Darksiders Genesis

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Co-op apocalyptic action is plagued by mediocrity.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While Strife and War are battling against evil in the form of various demons, they begin under orders from The Council, unraveling a greater mystery as they progress. Still, it's mainly just an excuse for the duo to fight more creatures.

Positive Role Models

Strife and War are dutiful soldiers with unique personalities, but they also follow their own strict moral codes. They're not necessarily "heroes" by the strictest of definitions, but they are still determined to do what they believe is right and to not be played as fools.

Ease of Play

The controls are relatively simple to pick up and play. Occasionally, the camera can be more of a distraction, with characters hidden by the environment and positions hard to determine. It can make navigating the map a bit of a pain at times.


The game's violent by design, which should be expected when playing two for the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Enemies are often executed in brutal explosions of blood and gore, though the game's smaller scale does reduce the visual impact of the violence somewhat.


Some feminine creatures are presented in a somewhat sexualized manner, which is especially noticeable during cutscenes.


There's occasional mild profanity used in the dialogue throughout the story.


The game is the latest entry in the Darksiders franchise, taking place prior to the events of the three previous games in the series.

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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bynuenjins February 22, 2020

A fun and simplified Co-op side note to the series.

The CS reviewer obviously didn't like the game, but I have a different take on it. Where this game truly shines and seems intended for is for local couch c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjledoux April 1, 2020

Great way to play together! Family game 12 and up!

I played this game solo. So don’t get me wrong, it would probably be a 4 or 5 star game with a partner, and the characters even have abilities that work so grea... Continue reading

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?

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