Darksiders Genesis: A new Challenger approaches — Strife

Robby Tight
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Earlier this week Airship Syndicate released a teaser trailer for their up incoming Darksiders Genesis, their fourth addition to the Darksiders franchise! Darksiders Genesis is an upcoming top-down hack and slash action role-playing video game developed by American studio Airship Syndicate and published by THQ Nordic. The game will be released for Google Stadia and Microsoft Windows in December 2019, and for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 2020. It is considered a spin-off prequel game in the Darksiders series and introduces the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Strife, as the protagonist. Strife will also team up with his brother, War.

From the trailer, it is clear that Strife seems to be a Deadpool-esque anti-hero who does not take his role too seriously. He makes jokes in the face of danger and seems to be a nice change of pace from his serious siblings, War, Death, and Famine. Strife is a dual-wielding pistol using badass who seems to have a wide range of special abilities to utilize during a battle alongside his brother, War. For players who played the first Darksiders, War is back with his oversized blade and special abilities for players to mutilate demons once again. Throughout the game, the player can switch between Strife and War at any time. Strife uses his pistols while War uses his sword, Chaos Eater. Alternatively, two players can play the game in a co-op mode with each player taking the role of one of the characters. Once the player has killed enough enemies, they are allowed to use burst abilities which allows them to take down enemies quicker. The game currency is souls that can be earned by killing enemies that will spawn before the player. Platforming elements similar to previous games make a return and certain gameplay mechanics such as bombs are present too.

The Plot of Darksiders

From the dawn of creation, The Council has maintained the Balance across existence. Carrying out their orders are The Horsemen, Nephilim (powerful beings spawned from the unnatural union of angels and demons) who have pledged themselves to the Council and been granted immense power. However, this power came at a tragic cost: the Horsemen were ordered to use their newfound strength to wipe out the rest of their kind. What followed was a bloody battle on Eden where the Horsemen, obeying the will of the Council, annihilated the Nephilim. Still reeling from the events on Eden, War and Strife have been given a new assignment—Lucifer, the enigmatic and deceptive demon king, has been plotting to upset the Balance by granting power to master demons throughout Hell. War and Strife must hunt down these masters, gather information, and ultimately fight their way through a tangled, demonic conspiracy that threatens to forever upset the Balance and unravel all of creation.

Players can look forward to teaming up with their friends later this year in early 2020 to slay demons and to carry out the demands of the Council. For additional updates on Darksiders Genesis, be sure to keep posted to CriticalStrike and be sure to Follow Airship Syndicate on social media for additional updates.

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