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The Darkness (PS3)
- 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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- Platform: PlayStation 3
- BBFC Rating: 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
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 games 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 theres always more than one way to tackle any obstacle.
The only problem with the Darkness as a power is that it doesnt 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.
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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.Read more ›
If you've played Starbreeze's previous creation "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher bay", either on the Xbox or the PC you'll feel right at home with The Darkness. It has much the same feel to it - a very different story but another oddly gifted and intriguing protagonist.
You play the role of Jackie - an Italian-American in his early 20's with the stereotypical mafia connections. During the game you'll take on Jackie's demons - both metaphorically and literally.
You see, Jackie has been posessed by a demon who answers to the name "The Darkness". This demon will spend much of the game trying to take control of your soul and speaking to you in a typically demonic way (voiced by Mike Patton from Faith no More). Aside from the talking he does provide some very useful skills which you earn as you progress through the game. From the start you can bring your darkness heads from out of back - these look like snake heads that weave around and fight with eachother if you leave them alone long enough. The one skill you start off with is the creeper, which lets you send one the heads crawling around on the floor, through open windows and vents to open doors or just sneak up on an unsuspecting victim and rip out his heart (nice!). You can also summon "darklings". These are goblin-type creatures that run around doing your bidding for you and offer a general supporting role. You start off with a "berzerker" and then collect a "gunner", "kamikaze" and "light killer" along the way.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good entertaining game. Has good graphics, sound, gameplay, storyline, character development, and presentation.Published 5 months ago by MrJohnUK
Terrible game could not get in to it. Controls all over the place. Play Bioshock instead it's 10 times better than this.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a present bought for my brother and he was very pleased with it. He tells me its a good game but other than that I couldn't tell you anything about it.Published 17 months ago by Adam Smith
The game is an FPS, but takes place in an open-plan and interconnected section of New York, rather than being based around levels and corridors. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barnaby Jones