Definitely better than it's predecessor. Graphics are still weirdly rendered, but game play is better. Don't know that I like the knew skill wheel thing. Plot is cliche'd, but oh well. Played it long enough to know I'll buy it - when the price drops enough.
Have you ever played the original Darkness? Made by Starbreeze, who's most recent title is Syndicate, The Darkness is one of the greatest games to be released on this console generation. It feels a lot like Chronicles of Riddick: Butcher Bay and Dark Athena and had a dark and brutal realistic atmosphere akin to the universe and comics, it is based upon. Unfortunately for 2K Games, none of the atmosphere and physicality of the original, is replicated in the sequel. This doesn't mean it is of poor quality, it is just apparent how different each is from the very start. The second just doesn't live up to the original. The new one is quite good though, its just very different, it is no longer a horror themed, emotionally poignant, semi open world, brutal shooter, but instead a very linear, high speed, graphic and action packed affair. The game is fun and very easy (i beat it 2 times in a week) but it does feel lacking especially in comparison to the original. Get the original, play it and really give it a chance, then when you finish it, try out the Darkness 2 and give it a spin. Its worth it for both, trust me, just make sure you know the story of the first before delving into the second because, if you don't you'll be entirely lost and the impactfullness of the story and the emotional substantiality of the quiet moments throughout will leave you scratching your heads which is unfortunate because those moments are what truly make the Darkness and the Darkness 2 special.