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The Darkness (Xbox 360)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (15 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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91
Gamer 2.0
The Darkness isn’t all that long and clocks in at about 10 hours, but it feels fresh the entire way through and doesn’t overstay its welcome. It’s one of the most ambitious and impressive games we’ve played so far this year and hopefully when all the big juggernauts come out this Fall we won’t see this one get pushed to the side. The Darkness is first rate in every way and surely will be enjoyed by fans of any type of action game. Assuming you’re mature enough to handle the violent subject content, you should give this game a shot as it may end up being one of your favorite games of the new generation. It’s certainly one of ours.
90
Play.tm
The bottom line with The Darkness is that it pushes the stilted FPS genre in a direction not often associated with mindless run and gun action. The seamless integration of brilliant performances, staggering character animation and near photo-realistic presentation only serve to enhance impressive white-knuckle action gameplay and a truly creepy yet compelling pseudo RPG storyline. The Darkness grips from the off and never comes close to letting go until the satisfyingly comic book payoff slides elegantly into the closing credit roll. It may be covered in blood and certainly not for the faint hearted or weak bowelled, but The Darkness is a bona fide class act... who said gaming's summer months never offer anything of worth?
90
TTGamer
When it comes down to it, I have not been a huge fan of FPS games on consoles, but The Darkness really appealed to me. The game is just so damned cool and so different than the norm in enough aspects that it offers stuff you really don't find enough of in the FPS genre regardless of platform, such as some really unique gameplay mechanisms and a refreshing change in perspective from a storyline point of view. This game is not "just another FPS", and while some of the risks it takes don't work out as great as they could have, what you ultimately have here is a different and daring take on a genre which has become a tad stale in recent times, and developers Starbreeze and publisher 2KGames should be commended for it. Simply put, The Darkness is an absolute must have if you want some action packed FPS fun without sacrificing innovation and creativity.
90
Deeko
In every generation of gaming, a title comes along to remind us, once and for all, that story is premium. With this new generation of super consoles on the market, we've all managed to focus on the aspect of graphics alone, being inundated with swanky looking titles that are hip in the graphics department, but lacking when it comes to delivering a real punch in the story department . When you hear gamer's (sic) talk about the latest titles on the market, one of the first things people ask about are the visuals! I mean, it seems we never hear people ask about the game play or even bring up how coherent the story is. Thankfully Starbreeze, creators of the surprise hit Riddick on the original Xbox, are back to remind us all that while pretty graphics bring you to the table, it's story and presentation that makes you stay for the meal.
90
Gameslave UK
The Darkness is without doubt the best FPS on the Xbox 360. It may also be one of the best narratives on any system, with truly fantastic voice acting. Not since Half-Life 2 have gamers been so drawn into a world, and so emotionally invested in its characters. Couple this with outrageous action and fantastic atmosphere, and you have one of the most brilliant and unique single-player experiences. If you like shooters, you should own this game. Here's hoping Starbreeze have the means and drive to deliver an even better sequel.
89
Gamers.at
The Darkness ist definitiv ein Spiel das ich auch jetzt, nach der Testphase, noch öfter in meine Konsole schmeißen werde. Es sieht toll aus, klingt ausgezeichnet, spielt sich mitreißend, erzählt eine großartige Geschichte und macht einfach richtig Spaß. Schade nur, dass die Stadt manchmal gar etwas leer wirkt, es hier und da an Logik mangelt und der MP-Part so in den Sand gesetzt wurde. Aber das Hauptaugenmerk liegt hier ja ohnehin ganz klar auf dem Einzelspielererlebnis und der Story. Unterm Strich kann ich The Darkness also jeden Shooterfan, der mal wieder Lust hat eine richtig gute Geschichte für Erwachsene auf seiner Konsole zu erleben, nur wärmstens ans hoffentlich noch lange im Brustkorb bleibende Herz legen. Hier bekommt man ein echt tolles Actionpaket geliefert, dass einen so schnell nicht wieder loslassen wird.
