Excerpt: I wish I could say that The Darkness bears one or two issues. That would simplify reviewing it, because then all of my points would flow from one or two ideas rather than form a list of arbitrary grievances. Unfortunately the game suffers from multiple flaws, many of which are not quite interconnected. The best I can do to associate them is say that The Darkness is a victim of poor development choices.
Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 review
25 June 2012
Excerpt: When you’ve got rail-riding hobos, nattily dressed Flair-wolves and feral Vagrats (giant bipedal rats down on their luck) beating down your door, who ya gonna call? The Startling Developments detective agency, that’s who. Adventurers and occultists Jonathan Gabriel and Tycho Brahe are the Sherlock and Watson-style alter-egos to the webcomic favorites of the same name.
Pros: Hilarious yet tactical RPG hijinks, The good-natured sense of parody, Such a low price point
Cons: Heavy doses of dialogue, A moment or two of bad pacing, Waiting till 2013 for Zeboyd’s sequel
Excerpt: Like most gamers in the United States, I first became aware of Starbreeze Studios with the 2004 XBox title “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.” “Riddick” was one of the first games to use “normal mapping,” a process that enhances in-game surface detail while exacting a minimal system performance toll.
Conclusion: The Darkness is most likely going to be the best game this summer, and I'd say it is one of the top 5 PS3 games out, to date. Be warned, the Darkness is truly for mature audiences. Demon possessed gangsters are not suitable playmates for the kiddos. But for the grownups in your home, the Darkness provides a visceral, frightening, clever game that will suck you in with innovative gameplay and an intriguing story.
Pros: The Darkness is one of the best looking games out there, It would be my pick for best voice acting, Dark, violent, and oddly funny, Intuitive controls and interface let you focus on the game, The Darkness spins a yarn that you will actually want to pay attention to, The Darkness is one of the best looking games out there, It would be my pick for best voice acting, Dark, violent, and oddly funny, Intuitive controls and interface let you focus on the game, The Darkness ...
Cons: As you grow more powerful, the game gets much easier, Multiplayer is nowhere near as strong as the single player game, As you grow more powerful, the game gets much easier, Multiplayer is nowhere near as strong as the single player game
Excerpt: After more than a decade of slow decline, arcade-style games have begun to resurface via the Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, and Virtual Console. For a small sum, gamers around the world have bought revived versions of corner-arcade and legacy classics, enjoying new features and improved visuals.
Excerpt: The Darkness is a mixed bag; it definitely contains some intriguing content and follows a somewhat unique storyline, however the mafia elements are extremely cliche. Its presentation is superb at times, aptly dark and tragic, supported with some of the system's best and most horrific visuals to date, but the gameplay is plagued with some annoying and consistent flaws.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, Lost Odyssey is a game with little ambition – it sets out to be a generic RPG and it succeeds in its aims. It's hard to hold this against it, as it never pretended that it would be more, or that it would redefine the genre. The fun and slightly more cerebral battle mechanics should be commended, but it does at times feel as if these are a tantalising glimpse of a game that wanted to do more, but got cold feet at the thought of rocking the genre...