but that's okay.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
Impulsegamer
Jeremy Carr

Top Critic

4.5 / 5.0
Dec 25, 2019

A prequel to the incredible Darksiders franchise.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

From the gorgeous visuals to the smooth, frenetic combat and environments that beg to be explored, the quality on display here is incredibly impressive. Despite a smattering of minor issues and a few iffy design choices, Darksiders Genesis is still a fantastic videogame, and might even be the best Darksiders game to date.

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WellPlayed
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2019

Despite the drastically different change in perspective, the game feels quintessentially Darksiders. For fans, it is a must-play. For anyone with even a passing interest, it is also a must-play.

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Bazimag
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Maybe Darksiders Genesis looks like a small game with a limited budget at the first look, but developers have used this budget as best as possible to create a title that unlike Darksiders III, feels like a Darksiders game and is faithful to the roots of this series.

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Gamerweb.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2019

Airship Syndicate has carried a successful experiment that brought freshness to the Darksiders series. Isometric perspective works perfectly and thanks to that game is dynamic and eye-catching even though visual side of it isn’t the greatest. I must admit that Darksiders Genesis is one of my biggest positive surprises of this year. I recommend this part of the series to all Darksiders and hack 'n' slash genre fans.

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VGChartz
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 30, 2019

THQ has just declared open warfare on the likes of Blizzard, Runic Games, and the other ARPG big dogs.

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Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Dec 4, 2019

We’ll come out and say it: Darksiders Genesis feels a lot like some of our favorite parts of the Marvel Ultimate Alliance games mixed with Darksiders tone and puzzle-solving.

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Cerealkillerz
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is probably the biggest surprise hit of 2019. Despite the low starting price you get a game that shouldn't hide behind the original games or even the Diablo Series in terms of gameplay variety and content.

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Boomstick Gaming
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019
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GameSpace
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

Darksiders Genesis translates everything from its 3rd person predecessors perfectly, I have zero complaints about the gameplay itself. The additional core system and the myriad of upgrades ensures boredom never sets in and I highly recommend anyone who's got an even passing interest in this gives it a go.

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IGN
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2019

Though it lacks polish, Darksiders Genesis is a rare spinoff that equals and sometimes surpasses its mainline brethren

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Hobby Consolas
86 / 100
86 / 100
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis looked like another Diablo clone, but it has its own personality and is a Darksiders with a different perspective. It's fun, has a component of RPG and platform game and, despite its problems, is a great new game of the saga created by Madureira brothers.

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Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is not only immediately fun, it is also immediately recognisable as Darksiders despite the move to a new genre and completely different camera angle. Strife is a very welcome addition to the Darksiders canon, and when paired with War they have helped elevate Genesis to the best entry in the series in the post Vigil Games era.

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GRYOnline.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

I expected much less from Darksiders Genesis and I got a really pleasant surprise. What looked like a hack’n’slash, a weird version of Diablo, turned out just another Darksiders game, only isometric. Hell, I think it’s even better than Darksiders III. Good stuff!

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

While Strife may end up playing second fiddle to War in his own debut game, Darksiders Genesis is a surprisingly fun and lengthy top-down co-op action game that both fans and newcomers should enjoy.

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KeenGamer
8.5 / 10.0
KeenGamer
Hrvoje Smoljic

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Dec 24, 2019

After a field trip into Dark Souls land, Darksiders Genesis is a triumphant comeback of the beloved franchise to its true self. While it might not be the most important entry in the franchise story-wise, it's by far the most ambitious one in terms of gameplay. Despite some small issues, it manages to be a fun, straightforward action experience that has us quivering in anticipation for the future of the franchise.

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Cultured Vultures
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Despite some hokey voice acting and a few technical quibbles, Darksiders: Genesis manages to be every bit as significant to the franchise as the mainline games.

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

There's a compelling story underneath all the hacking and slashing, with interesting characters and extremely well-done level design. The puzzles are very clever, something that I would expect from a Darksiders game, and there's simply a lot of content to enjoy throughout a nearly 15-hour playthrough.

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Gamersky
8.3 / 10.0
Gamersky
棘皮动物的野望

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Dec 11, 2019

Despite the story of Darksider Genesis is pretty mediocre, the combat system and puzzle-solving design are impressive. With a beautiful Diablo-like aesthetic, it also presents us a fascinated world.

