Metacritic (PC): 77/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 80/100
Metacritic (PS): 79/100
Release: Feb 2012
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

The Darkness II

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Good: Dark atmosphere and thriller plotline – Great graphics
Bad: Some irritating mechanics
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The Darkness II is a psychological horror adventure that blends first person shooter gameplay with some simple RPG elements. The game launched in early 2012, five years after the success of the first game.


Players will again be taking control of Jackie Estacado, this time around though he’s become the leader of the Franchetti crime family. Jackie still has the power of the Darkness within him though although he has managed to suppress its power over time. After being attacked by a rival gang Jackie gives into the darkness to save his life and this is just the start of your psychological experience.

In terms of gameplay Darkness II plays very similar to the first game with Jackie having the ability to summon the powers of the Darkness. These powers offer great variety and slowly develop throughout the game which opens up plenty of options to players when dealing with enemies. Your dark powers do have restrictions though, with well lit areas preventing you from using them at their full potential. At this point you’ll have to rely on your traditional weapons instead which can be used to destroy light sources in the area or take out enemies directly.

The Darkness II does introduce some new elements to the Darkness franchise though such as the quad wielding technique that lets Jackie combine dark tendrils and firearms to turn you into the ultimate destructive force.


On top of the core campaign players have the option to co-operatively tackle a Vendetta campaign with support for up to four players to group together online. Players assume the role of hitmen working on behalf of Jackie in this mode so it isn’t as exciting as the core campaign in terms of dark powers unfortunately.

If you are looking to feel powerful and dark at the same time then the psychological thriller that awaits you in Darkness II might be what you are after.


  • The second game in The Darkness series.
  • Take control of your dark powers once again.
  • A plot that will really mess with your head.
  • Great variety of dark powers to use and upgrade.
  • On all major platforms.

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The Darkness II, 9.3 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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