Percentile Rank

Darksiders Genesis is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 135 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

74%

Critics Recommend

Based on 135 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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Unboxholics
Worth your time
Unboxholics
Στράτος Χατζηνικολάου

Top Critic

Worth your time
Dec 19, 2019

The new Darksiders game takes inspiration from its older siblings -mainly the Diablo series- and dresses it with its own sauce. But being a game with a top-down camera has its caveats, especially when it comes to the narrative because of the lack of traditional cutscenes and an interesting plot. Although with its addictive gameplay, that's packed with an interesting upgrade system, a beautiful art style, co-op elements and a campaign that lasts for 10-15 hours its a game that will attract you without a doubt, even if you're not a Darskiders aficionado.

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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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Echo Boomer
Liked
Liked
Mar 24, 2020

With a new prespective with some RPG elements into the mix, Darksiders Genesis is a good distraction from the main series, that ads up some lore and story to it.

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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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Nerfeados
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 4, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a welcome change to a kind of stale franchise. Airship Syndicate work is definitely a good one, although the pacing of the story can feel weird sometimes and the camera is definitely a problem that can make the combat experience a little bit clumsy.

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Scored Reviews

Leadergamer
Dec 6, 2019

Strife is as cool as I expected.

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Impulsegamer
4.8 / 5.0
4.8 / 5.0
Mar 3, 2020

I definitely recommend this game for anyone who wants something that is story driven but wants something to play casually without having to commit to a 1000-hour saga.

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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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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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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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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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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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Windows Central
Dec 13, 2019

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

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SelectButton
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 3, 2020

Darksiders Genesis may be one of the best games in the Darksiders franchise. The banter between War and Strife works on so many levels, and the added co-op support is the icing on the cake. Yes, I would have preferred to see matchmaking and positioning on the map, but neither are deal-breakers. The camera doesn't always cooperate with some of the platforming sections, but I mostly enjoyed the 15 hours spent playing through the campaign. You are free to replay any of the 16 chapters to collect any missing items/cores. The arena mode lets you take your characters into battle against ten grueling waves of enemies.

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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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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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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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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 3, 2020

Despite the fundamental changes to the series' viewpoint, Darksiders Genesis feels like a true Darksiders game, and banishes any memory of the lacklustre third entry.

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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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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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CFG Games
Feb 27, 2020

Darksiders Genesis tries its hand at something new once more and finds more successes than fails. Strife is another great character for the series. Genesis has excellent art direction, varied enemies with fun combat in either solo or co-op play. Do not lose the balance by missing this title!

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Geeks Under Grace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2020

Darksiders is a fantastic game that successfully merges elements from Zelda and God of War to make a gritty classic all on its own.

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Kakuchopurei
90 / 100
90 / 100
Dec 9, 2019

Airship Syndicate did a great job taking the best aspects of action RPGs and isometric action titles and put their fun and entertaining spin on it, topped off with a decent Gareth Coke-composed soundtrack that wades between tranquil acoustics to battle anthems with foreboding chants. That's more than enough to earn it a reputation for being this year's dark horse.

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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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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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Worth Playing
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a great game. I feel like the developers masterfully ticked every box on their design sheets, so they should be proud of this one. Unless the genre really turns you off or the occasional puzzle is a deal-breaker for you, Darksiders Genesis is definitely worth your money.

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Digital Chumps
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a strong entry to the franchise and it’s one that should appeal not only to fans and newcomers of Darksiders, but also to anyone that enjoys a isometric dungeons crawlers with two player co-op support.

