The Darkness II is a game that is not built for the faint of heart as the violence quotient on this one is pretty high. The lead character, Jack Estacado is on a pretty wild murderous rampage, dancing in the blood of his enemies as he tears off their arms and legs. Dude. Settle down. He is on a tirade, whipping around through the different levels and leaving a wake of destruction. Jack’s dark. He really is but hey, isn’t that why you came here? The story behind this game, just to give crazy Jack some context, is that Jack has lost the love of his life, he is consumed by dark forces and his organization is under threat. He’s enraged and he’s powerful and you really don’t want to mess with Jack right now.
You will get to see the humanity in Jack as there are plenty of junctures where he has to confront his feelings around the loss of his love, Jenny, and that gives the story a bit of a personal touch. It’s not the primary arch, though, and you continue to watch Jack battle against his internal evil and at the same time, unleash it on his enemies. The story has a decent pace and enough variance to make it interesting as you move forward through game play.
Jack has four arms due to demonic forces (only two of them are his own) which allow him to carry and use some pretty wicked weapons at the same time that he’s chopping folks to bits with his demonic arms. With all this…ummm, limb power, Jack can get himself out of some pretty tricky scenarios. He is always finding new ways to kill people and that only adds up to more points. If you shoot someone, you’ll only get 10 points but if you dismember him with your demon hands, you’ll get double or triple the score. Points for creativity! Yay! The more points that you accumulate, the higher your experience level AND the higher your experience level, the more powers you get. So get creative out there!
So now that all that has been said, there are some limitations to the game.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of bugs, fractured animation sequences and other little glitches to annoy you. The enemies are often pretty redundant as well, looking pretty much like clones. It kind of makes sense why they’re putting all the creativity into the players’ hands, doesn’t it? A bit ironic.
The game is still plenty of fun to play and none of this takes away from crazy Jack and his reign of terror. It did make the game feel somewhat incomplete, though. Maybe Jack chopped off the developer’s arm right in the middle of beta testing…who knows? Regardless of these little idiosyncrasies, The Darkness II is lots of fun. Jack is whack, and it works for him. Through in a few sensitive moments with Jenny, and some inner struggles with his demons alongside of his murderous lunacy and you’ve got something that is a pretty unique offering.