I have read a few reviews about Darkness !! and have noticed that many people said it was not unique or anything special, I disagree, I cant remember the last time I had the use of two extra appendages in any game. DII had many wonderfully unique twists on a "done to death" (FPS) genera.
Here is what I liked, the fast action and extra abilities and appendages added to the thrill of the action which lets face it can get very intense. The villains in this game don't simply shoot and run for cover many of the characters come up close for melee combat others use shoulder lights which temporarily rob you of your darkness powers and some have whips that can yank your gun from your hands. All of this forces the player to learn to use the many darkness powers and grow accustom to relying on everything in your arsenal of weapons and powers instead of just your weapon alone. The game can get hair pullingly frustrating at times but I found that it added to the game not take from it. A slightly different strategy makes all the difference. The game is short but that is what makes Game fly so great.
Now for the bad. The game had one glaring drawback the Story. I liked the idea of not knowing which reality was the real one but I also didn't care enough about the story to sit through the levels between the action levels. What I mean is that when you complete a level the next level takes place in a hospital or your mansion in which you roam around and talk to people. I wanted to simply get back into the action. I love sitting through cut scenes and story driven gameplay in games but this was a boar. BUT THAT BEING SAID 2K completely redeemed themselves with one word...Skip. Every bit of dialog and cut scenes can be skipped. If you are like me and like the action over the story 2K Games lets you have your cake and eat it to with the skip button. So Bottom line Fun game worth the rental.
posted by DrStrangelove (BELLINGHAM, WA) Jan 20, 2013
Member since Jan 2013
This is easily the most gruesome game I've ever played. That doesn't usually bother me, but after a couple hundred viewings of ppl getting their spine ripped out of there bodies, ppl torn apart from their legs and many other lovely images, I hit my limit.
Other than that, the gameplay is actually pretty good. I like the combat style, the movement and the extendable demon arms - although, the gore takes too much time and breaks up combat flow). The story isn't bad and if you're not into it, you can usually skip past it.
The graphics are made to look a bit like a graphic novel - no complaint on that.
The review title really summarizes my view about the game. Way too short. I haven't played the previous version, so I can't compare Darkness II with its predecessor when it comes to playtime duration, but aside from being that short I enjoyed playing it.