The Darkness II

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Jackie Estacado returns in the sequel to The Darkness. Jackie has been able to shut away the Darkness for two years, but a sudden attack of a rival gang makes him release the dark powers in order to survive. Jackie will set on a mission to uncover the mystery of the force behind the attackers. It's also somehow connected to Jenny, his murdered girlfriend that he still loves...

Handled by a different development studio, The Darkness II has a more straightforward FPS approach than its predecessor. Jackie is now able to shoot firearms and use the Darkness simultaneously. However, the dark powers disappear once Jackie steps into the light so it's important to eliminate light sources. Jackie's dark powers are upgradable with the use of 'dark essence' which is added after each kill.

In addition to the single player campaign there's Vendetta mode for up to four players. It offers a different story told along side Jackie's and four playable characters with unique weapons and abilities.

The graphics are produced using a cel-shading technique to emulate the visuals of the graphic novel.


The Darkness II Windows Mini cut-scene instead of a boring loading screen, just as in the <moby game="The Darkness">first game</moby>.
The Darkness II Windows You can throw various objects, placed along the map. Just like that gas container.
The Darkness II Windows As Darkness cannot stand the light, it is a good idea to destroy its sources.
The Darkness II Windows Mini-game in Jackie's house: shoot as many pigeons as fast as you can.

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Calm Down Tom Xbox 360 Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Windows Mar 05, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Windows Feb 08, 2012 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Feb 10, 2012 82 out of 100 82 PlayStation 3 Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PCActu Windows Feb 21, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80 Windows Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80 Windows Feb 15, 2012 15 out of 20 75


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