It was a very close run thing in this week’s poll, but in the dying stages The Darkness II rallied and won selection as the topic of this week’s WeView. The game, released in February, is a sequel to 2007’s The Darkness and is based on the comic series of the same name, something that comes through in the game’s visuals.
However, despite drawing from the comics for its visuals, Dan was pleased to note in his review that the game’s story doesn’t need any knowledge of the comics, or even of the original game. This was, quite obviously, a smart move by developers Digital Extremes, allowing new fans to come in without enraging old ones.
Another smart move from Digital Extremes came in the game’s casting, with Dan calling it one of the best voice casts of the year. For it to earn such an accolade in February it really must be impressive. Dan picked out Brian Bloom’s performance as Jackie as being particularly good, especially as he was replacing Kirk Avecedo, who did a fantastic join in the original.
As for gameplay he also enjoyed the way The Darkness is integrated into the game, with it feeling like an integral part of the experience rather than being crowbarred in or simply tacked on. These positives, along with others, combined to give the game a score of 9/10 with Dan having this to say about the game in conclusion:
The fact that The Darkness II is a sequel to a game with its roots entrenched in a fairly-twisted comic-book canon is irrelevant. There are no barriers to entry here, no homework to catch up with, just a fantastically pieced together tale coupled with a refreshingly creative take on the ever-staling FPS formula. It handles well, looks great, and sounds even better; The Darkness II is 2012′s first home console must-have and marks a promising start to the year for 2K and its upcoming onslaught of beautifully-crafted titles.
Dan clearly found a lot to like in the game but the question is whether or not you did? Did you enjoy the game’s voice cast as much as Dan did, or did you find it a little lacking? Was The Darkness as well integrated into the game as he says, or did you think it really didn’t work? And how about the game’s online? Did it feel like a valid part of the game, or was it just a weak add on?
If you feel like sharing your experience with the game all you need to do is leave a comment below, remembering to attach your rating of the game on the Buy It, Bargain Bin It, Rent It, Avoid It scale. The only condition is that you need to have your comment in by Sunday afternoon if you want to be included in Monday’s verdict article.