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.
Atmospheric shootervirulent0o | April 14, 2014 | See all virulent0o's reviews »
The Darkness 2 is an good FPS with a story based on a decent comic series.
The biggest stand-out is the atmosphere. Dark environments with the ability to rip limbs from your foes makes for a pretty brutal scene.
Aside from the atmosphere and the demonic arms, the gun-play feels like the run-of-the-mill FPS game. Not saying this is bad. It's actually pretty solid, but straight forward.
This game provides an enjoyable "noir" atmosphere as you follow the story of Jacky Estacado.
A great story driven gameRolalas | April 6, 2014 | See all Rolalas's reviews »
Darkness 2 is an amazing sequel to a pretty good game.
This game delves further into the comic book lore and expands the world originally introduced in the first game. You do not have to play the first game to understand this one in fact the first game did not age well as an early console generation game. This game however has a wonderful aesthetic and a great visual style. The single player is wonderful and tells a great story, but the multiplayer leaves much to be desired.
Starbreeze did it better, but still enjoyableMechaYakuza | Feb. 4, 2014 | See all MechaYakuza's reviews »
Following up Starbreeze's dark, funny, emotional cult hit we have a dark, vulgar, cel-shaded arcadey shooter. While it is very fun it lacks the emotional punches and ultra realistic characters and environments that really made the original come alive. While the original was extreme at times, it felt true to the source material and had moments that really affected me emotionally. In The Darkness 2 it feels very immature at times and just vulgar for the sake of being shocking. It is like a slasher flick to the originals Scorsese film. If you just want to enjoy the super-fun demon tentacle mechanics it can be really fun at times. But it is a far cry from the original.
To Hell and BackDazeOfWar | Jan. 14, 2014 | See all DazeOfWar's reviews »
I’m Jackie Estacado and I am the host for the Darkness. It’s a rough life fighting it from taking me over completely but man does it have some sweet powers. There has been some bad consequences though like losing the love of my life Jenny. I’m dealing with that and now some brotherhood wants to take the Darkness from me. Not going to happen on my watch.
In the Darkness II you are still suffering from the loss of Jenny from the first game. You have held the Darkness at bay for a while but now some group called the Brotherhood wants to take it from you using a device called the siphon which will suck the Darkness out of you. Well you aren’t going to let this happen because it’s just bad news for everyone.
There are a variety of ways to play through the levels fighting the Brotherhood. You can quad-wield now unlike the first game which gives you options like rip a car door off and use it as a shield while still being able to carry two guns and whip people with you other Darkness tentacle. Special executions can be done by grabbing an enemy with the tentacles, while he is stunned, and rip them apart for more health or ammo. You can also upgrade your powers via a skill tree wheel to add more possibilities like an execution that makes a shield from the enemy or had a Darkness swarm which stuns enemies for a short time.
Unlike the first game you only have one Darkling to help you but he has more of a personality than before. He adds a little humor to everything which lightens the dark mood a bit. Guns are your standard fair ranging from pistols, smgs, assault rifles, and shotguns. You can upgrade you guns to buy adding bigger clips, faster reloads, and shooting Darkness essence through them.
The game does look good most of the time with its comic book pastel art style. Environments seemed to be pretty bland though and felt like I was just going through a reskinned map each level. Enemies were also basic with pretty much the same five skins all the time.
Story wise I wasn’t too impressed and sometimes felt like I was just pushing forward to finish the game so it was no longer in my backlog. I just felt like it was just missing something the whole time. The endings, there are two choices, were both mediocre and not fulfilling. Expected a bigger finish than it was. You can replay it again in new game+ which lets you keep all your unlocked powers. I just didn’t feel the pull to do it though.
Darkness II also has a co-op campaign mode called Vendetta you can play with up to four players. It’s basically a side story to the campaign where you can control your choice of four different characters who have their own special Darkness powers. All these characters also have skills you can upgrade to make them more powerful. There is another mode you can pick through Vendetta called The Hit List which is basically shorter missions using the Vendetta campaign levels. Both these modes are cool to play with some friends but doesn't really add much to the game.
Overall if you’re a fan of the comic and enjoyed the first Darkness then you’ll want to check this one out. It could have been much more without the co-op stuff and just focused on the single player portion of the game but it is still a decent game to play.
Great TransitionMscigniew | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »
From comic book to a video game,as you can see on the screenshots above,the game is made with cell shading graphics and it works it really does.Im surprised this technique aint done more often,but back to the Darkness,its FPS game,with interesting story of a mob boss possessed by the demon called Darkness.Darkness is sort of a parasite,or a symbiont that gives our main character special powers(and does some pretty fun,gore fatalities).Game is narrated in somewhat noir style,story is very interesting and has some good twists to it,dont want to spoil it for you,Im just gonna write its worth experiencing.Plus there is a co-op multi mod which is also very fun.A game worth playing I recommend it.