I agree about GoW2, it is a better version of GoW1, but if you like GoW then GoW1 is a really good GoW imo.@Birdman
: the trick to play GoW is to use the AoE attacks. Though, the AoE attacks are at the end of the chain combos, and the enemies will interrupt the chains. So, you have to stay out of the range of the enemies, direct your combo away
from the enemies, then direct the last, powerful hit of the combo towards the enemies.
Example, basic Blades of Athena combo: S.S.S.S.S.S.T
Let's say enemies are on the right side of the screen, Kratos is in the left side. You hold the stick to the left, and press S.S.S.S.S.S (it's S six times) then you hold the stick towards the enemeis and press T. This will let you do the full combo without enemies interrupting it, then strick the AoE attack to them. The same can be done with the strong combo, I just don't remember the exact number of the inputs.
You also wanna throw enemies into enemies because this will inflict severe damage. Though, not all enemies can be thrown, some of them will trigger a different type of grab when you press O. Some of them are useful, though, just try to experiment.
See if using the AoE trick will make the game more enjoyable.
Though, Birdman, I agree on your rants about GoW.
About Darksiders, I played it when it came out. I remember it being extremely easy though. It has a more Japanese inspired combat system, with i-frames dodges and close quarter combat, so I prefere the feel of it to GoW, but overall I think GoW has better replay value because at least is way more challenging. Though, I didn't try Darksiders 2.
, I get the passion for discovering hidden gems, but since you seem to be demanding when it comes to technical action games, why don't you go deep into the classics? Personally I think DMC, Ninja Gaiden and probably Clover/Platinum are the most interesting.
, I wouldn't tell you to get into DMC4 because it's quite of a strange game to jump into the series, but DMC1 and DMC3 are really good. Can't tell about DMC2. DmC:DMC should probably be considered as a non DMC game, but is good!Ninja Gaiden
: for something more old school I would say start from NG04. I started with NGB but that's very difficult so probably NG04 is better. If you want a modern NG then try Sigma 2 for defensive playstyle and a very accessible difficulty level, try NG3 Razor's Edge for more brutal and offensive combat. I would avoid NGII vanilla since it can be frustrating as a beginner game.Clover/Platinum
: I can't help here but I played a bit of Bayonetta (all the difficulty levels) and seems to be a good action game. Here I'll do something I generally try to avoid, which is recommending games I didn't play, and I apologize for that. But a lot of action game fans think most Clover/Platinum hack and slash games are really good. God Hand seems incredibly tasty, with that incredibly sweet retro feel. But Bayo, MGR and Transformer look more modern and frantic. I also think Korra looks incredibly sexy with those kung fu movesets.
I would say, play these games, they are a guarantee of quality.