How's this for a gentle intro to what will surely become one of the action classics of 2012?

Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen, embarks on a journey to redeem his brother's name.

And you must become the terrifying force that everyone fears but nothing can escape. 

No pressure, then! But while you must deliver as the most terrifying lead characters there can possibly be, Darksiders II gives you everything you could possibly want from a game in return - a glorious open-world to gobble up; your sinister sidekick, Despair, on tap from the very start; and a rarely offered option in the gaming world to become Death's Reaper, no less, for short periods of time, racking up the kind of combat combos that would have any console opponent begging for mercy.

Improving on the original in almost every way, there's no doubt that Darksiders II is already a contender for Game of the Year.