The Darkness II
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"_Series protagonist Jackie Estacado rampages through his enemies, ripping them limb from limb in a bloody dance. The way he bounds through environments, tossing parking meters, car doors and more this way and that, utilizing it to flaunt his destructive abilities is almost artful. _" -Gamespot.com
"A dark, violent comic book given light and heart. a ripping yarn that tears along as fast as you can tear through bodies."- PCGamer.com
The Darkness II is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 release The Darkness. Inspired by the popular comic book series produced by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II is an intense first person shooter that puts you in the role of Jackie Estacado, don of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient force of chaos known as The Darkness.
It's been two years since Jackie used his power to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend's murder. He's been unable to shake the memory of Jenny's death since bottling up The Darkness and now it wants out. A botched attempt on Jackie's life opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, and sets Jackie on a brutal and personal journey as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motives of The Darkness.
QUAD-WIELDING CHAOS Slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with the Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons, adding a new dimension to the FPS category.
HARNESS AN UNSTOPPABLE POWER Master the Demon Arms and summon the powers of The Darkness for even more explosive gameplay.
KILL THE LIGHTS The vicious powers of The Darkness manifest only in the shadows so use the environment to your advantage and watch out for enemies who will use light as a weapon.
INTENSE AND PERSONAL JOURNEY Experience a dark, twisted and gripping story written exclusively for the game by acclaimed comic book author Paul Jenkins whose credits also include The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and the original The Darkness game.
DISTINCTIVE GRAPHIC-NOIR STYLE Graphic novel shading and color combined with the dramatic lighting of film noir pays tribute to the source material and brings the pages of the comic series to life. Inspired by the popular comic book series created by Top Cow.
Good game, but could have been so much moresunshine_avis | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all sunshine_avis's reviews »
I really wanted to like this game; on the surface, it seemed to have everything I would have liked in a FPS but it sadly fell short. First of all, it was really short; I don't mind short games and I guess it was worth it for the sale price but it was a bit underwhelming in that aspect. The mechanics are great; using the darkness is very fun and if you like gory games, this one is definitely a winner. It is a very fast-paced game which is great for an FPS because you are kept on your toes. It isn't extremely hard but it is challenging enough to be interesting. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous. The perks are awesome and they had a lot of versatility in how you use the darkness. Overall, great atmosphere and mechanics. That being said, there were several things (beyond the short length) that brought down the rating for me. First off, the gameplay is incredibly linear to the point where the little darkling goes ahead of you to lead the way. Perhaps it was just the mode I played it on (definitely gonna try it on a harder difficulty) but it was a bit annoying to have this imp showing me exactly where to go and rushing me when I tried to explore the different areas (though to be honest, wasn't exactly a whole lot to explore). It got to the point where I was shooting the little critter so I could at least have a couple seconds of peace before he respawned (it was a love/hate relationship). Secondly, I was not invested in the story or the characters. Sure, I liked Jackie and I felt for him and what he had to go through but the cut scenes kind of dragged on. It might be because I didn't play the first game but I just really didn't care too much for the story or really know why I should- not a really great immersive experience. Also, I noticed a couple glitches, such as falling into a zone of utter blackness multiple times and having to restart to the last checkpoint- not a huge deal since the checkpoints are well dispersed and it can be a bit hilarious to go from the top of a building to this weird darkness but still, a bit annoying. Overall, great gameplay, great FPS but it really could have been so, so much more. Definitely worth a play though.
Great GameUltimateSean | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all UltimateSean's reviews »
The Darkness II is one of my personal favorites. The story is interesting and there are some surprising twists. The graphics complement the gameplay, and I even had great success running the game on older hardware. Everything about this game was enjoyable, from the loading screen monologues that revealed Jackie's character to the bloody combat. Combat is quite versatile, with the ability to use both guns and the Darkness(seen in the trailer and pictures as 2 snake-like beings) to annihilate enemies. The Darkness can be used in creative ways to take out hostiles, and the customization of skills definitely added to the experience.
This is a game that I would, and have played over again. My only problem with the game is its length. It was relatively short, with the story mode taking no longer than about 7 hours on the first play through. The game does provide secondary content that adds a few hours or so of play, but all together a very short experience.
The atmosphere and mechanics of this game left a lasting impression on me, I only wish it was a bit longer.
Shorter than hoped for, Better than ExpectedLightningMelon | Oct. 29, 2013 | See all LightningMelon's reviews »
The Darkness 2 is short. Really short. The coop content is also extremely short. There's just very little of this game to go around, in general. However, if you can grab it at a good price, it's absolutely worth checking out.
While it might not keep you busy long, very few games tap into the same sort of vibe that the Darkness pulls off so effortlessly. It makes being evil fun, and then it makes you wonder if it should feel quite so good. The story is pulled off really well (despite a disappointing cliffhanger at the end), the cel-shaded graphics just look gorgeous, and the combat is fast, incredibly brutal, and wicked fun. If you show up looking for brutal action, you'll get it in spades. Just make sure to expect the fun to end in about 6 hours.
Linear, but funReviet | Oct. 9, 2013 | See all Reviet's reviews »
I bought this game when it first originally came out on February 7, 2012 and finished it in 15 hours. It's a fairly mediocre but fun linear first person shooter that even a newbie into FPS gaming should easily be able to get into.
The story - You play as Jackie Estacado, the current human host of the Darkness. I wouldn't spoil much about the story but there are some plot twists in the game that you, as the player wouldn't expect coming.
Should I buy it? - Yes. Go get it since the price has dropped. Do be aware that if you intend on buying the first game it's not available on the PC.
Linear shooter.Bobafett2k6 | Sept. 6, 2013 | See all Bobafett2k6's reviews »
(Review on my Steam profile - Bobafett2k6)
A short but enjoyable linear shooter with some interesting and different mechanics to set it apart from competitiors. The story is ok, nothing too complicated. The game's visuals aren't bad, the carnival level stood out as a particularly good looking place, all grimy and wrecked. The darkness inside of you has some pretty gory attacks, ripping peoples spines from them, and you can rip out their hearts to replace lost health. There are 4 talent trees, but didn't make a whole lot of difference to the game.
In summary, a short linear shooter with enough gore and nasty attacks to keep you interested the whole way through. Took me 7 hours.