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 One of the many execution kills
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 Main menu
The Darkness II Windows Ah, those dual wield UZIs are just awesome.

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PlayStation Trophies PlayStation 3 Feb 07, 2012 84 out of 100 84 Xbox 360 Feb 08, 2012 83 out of 100 83 PlayStation 3 Feb 08, 2012 83 out of 100 83 Windows Feb 08, 2012 83 out of 100 83 Windows Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80 Xbox 360 Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80
Cheat Happens Windows Feb 29, 2012 8 out of 10 80 Windows Apr 12, 2012 75 out of 100 75
Absolute Games ( Windows Feb 18, 2012 60 out of 100 60
Factornews Windows Feb 21, 2012 6 out of 10 60


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