Summary: The Darkness was a rather solid first-person shooter and a good example of a license being properly handled. Developed by Starbreeze Studios, it featured some bold gameplay choices that didn't always pan out but managed a solid game worthy of a sequel.
Conclusion: It doesn't quite capture the pathos of the first game, but it DOES tighten up the gameplay and keep the action moving all the way through. It won't go down as a cult classic like the first, but there is plenty of fun this time around.
Excerpt: What 2K Games was thinking when they decided to create a game that combined Italian mafia themes with Matrix style gun fighting and AVP style demon-headed arms granted by some demonic being called The Darkness, we'll never know.
Summary: Set two years after the conclusion of the original, The Darkness II breaks the conventional FPS model with its fervid Quad-Wielding gameplay, allowing players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons.
Conclusion: The Darkness II is a fun romp for the brief duration that it lasts. Multiplayer is clever, but not enough to make up for the short, mediocre campaign. Definitely worth a serious look if you played and enjoyed the first Darkness game but note that a weekend rental might be all you need out of it.
Summary: Released during June 2007 by Starbreeze Studios and 2K Games, The Darkness quickly became a hit among both critics and consumers alike. The dark first-person shooter told the story of Italian-American, mafia hit man Jackie Estacado and the love of his life Jenny Ramano.
Summary: A bloody and entertaining experience that offers a nice break from traditional war-style first-person shooters, The Darkness II may be a bit too linear and short for some, but the action never gets old.
Pros: Quad-wielding combat is a joy, Some strong narrative elements, Co-op mode extends the experience
Cons: A bit too linear, Very short campaign, Graphics sometimes get muddy
Excerpt: When mob hitman Jackie Estacado was possessed by the demonic force known only as The Darkness a few years back, his life changed dramatically. His boss tried to have him killed. His girlfriend Jenny, who he’d known since childhood, was murdered in front of him.
Pros: Demon-arm executions are incredibly fun, Involving, well-written plot and characters, Gun selection is limited, but satisfying
Cons: Gunfights can get repetitive toward the end, Ends on a frustrating cliffhanger, Occasional sound glitches mar the audio
Excerpt: Back in 2007, games were still in the starting strides of the next gen revolution. The original Darkness caught many an eye with its comic book anti-hero, Jackie Estacado, marauding through a semi-open New York, with his mischievous hellions, the Darklings.