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  • Summary: Inspired by the comic book series, The Darkness II is a first-person shooter that thrusts you into the role of Jackie Estacado, don of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient chaotic force known as The Darkness. It has been 2 years since Jackie used his power to kill the guysInspired by the comic book series, The Darkness II is a first-person shooter that thrusts you into the role of Jackie Estacado, don of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient chaotic force known as The Darkness. It has been 2 years since Jackie used his power to kill the guys responsible for his girlfriend’s murder. He has been unable to free himself of the memory of Jenny’s death since bottling up The Darkness and now it wants out. A botched attempt to end Jackie’s life opens the door for The Darkness to reemerge and sets Jackie on a brutal journey as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motives of The Darkness. [2K Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    88
    The Darkness 2 is a top quality arcade fps. The artistic component is simply delicious and is currently the best cell shading technique we've seen so far. A good longevity, an adult and engaging storyline and an excellent soundtrack make this title shine in this early 2012.
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    85
    The only aspect of The Darkness 2 which doesn't carry a balancing good/bad caveat are the graphics, which are irrefutably extraordinary.
  3. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    A dark, violent comic book given light and heart. a ripping yarn that tears along as fast as you can tear through bodies.
  4. Apr 22, 2012
    80
    The Darkness II is a decent shooter, but there is nothing in it that is amazing; it's respectable but mostly predictable.
  5. Feb 27, 2012
    75
    The Darkness II is a series of wasted potential. Where it has a great story, it fails in narration. Where it has one of the most amazing gameplay, it fails by being repetitive. Where it manages to give the co-op a nice flavor, it fails with its half-baked execution.
  6. 75
    The Darkness II is indeed short, but it does achieve part of its goals: a few fun hours for a rainy spring afternoon, with some interesting characters, a dark story and, most of all, two demonic arms always hungry for beating hearts.
  7. Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Exhilarating in its opening sequence, The Darkness 2 quickly loses steam and turns into a 5-hour run through a long corridor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 74
  2. Negative: 7 out of 74
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    The Darkness II
    Beatiful story, graphics are kinda okay, I liked the previous one more, but it fits to the game.
    It's really bloody which I
    The Darkness II
    Beatiful story, graphics are kinda okay, I liked the previous one more, but it fits to the game.
    It's really bloody which I like and violent, yumee, yumee.
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  2. Jul 17, 2012
    10
    Very good game! The story is great and the storytelling is even better! I simply love the concept of the Darkness! It reminds me somehow ofVery good game! The story is great and the storytelling is even better! I simply love the concept of the Darkness! It reminds me somehow of Darksiders (another great game).

    All of the mind shifts that your character is going through makes you wander what's real and whats not (in the world of the game ofc.)

    The game itself is for me mix of Max Payne and Darksiders! I highly recommend!
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  3. Feb 16, 2014
    9
    Beautiful graphics, good story and voice acting, interesting characters, fast paced and funny for all its length. Can be kind of short if youBeautiful graphics, good story and voice acting, interesting characters, fast paced and funny for all its length. Can be kind of short if you just rush through the stages and don't take your time exploring or talking with the other characters, which you should, 'cause it yields to some real gems. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2012
    8
    Good story, cute graphics and good gameplay. That are 3 words to describe Darkness II. Texture quality looks little low which is probablyGood story, cute graphics and good gameplay. That are 3 words to describe Darkness II. Texture quality looks little low which is probably because of console port, but in that GFX style not too important. Most of people complain that game is specially short which is not quite true. Game IS short, bu a lot of games today is, so nothing strange about that.
    But as game is short you should probably wait for some discount and buy then. Not worth 50 euro.
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  5. Mar 21, 2012
    8
    I really like this game a lot. From the visual graphic novel style graphics to the gun and tentacle toting game-play to the stereotyped mobI really like this game a lot. From the visual graphic novel style graphics to the gun and tentacle toting game-play to the stereotyped mob characters to the much better than average voice acting this game has provided me with hours of entertainment. The game isn't perfect but it's a hell of a lot of fun. The story is just deep enough to keep you interested, the characters are just deep enough for you to actually like them, the environments are nicely varied but the game play is it's strong point with it's unique "quad wielding" combat. All in all everything adds up to a game that I will definitely play more than once. Expand
  6. Feb 14, 2012
    8
    This game isn´t bad fps game but there is only few graphical settings .i can´t play this game because i hate motionThis game isn´t bad fps game but there is only few graphical settings .i can´t play this game because i hate motion blur. motion blur looks wrong for my computer and i have to wait something update or throw it only rubbish bin.anyway i am played some hours and looks good :) Expand
  7. Mar 22, 2012
    2
    Graphics aside (horrible models as for a previous generation game while the textures... even the gamecube has seen better), i like the generalGraphics aside (horrible models as for a previous generation game while the textures... even the gamecube has seen better), i like the general atmosphere but that's all the game has. The gameplay's extremely fun in the first half hour then it's just plain repetitive, you do the same thing, and even the levels seem identical (there are about 2 enemy models recycled again and again, and their interaction patterns are extremely predictable). It lacks the least degree variation (in level design and battles) provided by what's called (for a good reason) a blockbuster.

    The story's very diluted for a game whose gameplay isn't that engaging, sadly i rarely give up on a game without finishing it but after 4 hours i was plagued with boredom (the story up until that point could have been summed up in a few lines) and i'd rather spend the rest of the time i had left to finish it playing a point and click adventure. The Darkness and Witchblade have great potential and if they'd reimagine the gameplay the next Darkness could be great but i haven't seen much progress since the first one.

    I felt as if Dead Space's story had more consistence and let's be honest, you could sum up Dark Space 1 and 2 in a 20 minutes animation, and still capture the whole "depth" of the characters and lore (at least the gameplay's engaging in Dead Space and you don't feel the lack of story).
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