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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Darksiders Genesis is a fantasy action/role-playing game available for download on Windows-based PCs and Google Stadia. The game is the fourth game in the Darksiders franchise and serves as a prequel to the events of the previous three games. Players can go solo or team up with a friend in online co-op play, taking on the roles of Strife and War, two Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as they hunt down various demonic enemies in a post-apocalyptic world. Violence is constant, as players shoot, slash, stab, and otherwise attack and execute enemies in brutal and bloody ways, though the game's smaller scale keeps the action from appearing too detailed. Parents should also be aware that there's some mild profanity in the dialogue, and some of the female characters do appear in a somewhat sexualized manner.
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What's it about?
DARKSIDERS GENESIS returns players to the epic saga of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but in a time prior to being betrayed by the Council they once served. After having just been forced to annihilate their own kind, the Horsemen of Strife and War have been given a new assignment by the Council to maintain the balance of the universe. Their target? Lucifer, the fallen angel and now ruler of Hell, has been gifting great power to master demons under his rule in a plan to cause the Balance to collapse. Now it falls to these two Horsemen to hunt down the master demons and put a stop to Lucifer's plan once and for all. Along the way, the two will uncover the threads of an even greater conspiracy though, one which could threaten to unravel the very fabric of all creation.
Is it any good?
Over the course of nine years and three games, the action series has introduced gamers to three of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Death, and Fury. Now, Darksiders Genesis finally introduces fans to the fourth Horseman: Strife. But while the other Horsemen have made their presence known in epic adventures, Strife's debut is treated like he's the fifth wheel of the Four Horsemen. Heck, Strife doesn't even get to star in his own game solo, as players switch on the fly between Strife and the Horseman that started it all, War. And even though the previous Darksiders games have had a grand sense of scale, Darksiders Genesis tosses all of this aside in favor of a much more scaled down, low-key experience.
Darksiders Genesis isn't necessarily a bad game, but it's a game that always feels a bit off. For starters, ditching the up close third-person action in favor of an overhead arcade style doesn't really fit with the rest of the series. Also, the small scale of the game keeps players from ever feeling connected to the action. This view causes more than a few camera and control issues, with enemies, items, and available paths often hidden by the environment. And though the action is constant, it gets more than a bit repetitive at times. Meanwhile, the game's story feels like an afterthought, plugging in a few lines of dialogue here and there just to break up the monotony. Ultimately, Darksiders Genesis winds up feeling more like Darksiders Lite, with half the flavor, half the depth, and half the excitement of the original Darksiders series to date.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in entertainment. Is the impact of the violence in Darksiders: Genesis affected by the amount of blood and gore in the game? How do some shows, games, etc., use violence to entertain audiences? Would the game have the same impact if there wasn't any blood or gore?
What are some of the ways that stories of myth and religion are portrayed in entertainment? How do games, movies, books, and more use classic stories as creative inspiration for modern storytelling?
- Platforms: Google Stadia, Windows
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: THQ Nordic
- Release date: December 5, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Blood and Gore, Language, Violence
- Last updated: December 20, 2019
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