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PC Gamer
81 / 100
81 / 100
Dec 4, 2019

A great one-shot adventure or an enjoyable grindfest, depending on which you want.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
Dec 18, 2019

Darksiders Genesis has a really solid base, is greatly entertaining, and is definitely worth its price tag.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

I came into Darksiders Genesis expecting nothing and got a fun little co-op dungeon crawler in return. Although the concept of a "Diablo spinoff for the Darksiders series" had the potential to just be a big bowl of wrong, the mad men and women at Airship Syndicate pulled it off. Long live Darksiders.

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Game Revolution
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis masterfully shrinks down the long-running franchise into a top-down action game that’s just plain fun to play.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
IGN Italy

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

An entertaining spin-off that manages to retain the Darksiders vibe while shifting the perspective, offered at an inviting price point.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Dec 8, 2019

It's hard to imagine any fan of any of the Darksiders games not enjoying Genesis.  It definitely hammers home on the strengths of the franchise and brings the playable characters full circle with the introduction of Strife.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis may be a new look for the series, but it doesn't sacrifice the glorious chaos fans have come to love. Gorgeous visuals, weighty combat, and a surprising amount of replayability make Darksiders Genesis something everyone can enjoy.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

As a stopgap between Darksiders 3 and the eventual Darksiders 4, Genesis scratches an itch in an unconventional manner that deserves some appreciation for trying something new along the way. Darksiders Genesis is action and co-op play firing on all cylinders. Even if I do need to strap a pair of binoculars to my face to see what I'm doing.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 4, 2019

Overall Darksiders Genesis pulls off the change in perspective. It feels like a true to form Darksiders game and should not be skipped by any fan of the series.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Thanks to the passage from the action-adventure genre to the hack 'n' slash with isometric view, Darksiders Genesis demonstrates how the series can evolve without losing its core.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Dec 12, 2019

Darksiders Genesis easily cements itself as not just a great entry into the franchise, but also as a fine action-packed dungeon crawler in general.

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GameSkinny
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is an incredibly solid adaptation of the IP that brings both War and Strife into a new genre without losing the heart of the franchise.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Airship Syndicate has created a game that both fans and those new to the series can jump into and have a great deal of fun. And thanks to co-op, it no longer has to be a solitary affair.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 5, 2019

Darksiders Genesis looks very much like the older games in Darksiders series, and even repeats their mistakes, such as camera problems. Nevertheless, solid visual design and good music that matches greatly with the game's tempo save the day and make Darksiders Genesis a very good game, but not one of the best in the genre.

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TrueGaming
8 / 10.0
TrueGaming

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2019

Darksiders Genesis presents everything we like in the series with a twist, although the story isn't what we expected, its a decent first trial for the Diablo-like Action RPG formula that can be enjoyed with a Solo or with a friend.

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is a really fun game and a new Darksiders experience that makes you some enjoyable hours of playing Our journey with Strife is a completely different experience from other Darksiders games and with many changes that it has seen, it feels really fresh and new in this amaznig series. Darksiders Genesis is a valuable game that absolutely worth your time and money, either you are a fan of series or not.

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Oyungezer Online
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

Can't say it's the best one in Darksiders series, but still manages to deliver a highly enjoyable experience.

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New Game Network
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 18, 2019

Darksiders Genesis marks a return to form for the series, with a classic experience underlying the shift in camera perspective and budget price tag. Some minor issues with controls during puzzles and navigation aren't enough to dampen enjoyment of this surprisingly great prequel spinoff.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2019

Taking the series in an entirely new direction, Darksiders Genesis manages to stay true to the prior games whilst delivering in a totally different genre. A fun game let down by grindy character progression.

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MSPoweruser
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis feels like the next great step for a series that has, until now, often struggled a bit to find its own identity.

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Gaming Boulevard
8 / 10.0
Gaming Boulevard
Michiel Vonck
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is a decent follow-up within the Darksiders franchise. It’s really great to see that the developers wanted to try something entirely different in the franchise and I can vouch for it; it’s a fun game to play especially in co-op. The game runs fluently and tries to maintain its link with previous titles by using some of the same mechanics which isn’t always a bad thing. The top-down experience was a blast and I definitely hope they’ll continue with these experimental versions of a great franchise.

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Jack of All Controllers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2019

If you want to play a pretty good Diablo clone with a simplified control scheme and a prequel to the Darksiders series, you will enjoy Darksiders Genesis.

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NoobFeed
80 / 100
80 / 100
Dec 14, 2019

Darksiders Genesis' action-packed combat and gorgeous visuals prove that the franchise still has plenty of juice left.

