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The Horsemen’s Dark And Violent History Revealed

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse were once part of a larger race called the Nephilim before taking on their roles as Horsemen. The Nephilim were not created by the gods of the Darksiders fiction. After discovering that the four horsemen were responsible for the genocide of their own race in Darksiders II’s opening cut-scene, we join Death as he begins his mission to clear his brother War’s guilty name by seeking the Crowfather’s help.

The game begins with Death on top of his mount riding towards an imposing temple on a snowy path as the wind whips snow and ice through the air. Death dismounts and begins his climb. The original Darksiders was often compared to God of War and Zelda, and Darksiders II invites another comparison. Moving around the environment feels like the 2008 Prince of Persia, and shares a similar death mechanic. Death cannot really die, so when you fall into a pit, he immediately flies into the air, resetting back to his last point of solid ground. He latches onto and runs along walls just by jumping toward them, and grabs handholds to propel himself up and across walls.

I meet my first enemies after scaling a few walls, and numbers fly from their bodies with each consecutive hit. The numbers dictate how much damage I’m dealing, and the ice monsters flash yellow to show that they are receiving damage. Both the numbers and the flashes of yellow can be turned off if you want an experience free of statistical reminders that you are playing a video game.

As I climb higher and higher, I meet a gigantic ice monster larger than any I had previously encountered. He doesn’t provide much of a challenge for Death, but the fight takes considerably longer than the smaller ice monsters. These creatures are referred to internally at Vigil as “nosses,” which is short for “not bosses.” They’re big, impressive, and dangerous, but not quite a miniboss or a boss.

Continuing my climb, I fight more ice monsters and collect assorted weapons and armor. By the time I finally make it to the top, I’m sporting stronger gloves and boots and a stronger secondary weapon, which I have changed out twice. The loot you collect in Darksiders II can be equipped or sold to a merchant as you would expect, but you can also feed it to possessed weapons. Possessed weapons start out weak, but gain in power and reflect the attributes of the items they are fed.

The Crowfather is an old man, shackled to a glowing green amulet at the top of the structure. Death seeks the old man to help him save War, but the he refuses to help Death because of the torment he has put him through. Death and his Horsemen brethren killed the Nephilim, but Death forced the Crowfather to carry their souls by refusing to destroy them, and the mythic figure now contains the Nephilim souls in the glowing green amulet. The Crowfather has been driven insane by their endless crying. He seeks vengeance for the fate given to him by Death, and changes his appearance to look like War before attacking him. Death makes short work of the disguised sorcerer, but the amulet of souls breaks during the tussle and Death accidentally absorbs the spirits, leaving a garish scar on his shoulder.

Death is “a bit of a d---,” says Simon Watts, THQ’s global communications manager. He is not concerned with honor like War was, and is willing to lie, threaten, and trick in order to get his way. In his exchange with the Crowfather, he even laughed, making a small joke about his predicament. He is more casual with his approach to his mission. For Death, the ends justify the means, which is why he seeks to reset humanity, rendering his brother’s crime null and void, rather than prove his innocence.

Darksiders II received a disappointing delay recently, but it was an elected delay on the part of the team at Vigil. Darksiders II is content-complete, meaning everything is in place and ready to go. Vigil just wants more time to polish its sequel and make it as close to perfect as it can. My hands-on time ended right after defeating the Crowfather, but I made every effort to grab the controller back and continue playing. I didn’t want to put it down.

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  • They dont call him Death for nothin. Great game and so pumped for it

  • "Death's past"??? He's freakin DEATH. He's killed some folk. End of story.
  • I'm very skeptical about this game, I really liked the first one though.
  • I enjoyed the first darksiders, I hope this one improves greatly on it.

  • I cannot wait for this game, but I am truly excited to know that they intentionally delayed the game to make sure it is as great as it can be. not enough companies do that nowadays. My regards to Vigil.
  • Excited for this game.

    Wonder if we'll catch a glimpse of Famine and Strife...

  • Looking forward to this one for sure. My wallet will be screaming bloody murder.
  • dude this sounds freaking amazing!

  • this story is wrong, if you read the 1st comic, it said the creator created them all, the nephilim, angels and demons etc. the nephilim rebelled and they sent the angels after them, the war was so destructive and almost all died except the 4 that were later employed as hosemen. they now are the pawns of the council to reinforce the truce between heaven and hell. the 4 horsemen did also indeed fight their own kind that is why death wears that scar on his right chest as a reminder of his dead siblings.
  • cant wait...i was on board this franchise when i heard about the first game. even when everyone was hating on it, calling it a zelda/ god of war wanna-be.

  • I've wanted this game since I watched the credits roll in the original. I do hope there isn't a constant death rewind animation like in Prince of Persia though. That got annoying really fast.

  • tl;dr, should have but rlly tired and this game will be sweet anyways.

  • I wonder if anyone really knows where the Nephilim bit came from, a virtual bacon strip to who can tell me who they were!

    PS: I already know, just want to see if anyone knows to C:
  • The can take all the time they want to make the game the best it can be.

  • this means its gonna be awesome when I get it, can't wait much longer!!!!

  • Man it looks awesome!

  • CAN"T FREAKING WAIT!!!!!!!!! Darksiders 2 is going to be amazing. I'm so glad they decided to add weapon/armor/item drops along with a money system...this will be awesome!
  • So he just jumps back up if he falls down a pit? Sounds like a addition for newbies.
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