First look at The Darkness II

first look at the darkness ii 13When it comes to the crowded first-person shooter genre, you need to have a few tricks up your sleeve in order to stand out. Some developers load the game up with new and interesting weapons, while others will add augmentations to the way you see the game. If those aren’t available, sometimes the game will rely on the setting and storyline to make you form a connection with the characters, and sometimes the developer will toss buckets of insane violence and gore at you.

In order to make The Darkness II stand apart, 2K Games decided to do just that. All of that.first look at the darkness ii 1

The sequel to the 2007 hit, the sequel returns players to the graphic novel-inspired world of Jackie Estacado, who has risen through the ranks of the mafia and taken on the role of a Boss in the criminal underworld. Jackie has pushed down the Darkness within him, and for two years, he has been dealing with the trauma it inflicted on him during the first game.

Things are going well for Jackie. He has money, power, women, and the world is his oyster. At least until he is wounded and taken captive by a grotesquely disfigured man that wants the Darkness for himself. Jackie is not one to share, and as his life is threatened, the Darkness returns.

The game is designed with a noire look that is meant to give the impression of a graphic novel. 2K spent a lot of time on the look of the game, and immediately you can see that it was time well spent, as each section feels original and lush. The section demoed at GDC was brief, but there is no reason to believe that the game won’t look amazing when it is finished. Comic writer Paul Jenkins–who wrote several issues of the comic series and co-wrote the first game–returns as a consultant to help with the story, so the game should retain the comic book feel it is aiming for. But while the story will remain true to the source material, the game will feature a totally original story.

But the real selling point will be what 2K is calling “quad wielding”, which will allow gamers to control four offensive weapons at the same time. Using the four shoulder buttons, the primary triggers will be used to dual-wield firearms, where the second buttons will control the Darkness’ tentacles. The left tentacle will be for grabbing people and items—which can be thrown or used as a shield—while the right tentacle will be for slashing enemies. The four buttons together should offer up huge gameplay opportunities.first look at the darkness ii 3

The setting will also play into the game. Besides the ability to grab items, the light will also have a physical effect on you. Your vision will begin to blur as light becomes blinding, and a ringing will accompany the brightness. Once you shoot out the closest lights, your vision and audio will return to normal.

The game is also ultra-violent, with bodies being slashed apart, and people dying in horrific ways. It teeters on being over-the-top, but stops just short of it. Instead it is just bloody. Critics of violent video games will hate this title, but gaming fans will love the splatterfest.

So with The Darkness II, you have a new attack in the quad-wielding, augmented settings thanks to the light sensitivity and noire look, an original story and setting designed to feel like a graphic novel, and it is also helped to life by a comic book writer. Oh, and there is lots and lots of gore.

Look for The Darkness II on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 towards the end of the year.

Movies & TV

Why ruin a good thing? These are some of the worst movie sequels ever made

A sequel that doesn't compare to the original film isn't worth making, right? Unfortunately, this is Hollywood we're talking about. We've picked out 12 films which will go down as some of the worst follow-ups ever made.
Movies & TV

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ trailer unleashes a bevy of beasts

Legendary Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, which pits the giant lizard against a host of new monstrous threats.

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now, from Super Mario Odyssey to Fortnite.

‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ wins one of the worst box-office weekends of 2018

Wreck-It Ralph sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet stayed on top of the weekend box office for the third week, winning what was one of the worst weekends for ticket sales in the US so far this year.

Nintendo pulls the plug on making more SNES Classic, NES Classic systems

Nintendo extended production of the NES Classic and SNES Classic into 2018, but once the current supply of consoles is gone, the company won't be making more. Instead, you'll have to use Nintendo Switch Online.

Fancy ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ PlayStation 4 Pro launches alongside game in January

A limited edition PlayStation 4 Pro bundle for Kingdom Hearts III will launch alongside the game in January. The system included has a special design on the side, as does the controller.

‘Fortnite’ removes the Infinity Blade weapon after player backlash

Following player backlash over the Infinity Blade weapon's inclusion in Fortnite's battle royale mode, Epic Games decided to remove the weapon from the game completely. It was not limited to a special mode.

Want to share your Xbox One games? Here's how to do it

Sharing games on modern consoles is possible, but it takes a few steps. Here's how to start sharing games on your Xbox One console, so friends and family can easily access your library.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

Want every suit in 'Marvel's Spider-Man' for PS4? Here's how to get them all

Marvel's Spider-Man features a whopping 33 different suits for Peter Parker to wear as he swings across New York City knocking out baddies. Here are all the suits and how to unlock them.

Everything about 'Red Dead Online', including its new microtransaction store

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.

HDR monitors are beginning to have an impact. Here are the best you can buy

HDR isn't the most common of PC monitor features and is often charged at a premium, but the list of available options is growing. These are the best HDR monitors you can buy right now.
Virtual Reality

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Prices drop, but our favorite stays the same

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are the two big names in the virtual reality arena, but most people can only afford one. Our comparison tells you which is best when you pit the Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.