2K Games announced today the sequel to their 2007 million-unit selling title The Darkness.
As some of you may remember, The Darkness was an early first-person shooter for the Xbox360 console that combined gun play along with the various supernatural powers that the protagonist, Jackie Estacado, acquired once possessed by the malevolent spirit “Darkness.”
Being based on a comic book one might have felt the whole idea sounded rather generic, but I found myself surprised the first time I sat down to play the demo by how well done and involving the game play turned out.
There was a noticeable issue with continuity at some places throughout the game, as the direction in which you needed to go and what you needed to do to get there was unclear at times and fell completely to guess work with various powers. Minor issues aside, The Darkness got excellent scores from critics and gamers alike.
The real surprise to the first game was a surprisingly heartfelt story, offering some very authentic moments with the love interest, Jenny, including one of the most gut wrenching cut scenes I have ever seen in a video game but I will refrain from further explanation for those who haven’t played the game but may want to in preparation for the sequel.
The Darkness 2 will offer players more of the same gory game play as the first, as well as introducing some new elements such as Quad-Wielding, which will allow players to slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their Demon Arms while simultaneously firing two weapons.
“The Darkness II is a well of dark and imaginative violence, and it’s a stylized and beautiful nightmare,”
said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K.
“The Darkness II continues the 2K Games tradition of delivering quality, innovative games that are filled to the brim with atmosphere and deep storytelling. The game takes a unique stance on fighting in the dark versus light. Combined with the arsenal of weapons at Jackie’s disposal and the gruesome attacks of the supernatural Demon Arms and Darkness powers, we’re proud to announce another title that delivers on our core values of creating games for gamers.”
Gamers can expect the release of The Darkness 2 for the Xbox360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC this coming fall. Until then do yourself a favor and go pick up a copy of The Darkness and enjoy some supernatural blood letting. Oh, and be sure to take a moment amidst the story and watch a movie with Jenny. It’s unique gaming experience, to say the least.