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on 9 June 2017
Great game!
Fun, addictive and I reviewed it for an online website years ago. I lost my copy and decided to buy it again.

Here's my original review, which still stands:

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 two 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...

The Darkness II is a first person shooter (FPS) based on the Top Cow comic book and is a follow up to the 2007 game. This game fuses your typical FPS with a sci-fi storyline that lets the developers have a little fun with the genre.

There are two main games. The first is the main Campaign mode and the second is Vendettas, which allows you to choose from four characters each with unique powers. This game mode is a lot like Left 4 Dead.

In the main Campaign mode you play Jackie Estacado, head of a New York criminal gang, who is host to The Darkness, a strange alien entity that allows Jackie to manifest tentacle-like arms with heads full of razor sharp teeth. These can be controlled during game play so that you can use both the tentacles (to rip enemies in two/grab them/destroy or pick up hard to reach items) as well as using your human arms to let rip with firearms. If you pick up the enemies and then kill them you are treated to a random (but rather gory) death scene for the poor victim.

The game is made up of levels where you simply have to dispatch the bad guys. You can use your Darkness powers only in areas were there are no lights, so it's a good idea to keep an eye out for lights and then shoot them out or, if they are resistant to ballistic weapons, find the light's power source and destroy it.

You can use numerous elements in the environment as weapons (you can pick up poles and hurl them at your enemies - impaling them causes instant death; rip off car doors and use them as shields and then throw them at your enemies in order to slice them in two). Every time you kill an enemy you gain dark matter, which can be traded at certain points and used on your skill tree. Here you can add skills and that will help you as the game gets increasingly more difficult. To replenish your energy you simply rip out your enemies hearts and feed on them.

As the story unfolds you start to learn more about yourself. Are you really the head of an organised gang gnag? Or, more likely, are you a delusional wacko that's locked away in a psychiatric ward while the doctors attempt to help you so that you can be integrated back into society? Is Jenny really your dead girlfriend, or a nurse who's treating you for your mental condition?

The story is the work of Paul Jenkins, who previously worked on the comic book. It's quite an engaging storyline. The cut sequences are designed to look like a comic book, and work surprisingly well... apart from some ropey lip syncing.

Another aspect that's worthy of note is Tim Wynn's score. There's no doubt that the music adds a great deal of emotion and atmosphere to the game. However, whereas most composers would have phoned in some of the atmospheric tracks, these are given as much care and attention as the emotional Jenny theme and closing credits music. In fact, it made such an impression on me that I actually watched the closing credits to find the composers name to see if a soundtrack release was in the works. Sadly there isn't any plans for this, but you can listen to just over 25 mins of music from the game at Wynn's website (http://timwynn.net).

The other game mode is Vendettas where you can chose to play as one of the following characters, all of whom have different Darkness abilities and weapons: J P Dumond (Midnight Staff); Jimmy Wilson (Dark Axe); Inugami (Kusanagi); and Shoshanna (Arm of the Knight). Of all of these I found Jimmy to be the most fun (throwing the Dark Axe around is pretty amusing) while Shoshanna was probably the most useful (her Darkness fuelled pistol packs a meaty punch).

You can either play Vendettas online with other players or offline. If you opt to play offline you can either play the Campaign story mode or Hit List missions (which breaks down the Campaign allowing you to chose individual missions as well as changing your character for each mission if you wish. Hidden around the levels of both of the main gaming modes are "Relics" collect these and they become available to view in the main menu, with a humorous audio description of their history provided by Johnny.

The Darkness II is well worth adding to your collection if your a FPS fan. While the main story mode is a little short (most will be able to finish it over an afternoon or at the very least a lazy weekend) there is much replay value and the addition of the Vendetta game mode make this feel like two great games for the price of one.

If I had one complaint, it's that you can't opt to replay an earlier level of the game (only restart the level you're on or go back to the last checkpoint). There's one segment of the game, very near the end, where you have to make a choice on how the game will pan out. It looks like I'll have to replay the game if I want to see what would have happened if I'd chosen the other option.
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on 11 August 2014
I loved the first Darkness. It had a unique look and feel, the story was well written and the whole game had a dark atmosphere. Appropriate, given the title of the game ^^. The second game takes a departure from the first games style, going with a cell-shaded look, that works really well. The game is a direct sequel to The Darkness, continuing the story with Jackie Estacado, still haunted by visions of his dead girlfriend Jenny. He continues to live the life of a high profile mobster, his infamous reputation in the criminal underworld only bolstered by rumors of his power and control of the Darkness.

The game has an excellent story, very well told and executed, combat is engaging and entertaining, with light sources hindering your abilities, such as your regeneration and ability to use the Darkness. The Darkness tendrils offer a variety of creative combat options, from visceral close combat attacks and kills to using the environment as a weapon, hurling objects or using stolen riot shields and car doors to shield yourself from bullets.

Also returning is the Darklings, or specifically one Darkling, who has been given a lot more personality. He acts as Jackie's ally and can assist in certain fights or in some cases, be controlled directly by Jackie, adding another mode of gameplay. Overall I enjoyed the game, my only complaint was that it was short, and leaves you craving more. But then again, isn't that what a game game should do? Leave you wanting more? ^^ I recommend playing this game, and the first game if you get a chance, you'll be introduced to a plethora of interesting and memorable characters, from the cruel and sadistic Darkness to the amiable Butcher and the unstable occult expert, Johnny Powell.

