Lasting First Impressions of The Darkness II from Digital Extremes
Taking over from where Starbreeze Studios left off 5 years ago with the original The Darkness, Digital Extremes brings us the next evolution of first person shooters with The Darkness II. I remember thoroughly enjoying the original title and wasn’t the least bit surprised to hear that 2K Games would be releasing a follow-up title to it, though five years between titles these days seems long. Was the wait worth it? Let’s find out.
First of all, the game is gorgeous. To offset the over-abundance of blood and gore inherent in here, the artists have utilized a beautiful and colourful cell shading look to the game much like that found in Borderlands. The only thing I found a little off-putting is the inclusion of realistic faces on the characters which just seem to be such a stark contrast to the world around them.
For the first time in any FPS game, Digital Extremes debuts what they are calling “Quad Wielding”. In The Darkness II, you are literally wielding up to four weapons simultaneously and this new mechanic is implemented flawlessly. While the first title in this series switched between the tendrils of The Darkness and your weapons, this new entry allows you to use your weapons at the same time as the tendrils. This adds so much more mayhem to the action and can certainly be a lot to take in when first starting the game. It didn’t take long, however, to get a good handle on the controls and slice through the enemies like a pro.
The Darkness II is definitely not for the faint of heart, however. Chock full of adult language, extreme blood and gore, bodies being ripped apart, and more violence than you can imagine, the M rating is well earned here. Don’t play this game when the kids are in the room.
After my first hour of playing The Darkness II, would I continue to play it more? Absolutely. In fact I already did. I was playing the game for nearly two hours before I had to put it down to write this review. It is very engaging and gave the perfect blend of non-stop action and down-time story telling. There is a great mystery happening along side the major plot that I just need to play out to see how it all ends.
Digital Extremes, I gave you an hour and I am wonderfully IMPRESSED.