The Darkness II Review

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6 f'ing hours! REALLY!? I know AAA are more expensive to make these days but damn thats short.

i tried the demo and it was pretty good
i looked at steam and it is about $50
well maybe i will get the game during a steam sale but not full price since i will not paying $50 for 6 hours of game play

So...60 bucks for 6 hours. Thats 10 bucks an hour. I could see 5ish movies at the theater and have more entertainment for a longer time period and have plenty of enough money left over to go to dinner after.

Yeah...screw that noise. Thanks for the heads up on that one. Gonna be waitin to play this till it drops to a more reasonable price.

Farther than stars:
His girlfriend died in the last game! 0.0 That's a pretty massive spoiler to drop in just like that. I mean, I wouldn't mind or anything, but it didn't really seem curcial to the review to throw that out there. Just: "he's trying to lead a simple life now" would have sufficed. :(

I haven't actually played it myself, but from the sounds of it i'd guess that happens fairly early in the previous game if he's supposed to be getting revenge for her death and then try to live a simple life. Just a guess.

OT: As interesting as it looks i don't think i'll be getting into it any time soon. Maybe i'll do like others and get the first game(if i can track down a copy) and wait for the price to drop.

I've been meaning to look into this game, just found myself broke with Me3 and Australian game prices. Anyway, are there any moments in the game as good as the movie scene from the first? I think thats actually been the only romance scene I've considered realistic in any game.

I hated The Darkness 1 (mainly because I couldn't get used to the controls), but I loved this demo. Controls are what the review says it is; cramped, but easy to get the hang of.

BloodRed Pixel:
What a nerd game...

Please define "nerd game". Don't get me wrong, I'm genuinly interest of what your definition of a nerd game is, or if you just slapped some random words together to make it sound bad.

Why is everyone so surprised its only 6 hours? Its a modern FPS, they're all so short they might as well have not bothered.

Jesus fuck this was a good game. Intense as hell, total mindfuck too. God damn.

played the demo and it was pretty good and gory. this little devil guy sure was funny by pissing on the bodies. lol
but i will not pay 50$ for it. i wait for a special sale. shame part 1 is not available on steam. i hope there is some sort of an explanation what happened before.

Companies really need to break away from the full price model, if you haven't got the content then lower the frekin price, now we just haveto wait till it's worth it.
And that whole light/darkness thing could have been done a lot better, they could do stealth and tactics but they just made it a minor annoyance that makes you stop and deal with a specific enemy/object ... where is the strive to deliver better gameplay, stop hanging on the CoD copy maker and play on your own strengths.

Farther than stars:
His girlfriend died in the last game! 0.0 That's a pretty massive spoiler to drop in just like that. I mean, I wouldn't mind or anything, but it didn't really seem curcial to the review to throw that out there. Just: "he's trying to lead a simple life now" would have sufficed. :(

It was spoiled in the first trailer for the game. I was pissed since, although having played the first one, it was a big twist about a third of the way through, and was a very emotional sequence.

I won't be buying this one though, as, by all reports, it's removed all the things I liked about the first one like the TVs, and the emotional story pieces. Those were the best parts.

DeanoTheGod:
I will still get it! As a fan of the comic, I must! :P

The only problem I had with the first one is that Jackie is more of a good guy than he is in the comics! Hes meant to be a cold blooded killer, given a power that he doesn't want, that gives him unimaginable powers, and then he fights angels, mobs and what were his protecters! There's a great story where he creates a living sex doll out of the darkness, so that he can have sex again (the Darkness means that if he pregnates a human he instantly dies, and the darkness passes to the next child) but he accidentally pregnates his own creation (not human). The rest is just awesome, and you will have to check it out! :P (Its The Darkness Accursed Vol 1)

Yeah I wish they didn't change the character from the comics to me Jackie's should be a terrible person we only root for because his enemies are worse than him.

JohnDoey:

DeanoTheGod:
I will still get it! As a fan of the comic, I must! :P

The only problem I had with the first one is that Jackie is more of a good guy than he is in the comics! Hes meant to be a cold blooded killer, given a power that he doesn't want, that gives him unimaginable powers, and then he fights angels, mobs and what were his protecters! There's a great story where he creates a living sex doll out of the darkness, so that he can have sex again (the Darkness means that if he pregnates a human he instantly dies, and the darkness passes to the next child) but he accidentally pregnates his own creation (not human). The rest is just awesome, and you will have to check it out! :P (Its The Darkness Accursed Vol 1)

Yeah I wish they didn't change the character from the comics to me Jackie's should be a terrible person we only root for because his enemies are worse than him.

But all FPS heros are like that these days. Especially Duke nukem and similar. Its good to see a FPS hero, or someone using the uber evil power do his best to be as good/antiheroic as possible

Zaul2010:
Why is everyone so surprised its only 6 hours? Its a modern FPS, they're all so short they might as well have not bothered.

Most modern fps titles have the single player as more of a diversion than anythin. CoD and Battlefield both have short ass single player modes, but the real draw is the multiplayer. A game like the Darkness where pretty much the only draw is the single player its criminal to have the game be the same length as a CoD game.

Still don't quite understand why people are so pissed about the ending, I thought it was a really well-done cliffhanger that tied into the comic mythos very nicely. Which I suspected from the relic found in the game's demo.

Patton's voice work, as usual, was absolutely phenomenal. My only wish is that they obtain Kirk Acevedo to reprise his role as Jackie in the third installment.

Also: Johnny Powell. Great character. Seriously, I love this guy, more Johnny.

thenumberthirteen:
I won't be buying this one though, as, by all reports, it's removed all the things I liked about the first one like the TVs, and the emotional story pieces. Those were the best parts.

The story still contains the hard hitting emotional drive from the first one, although it's signifigantly amplified if you have played the first one. And even if you haven't, they still do a great job of making Jenny a likable character through the flashback sequences - which are also handled very well.

You might shed some manly tears.

for every dual-weilding game, I always bind left and right mouse buttons to respective hands.

A little confused by the final score. Completely positive review except for the game being too short, leaving him wanting more, and a disappointing ending: 3.5/5 stars. ...wait, what?

I liked it, loved the first one (can't stand replaying it now though, the walking speed is a gamebreaker)

The asylum stuff was cool (though painfully obvious) and the ending was pretty good even if a certain character is really damn late making an entrance when compared to the comic

Another thing with the comic, I really missed Jackie's tentacle friends, i mean he's got tentacles sure but there's an infinite amount of them. Left and Right were so much cooler.

And the Darkling is so stupidly awesome, I decided to name him "The Bro"

And I have enough games to be getting on with that the short length is more of a blessing. I expect a Darkness 3 though

A sequel hook? Oh, great. Franchise, ahoy!

At the very least, though, I honestly thought that the use of the Darkness as both a new element to gunplay and as a weakness to show Jackie's slow decline of his humanity and his transformation into more of a conduit of the darkness as a nice innovation in the franchise. While I don't exactly have high hopes of this maintaining some kind of fluidity and sleekness if they decide to drag out this thing as long as possible, I don't necessarily think a third game could be all that bad unless they try to have it out as soon as possible.

I really want to see Yahtzee reviewing this, because the first Darkness game was the first thing he ever review on ZP style, before he was even hired by the Escapist. And the imps from the ZP videos were originally referencing the imps from this game, so it would be fun to see him doing something to reference that in the review.

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