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: 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 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: 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.
Excerpt: Are you ready to experience some of the most visceral and bloody combat on the consoles this year? The Darkness franchise is back with all new super-natural powers for you to master. In addition to the new content, and arguably the most compelling reason to play this game, is the atmosphere.
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
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: 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