You have to wonder what kind of affect being released on the same day as Bayonetta had. You also have to wonder what THQ was playing at when they marketed the game as a hack and slash. Darksiders is an action adventure that borrows heavily from established franchises and dresses all these elements with a strong art style and cool premise.
You play as War, one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. The stylish intro sequence explains how the legions of Heaven and Hell have waged eternal war with each other. The conflict drew the attention of the Charred Council, a being whose job is to maintain balance. A pact is made, the war put on hold and a third kingdom, the kingdom of Man, is created.