This game is brilliant. I really enjoy a good action game and lord knows we all need something to occupy us untill GOW gets here. I got Darksiders thinking that it'd be a nice little filler game and it gave me so much more.
I like the idea behind it, Horseman of the Apocalypse, treachery, other-worldy weapons, big scary demons etc... and it delivers these things in spades. The story is good, nothing very complicated but it does nicely and all seems rather believable (within context). It's paced very nicely and draws to a very satisfying conclusion and and ending that made me rather excited.
Gameplay is rocking, it's a very standard hack 'n' slash with a few puzzles thrown in for good measure. I played on Apolcalyptic (hard) and I got through it in around 5 nights of play. There are a few different weapons to collect and a lot of combos to master, although being honest, I tended to stick to the same square, square, square, square strategy most of the time. What I did find interesting is how difficult I found things initially but toward the end of the game, you're learning when to dodge and when to move in for the killer blow effectively. What I really enjoyed were the bosses. I've read other reviews that slated them for being too easy but there are plenty of areas in the game that are either finger mashingly difficult (ice-axe-knight guys) or brain meltingly confusing (portal puzzles in the last level) to keep you on your toes. The bosses look so good and offer a bit of variation so if they were a bit easier than you thought, I'd look at it as a something cool to look at toward the end of a level.
The graphics are great, blood splattering everywhere, cool finishing moves for different enemy types and the sound is rocking. I really enjoyed it all from start to finish. One of my favourite bits was where War was reunited with Ruin. This is the coolest horse in all of heaven, hell and everywhere in between. It's no major addition as far as gameplay is concerned but it's nicely used in the last big fight and it's always fun riding a devil horse around town isn't it?
The only slight downsides are that I think the bad guys could be a little bit more varied and could force you to use more different fighting styles to mash them up. The world, although cool and nicely done, could have more free-roaming space, this isn't something that would bother you throughout the game but once you've finished it and gone back, I'd like some more big bad baddies and a nice exercise ground to run around with Ruin in. That's it, nothing that would allow me to trade it in or regret buying it, I'll be happy all the way to my platinum trophy!
Overall, I'd happily give it 8.5 out of 10. I really enjoyed it and wish it every success in the world because I really want a sequel!