The Darkness II [Download]

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4.2 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
Metascore: 77 / 100

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The Darkness II is the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2007 release The Darkness. Inspired by the popular comic book series produced by Top Cow Productions, Inc., The Darkness II is an intense first person shooter that delivers a twisted and gripping narrative of tragedy, modern crime drama, and supernatural horror. Players will be taken down the brutal and personal path of Jackie Estacado, head of a New York crime family and wielder of an ancient and ruthless force of chaos and destruction known as the Darkness. The Darkness II stands out visually with its distinctive graphic noir style, and it is the only first person shooter to feature Quad-Wielding : the ability to simultaneously utilize four different weapons. It's been two years since Jackie Estacado used the Darkness to kill the men responsible for his girlfriend's murder. He's been unable to shake the memory of Jenny's death since bottling up his supernatural power and now the Darkness wants out. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie's life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war and opens the door for the Darkness to reemerge. The botched attempt sets Jackie on a journey to hell and worse as he unravels the mystery behind the attack and the motivations of the Darkness itself.


  • Quad-Wielding Chaos Redefines the FPS Genre: slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with the Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons for an all-out assault on multiple assailants.
  • Harness Unstoppable Darkness Powers: Master the Demon Arms and summon the powers of the Darkness for even more explosive gameplay. Talent Shrines also offer upgrades, from collected essence, for weapons and Darkness Powers.
  • Distinctive Graphic-Noir Art Style: Hand-painted textures, shading and color give a rich and unique visual style that pays tribute to the source material and brings the pages of the comic series to life.
  • Kill the Lights: The vicious powers of the Darkness manifest only in shadows, so use the environment as an advantage and strategize against enemies who will use light as a weapon.
  • Intense and Personal Journey: Experience a dark, twisted and gripping story written exclusively for the game by acclaimed comic book author Paul Jenkins whose credits also include The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, and the original The Darkness game.

System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:Recommended Specifications:
OS:Win 7, Vista and XP
Processor:Intel Core 2 @ 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
RAM:1.5 GB2 GB
Hard Drive:8 GB
Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon HD 2600NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX
Additional Info:Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

© 2008-2011 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2K, 2K Games, and their respective logos are trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. The Darkness is © 2011 Top Cow Productions, Inc. “The Darkness,” The Darkness logos, and the likeness of all featured characters are registered trademarks of Top Cow Productions, Inc. The ratings icon is a trademark of the Entertainment Software Association. Uses Bink Video Technology. Copyright © 1997-2011 by RAD Game Tools, Inc. Portions hereof © 2002-2011 by NVIDIA Corporation. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, PhysX and the PhysX by NVIDIA logo, and The Way It’s Meant to Be Played are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and /or other countries. This software product includes Autodesk® Beast® middleware. © 2011, Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk and Beast are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Alienware and the Alienware logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of Alienware Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All other marks are property of their respective owners.

The content of this videogame is fictional and is not intended to represent or depict an actual record of the events, persons, or entities in the game’s historical setting. The makers and publishers of this videogame do not in any way endorse, condone or encourage engaging in any conduct depicted in this videogame.

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Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B006JA7EWW
  • Release Date: December 7, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,343 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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All the hate I see surrounding this game seems to be exclusively concentrated on it's length. I have to say, it was quite short. It was also good enough to drive me to play through the whole thing again right after. The story, while only having a few predictable moments, did still manage to surprise the hell out of me at times. It was very interesting how it stylistically (gameplay wise) started out like Starbreeze's interpretation of The Darkness IP and transformed into something else. For those of you who wanted an accurate representation of the comic's tone in the first game and missed it, this is for you. It's also relieving to see a good old fashioned gib-fest shooter in the midst of all these "shoot em and watch em flop over" farces. An uzi in this game could blow a limb off. It's unrealistic and I love it.

There are the glaring issue of linearity. It is quite inexcusable, even for a narrative driven title like this. If it weren't for the Darkness powers, this would have killed the game for me. The powers give the player an unparalleled control over the battlefield, though it's still possible to be overpowered *on the hardest difficulty*. On any setting lower than "Don" the game is piss easy. Wasn't an issue for me, however, as I played exclusively on Don. I recommend everyone else do the same unless they're really new to shooters. But... yeah. The powers. They're good. It takes a bit of "exercising" to get used to manage four limbs at once instead of the usual one in a shooter, but when you do it's really satisfying. Most of the powers from the first game are back, including the creeping dark (where you control a darkling instead of one of your snakes). What annoys me about the creeping dark is that it's completely scripted and you can't actually choose to use it.
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The Darkness 2 is a very good sequel to a great game. It is done by a different studio so there are, as you might expect, some fairly major difference from the original. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as a clone with a new story does not always work out. The biggest difference is the art style, The Darkness 2 has a cell shaded motif that works for me, but I could understand some people not caring for. I played on PC and thought the controls worked well for a console port. As was the case with the original, the story and art was this games strong point, both felt real and were fun. The voice acting was generally good, but like many games got cheesy at a few points. I also thought the Vendettas part of the game is fun, though I have yet to actually try the multiplayer. The only major con for me was the length of the single player campaign, it is short. Other than that this is a great game.

*Great story and art
*Good controls for a console port
*Vendettas is a cool feature to ad some extra content
*Generally good voice acting
*Game is not a clone of the original

*The main story is short, very short
*The voice acting does get cheesy at some points

RATING: 8/10
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When purchasing games, I really do not care about length as long as the game itself is fun. There seem to be too many run-of-the-mill shooters out there that have more lengthy campaigns, but they are nothing short of being boring. Thankfully The Darkness 2 does something that most shooters do not. This game provides a great story, interesting gameplay mechanics, and it actually brings the player into the story to root for the anti-hero. Shooters are a dime a dozen nowadays, but do not miss out on this amazing gem. You will do yourself a great disservice. Believe me, it is worth the time and money.
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I bought this game during a sale with two other games during a weekend sale and I am very glad that I chose this as the third game. Here are my reasons - wheeee


Darkness 2 continues after Darkness 1 and quickly puts you into the shoes of Jackie, a troubled love-sick-possessed-Italian-American mobster. Wow.
I won't spoil much but the story is surprisingly compelling and refreshingly dark and humorous at the same time. During each loading screen, players are given small anecdotes and stories about Jenny and Jackie's life and things have come to such an end. Cutscenes and flashbacks give the player direct control throughout the story and you can't help but feel as though you're living apart of his pain. I sat through each one with awe.

The graphics are fairly nice with the cell-shaded look, very similar to Borderlands (same company). The kills and bloodscenes are gorgeous and I love sitting and killing each person with such artfully and tastefully done disembowelments, neck slitting, and mutilations. Those guys at 2k did a great job.

Game Length, Difficulty, Pacing:

The game itself is incredibly easy unless you put it on "Don" mode which is the equivalent of "Legendary" mode. Other modes will seem like a breeze and you'll finish the game within the day given you have no life like me. That being said the game is incredibly short but it is quite satisfying. The game doesn't give you much time to relax or focus on ammo and item arrangement. It is fast paced and you pickup whatever "thing" on the floor or body and use it as a deadly weapon.
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