The Darkness II

Also available for: PS3

The Darkness II takes players down a brutal and personal path as Jackie Estacado, wielder of The Darkness -- an ancient and ruthless force of chaos and destruction. Based on the supernatural horror comic book series created by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II breaks out of the sea of conventional first-person shooters with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay, which will allow players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons. The game is layered with the use of dark versus light, steeped in deep and twisted storytelling, and engulfed in stylistic violence that is visualized through a hand-painted graphic noir technique that stays true to its comic book origins.<p>It&#8217;s been two years since Jackie Estacado, now the Don of the Franchetti crime family, used The Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend&#8217;s murder. He&#8217;s been unable to shake the memory of Jenny&#8217;s death since bottling up his supernatural power, and now The Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie&#8217;s life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force. The botched attempt opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge, and sets Jackie on a journey to hell and worse, as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motivations of The Darkness itself.

Release Date: 02/07/2012

Genre: Shooter

ESRB Rating: M

Games Ratings

  • 7.5

    Graphics

    The stylised noir of The Darkness II's graphics give it a decidedly comic book look, which suits the universe well. Repeated character models? No so great.

  • 8

    Sound

    The music is well-done, and the solid voice acting sells the story.

  • 8

    Appeal

    The campaign is short, but you can replay it with all your unlocked powers a second time. Multiplayer also adds a lot of good content to the game.

  • 8

    Play

    Despite polish issues, the addictive combat makes every fight a treat. Environments are well designed, both for single and multiplayer.

  • 6.5

    Presentation

    The menus of The Darkness II look good, and the story develops into a heartfelt tale worth hearing. Polish issues break the experience a bit, though.

  • 8

    Overall

Top Cow Wants to Make More Darkness Games

Top Cow would love to make them, but they need your support.

The Darkness II Delayed to 2012

Take-Two pushes title into early next year.

The Darkness II Release Date

Sequel returns this October.

2K Games Partners with Top Cow to Offer Fans The Darkness II: Confession on Free Comic Book Day

Exclusive comic prequel to the upcoming supernatural horror video game.

The Darkness II Review

Prepare to feel the power.

Bullets and Body Parts Fly in The Darkness II

Pulling off exections by pulling enemies apart.

The Darkness II: Just a Bit Darker

Building up the power of the Darkness.

E3 2011: Quad-wielding in The Darkness II

You'll need four arms to survive against this threat.

Darkness II: The Basics

With enough bullets and dark magic, nothing can stop you.

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