One of the more anticipated action games this year is Darksiders II, the follow up to the 2010 sleeper hit. While THQ's mythological opus is still a little power-hungry for even the latest Android tablets, streaming specialist OnLive has decided to make it available on their remote gaming platform almost immediately after the PC release. Those who have an Onlive account can experience the game as if they had a high-end gaming rig, and it's been adapted for control with any Android device running Gingerbread or later.

For the uninitiated, Darksiders takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity has been exterminated by the war between Heaven and Hell. The first game starred War, one of the Four Horsemen od the Apocalypse. But the sequel stars none other than the Pale Rider himself, Death, against whom no lock may hold nor fastened portal bar. (His horse Binky is also along for the ride.) Gameplay is similar to Zelda and Devil May Cry by way of a Megadeth album cover, and by all accounts its well worth your time if you're an action game aficionado. Darksiders II has been given a full touch control makeover, like the OnLive games before it, or you can use OnLive's proprietary controller.


Here's a look the story and some of Death's moves in Darksiders II:

You can rent or buy the game via OnLive, but be warned, full access will cost you a hefty $49.99 - much more than the average Android game. Of course, you'll also be able to play it on your PC or OnLive console. All will require a high-speed broadband connection in order to function.

Darksiders II - OnLive

[PocketGamer via DroidGamers]

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I have chills every time I see commercials for Darksiders II on TV. This is the first time I actually considered installing OnLive to play something.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      It's very very cool. I'd highly recommend trying it out just as a painless way to demo games. That said, if you have a gaming PC or console, it loses its luster a little bit. It's also impressive on Android, to be able to get high-end PC games, but w/o a controller, most games are tough to handle. Not to mention, you'll need a good network connection, which can make it tough on your battery life and any data caps.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Wow, I'd be really tempted to plug the 360/PS3 back in and go buy the game outright, that looks like a hell of a compelling story.

  • Jeff

    The game is amazing.

  • Jeff B

    Never heard of band called "Megadeath" before.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1849765376 Jordan Rushing

      Yeah, I haven't heard of them, but Megadeth is still my favorite band! Lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Fixed it. Apparently, Jeremiah is not a metal fan.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Wait, they seriously call themselves "Megadeth"? And Artem beats me with a sugar cane whenever I post a typo.

  • PINJ

    Nintendo 3DS Could Run This Pretty Easily.... Why Shouldn't A HTC One X?

  • Tyson Young

    I have been Using Onlive for ages now. I love having Deus Ex HR, Warhammer, and Darksiders 1 along with other famous titles. Now I just have to earn up some extra cash to get myself Darksiders 2 =]