The Darkness II Review

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The Darkness II Review

The Darkness II is pretty much Mortal Kombat: The First Person Shooter.

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Darth Rahu

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INteresting review Paul, but six hours!? Really!? That is really disappointing.
 

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Only 6 hours? That's way too short to be a buy for me, even with coop. Still, it'll probably be a good rental.
 

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If a price drop comes by soon, I'll pick it up, but even with the massive amount of praise this is getting for gameplay on various sites, I just can't justify $60 for 6 hours. Hell, I could do $40, and I'd still be considering it if it were even $50 (though I doubt I go through with it), but this is asking a bit much considering everything being released now.
 

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I've been meaning to get around to playing the first game, and will probably do that first anyway since it's real cheap by now. Still, a 6 hour campaign definitely doesn't warrant a full price purchase.
 

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Six hours? Jackie will have barely have time to finish loading his shotgun!
 

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Damn, it's only six hours long?!

I'm glad to know that it's a good game but damn that's too short to buy at full price. Well I guess I can get the first one to play while I wait for the price to go down.
 

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Okay. I need to play this game. Straight to the top of the gamefly queue it goes! That review had me sitting in awed surprise after some of those kills. It seems just the kind of psychopathic shenanigans I've been wanting of late. Looks all kinds of fun.
 

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For PC guys:

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. Locked FOV at 70 makes it extremely uncomfortable to play on the PC, either wait for them to patch it into the game or just don't buy.
 

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Why were people so pumped about this game? The first one was kind of awful, and that seemed to be the general agreement as far as I could tell.

So why was I seeing so much hype for a sequel 3-4 years after the fact?
 

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"...or using your darkness powers to bite them to death death."
Audio glitch at 1:31 weird.
WMDogma said:
The Darkness II Review

The Darkness II is pretty much Mortal Kombat: The First Person Shooter.

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I will still get it! As a fan of the comic, I must! :p

The only problem I had with the first one is that Jackie is more of a good guy than he is in the comics! Hes meant to be a cold blooded killer, given a power that he doesn't want, that gives him unimaginable powers, and then he fights angels, mobs and what were his protecters! There's a great story where he creates a living sex doll out of the darkness, so that he can have sex again (the Darkness means that if he pregnates a human he instantly dies, and the darkness passes to the next child) but he accidentally pregnates his own creation (not human). The rest is just awesome, and you will have to check it out! :p (Its The Darkness Accursed Vol 1)
 

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I don't know if the first game had this sort of semi-cel shaded look to it, but I like this style for the second game, kinda reminds me of XIII.

6 hours for the single-player campaing almost makes me wish I had a console to rent the game, or maybe I'll just wait for the price to drop a bit and wait for a Steam sale, otherwise, I think I'll be hunting for a Let's Play instead.
 

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I really liked the first game. Mainly for the story and the characters, and the twisted version of hell/the darkness' realm.

Looks like they've cut out most of that stuff in favour of making a short game and hoping for a profit.

If there were any shops which rented games anymore, I might rent it. But I'm not going to endorse yet another short story with a cliffhanger ending. Especially not when the first tale of love and revenge ended so well
 

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DVS BSTrD said:
Six hours? Jackie will have barely have time to finish loading his shotgun!
XD Oh thank you! That made me burst out laughing.

OT: The game looks pretty good, it's a pity about the short length but with any luck they will do a awesome DLC pack. Although I do doubt that sadly.
 

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I got this through the post yesterday, (thanks for the early delivery GAME) and finished it in about 5 hours. It was fun while it lasted but really needed at least 3 more hours of campaign. Luckily I didn't pay full price for it...

DVS BSTrD said:
Six hours? Jackie will have barely have time to finish loading his shotgun!
That was brilliant, made me laugh out loud.
 

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Six hours and cel-shading. Damnit. I've been waiting for this sequel since I played the first game back in 2008. Might grab it when the price goes below £10, though it seems unlikely. :(
 

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It has some pretty good replay value, so I think it was worth it. Fantistic fun to play.
But yeah, I got it today and I've already finished it.
 

