The Darkness (2007)

Cruel, sadistic and blisteringly visceral this is a simply awesome FPS. Don’t fear the darkness. Embrace it.

Adapted from a series of comics The Darkness is a brutal and grim FPS that revels in its own gore and violence. Almost everything about it feels darkly enjoyable mostly because of the level of blood and guts that comes along with the nice voice acting, twisted story, and straight up cool gameplay.

Jackie Estacado has just reached his 21st Birthday when everything goes to hell. He is cursed by the sinister being known as The Darkness which gives him supernatural power over the shadows of New York City. With the death of his girlfriend he starts a personal vendetta against the crime boss Uncle Paulie who is responsible for her death. During his journey of revenge Jackie struggles with his own inner darkness while helping out many of the citizens of New York and finally achieves victory by accepting The Darkness and going to the top of the anti-hero ladder.

The gameplay is solid and acceptable for a game adapted from a bunch of comics. The Darkness powers are all menacing and visually good to look at thanks to the animation of each individual powers effect. The shooting aspect is okay, but nothing really special and the health system works well because it doesn’t have some ridiculous bar obscuring some of the screen. The few vehicle sections are both good and bad. Good because the big turrets you control are fun to use, but bad because the vehicles bump around so much it’s hard to get a good aim sometimes. The musical score is good too and works well with most of the areas that you visit.

The characters and their voice actors are all good. Jackie (voiced by Kirk Acevedo) is obviously the best character on show with The Darkness (voiced by Mike Patton) following him everywhere like a demonic parasite that feeds off his murderous rampage. The other non playable characters such as Jackie’s girlfriend Jenny, Aunt Sarah and Butcher Joyce are all finely voiced and really do help add some more emotion to the story in general. The two big villains Uncle Paulie and Eddie Shrote both have considerable screen presence, but don’t rank up there with some of the other villains you see flying around these days. Paulie sometimes sounds like his voice actor was in a real fit of anger for being involved in the game. As a whole though they all work well and don’t drag the story into the ground like a sinking stone.

Cruel, sadistic and blisteringly visceral this is a simply awesome FPS. Don’t fear the darkness. Embrace it.

The Score : 9/10

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9.3
Summary: The Darkness is one of the most brutal and grim first person shooters that was released on the 360 due to its bleak story and gory gameplay.
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The Darkness (2007) Ed The Darkness is one of the most brutal and grim first person shooters that was released on the 360 due to its bleak story and gory gameplay.

Cruel, sadistic and blisteringly visceral this is a simply awesome FPS. Don't fear the darkness. Embrace it.

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