89
Xboxdynasty (XD)
Alle diejenigen unter euch, die Ego-Shooter lieben und nichts gegen Adventure-Elemente sowie eine offene Spielwelt haben und harten Tobak vertragen können sei das Spiel wärmstens empfohlen. Dabei ist aber zu beachten, dass es auf gar keinen Fall in Kinderhände gehört und außerdem ist zu beachten, dass die deutsche Version wieder einmal der Zensurschere zum Opfer gefallen ist (nähere Infos in unserem Newsflash).
88
games xtreme
All in all the Darkness is a step in the right direction, if Starbreeze removed the multiplayer and added more story it would be a really top-notch game. But against the likes of Riddick it still falls a bit short, not even Mike's creepy Darkness portrayal and demonic overtones can save it from the cruddy Darkling AI. The AI in general is passable except for those little buggers, who end up acting like tools rather than being tools the player can use to help them accomplish a mission.
87
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
The game some minor flaws, but overall it is one of the best FPS games released in the last year or so. You’ll probably have fond memories of events in the game years from now!
86
Xbox360Achievements
Great single player experience that has a distinct and unique feel to it. Talk about making an FPS stand out from the pack, Starbreeze nails that with the Darkness’ powers. Pity about the multiplayer, but the single player experience must be experienced, whether you rent or buy, you won't regret it.
85
Gamesmania
The Darkness ist kein Spiel für Jeden. Und das ist in diesem Fall absolut nicht negativ gemeint. Das Spiel ist nicht perfekt: die kleinen, unbelebten Straßenabschnitte, die Weltkriegsmissionen und die nicht zu 100% gelungene Kampfsteuerung stören den Gesamteindruck aber erstaunlicherweise nur sehr wenig. Wenn man sich auf die Geschichte einlässt und kein Ballerfest a la Doom erwartet, wird man 10- 15 Stunden perfekt unterhalten. Die glaubwürdigen Charaktere, die absolut gelungene Atmosphäre und die großartige inszenierte Story allein, rechtfertigen den Kauf des Spiels. The Darkness zeigt, dass ein Ego-Shooter mehr sein kann, als eine hirnlose Ballerorgie. Man kann es den Entwicklern gar nicht hoch genug anrechnen, dass sie den Mut haben, ein so „anderes“ Spiel zu veröffentlichen. Danke Starbreeze!
85
Lawrence
The true star of The Darkness is the overall presentation. It’s wonderfully voice-acted (especially Faith No More lead singer Mike Patton providing the voice of the Darkness), and it’s hard to find games with a more cinematic feel than this. There are countless moments where you really feel like you’re in a movie, and this does wonders in terms of making the game more immersive. It reminds me of Prey in many ways. The gameplay is competent yet unremarkable, but the presentation makes the experience a highly entertaining one.
85
Fragland.net
After Chronicles of Riddick this is again a very qualitative title that’s more than worth to wear the name of a license. The story, the surprising powers and fun Darklings, the grimm and adult atmosphere and some welcome innovations are a fresh wind through the genre. Starbreeze Studios again succeeds in showing why they’ve got such a good reputation and we’re already looking forward to seeing more from this developer.
85
Gamers Europe
It might sound simple to make sure that an action- and character-driven game has got a lot of action and good characters, but it's amazing how often the basics get ignored in favour of a flashy gimmick. The Darkness, however, is solid from the ground up and very worthy of your attention; it takes the key elements of the genre and polishes them until they gleam, whilst adding a few new and well-realised ideas to the mix, all the while ensuring your attention is held with its excellent storywork. Just don't blame me if all the raw hearts you eat end up giving you indigestion.
85
Entertainment Depot, The
The Darkness doesn’t succeed because of the gunplay, the powers, the characters, or the story. I don’t think anyone will tell you with a straight face that it’s a first-person shooter of any measure; though certainly serviceable, it’s far from being on par with a Call of Duty 2 or Rainbow 6: Vegas. The powers go from being underwhelming to overpowering shortly, and the characters are about as typical as the story. No, The Darkness succeeds because all of the elements intertwine so well: the gunplay is good for what it’s needed to be; the powers ramp up and become strong because the darkness is getting too powerful to control; the characters manage to squeeze out a bit of personality in the middle of the often hammy dialogue; and the story takes the kinds of twists and turns that you would expect and want from a game featuring a possessed protagonist.
