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The Darkness II (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

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 Can't get to enemies? Stun them with the swarm of killer insects!
The Darkness II Windows Sometimes, it's wise to cover yourself behind the shield. Enemies think likewise.

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The Press Says

allaboutgames.co.uk Mar 05, 2012 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Feb 10, 2012 82 out of 100 82
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Feb 29, 2012 81 out of 100 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 15, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Feb 10, 2012 80 out of 100 80
newbreview.com Feb 23, 2012 4 out of 5 80
ComputerGames.ro Apr 12, 2012 75 out of 100 75
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 15, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Splitkick Feb 17, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Feb 18, 2012 60 out of 100 60

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Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2011 – #6 Top Superhero PC Game

GTramp (28936) added The Darkness II (Windows) on Mar 19, 2012
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