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.
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.
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...
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?
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).
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: The original Darkness game seemingly came out of nowhere and impressed a lot of people, myself included. It was a new take on the FPS genre that told a dark story without sacrificing gore in favor...
Pros: + Great storytelling, + Visceral and brutal, + Combat is fantastic, + Love the art style
Cons: Enemy types repeat far too often, Story takes a bit to warm up, Short campaign