Excerpt: The Darkness II on hyvin pitkälti edeltäjänsä jalanjäljissä liikkuva pelitapaus. Vaikka alkuperäisen pelin kehittänyt ruotsalainen Starbreeze onkin jättänyt kakkososan kehittämisen sikseen, lyöttäydyttyään yhteen Electronic Artsin kanssa uutta Syndicate-peliä varten, ei Digital Extremesin kehittämä The Darkness II ole lainkaan hassumpi -- itseasiassa uskaltaisin jopa väittää, että se on ainakin samalla viivalla edeltäjänsä kanssa laadullisesti.
Pros: + Toiminnantäyteinen ja nopeatempoinen, + Aseet + lonkerot = mielenkiintoinen kaava, + Sarjakuvamaisuuteen tähtäävä verinen grafiikka, + Jackie on hahmona tavallista FPS-sankaria mielenkiintoisempi, + Vendettas-pelimuoto..
Cons: - ..Mutta oikeastaan vain Livessä co-oppina, - Yksinpelin toiminnallisuuden seisauttavat turhat hetket kartanossa, - Yksinpeli on lyhyenpuoleinen
Conclusion: The Multiplayer will add some replay value but only for a tiny bit. The Darkness II for Xbox 360 is a fast paced game with a short campaign, good soundtrack and memorable characters wrapped up into a decent little package. I enjoyed the time I had with this game so if you are a huge fan of the franchise, or you want to keep re-enacting moments where Jackie releases the Darkness to satisfy your other urges I can understand why many would choose to own it.
Excerpt: The Darkness II takes place 2 years after the events of the first Darkness game. Villain protagonist Jackie Estacado wields "The Darkness," a not-so-nice entity that thrives in -- guess where -- the darkness, granting him murderous tendrils, an underling that does his bidding and regeneration powers that would make Wolverine jealous. Appropriately, Jackie is powerless in harsh or even normal light.
Excerpt: To be honest, the original Darkness sat on my shelf unplayed for more than three years. Amazon.com gave it away for free with the purchase of BioShock back in late 2007 and I snapped it up. Since I was going to buy BioShock anyway, why not get a freebie, right? It wasn't until last year that I decided to take off the shrink wrap, and what I found was miles beyond the dreary first-person shooter I was expecting.
Excerpt: 2K’s latest dark comic shooter might have changed up developers between 2007’s game and its sequel (what we hope is the second game in an ongoing series), but many of the same elements remain present that gives The Darkness its definitive style. The vicious onslaught of offense, the profound and dark story, and the taste of the sci-fi supernatural is what makes this series one of the most unique story driven shooters on the market.
Pros: The meat and potatoes of the game is also the largest helping, the combat. The term quad-wielding may come with an asterisk next to it, but ultimately you are utilizing a generous arsenal whose entirety may not even be seen in only one play through.
Cons: : Short single-player mode and room for expansion not taken advantage of.
Excerpt: The thing that most stayed with me after discovering all that The Darkness II had to offer was surprising. It wasn’t the ultra violence (although that’s pretty affecting to begin with). It wasn’t the excellent voice acting (but that effortlessly brings the characters to life). It wasn’t the fully featured co-operative mode (which is incredibly deep) nor was it the well thought-out ability upgrade system (which is very smart).
Excerpt: It's fair to say that Jackie Estacado is not a happy man. Consumed by an all-powerful, dominating force known as the Darkness which he has managed to control for now (you'll never guess what happens), he is in constant mourning for his girlfriend Jenny, murdered during the last game. Now the don of the Franchetti crime family, Jackie is attacked in a well-organised hit and, after unleashing the Darkness to defend himself, he sets out to avenge himself upon the attackers...
Excerpt: “Corridor” used to be a dirty word in shooters. Time was I thought a linear corridor-based shooter was a lost cause. Thanks Calls of Duty! But then along came the Bioshocks, and games that did such nifty things with the shooting that I didn’t mind the corridors: The Club, Resident Evil 5, Lost Planet 2, Kane & Lynch 2, Fear 3. And now The Darkness II, a sequel to a game I didn’t even like, drives home the point that corridor doesn’t have to be a dirty word.
Conclusion: All in all, The Darkness II is an excellent game. It does depart from the original formula at certain points, but there is still plenty to enjoy. The story, the upgrade system, and the deep combat mechanics will provide you with plenty of memorable moments. Though this isn’t a perfect game, it is a compact, interesting FPS that is definitely worth checking out. Even if you are new to the franchise, this is a great place to start.