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animehermit said:
For PC guys:

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. Locked FOV at 70 makes it extremely uncomfortable to play on the PC, either wait for them to patch it into the game or just don't buy.
A patch [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115772-The-Darkness-IIs-FOV-Issue-Getting-Patched] is incoming for that particular issue.

EvilestDeath said:
"...or using your darkness powers to bite them to death death."
Audio glitch at 1:31 weird.
Ah, that must've slipped past me during the final edit. I'll have that fixed in a jiffy, thanks for catching that!
 

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6 Hours and $60? Do they really expect that to sell in February? Does anyone else feel like this could be listed as downloadable DLC for 15-30 and sell much much better?
 

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Frostbite3789 said:
Why were people so pumped about this game? The first one was kind of awful, and that seemed to be the general agreement as far as I could tell.

So why was I seeing so much hype for a sequel 3-4 years after the fact?
First ones sales numbers tanked, but the game was adored by critics. Hardcore fanbase.

OT: 6 hours for any game is FAR too short. With Twisted Metal, Blazblue Extend, and MLB 12: The Show coming out, this isn't gonna be in my system any time soon.
 

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WMDogma said:
EvilestDeath said:
"...or using your darkness powers to bite them to death death."
Audio glitch at 1:31 weird.
Ah, that must've slipped past me during the final edit. I'll have that fixed in a jiffy, thanks for catching that!
Anytime, just be sure to deduct that out of your editors pay...if the video even has a second edit or review by someone else before release.
 

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This game doesn't really need to be any longer.

In the six hours it will give you more entertainment, atmosphere, gunplay, drama, and mindscrew than almost any other game you may have played in the recent year. It's just that good.

And I still keep thinking that comic book version of The Darkness is stupid and silly, so that says something when I praise the game so much for it's narrative.
 

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6 hours is kind of disappointing, considering I often wished the first game was a little longer, too. I've been craving the sequel for ages, so I think I'll end up waiting for the price to drop some before I get it (seeing as I need to save up money for a new console anyway, that shouldn't be a problem).

ScorpioT said:
And I still keep thinking that comic book version of The Darkness is stupid and silly, so that says something when I praise the game so much for it's narrative.
It may be because I played the game first, but I agree with this. Some time after I beat The Darkness, I went out and bought the Collector's Edition. It was somewhat entertaining, but yeah, I definitely preferred the game first. It probably didn't help that that edition had the first six volumes, then skipped all the way to 40. Ah well.
 

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animehermit said:
For PC guys:

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. Locked FOV at 70 makes it extremely uncomfortable to play on the PC, either wait for them to patch it into the game or just don't buy.
Played the demo and it didn't bother me at all. I was actually impressed by how smooth everything went and how well the shooting mechanics worked.

I guess it gives weaker people headaches.
 

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6hours is a tad short but I enjoyed the first one. I wonder if they hid secret messeges in the graffiti like they did whit the first one
 

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sounds like I'll be doing the same thing I did with the first game: renting it and beating it over a weekend.

I was actually surprised at how engaged I became with the first Darkness. I understand why it isn't regarded highly by some people, and I might have felt differently if I had paid the money to buy it, but it was the perfect rental.
 

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I found light to be my biggest enemy. Most of the upgrades available have something to do with your darkness powers, which are almost all disabled when you're exposed to light. Most of the time, however, I can see just well enough to fire accurately at foes, so if they shine a bunch of lights at me, I can still fire a shower of bullets from my SMGs or from my carbine if they're not close enough. Light almost never kills or incapacitates you directly, but mostly just limits your combat capabilities to whatever guns you have.
 

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His girlfriend died in the last game! 0.0 That's a pretty massive spoiler to drop in just like that. I mean, I wouldn't mind or anything, but it didn't really seem curcial to the review to throw that out there. Just: "he's trying to lead a simple life now" would have sufficed. :(
 

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As a semi-fan of the first game, I was kind of disappointed to see the transformation from a game based around sulking in the shadows and semi-stealthy action to run and gun with car door shields. It isn't *bad*, just not what I was expecting. Then again, I wasn't aware of the dev change either, so that's that.

