Excerpt: There’s no getting passed it — as much as I enjoyed The Darkness back in 2007, it was a heavily flawed game. For every thing it did right, it had an equally as debilitating flaw. The combat was fun, even if the gunplay was a little unpolished; the level design was varied and often stunning, but the streets of New York city lacked little details like actual people to inhabit it; the game even had multiplayer, it was just unfortunate that it was uninspired and very...
Excerpt: The Darkness II continues the story of Jackie Estacado, a mobster who also serves as the human vessel for the Darkness. The Darkness is an evil sentient force that gives Jackie access to some deadly powers, but that is also quite demanding and not above psychologically torturing its host. If you missed the original game, the game opens with an optional recap of the events of the first.
Extremely violent and gory action game pushes the M rating.
Common Sense Media
8 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that The Darkness II is an extremely violent game, heavily focused on killing humans and creatures using traditional weapons and supernatural abilities, including using your Demon Arms to graphically execute those who stand in your way. Blood and gore can be seen throughout the game, including body dismemberment, impaling, beheading, and ripping someone's spine out.
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: There's no getting passed it -- as much as I enjoyed The Darkness back in 2007, it was a heavily flawed game. For every thing it did right, it had an equally as debilitating flaw. The combat was fun, even if the gunplay was a little unpolished; the level design was varied and often stunning, but the streets of New York city lacked little details like actual people to inhabit it; the game even had multiplayer, it was just unfortunate that it was uninspired and very...
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).