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The Darkness (PS3)

by Take 2 Interactive
PlayStation 3
 Ages 18 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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  • Based on the best-selling comic The Darkness created by Top Cow. Launched in 1996, the highly popular comic is currently published in 19 different languages around the world
  • A seamless and unique blend of modern crime drama and supernatural horror with both first and third person non-linear game play
  • Highly destructible environments: Stalk the gritty New York slums, harbors, subway tunnels and rooftops, then defeat the terrifying creatures of The Otherworld-a parallel reality where the Darkness dwells
  • Developed by Starbreeze-the team behind the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000FJ3P0S
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 41 g
  • Release Date: 20 July 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,564 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Developer Starbreeze Studios seem to have found a niche for themselves creating top notch video games based on licensing tie-ins that hardly anyone has ever heard of. The Chronicles of Riddick may have been a film flop but the game was one of the best first person shooters on the original Xbox. This follow-up is based on an obscure comic book about a Mafia hitman with the rather handy ability to conjure up the eponymous Darkness – source of seemingly unlimited demonic power.

To some degree the game can be played like a standard first person shooter, with main character Jackie Estacado proving a dab hand with a wide variety of standard pistols, machine guns and shotguns. The Darkness powers though are obviously the game’s real draw, with the ability to use super strong tentacles to fling around objects in the impressively interactive game world or act as a shield or even spy camera. The most interesting of the Darkness abilities though is summoning special imps called darklings. These come in twenty different types, from interrogator to kamikaze to decoy, and ensure there’s always more than one way to tackle any obstacle.

The only problem with the Darkness as a power is that it doesn’t work in strong light, which is where the need for more traditional weaponry comes in – especially when shooting out lights to get your demonic groove back on. The graphics are superb (The Chronicles of Riddick still looks better than many low end 360 games) and despite its obscure origins the Darkness itself turns out to be the most interesting thing to happen to first person shooters in years.
Harrison Dent


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a contender! 15 Mar 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The Darkness is a game with a good atmosphere, accomplished moments of tension and creepiness and a few problems.
First of all, there are a lot of loading times. You have to take the subway to go to the different locations, to do the missions and every time there's a loading screen. The developer tried to mask this by putting in little monologues by Jackie Estacado, the main character, to advance the story but all these loads get old really fast.
Another problem is the fact that Jackie can't run. This is very annoying, not only during the combat sequences but also as you walk through the streets, slowly, just to get to your destination. There's also no map. You have to watch the street signs and try to find the way. At the start of the game this is very disorienting.
The game is in essence a FPS with a revenge story. Jackie Estacado is a hitman for his uncle, a Mafia boss. On his 21st birthday Jackie not only finds out his uncle Paulie wants him dead, he also gets a visit from the darkness, a demon of sorts, who's origin is never really explained, that needs a host and has haunted the Estacado family for generations. The darkness gives Jackie some powers, like a demon arm which can impale enemies or pick up cars and throw them, two darkness guns, a black hole which sucks enemies into hell and "creeping dark". Creeping Dark sends one of the snakes that accompany you through the game, slithering away to do stealth kills, open doors, go through small openings, etc. Some of these powers are useful, some aren't. Creeping Dark is hard to control as is the demon arm. The Darkness guns are ok but not very powerful and you never lack ammo for the other weapons, so not much use for them. The black hole is the biggest power and is so strong it almost feels like a cheat at times.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3 - The Darkness 3 Aug 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
To be honest, I purchased this game with low expectations, thinking that it would probably be rather dull. But being a new PS3 game that I didn't have, I decided i would buy it to add to my collection.
How wrong I was; as soon as you start playing, you are thrown into a world of interactivity. You start off in a car, which most games would have a simple, drawn-out cut-scene, but the darkness for PS3 goes a step further - allowing you to use the analog sticks to shift your view in the back of the convertible. Most games only allow cut-scenes like this to be viewed from one angle every time, but this allows you to view it in multiple angles, making it feel a lot more realistic!
However, cut-scenes are not what games are about; direct game play, in a game for this price, needs to be impressive. The darkness tops this, and goes a step further just for the sake of it. The whole environment surrounding you is interactive, ranging from light switches; trains pulling up in stations, allowing you to board them, and then travel to a new environment; great execution techniques that you can perform on your enemies (almost makes me nostalgic of manhunt); and even flushing toilets.
The diversity of weaponry is also amazing, ranging from multiple pistols to heavy-duty machine guns. And the graphics... the graphics... they are awesome on HD, easily rivaling Resistance and high-spec PC games such as DOOM 3.
It's not often that I give a game a perfect review; I believe there is always room for improvement, no matter how good a game is, but I really struggled to think how this game could be improved, and eventually came to the conclusion that, for the first time, a game deserves perfection for the attention to detail and the enjoyment that it offers its players.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best FPS I've Ever Played 6 Jan 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have recently bought this game having heard of The Darkness Comics and loving the storylines and artwork, also the price was cheap and I have read alot of the reviews from other users. Here is my feedback.

This is an 18 for a reason, its full of really really bad language & violence, both fun gory stuff & disturbing stuff (like commiting suicide so your character can go to hell).

So you have probably heard that you are possessed by a demon & are fighting the mafia, and that the graphics are great & the storyline is great... so I won't repeat this, instead I will correct some of negative comments made by others.

"lack of 'regular' people".... its night time, so not that many people would be on the streets, whilst the subway stations are really busy and give you fun mini missions.

"Jackie is weak, blah blah blah".... Exactly how many people do you know who can take serval bullets from serval ruthless gansters at one time without dying? I would say its realistic

"You can't shoot straight".... I don't even understand this comment, but I've had no problem. You carry 2 guns and shoot each weapon independently with the R1 & L1 buttons. Both guns use one aiming device (a red spot, like in sniper sequences) and playing on medium difficultly if you get close to an enemies head or a light, it auto corrects the aim and locks onto the target.

"You have to shoot lights & its boring"... This is great fun, it adds a thrilling element to the game, as you shoot out lights, it serves 2 purposes, 1) the levels get darker & darker, giving you stronger power & 2) it gives your location away to your enemy so they actually come after you, and as said above, Jackie is a normal 'weak' human so it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good game
Bought for my son he likes this game
Published 10 days ago by tinaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Inner demons
S T O R Y
You play as Jackie Estacado, a 21-year-old hitman working for the New York mafia. You ‘Uncle’ Paulie suspects that Jackie has stolen from him and now becomes a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A2Y
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely arrival
Item arrived on time, packaging was secure and item was undamaged. Disc itself is in perfect condition and all items were included in the case. Excellent job.
Published 1 month ago by Aroth63
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Challenging game and fast delivery
Published 1 month ago by Maxine
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
couldn't really get into this game.
Published 3 months ago by Peleep
5.0 out of 5 stars game
it is very good I would recommend it to a friend I don't know what else to say about the product
Published 6 months ago by D. Mccann
2.0 out of 5 stars Sigh...
Why do people give games like this good reviews. I really really don't understand.

What is clear is that a lot of work went into the development of this game. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dyspeptic Spirit
4.0 out of 5 stars Some problems but overall everything's fine.
It got delivered in 6 days which is acceptable for a UK to GER delivery, dispatch was quite fast though and the condition of the packaging etc was as expected. Read more
Published 11 months ago by InnerConflict
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Awesome!!
Based on the comic books of the same name this is an awesome video game! You play as mafia man Jackie Estacado who inherits the primordial powers of darkness which can impale... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nyx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
It was a great game I would recomend the game to all my mates and they as well as me would enjoy it
Published 21 months ago by Rebecca Wooldridge
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