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Boomstick Gaming
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019
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Gamefa
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2020

Without a doubt Darksiders Genesis is one of the best isometric action-RPGs of all time. Almos everything in this game is amazing and well placed. It takes you to a journey with 2 cool brothers War and Strife and either you play it co-op or single player, this journey is fantastic. Action, puzzles and platforming parts are completely balanced and with so many collectible,challenges and secrets in the world, replay value is high. Unlike previous games, Darksiders Genesis has isometric camera, but other than that it is a complete Darksiders in every aspects. Of course the game has issues like some weird technical problems, various types of bugs and not so efficient map, but these are nothing compare to beautiful art style, deep balanced gameplay, high replay value, high quality upgrade system, amazing boss fights, 2 cool protagonists with completely diffrent gameplay style and also nice co-op mode. Darksiders Genesis is a must buy for fans of series or if you are looking for amzing action-RPGs like Diablo. it's 30 $ but it has much more high quality contents than many 60 $ games. Now we want next Darksiders Genesis with Death and Fury!

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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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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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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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WayTooManyGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2020

I’ll admit I was pretty skeptical with the Switch port of Darksiders Genesis, based on the disappointing port of Darksiders 2 to the system. So I was pleasantly surprised by the successful port over to Switch, even though it is not perfect. It’s definitely worth playing, especially if you’ve never tried it before.

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ZTGD
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2020

Genesis may position itself as merely a side story; just a small alternative look at one part of this universe. But it is so much more than that. It offers a more personal story and one that may seem insignificant at first, but has wider implications to the story as a whole. Tied to that is gameplay that is both fun and chaotic in equal measure and offers replay value to those who want to go back again and again.

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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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Just Push Start
4.25 / 5.0
Just Push Start
Damian Antony Seeto

Top Critic

4.25 / 5.0
Feb 13, 2020

Despite some minor issues with the map and camera, Darksiders Genesis still felt like a proper Darksiders game even though this is technically a spinoff. The gameplay is top-notch thanks to the fact that you can play as more than one character. It might be a challenge for some gamers, although it's still fun to play if you have another person helping you out.

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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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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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ThisGenGaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2020

Darksiders Genesis may not be the continuation of the story that many of us are waiting for but its attempt at taking an established franchise and turning it into a fun dungeon crawler was successful.

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BaziCenter
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 4, 2020

The first 15 minutes of Darksiders Genesis is enough to prove that it's far better than Darksiders 3, and shows why Airship Syndicate should continue to work on the series. If you are a fan of the genre, Genesis is definitely one of your top choices.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a rousing achievement, taking the pillars of the franchise and bringing them to a new genre and perspective. That shift is pulled off almost to perfection, creating one of the better games in the franchise and a satisfying and rewarding combat experience with a lot of meat on its bones.

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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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Sirus Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2019

I recommend this game to players who enjoy hack-and-slash action games who don’t mind a bit of platforming from time to time. If you enjoy isometric combat games, that’s a great plus. And don’t worry about prior knowledge. If this game truly interests you, you’ll no doubt want to see what the other games are all about.

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Vamers
85 / 100
85 / 100
Mar 9, 2020

Having an isometric viewpoint automatically makes the game look surprisingly like some Diablo wannabe. The assumption that it would be similar to Diablo was compounded even further by the pre-release marketing material -- gameplay videos that most definitely gave off the feeling the developers copied directly from Activision Blizzard’s homework. In short: the game is nothing like Diablo… yet it manages to be one of the best Diablo-type games I have played in years.

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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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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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PSX Extreme
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2020

A true return to form, this is a prequel that gives audiences the chance to once again bask in the wonderful hack and slash glory, this time with a friend and a whole new perspective. Topping it all off with an intriguing story that acts as a cardinal chapter in the story’s canon, Darksiders Genesis completes the tetralogy with Horseman Strife, style, and substance.

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Gamer's Palace
83 / 100
83 / 100
Feb 17, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a great addition to the series. It features a complex and diverse gameplay and while it may get frustrating at times, everything can be managed in single-player as well as the good co-op mode. The menus are a bit overloaded and I had something like a love-hate relationship to Darksiders Genesis. Overall, the good parts prevail.

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GamePro
82 / 100
82 / 100
Feb 14, 2020

Sympathetic heroes and a great gameplay flow make the Darksiders perspective change not only interesting for fans.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is actually a great spin-off for the series with two leads that work very well together and this perspective was a very neat change-up.