(On a side note, is anyone else having issues with all the review videos not loading correctly? I can run every other video flawlessly, but it seems like the review vids alone never load all the way through)
 

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You know, after playing games like Gears of War and Mortal Kombat, I think it's safe to say I've gotten over the gratuitous amounts of gory executions, especially with just how easy they are to pull off. Kills like that are more satisfying when you perform them more rarely or on a target that you especially don't like. It's the same thing that threw me off of Assassin's Creed (until the multiplayer came out). It's fun to give somebody a shank hug every now and again, but it loses it's charm after you've done it on every other guard in Rome.
 

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6 f'ing hours! REALLY!? I know AAA are more expensive to make these days but damn thats short.
 

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i tried the demo and it was pretty good
i looked at steam and it is about $50
well maybe i will get the game during a steam sale but not full price since i will not paying $50 for 6 hours of game play
 

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So...60 bucks for 6 hours. Thats 10 bucks an hour. I could see 5ish movies at the theater and have more entertainment for a longer time period and have plenty of enough money left over to go to dinner after.

Yeah...screw that noise. Thanks for the heads up on that one. Gonna be waitin to play this till it drops to a more reasonable price.
 

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Farther than stars said:
His girlfriend died in the last game! 0.0 That's a pretty massive spoiler to drop in just like that. I mean, I wouldn't mind or anything, but it didn't really seem curcial to the review to throw that out there. Just: "he's trying to lead a simple life now" would have sufficed. :(
I haven't actually played it myself, but from the sounds of it i'd guess that happens fairly early in the previous game if he's supposed to be getting revenge for her death and then try to live a simple life. Just a guess.

OT: As interesting as it looks i don't think i'll be getting into it any time soon. Maybe i'll do like others and get the first game(if i can track down a copy) and wait for the price to drop.
 

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I've been meaning to look into this game, just found myself broke with Me3 and Australian game prices. Anyway, are there any moments in the game as good as the movie scene from the first? I think thats actually been the only romance scene I've considered realistic in any game.
 

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I hated The Darkness 1 (mainly because I couldn't get used to the controls), but I loved this demo. Controls are what the review says it is; cramped, but easy to get the hang of.

BloodRed Pixel said:
What a nerd game...
Please define "nerd game". Don't get me wrong, I'm genuinly interest of what your definition of a nerd game is, or if you just slapped some random words together to make it sound bad.
 

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Why is everyone so surprised its only 6 hours? Its a modern FPS, they're all so short they might as well have not bothered.
 

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played the demo and it was pretty good and gory. this little devil guy sure was funny by pissing on the bodies. lol
but i will not pay 50$ for it. i wait for a special sale. shame part 1 is not available on steam. i hope there is some sort of an explanation what happened before.
 

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Companies really need to break away from the full price model, if you haven't got the content then lower the frekin price, now we just haveto wait till it's worth it.
And that whole light/darkness thing could have been done a lot better, they could do stealth and tactics but they just made it a minor annoyance that makes you stop and deal with a specific enemy/object ... where is the strive to deliver better gameplay, stop hanging on the CoD copy maker and play on your own strengths.
 

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Farther than stars said:
His girlfriend died in the last game! 0.0 That's a pretty massive spoiler to drop in just like that. I mean, I wouldn't mind or anything, but it didn't really seem curcial to the review to throw that out there. Just: "he's trying to lead a simple life now" would have sufficed. :(
It was spoiled in the first trailer for the game. I was pissed since, although having played the first one, it was a big twist about a third of the way through, and was a very emotional sequence.

I won't be buying this one though, as, by all reports, it's removed all the things I liked about the first one like the TVs, and the emotional story pieces. Those were the best parts.
 

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DeanoTheGod said:
I will still get it! As a fan of the comic, I must! :p

The only problem I had with the first one is that Jackie is more of a good guy than he is in the comics! Hes meant to be a cold blooded killer, given a power that he doesn't want, that gives him unimaginable powers, and then he fights angels, mobs and what were his protecters! There's a great story where he creates a living sex doll out of the darkness, so that he can have sex again (the Darkness means that if he pregnates a human he instantly dies, and the darkness passes to the next child) but he accidentally pregnates his own creation (not human). The rest is just awesome, and you will have to check it out! :p (Its The Darkness Accursed Vol 1)
Yeah I wish they didn't change the character from the comics to me Jackie's should be a terrible person we only root for because his enemies are worse than him.
 

