The lights are on
My love for The Darkness series all started when I
played the demo for The Darkness II. Its story seemed very interesting and the
gameplay was so new to me that I craved more. I actually craved it so much that
I unfortunately spent about an hour making phone calls in order to find the
original before I bought its sequel. It was great (though I didn’t review it) but
was the Darkness II better in comparison? Embrace the Darkness and proceed with
this review to find out.
As for the good things about The Darkness II; this
game has an amazing, dark, disturbing and twisted story that actually stays on
track throughout the entire game. For those who haven’t played The Darkness
(one), after you choose what difficulty you wish to play on, you can choose
whether or not you want a summary of what happened before the events of The
Darkness II. I'd highly recommend watching it even if you've already played
before. The game is actually based off of a comic book series, which shows from
its 3D comic-like visuals.
With a game as dark and twisted as this, things can
get a bit too serious and rather depressing quickly. However, The Darkness 2 offers
quite a few humorous moments within the game that give the player a feeling of
relief and balance. Between the intense gore, emotional losses, and problematic
life that protagonist Jackie Estacado has to endure, a good laugh every now and
then is always welcome.
The gameplay (as I’ve mentioned earlier) is quite
new and different compared to most games that I’ve played, especially in the
first-person genre. Throughout the majority of the game, you are given 2 blood
thirsty companions known as demon arms that are each given specific tasks. The
left demon arm is given the abilities to grab, throw, and eat hearts (which
restores health) while the one on the right slashes, gashes, and tears things
apart. In addition to being able to take control of both demon arms, you also
have your firearms which can mostly be dual-wielded. The two of these things
(firearms and demon arms) together bring a new and quite stunning feature to
the gaming industry called Quad-Wielding. If skilled enough, you will be able
to tear through enemies using all 4 at once.
Points are rewarded to you for getting different
kinds of kills and interacting with the environment, which makes diversity and
changing up strategies a high recommendation to all players. These points allow
you to purchase new/upgrade already purchased abilities through a system that
is pretty easy to follow considering all of the options to choose from.
Upgrading doesn’t just make the game slightly easier down the road, but it
gives you new and gorier executions as well. The executions in this game are
extremely entertaining and don’t ever seem to get old to me.
A lot of small things that the majority of people
wouldn't notice are done quite well in this game, such as: being able to see
yourself in mirrors, the ability to interact with objects that don't help you
or the story in any way, and the way characters communicate with each other in
combat or while standing around. You also don't just play as Estacado in the
story. When you are playing as the other character, it may not be for long, but
it's just as entertaining.
One of my favorite things about the majority of
single-player games becoming multi-player through a sequel is seeing how good
or bad the multiplayer is. With that being said, The Darkness II delivers an
amazing multi-player experience known as Vendetta, which isn’t even the typical
competitive type (thank goodness). Instead, The Darkness 2’s multi-player has
its very own campaign that takes place during the events of Jackie's story.
This mode can be played either alone offline, or with 3 other people online.
This multiplayer mode plays just like the Campaign.
Kill enemies, rack up points to buy new abilities, and take down a boss. The
missions may not be as long, but you interact with characters that are in
Jackie’s campaign that possess darkness abilities. Though you aren't given demon
arms in the co-op, there are 4 characters that can be chosen in the very
beginning and each have their own unique darkness powers.
As for the bad things about The Darkness II, I don’t
have any complaints about the game besides the fact that you can’t put away
your darkness arms, which actually makes things pretty complicated. Just about
any source of light will cause you to go blind when you have the demon arms
out. Not only is this annoying, but it brings the player a huge disadvantage
later in the game when enemies begin to spam you with flash-grenades,
headlights, and powerful flashlights that can’t be blocked with a shield and
are hard to shoot out due to Jackie becoming blinded. The campaign also could
have been longer, even though the multi-player felt like an expansion to the
Overall, The Darkness 2 is an amazing game that is
definitely worth a buy even if you haven’t played the original yet. In my
opinion, I actually enjoyed it much more than the original anyway. 8.5 out of
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*Review based on PS3 version*