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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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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 13, 2020

A fun, cathartic romp through demonic armies, with two fun characters that offer plenty of personality and an interesting alternative to other Diablo style role-players.

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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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Hobby Consolas
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 17, 2020

It looks like Diablo, it plays like God of War, what Darksiders do we have? An original and enjoyable one, with some attractive ideas that now arrive to consoles with a good port, event if it has with some problems (on Switch runs at 30 fps, some problems loading textures...). But even though, it's an enjoyable hack'n slash playing alone or coop.

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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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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is not Darksiders 4, but it’s still a worthwhile addition to the Darksiders saga.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2020

Its platforming and minor issues aside, Darksiders Genesis provides a fun hack-and-slash experience that further fleshes out the world’s lore at the same time. The addition of Strife to the mix also provides a nice change of pace over his more serious brethren. If you love Darksiders or are looking for a different take on the Diablo formula, Darksiders Genesis is worth a trip to hell and back.

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Stevivor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2020

Darksiders Genesis truly surprised me

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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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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames
DottorKillex

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2020

We really liked the new direction Airship Syndicate gave the IP and we hope that the next title in the series will be quite similar to Darksiders Genesis.

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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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PSX Brasil
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 14, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a great (and necessary) isometric hack 'n slash action game and manages, even though it is considered an spinoff, to keep all the essence of the franchise, while taking it to new and promising paths.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2020

While I do wish that it had maintained the unified world of its mainline brethren, the adventure is thrilling from beginning to end. The Switch port itself certainly has some rough spots, but is overall still a solid way to experience Darksiders Genesis. An oddly hidden mission reward system and horrible map may cause some confusion, but the music and character dialogue are all superb. Fans of the Darksiders franchise will almost certainly find enjoyment here and newcomers can feel at ease knowing that they don't need to play the previous entries to enjoy this one.

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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. What could have been thought of as lesser-than by moving the camera from behind to above has in no way had this effect, with Genesis still doing an excellent job of letting you defeat endless legions of devilish foes as you explore to make your horseman (horsemen, in this instance) better, stronger and more badass. Strife’s ranged attacks would have been enough to solidify Genesis as a rollicking twist on the Darksiders format on its own, but the fact that you’re able to do so also as War with either in solo or with a friend in co-op is the cherry on top.

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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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Star News
Feb 13, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a ton of fun with a friend, but still a wonderfully competent and fun experience for solo players. Gathering Cores and playing through the Arena offer up some longevity to the experience as well.

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GamesFinest
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 3, 2020

"Darksiders Genesis" proves to be an atmospheric offshoot of the popular game series and, just like its predecessors, manages to deliver exciting new approaches. Even though the player in "Darksiders Genesis" has to do without a comprehensive root system, the well thought-out talent tree allows the implementation of a wide variety of game styles. While the two multiplayer modes offer an additional game incentive, the different difficulty levels ensure that even passionate connoisseurs of the genre are brought to their knees every now and then. As usual, the individual levels are dark and varied and invite you to explore and discover thanks to numerous hidden items and tricky puzzle passages. No question, "Darksider's Genesis" does not come close to other genre greats in terms of scope - but especially lovers of the game series will not be disappointed.

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Saving Content
Mar 9, 2020

Darksiders: Genesis is a worthy continuation of the Darksiders franchise, delivering another solid entry in the Darksiders franchise in a package that’s fun to play and tough to put down. The bonus of being able to play through with a friend just makes the experience all the better, and if you don’t mind hunting for upgrade items and collectibles, this is a fun romp that helps further flesh out the game’s universe. It performs well on Switch and it’s great to see the franchise getting due attention on the platform. More importantly, it proves out that Darksiders can still delight and surprise, not just in spite of, but because of its willingness to experiment.

