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: 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...
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.
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 Darkness II is a like a blend of Hannibal Lector, Chow Yun Fat and Cthulu, measuring the blood spilled by the tanker-load while somehow still holding onto a degree of wit. There’s a new company this time and a new look to go with it, but underneath the hood there’s that bright light in its narrative.
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