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JohnDoey said:
DeanoTheGod said:
I will still get it! As a fan of the comic, I must! :p

The only problem I had with the first one is that Jackie is more of a good guy than he is in the comics! Hes meant to be a cold blooded killer, given a power that he doesn't want, that gives him unimaginable powers, and then he fights angels, mobs and what were his protecters! There's a great story where he creates a living sex doll out of the darkness, so that he can have sex again (the Darkness means that if he pregnates a human he instantly dies, and the darkness passes to the next child) but he accidentally pregnates his own creation (not human). The rest is just awesome, and you will have to check it out! :p (Its The Darkness Accursed Vol 1)
Yeah I wish they didn't change the character from the comics to me Jackie's should be a terrible person we only root for because his enemies are worse than him.
But all FPS heros are like that these days. Especially Duke nukem and similar. Its good to see a FPS hero, or someone using the uber evil power do his best to be as good/antiheroic as possible
 

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Zaul2010 said:
Why is everyone so surprised its only 6 hours? Its a modern FPS, they're all so short they might as well have not bothered.
Most modern fps titles have the single player as more of a diversion than anythin. CoD and Battlefield both have short ass single player modes, but the real draw is the multiplayer. A game like the Darkness where pretty much the only draw is the single player its criminal to have the game be the same length as a CoD game.
 

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Still don't quite understand why people are so pissed about the ending, I thought it was a really well-done cliffhanger that tied into the comic mythos very nicely. Which I suspected from the relic found in the game's demo.

Patton's voice work, as usual, was absolutely phenomenal. My only wish is that they obtain Kirk Acevedo to reprise his role as Jackie in the third installment.

Also: Johnny Powell. Great character. Seriously, I love this guy, more Johnny.
 

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thenumberthirteen said:
I won't be buying this one though, as, by all reports, it's removed all the things I liked about the first one like the TVs, and the emotional story pieces. Those were the best parts.
The story still contains the hard hitting emotional drive from the first one, although it's signifigantly amplified if you have played the first one. And even if you haven't, they still do a great job of making Jenny a likable character through the flashback sequences - which are also handled very well.

You might shed some manly tears.
 

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for every dual-weilding game, I always bind left and right mouse buttons to respective hands.
 

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A little confused by the final score. Completely positive review except for the game being too short, leaving him wanting more, and a disappointing ending: 3.5/5 stars. ...wait, what?
 

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I liked it, loved the first one (can't stand replaying it now though, the walking speed is a gamebreaker)

The asylum stuff was cool (though painfully obvious) and the ending was pretty good even if a certain character is really damn late making an entrance when compared to the comic

Another thing with the comic, I really missed Jackie's tentacle friends, i mean he's got tentacles sure but there's an infinite amount of them. Left and Right were so much cooler.

And the Darkling is so stupidly awesome, I decided to name him "The Bro"

I was genuinely upset when he died for real... Fucking bless you Bro wherever you are now

And I have enough games to be getting on with that the short length is more of a blessing. I expect a Darkness 3 though
 

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A sequel hook? Oh, great. Franchise, ahoy!

At the very least, though, I honestly thought that the use of the Darkness as both a new element to gunplay and as a weakness to show Jackie's slow decline of his humanity and his transformation into more of a conduit of the darkness as a nice innovation in the franchise. While I don't exactly have high hopes of this maintaining some kind of fluidity and sleekness if they decide to drag out this thing as long as possible, I don't necessarily think a third game could be all that bad unless they try to have it out as soon as possible.
 

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I really want to see Yahtzee reviewing this, because the first Darkness game was the first thing he ever review on ZP style, before he was even hired by the Escapist. And the imps from the ZP videos were originally referencing the imps from this game, so it would be fun to see him doing something to reference that in the review.