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I feel like a goldfish. My attention flying from one fandom to another. About a month ago a franchise called Darksiders was ridiculously on sale, and since I'd heard good things about it I got it and then put off playing it until... a couple weeks ago?

It has totally swallowed my life.

The gameplay is between Legend of Zelda and, I'm told, God of War, although I've never actually played God of War and the second game has some RPG elements to it. The plot is that the Apocalypse has mysteriously happened earlier than it should have and instead of all four horsemen riding, only War does, causing him to be accused of deliberately starting it because... well, he chose the name War for a reason. The first game is him trying to find out what's going on and punish those responsible to clear his name. He pays lip service to the whole ~serving the Balance~ thing but a character points out that he's mostly in it for revenge. War pls.

The second game, which I believe is more popular, is about his eldest brother Death hearing about all this and saying "excUSE??? WAR IS SO HONORABLE HE WOULD NEVER DO THAT" and running off to try and clear War's name. So for a series that's about the darn Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and wipes out humanity in the very first cutscene, it's actually pretty heartwarming because Death's reaction to people asking if War really did ride unbidden is I WILL LITERALLY FIGHT YOU

He knows he can't actually prove War didn't do it because... well, War did ride alone, and they have no leads as to who actually started the Apocalypse and sent War to Earth. So instead the second game is about Death trying to find a way to resurrect humanity and erase War's crime. Along the way he has to deal with guilt over some of the things he's done and has to choose at the end of the game between undoing his own crimes and undoing War's.

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(Of course he picks his brother)

Also Death just has kind of an amazing sense of humor in general.

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The best part is that there's even a novel set eons before the games begin, which means I have an entire novel of War and Death being brothers and doing brotherly things. YAY. Death's sense of humor is even more hilarious in the novel, and War is a little less uptight with his siblings than he is alone in the game. In fact, he is such a precious baby and quite obviously the youngest of the four of them. He loves his horse so much and eagerly tries to protect his brother and is really upset when he thinks he's disappointed Death ;~~~;

AND SPEAKING OF THAT, the novel gives an alternate explanation for Death's overzealous need to protect War at any cost: basically Death completely threw him under the bus and lied about it, in order to try and control the consequences of-- you guessed it-- his crimes from before the other Horsemen were born. War actually dies, and only some necromantic legerdemain involving War's sword allows Death to bring him back. War is totally ashamed of his "failure" and is completely miserable but Death is too afraid to tell him the truth, and by the end of the novel War still doesn't know that Death orchestrated his demise, although Death feels completely awful about it.

...So in other words, it's delicious. Yes.

Also the writers thought that Conquest and Famine weren't actiony enough (apparently they were thinking of Pestilence and Famine) and changed them to Strife and Fury, respectively. ...Fury is a woman. That makes me happy. I hope we get more of them if there's a third game.

Also this explanation would be incomplete if I didn't mention that there's a prequel comic set before THAT where War's rage gets the better of him and Death lops his arm off to get his demonic, chaos-eating sword away from him. He gets a metal arm to replace it but man, Death is kind of a terrifying brother.

The remaining Horsemen are properly summoned at the end of the first game (the two games happen concurrently), so I'm holding out for a third game and avoiding that area of canon, but I'm itching to write more of the Horsemen being siblings. Because how can I not when the whole canon encourages it? I NEED IT, AND THERE IS PRECIOUS LITTLE.

...So, er. yes. That is what I've been up to lately. They're actually not very story-heavy games, especially the first one, but bizarrely it seems they've managed to get me hooked with so little! Although the novel helped...

EDIT: Oh yeah, and one of the characters in the first game is voiced by Mark Hamill. IT'S THE JOKER.

For my music, see this incredible video featuring it and a feat of meticulous planning and patience.


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