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OnlySP
Dec 4, 2019

Darksiders Genesis may be a spin-off, but it is a star in its own right. The classic looting, shooting, and stabbing style of the game feels of another era in the best way possible. Airship Syndicate has delivered a game truthful to its origins, yet fresh for a modern appetite. Players willing to forgive its minor mishaps will delight in the heavenly romp through Hell that Darksiders Genesis has to offer.

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INDIANTVCZ
8 / 10
INDIANTVCZ
Adam Bárta
8 / 10
Mar 16, 2020

Darksiders Genesis takes action to another level with its fast-paced combat system and amazing music. Unfortunately, it falls behind with unoriginal puzzles and lack of polish.

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Player.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

The development of Darksiders passes this time through the hands of Airship Syndicate, a study composed by the developers of Vigil Games, which had developed the first two titles in the series and this is felt especially from the point of view of art and gameplay. The level design is taken care of down to the smallest detail, not only for the vast explorability and monsters to defeat, but also a huge amount of dynamic elements that react to our actions. The gameplay is solid but above all fun, especially the boss fights. Each of these will require nerve and cunning to be overcome and will make us put into practice every power we have collected, even the horse! The possibility of being played in local multiplayer (but also online) is always a plus for me for an action title. Finally, the ability to create small builds for your heroes is a great addition to the classic Vulgrim shop. In short, a Darksiders with the flakes that surely will not disappoint fans and certainly will approach new ones. If these are to be considered the basis of a fourth chapter (maybe with all four riders), we can really hope.

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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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Everyeye.it
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2019

It is not fair to talk about a wasted opportunity, because Genesis even manages to surprise and the purchase is highly recommended to all fans of the brand, but more could be done to finish a title that still does not reach the heights of the first regular chapters.

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Gameplanet
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a welcome addition to a solid franchise and does a good job at expanding on the universe. Despite the shift in camera perspective, the game retains its signature blend of combat, puzzles and platforming and is a joy to play. Small issues like a woeful map and occasional bugs get in the way of the action a little, but the addition of co-op and the excellent gameplay more than makes up for any shortfalls. Genesis is a must-play for fans of the series and those looking for some solid action on the Switch.

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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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But Why Tho?
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2020

When all is said and done I found Darksiders Genesis a fun, if somewhat shallow game experience.

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33bits
75 / 100
75 / 100
Mar 18, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a minor game in the Darksiders franchise, but despite this, and the playable change of perspective, it is still a 100% Darksiders. Finally we meet the fourth Horseman, Strife, which will bring us a new way to play, and we will put ourselves in the skin of War again. It can be enjoyed perfectly alone but it is in a cooperative, where you can get the most out of the combination of both characters. The Switch version has lacked a technical boost, though it's still fully enjoyable.

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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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Cheat Code Central
3.7 / 5.0
3.7 / 5.0
Feb 14, 2020

It is pretty clear [Darksiders Genesis] didn’t get the same level of attention as its predecessors.

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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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Nintendo Life
7 / 10
Nintendo Life

Top Critic

7 / 10
Feb 17, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is, for us, the best entry in the series in terms of its mix of satisfyingly meaty hack-and-slash action and huge levels filled with secrets, puzzles and platforming. With its fully co-op campaign, unlockable arena mode and Apocalyptic difficulty feeding into that addictive Creature Core grinding, there's an absolute ton here for fans of the series – and newcomers alike – to get stuck into. This Switch version may suffer some slight blurriness and FPS hiccups in portable mode but, if you can make peace with these problems, this is a highly entertaining action game at a very reasonable price.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2020

Darksiders Genesis may forever be in the shadow of Diablo III, but that’s not necessarily a bad place to be. If you are a fan of Blizzard’s ARPG, chances are you’ll find a lot to enjoy here. I know that I did.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 2, 2020

Thanks to its well executed balance between a hack and slash and an RPG, as well as its system of skills, the relationship between the two main characters and its very compelling combat, there's more than enough here to satisfy those who gravitate to these kinds of games. While not all is perfect when it comes to its less than ideal performance on the Switch screen, Darksiders Genesis has proved itself worthy for everyone to try it out.

