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 Throwing a pipe, always fun.
The Darkness II Windows Playing as a darkling, specialized in stealth executions.
The Darkness II Windows Ah-ah, you won't get me.
The Darkness II Windows Developers sure had fun inventing execution moves.

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Calm Down Tom Xbox 360 Feb 13, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Windows Feb 08, 2012 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb 29, 2012 81 out of 100 81
PCActu Windows Feb 21, 2012 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Windows Feb 07, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb 10, 2012 80 out of 100 80 Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80 Windows Apr 12, 2012 75 out of 100 75
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Feb 17, 2012 B 75
Absolute Games ( Windows Feb 18, 2012 60 out of 100 60


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