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The Darkness

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The Darkness is a first-person shooter based on the Top Cow comic of the same name. Jackie Estacado, a Mafia hit man in modern New York City, becomes possessed by an ancient evil on his 21st birthday. The curse has been passed down through the generations in his family to the first born, starting with his great great grandfather. Jackie is about to be taken out by the henchmen of Mafia don Paulie Franchetti when the curse grants him supernatural powers. He is able to eliminate the hit men and goes after Paulie next, as the Mafia don wants to kill his girlfriend Jenny Romano.

The game offers a mixture of classic first-person shooting with regular weapons, along with the powers of The Darkness. The latter cannot be used in well-lit environments. In dark areas, Jackie can combine both powers. Jackie can switch back and forth during gameplay, and as The Darkness, the viewpoint is placed lower, but with a broader point-of-view. Darkness powers allow Jackie to summon darklings (different types of creatures), summon dark tentacles that grow from his back to break through barriers and smash opponents, along with maw tentacles for close combat. Estacado can also create a black hole and force it to collapse on itself for wide-range damage, and summon darkness guns that fire lightning bolts.

The game takes place in a modern environment, but also in the fictional Otherworld and Hell. The Darkness manifests itself as a voice in Jackie's head and tries to gain complete control of the body. The force feeds on the dark and requires a live human body to exist.


The Darkness PlayStation 3 "Creeping dark" in action.
The Darkness PlayStation 3 Live on the screen, things happen right nearby you.
The Darkness PlayStation 3 Got myself a new type of darkling.
The Darkness PlayStation 3 A little slide show, shown each time Jackie dies.

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Critic Reviews

V2.fi PlayStation 3 Oct 14, 2007 91 out of 100 91
TTGamer Xbox 360 Jun 28, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Deeko Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Tweakers.net PlayStation 3 Aug 08, 2007 9 out of 10 90
FOK!games PlayStation 3 Aug 09, 2007 86 out of 100 86
Gamers Europe Xbox 360 Jul 19, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 3 2007 8.2 out of 10 82
Super Play (Sweden) Xbox 360 Jul, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 Jun 25, 2007 3.75 out of 5 75
WomenGamers.com PlayStation 3 Aug 18, 2008 6.66 out of 10 67


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1001 Video Games

The Darkness appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German version

In the German version almost all blood, flame textures on burning enemies, hurt enemies after shoot outs, ragdoll effects on corpses, several fighting moves and the possibility to spear enemies with the demon arm were removed. Additionally the player now eats the enemies souls instead of their hearts; to accompany that the animations for this were changed. In the bonus material several comic pages with swastikas (the whole pages; not just the symbols) were removed. A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).


All the tags and street-art you see in the game was done by a group of Swedish graffiti artists.


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