If you missed out on a chance to check out the original Darksiders do yourself a favor and find a copy play it, finish it, and then pick up Darksiders 2 and continue the journey.
With that stated I will say that the original game was sadly ignored by a lot of people at first, but like all true greats it rose to the hierarchy of great games to have and well that made the announcement of Darksiders 2 an event to behold by many of us who picked up the original close to the time of the announcement.
The game takes place during the 100 year impisonment of War, you will take control of Death this time and instead of trying to prove the innocence of his brother he is out to undo the damage that he is accused of.
Death plays very differently than his brother War, his arsenal consist of quick slashes and fast movement, that is not to say that he is weaker since he does have the abilities to wield a heavy weapon is needed as a secondary attack.
He will start off his journey in The Veil as he seeks answers from an elder known as The Crowfather, this journey will help you become familiar with traversing the world and some of the combat basics needed to defeat the most common foes. Also this short journey will help you become familiar with healing items, drop items, and how your horse Despair and your crow guide Dust will aide you in your journey.
The game offers an amazing and breath taking world to explore, full of little details that bring it to life and that make you want just ride around Despair and explore every inch of it. The music is yet more proof of how much effort went into making this game stand out for more than just great story and action, and of course the story itself is just something to behold. There are very few new franchises out there that stand out like this one simply based on story and for good reason, this is a story of revenge and redemption much like the first game but it offers more than that because Death must find answers in order to help himself, his brother, and the rest of creation.
The game plays like a mix of The Legend of Zelda and Metroid which makes it very appealing, also the dungeons will have needed weapons and items available as needed much like in those games, you do have a slight level of open world map but only limited to the items you carry and how far the story has progressed.
Death changes weapons, armor, and trinkets to aide him on his journey and this time is more obvious that the armor changes his apperance as you change it. Weapons will also have stats that are unique to each one and some will even allow for upgrading via item sacrifice for experience, Death will also gain experience and levels that will allow for the use of higher level items.
The boss battles are huge, in some cases Titan sized enemies that will take some serious trial and error, also the game will give you many optional quest to follow from retrieving lost items to killing former deities.
The game is a full blown experience to behold, the game brings a mix of action, adventure, drama, beauty, and edge of your seat story telling. Overall Death is the Horsemen to ride with.