85
GameSpot
The Darkness' appeal comes from its many different parts coming together in a really great way. The believability of the characters mixed with this hellacious demonic force fits together in a really interesting fashion; the gameplay is very satisfying, even if it isn't especially challenging; and the presentation is top-notch.
82
Game Freaks 365
The Darkness, it’s a tough sell. A 10-hour storyline (15 hours at most) means that you’ll be spending more than $6 an hour with Jackie Estacado. Still, The Darkness is worth its weight. It is this summer’s Prey, and if some of you remember, Prey earned accolades for its innovative, topsy-turvy portal action and interesting mix of styles. The Darkness does almost the exact same thing, minus the portals but with an infinite amount more of the number of heart-eating, wicked-eyed tentacles. Check it out, at least give it a rental.
82
XBox Front
Trotz zahlreicher Kritikpunkte, wie der teilweise recht unpräzisen Steuerung, der wenig cleveren k.I., dem desolaten Multiplayer-Modus oder auch den Framerateschwächen, ist The Darkness ein absolut empfehlenswerter Horror-Shooter. Eine genial inszenierte Storyline fesselt euch bedingungslos an den Bildschirm, während liebevoll gestaltete Charaktere, die grandios synchronisiert wurden, eine ganz besondere Atmosphäre entstehen lassen. Der geringe Schwierigkeitsgrad öffnet darüberhinaus Anfängern die Türen, während sich Profis in Angesicht der Veröffentlichung eines Bioshocks unter Umständen unterfordert fühlen könnten, was angesichts der wirklich toll erzählten Geschichte in The Darkness aber ausnahmsweise kaum eine Rolle spielt. Fans des Genres ist das Spiel absolut zu empfehlen, wobei auch weniger horrorbegeisterte Zocker einen Blick riskieren dürfen.
82
Kombo.com
The story of Jackie Estacado is a short but excellent one, and this game will eventually be remembered as yet another overlooked title once the fall cornucopia of games parade in. However, if you are looking for an excellent story and some awesome gunplay, the Darkness is a must try. Just don't turn the lights off.
80
GameSpy
All that said, we love The Darkness and can easily recommend it to mature gamers everywhere as the definitive horror game of 2007. It's the closest thing we've seen to an HD-gen Silent Hill, except that in The Darkness you get to play as that venerable franchise's ultimate evil monstrosity, Pyramid Head, clothed in the flesh of a mafia hit man. It is highly unlikely that anyone that picks this game up will be disappointed with it, unless they are operating on the mistaken impression that there is a decent multiplayer game too.
80
Retrogaming History
The Darkness convince soprattutto per la sua atmosfera e per le sensazioni che riesce a regalare a colui che intende giocarci. Ottima la recitazione per quanto riguarda il doppiaggio in inglese dei vari personaggi ma solamente più che suffciente l’espressività di alcuni volti. Purtroppo la giocabilità nuda e cruda, quella dei combattimenti, pur nella sua buona varietà non fa gridare al miracolo e si attesta su livelli piuttosto mediocri. Peccato, forse avremmo potuto avere tra le mani un altro capolavoro
80
UOL Jogos
"The Darkness" é a melhor opção do momento para os amantes de jogos em primeira pessoa que desejam algo além de guerra. O visual impressiona pelos detalhes gráficos e o clima de suspense está sempre presente no ar. A interatividade com os objetos e pessoas pelas fases chama a atenção, com uma trilha sonora que acompanha o gênero do jogo e efeitos sonoros com nomes de respeito. O ponto negativo fica para o modo multijogador que não teve grande capricho e a pequena variedade de armas de fogo. Mas para quem procura um jogo de ação com doses extremas de violência, além de um enredo envolvente, sua pedida é aqui!
80
Super Play
The Darkness är inte allt vi ville att en andlig uppföljare till Riddick skulle bli, men Starbreeze tar stora steg framåt på flera punkter. Spelsveriges stolthet går en ljus framtid till mötes.