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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
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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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Feb 14, 2020

. I enjoyed the new character a good deal and have always appreciated the world these games were set in. The wheel is not getting reinvented here, but the overall execution is generally well done.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 24, 2020

Technical foibles aside, Darksiders Genesis provides yet another fresh take on everyone's favourite Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The isometric viewpoint is an interesting new direction, and one that isn't quite justified by the familiar hack 'n' slash action, but this is nevertheless a fun and well-designed experience that stays true to its roots despite its diminished scale. Fans of Darksiders will surely find a lot to enjoy here.

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Pardis Game
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 1, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a decent yet confused game. It provides enjoyable combat and boss fights, but ruins their potential with excessive emphasis on puzzle and platformer sections of the game. The problem is that this section has been poorly designed. The story and the narrative are acceptable, but on the other hand, the environments are lifeless. Despite all of this, Darksiders Genesis can be an enjoyable title for the fans of the series or those who want something to keep them occupied while they wait for Diablo

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Video Chums
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 17, 2020

Even though I'm a tad disappointed with Darksiders Genesis, there's no denying how solid of a game it is. Plus, it's fantastic that its cooperative component is handled as well as it is because playing it with a chum is definitely the way to go.

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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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Hey Poor Player
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Mar 16, 2020

Despite its camera quirks and a few random crashes to the PlayStation 4 home screen, I enjoyed my time with Darksiders: Genesis. And if you’re a fan of the series who’s looking for a fresh take on the franchise, I think you will too. Developer Airship Syndicate has done a commendable job of transplanting the Darksiders universe to the hack-and-slash genre. With some genuinely solid puzzles and platforming segments to complement the game’s weighty and fun combat, it’s a game that’s worth experiencing alone, and even better with a friend.

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Enternity.gr
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2020

The Platforming and the design of puzzles and levels, immediately brings to mind the good elements of the previous games and confirms that the passion still exists.

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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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Press Start
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2020

Make no mistakes, Darksiders Genesis plays and feels like a Darksiders game. It’s just not a particularly strong one. Repetitive enemy encounters, simplistic puzzle design and average platforming all stop Genesis from being as good as it could be. Co-op is a blast, as is the great dynamic between War and Strife, but it doesn’t save the experience in the end.

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Xbox Achievements
65%
65%
Feb 16, 2020

Darksiders: Genesis is a neat concept with a frankly bizarre execution. While the isometric viewpoint is cool during certain scenarios – namely Strife's twin-stick shooter gameplay – everything else doesn't really fit, especially the awful platforming. It's not a bad game, it's just not a very good one.

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Impulsegamer
3.2 / 5.0
3.2 / 5.0
Feb 25, 2020

If you're a Darksiders diehard, consider picking up Daksiders Genesis on a different platform. It's near unplayable on the Switch, but has the seeming makings of a better outcome, elsewhere.

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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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Push Square
6 / 10
Push Square

Top Critic

6 / 10
Feb 13, 2020

What may have been a solid experience a few years back feels too stale in 2020. Darksiders Genesis is completely competent in its own right, but it doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from previous iterations despite a change in perspective. Combat is a highlight and the Creature Core system provides some depth, however, they're about the only two features we can muster any enthusiasm for.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 22, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is a pretty good spin-off to the main series. For sure, it will entertain and please the fans !

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CGMagazine
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2020

Darksiders Genesis is basically a Diablo clone that forgot to clone Diablo.

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Killa Penguin
Feb 20, 2020

It’s only once all of the ill-advised puzzle and platforming mechanics have been introduced and enough time has passed for you to become comfortable with them that things begin to click, by which point you’ll also have extra attacks that help to paper over the inconsistent context-sensitivity and frequency with which you become stuck in the floor. Even then, Darksiders Genesis can go horribly awry—boss fights are weirdly unbalanced and gimmicky, and it’s often impossible to differentiate between platforms and decorations that cause you to void out and take damage—but there’s an underlying charm that almost makes it worth it.

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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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