Darksiders has always been one of those series that reveled in violence, mystery and the unknown at the premature end of the world. The original game had War trying to find out why the apocalypse kicked off early, while the sequel had Death attempting to restore humanity. Even though it seemed like the series would die alongside THQ, it was resurrected. Now, we are on the verge of a momentous occasion. Not only is Darksiders III on the way, it has a female protagonist, someone who uses a whip and magic for attacks, and who story-wise, is chasing after deadly sins. In every way, it seems like a game that may be more sexy and alluring than past installments.
A big part of this is Fury herself. Everything we have seen about her in Darksiders and Darksiders II depicts her as an almost mercurial character. She is shown caring about Death and War, her brothers, but also doesn’t seem all that broken up about War being framed and shrugs it off. She oozes confidence and seems eager to set about destroying the Seven Deadly Sins as Darksiders III begins. Plus, she is one of those female protagonists who has plot-appropriate armor, but is still incredibly sexy and unique. There seems to be a passion within her that was absent within Death and War. She might end up being a more appealing character, both in terms of graphical design and her motivations.
Fury’s whole way of fighting lights things up too. War was a traditional hero, using a sword called Chaoseater. Death is known for his scythe, though he used an array of other weapons in Darksiders II. But in Darksiders III, we have a heroine who seems more raw. She could even be considered domineering. After all, she wields a blade whip and has claws. Both are weapons with certain sorts of connotations attached to them. They would also lend themselves to combos that could look more fluid and alluring than the more brutal and unelegant sword or scythe. We are being presented with someone whose moveset could, by design, have a more entrancing effect.
Not to mention overpowering. Fury is a character who is literally too hot to handle. In addition to the weapons she wields, she is billed as a mage. We often see screenshots and videos of her using fire spells or transforming into a Flame Form that gives her new ways to travel and attack. Fire itself is considered a very sensual thing. It might make it possible to assume Darksiders III, as a whole, could be a more visually appealing game, in terms of aesthetics and character designs. Her femininity could be played up in ways to show her as powerful, confident, capable, but also attractive in a way Death and War could never be.
The inclusion of the Seven Deadly Sins in Darksiders III adds more ammunition to the fire as well. The Darksiders series has been filled with ethereal characters. We have seen angels, demons and nephilim. Now, we’re getting creatures that are based upon Pride, Greed, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. There is going to be a great amount of freedom to base imagery and attacks on these different aspects of humanity. Lust will probably be gorgeous, but then so could Pride. Gluttony, Sloth, and Wrath have the opportunity to be grotesque. It could be an opportunity to get imaginative and blow past normal boundaries of other games.
Darksiders III has an opportunity to push the envelope. Already, we have seen footage that makes Fury seem more alluring than her siblings, but just as powerful. She is strong and sexy, with an opportunity to use attacks that are as devastating as her name. Plus, she will be facing foes representing some of the greatest evils in the world. We have a chance to see a game that goes above and beyond in terms of content, and it will be exciting to see how far things will go in this new apocalyptic entry in the series.