80
Games TM
The Darkness is an artistic and technical achievement, and the perfect antidote to the so-called summer drought. Mark up another win for the Starbreeze team.
80
PlayDevil
In the end, "The Darkness" is all and all a good game. The visuals are nice, the gameplay is unique and refreshing, and the story is engrossing and very well done. The only two things that hamper the game is the short campaign (around ten hours), and the horribly implemented multiplayer. Though with these two issues "The Darkness" is still a very good game as one would only expect from Starbreeze. Hopefully there will be sequels to this game, for this series has a chance to become a superb game franchise if Starbreeze fixes some of the issues in the next installments.
80
Game Positive
In The Darkness, players are treated to an interesting story, riveting game play, superb visuals, and fantastic sound design. Although the sheer lack of multiplayer quality is immediately apparent and the uninspired AI provides mostly frustration rather than a challenge, the single-player campaign is remarkable enough to merit this game a glowing recommendation. Despite its flaws, The Darkness proves that it is still possible to stand out from the shadows.
80
Jeuxvideo.com
Pour qui a aimé des titres allant de Riddick à Condemned en passant par Max Payne, The Darkness est difficile à contourner. Il est vrai que le jeu ne manque pas de défauts, que son IA est à la ramasse, que son rythme tarde à se caler ou que ses gunfights sont souvent trop limités et j'en passe. Néanmoins, l'usage des pouvoirs du Darkness et un paquet de phases de gameplay tardives valent la peine de se plonger dans l'ombre pour n'en ressortir qu'après plusieurs heures. Mais on ne peut qu'être frustré de voir tant de maîtrise côtoyer de si grossières erreurs.
75
The Video Game Critic
This Xbox 360 version is superior to its PS3 cousin, thanks to its effective vibration feature and load screens that are completely disguised (no meters). The Darkness held my attention like few first-person shooters can, with an edgy brand of demonic carnage you just don't see everyday.
75
Gamezine
Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas, The Darkness reste un grand jeu malgré ces quelques défauts, reste que tout le plaisir procuré par l'aventure principale ne justifie peut-être pas qu'on y place le prix fort, surtout avec une rejouabilité aussi nulle. Dans la veine des Max Payne, Condemned ou autres Half-Life, The Darkness est un jeu qui se suffit à lui seul sans mode multijoueur, et on ne peut s'empêcher de regretter quelques heures de jeu supplémentaires à la fin, à l'instar des jeux précédemment cités. Autrement dit un jeu incontournable à moins de 30€.
75
GamePro (US)
The last thing you can say about The Darkness is that it's just like every other first-person shooter. Based on the comic book series by Top Cow Productions, it's a refreshing change of pace in a genre marked by copy-cat design and been-there-done-that gameplay.
71
FiringSquad
The Darkness has a great visual look to it and the supernatural powers you get to use are fun for a bit but ultimately it gets to be a grind to get to the game's final moments thanks to the long load times and the repetitive gameplay aspects. Multiplayer is uninspired with the exception of playing as a Darkling. Overall this long awaited title falls a bit short of its goal of being an effective horror themed action game. If you want to play a game that combines these aspects well, play F.E.A.R. or the Max Payne titles again.
70
FZ
Visst, det är jätteskoj med darklings och knepiga bläckfiskhänder och jag medger att The Darkness har många trevliga detaljer som inte får plats i den här recensionen. Men om man ser till helheten hade jag väntat mig mer. Därmed inte sagt att du inte ska köpa det. The Darkness är ett bra spel, särskilt om man behöver motionera shooterfingret under regniga sommardagar.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Anders als andere Spiele dieser Art wird "The Darkness" mit zunehmender Dauer immer einfacher. Können Sie sich zunächst nur mit Handfeuerwaffen wehren, so stehen Ihnen am Ende derart viele Spezialfähigkeiten zu Gebote, dass Sie selbst mit größeren Gruppen von Angreifern leichtes Spiel haben. Was bleibt, ist ein spannendes, sehr gewalttätiges Abenteuer, das besonders mit seiner tollen Grafik punktet. Nicht mehr und nicht weniger.