"The Darkness II"
Reviewed for: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
Also available for: Windows PC
From: Digital Extremes/2K Games
ESRB Rating: Mature (blood and gore, drug
reference, intense violence, strong language,
strong sexual content)
By Billy O'Keefe
Though certainly a first-person shooter at its core, "The Darkness" may be remembered most fondly for the unique ways it applied thick layers of stealth, adventure gaming and a bold devotion to sink-or-swim immersion that no game since has quite captured. Playing "The Darkness" often felt like being a tourist in a new town — albeit one where a disproportionate percentage of the locals wanted to kill you.
Playing "The Darkness II," by contrast, feels like passing through as Godzilla. Jackie Estacado (that's you) is more powerful, the powers ingrained in him by the enigmatic force known as The Darkness are considerably nastier, and the game — set two years later and produced by a new developer — sheds most of those layers in favor of a straight sprint that's exhilarating and potentially dispiriting all at once.