The game also features an online mode, which feels more limited as the characters you play, usually only have one weapon and one Darkness power. But it is a good mode and feels pretty engaging, playing through the online co-op campaign.
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on 29 November 2013
Ok! first things first.. this game WOW. the graphics has been amazingly evolved since the first game!! oh ! and the gore? and blood and even the darkness itself has had a makeover that not even I could recognize the game when I first played it ! if you've never heard of these games then ' beg you all to read the comics first ! Coming from a 19 year old girl this game is full to the brim with action, bad ass cut scenes oh! and a darklin who is british calls you monkey... ALOT. ignore all the 1 star reviews ! and listen when I say this game is awesome !!!

only downside is that it's shorter then the first but hey ? who cares?! :)
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on 29 April 2014
It's very short game, but I have a feeling that it would overstay it's welcome if it was longer.

If you don't mind paying said price for ~8h of single player campaign + few hours of co-op one (separate story), go for it. It's nice looking, technically competent and pretty intense.
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on 28 January 2013
The game play is just like the first, with only a few new added features, so if you liked the first game then you'll still love this. The only really bad thing I've got to say about it is that as a game it's just SOOOOOO short! It starts then after about 4 levels it's over!
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on 26 September 2012
It's a good game and funny at some parts but campaign is a bit to short for my liking and it feels like you are doing the same thing on every mission but The best thing about the game is Vendetta and hit list mode on online co-op where i had fun for hours playing with freinds
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on 27 June 2012
Basic information first: The Darkness 2 is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release, The Darkness, and features an original story by acclaimed comic writer Paul Jenkins.

I played the original and enjoyed it and when I saw there was a sequel coming out I downloaded the demo and was impressed. Then the game was bought for me and I love it, there is the single player campaign and there is also a "Vendetta" campaign mode where you can play as one of four Darkness infused characters, e.g. a Scottish character who can throw an axe into enemies and then recall it to his hand. There is a Japanese character who uses a Katana and I wont say the rest as it will spoil it. Each character has a special darkness power that can be used and then you wait for it to recharge, each character also has their own "Talents" or skill trees which you can upgrade with "Essence" which you gain from killing enemies, be it execution style or with various weapons.
The Vendetta missions can be played solo or online with 3 other people or played with a friend locally.

Now, for the game itself, the Limited Edition includes:
Alternate darkling outfit: "Crazy Abdul"
Gourmet Hearts character ability upgrade: Provides bonus for eating hearts
Relic Hunter character ability upgrade: Locates collectible items in the world

The story is interesting and well written with some good comic moments, you can quad wield which consists of using two firearms and then you have two demon arms that can grab scenery and throw it or can grab and fling enemies. The graphics are a little cartoony, similar to Borderlands but smoother overall.
The game is a good addition to any collection and the price is good, to be honest though, I have not found any standard editions of this game, only the Limited Edition!
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on 9 August 2012
The original `The Darkness' game was a very solid FPS that had one major problem; it came out weeks before the genre redefining `Bioshock'. Rather than getting the attention is deserved `The Darkness' fell into the blackness from once it came. This did not stop 2K Games from noticing the potential and taking over development duties for a sequel. Set a few years after the first game `The Darkness 2' has Jackie coming out of evil retirement when his inner demons are forced out by a group of cultists. Over a series of levels Jackie uses guns, but also his Darkness powers, to kill, maim and eviscerate a series of enemies.

It is often the case in films that sequels don't improve on the original, this does not always happen in games. `Darkness 2' is a prime example of a game that builds on the original and improves on it in almost every way. Graphically there has been a switch to cell shading that looks brilliant. The entire game plays like an M Rated graphic novel. The gameplay is also improved, the four armed system remains, but the shooting is meatier and the Darkness kills more visceral. By using the triggers and the bumpers to shoot/slash, `Darkness 2' has a unique play style that is slightly different from your run of the mill FPS, making it far more interesting to play.

Other areas that where nice to see were the continuation of the quality voice acting and the story remaining an important part of the game. The entire 8-10 campaign is great fun, with only the ending unravelling slightly. You also get a series of co-op missions to play that are manic, but fun. The one major flaw is that the violence and language is very extreme. A hardened 30 odd year old is not shocked by this, just a little bored and annoyed. Overall though a FPS from near the top drawer.
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on 11 January 2013
The Darkness 2 plays completely different than its predecessor. A more linear, stylized and gruesome package come together, legs akimbo with 4 arms of doom.
The game is most certainly better and more bold than the first game.
To sum up this package:

- Good Campaign (Approx 6-8 Hours ) In Length, with New Game + Feature! Also features multiple endings!
- Vendettas Co-Op Campaign (4-5 Hours) and Hit-list Stand Alone Missions : Includes a Co-Op campaign that can be played online, but not split screen! However, if you are a social recluse like me, you can play both Vendettas and certain missions of the hit list by yourself as 1 of 4 characters!
- Stylized comic book graphics bring the world to life, and feels more akin to the original comics than Star-breezes rendition of the first game.
- Use of powers while duel wielding combinations of weapons is a blast!
- NO COMPETITIVE MULTI-PLAYER, only Co-Op modes.

Overall, its a great FPS game that I was quite surprised with. If you didn't like the original, don't be put off and give it ago. It really is a good FPS treat with good incentive to replay the various campaigns in order to max out characters and do the choices you didn't do the first time round (Also easy platinum trophy game if you like trophies).
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on 19 June 2017
This is not me.
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