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In the beginning there wasn't anything just Darkness and void.. and that's the way the Darkness liked it.
I'll start off with saying I never played The Darkness ( first game ) but 2 was a wonderful experience. At first glance (and possibly a first few minutes of playing) the game seems like a quick comic book styled lame action game but its actually really in depth, and quite fun to play.
Overall the story is excellent and often times I found myself quite engaged with the plot. I will admit the demonic themes of the game were slightly concerning at first but I eventually found myself quite enjoying the way everything was portrayed. The main character Jackie might be a little shallow, 2d or cardbordish but the game's in between levels cutscenes where Jackie reveals his past make him a more rounded character.. and so it evens out in my opinion. The main female of the game, though not overly present (usually in flashbacks or cutscenes) is easily lovable and the developers did a good job showing the relationship between her and the main character in a way that is almost real and life-like. A lot of the minor characters are well voiced and fleshed out for how little they show up and any lack of detail I experience could be blamed on me not knowing the source material or having played the first game. Finally the ending was actually quite good and I look forward to a Darkness III.
Gameplay is intense, overly graphic at times and extremely fun. You (as the host of the Darkness which is essentially a crazy powerful demonic personification of the dark) use your powers (which come in the form of two demon head tentacle like things) to pick up, throw, tear apart and eventually eat your enemies. Its nastier than it sounds but oh so fun. After picking up an enemy you are given 1 - 4 execution techniques (they give different buffs like more ammo or a shield but all share the same ...12 ish animations) to brutally dismember your foes.
The gunplay is pretty standard but the overall pacing of the game seems faster. enemies are not all that hard to kill but there are a lot of them. You are given a wide variety of guns although a lot of them play the same way. Pistols, SMGs, 2 handed rifles and shotguns make up the arsenal that you'll have available. They are all fun and great though perhaps a little generic. Since you have demon arms to pick up people with you obviously have two hands to use for shooting. Dual weapons are great to play with and mix up a lot of the variety for the combat.
There is a good upgrade system...which basically functions as kill someone in a cool way and eat thier heart to gain XP which you spend on upgrading your powers to let you fire bullets through walls and make black holes to clear entire rooms of enemies. Its great.
There is a multiplayer 4player co-op but its kinda lame in comparison to the main story. Its basically a bunch of survival arenas. The 4 characters are great personality wise and the story is like a behind the scenes of the main plot but the characters gameplay is just Jackie (the main story character) just dumbed down. You don't get the cool tentacle demon arms but instead get a special weapon exclusive to the character. Its still fun but its surely not the main draw for the game.
Finally its not all that hard of a game to get 100% achievements on. If that matters to you. The game isn't overly long and especially not if you skip story and blast through everyone with the upgrades on newgame+ but it will still take you probably 3 playthroughs of the main game to get everything. The co-op achievements can be done solo too so you don't have to be social to 100% the game.
Overall this game is totally worth getting and if it looks even remotely interesting to you I would recommend picking it up. Its not the best FPS I have ever played but the story and the attention to detail really make up for the average gameplay. The Darkness 2 is addicting and worth a good chunk of your time.