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Gamer Escape
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 30, 2019

Darksiders: Genesis is every bit a Darksiders game as the ones that came before it. The addition of Strife is employed in such a way that it feels natural, rather than forced, and showcases the developer’s ability to build upon the series’ lore instead of ret-conning any of it.

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Screen Rant
Dec 13, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is a fantastic continuation of the series' traditional formula.

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Areajugones
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis takes the franchise's pillars (fast-paced combat, some puzzles and platforming) to an isometric perspective. A game that, although feels completely like a smaller spin-off rather than a big new entry in the series, manages to still give that Darksiders' feeling that fans love.

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3DNews
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Despite of its camera angle, Genesis is a true Darksiders game and a good opportunity to try what it's like to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Well, at least two of them.

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Wccftech
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis manages to twist the series' formula successfully, offering plenty of engaging puzzle-solving and treasure hunting, both elevated by the good mission and location design. Repetitive combat, lack of a true loot system and a few other issues prevent the game from being a must-buy for everyone, but Darksiders fans will surely enjoy their time with the game, even more if they have a friend to play with.

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GamesRadar+
GamesRadar+

Top Critic

Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis find new fun in a new gameplay format. While retaining some of the aesthetic and mechanical qualities that drew fans in to begin with

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 11, 2019

Darksiders: Genesis suffers from a poorly-suited camera but has great combat and intriguing writing.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

For those who want to continue knowing the bloody adventures of the four Riders of the Apocalypse, Darksiders Genesis is a must. On the other hand, if you're looking for the usual saga formula, it can be quite disappointing.

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Game Rant
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is an engaging co-op experience that has some serious technical issues keeping it from reaching its full potential.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

When it works, Darksiders Genesis is quite fun and entertaining. Unfortunately the game is plagued by many technical issues and some very questionable design choices that prevent to guarantee an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 6, 2020

Darksiders Genesis provides a short burst of demon-crunching carnage for hardcore fans of the franchise, but the overall experience is easily eclipsed by other, deeper, more engaging action-RPGs.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

It doesn't continue the story, but Darksiders Genesis is a strong prequel buoyed by fantastic co-op and a fun new character in Strife. Fans of the series, and dungeon crawlers in general, should check this one out.

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GBAtemp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2019

Darksiders Genesis delivers a nice installment to the Darksiders series by sporting a different look while playing it safe.

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Niche Gamer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2019

With a little bit of refinement, and by committing wholly to the notion of adopting a new identity, Darksiders could definitely make itself a staple of the genre.

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

Hack and Slash with Horsemen of the Apocalypse is acceptable, but with some flaws and horrible camera.

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Digitally Downloaded
Dec 13, 2019

Darksiders Genesis gets a lot right. It has plenty of personality and a dynamic, engaging action system. Its only real problem is that it has tackled a thematic challenge that it can't deliver - hell should not be dull, empty or repetitive, and yet this game fails on all fronts there.

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Saudi Gamer
7 / 10
Saudi Gamer

Top Critic

7 / 10
Dec 30, 2019

A fun spinoff of an amazing franchise, might as well become a stand alone franchise with the same mechanics and style. The game suffers from few minor camera and technical issues but it's still an even better game than games in its respective genre.

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Zoomg
7 / 10.0
Zoomg
Yashar Garusian

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Dec 21, 2019

Despite using an isometric camera angle, Darksiders Genesis feels right at home and delivers the fast and fluid hack and slash experience that the previous games provided. the only problem with Darksiders Genesis is that some parts like platforming feel problematic and the puzzles are not as enjoyable as action sections.

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Explosion Network
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 31, 2019

Now that we've seen four games and met all the Horseman of the Apocalypse it has to be time to return to the original Darksiders ending and see what happens next. For now, Darksiders: Genesis is a lot of fun to smash demons around in and be introduced to Strife, officially.

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Game Informer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

Playing with a friend is more fun than solo, but odd design brings down both experiences

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GameMAG
6 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

6 / 10
Dec 28, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is a very beautiful game with a faded and essentially empty story with a treacherous Lucifer that looms somewhere in the background, crooked interface, useless skill tree, broken map, monotonous and boring gameplay and insufficient polishing before release. Fans of the original trilogy will be happy to meet with old friends, but the initial fuse is unlikely to last long.

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RPG Site
5 / 10
5 / 10
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis is a fun co-op romp at times, but often feels meandering and sadly pointless.

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