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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 18 years and over / ESRB Rating: Adults Only / Release Date: 2007-06-28 / Published by Take 2 Interactive

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      28.04.2010 20:34
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      Overall a weird yet good game.

      Lets get one thing straight! the main character 'Jacky' belongs in a Goth Band and not the mafia!.... ok now thats out of the way lets begin. The Darkness really took me by suprise, i picked it up cheap and was not all that impressed..at first. But then the well written story grips you and you're on a rollercoaster ride to Hell and back, quite literally may i add. Before you know it you're tossed head first into an emotional headcase of game that includes Dark graphics, Family deaths, Revenge and a very awfully realistic adaptation of your characters Hell. there is a multiplayer mode to this game but i never tried it so i cant comment on that side, but i would recomend you try this game if you enjoy FPS games that are very story driven. one last thing, this aint no kids game! its far to violent with bad langauge and i would urge any parent to take heed to this warning before allowing your child to purchase this game.

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        24.01.2010 21:35
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        Unchallenging but a lot of fun

        If you're a seasoned First Person Shooter player like myself, you might be a bit bored of how linear they tend to be. Even most efforts that have attempted to be a bit more open-ended have fallen flat on their face (Far Cry 2, I'm looking at you here), and while The Darkness is not without its flaws, it is a fun sandbox-style shooter that invites exploration and a meditative pace over frenetic run-and-gun gameplay.

        That isn't to say that Rambo doesn't have his place in FPS games, because I enjoy mindless slaughter as much as the next gamer, but to that token, this is not a game for the impatient player wanting instant gratification. In The Darkness, a lot of the game consists of trekking from one place to another in search of a contact, with freedom in between to explore the expansive surroundings, even if it isn't especially difficult to find the character you're after. The protagonist has special powers called The Darkness, which allow you to deflect enemy fire and even inflict small imp-like monsters on the baddies. You accumulate this power from collecting the souls of dead enemies and also from destroying all light sources in the vicinity.

        Visually, this is hardly indicative of the console's best work, but it is good looking nevertheless, and is appropriatey grimy given the New York City setting. The streets are full of litter and muck, making this a believable, living, breathing world. The sound aspect adds a lot to the atmosphere, reinforcing the sense of dread and tinge of horror, while the voice acting is actually surprisingly good for such a low budget game.

        Though not a major entry into the 360's canon, The Darkness is a fun little game that isn't especially challenging, but has a lot of style and gallows humour to offer.

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        06.01.2010 19:04
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        Hard to play but worth a go

        This game is called the darkness for a reason!
        It is very dark and creepy, makes you jump many a time and in some places is quite gory, once or twice making me feel a little queasy.

        Personally I had to play this game on the easiest setting, but I am not a great gamer so most people could get away with playing it on a higher difficulty setting. I did start on the hard setting as this is what the game was pre set too, but I couldn't even get past the first grave yard scene on that setting.

        There were a few places in this game I got lost or stuck and had to turn to google to find some help as to what to do next, and I have not finished the game as one bit I got truly stuck and still can't find a way out lol.

        The graphics on this game are pretty awesome and are worth checking out. Not sure if its just me but I think the main character you play looks a lot like a long haired robert de niro!

        This is definatley more of a hardcore gamers type of game, and will take some time to complete, but it is good for those who like a challenge, or a lot of blood and gore in their games. The time it takes to complete and the challenges you face, make this game worth the money you pay for it.

        I probably won't play this game again, I got very frustrated with it, but I think its worth a go for most people, especially those who like their games dark and creepy.

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        28.08.2009 04:45
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        For the price you can get it at now, dont miss out

        I ended up downloading a demo of the darkness from Xbox live marketplace when I was bored with the selection of games i owned at the time, it looked relitively intresting and hey, the demo costs nothing!
        I was suprised to find that within this demo was a clever and amusing game, giving you a glimpse of what lies within... so feeling rather impressed with what id played i went out and purchased it. I was in for an even bigger shock to find that the full game was a thousand times better than the demo and not just a one trick pony that i assumed it may be.
        The plot of the game puts you in the body of Jackie - a mob member whos double crossed and left for dead, the only thing he can think of is revenge. so hell bent he seeks it, only hes not alone. tagging along with him is "the darkness", evil incarnate whos manifested himself within jackie and whos powers you can utilise to avenge your distroy your foes.
        the graphics are more than sutible, with some good light shading and good characted models. the story is also very good, allowing you freedom of movement within the game world while events happen around you. the darkness powers are especially fun, allowing you to wreek more havoc than you could have hoped. however, the game does have its flaws, the shooting mechanics at the heart of this game could be better and the constant trecking back and forth locations (coupled with some extendable loading times) can seem more of a chore than a game should allow. dont let this put your off though, for the bargain prices you can pick it up for now, its definitly worth a look and the story will fill a good chunk of your time up and also keep you suitibly entertained.

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        04.07.2009 11:18

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        Looking to buy this game now to finish it off.

        When I rented The Darkness from the LoveFilm rental service, I wasn't sure to even give the game a shot, but after being a bit bored of my already owned titles, I thought I'd give it a go; and I'm glad I did.

        The game possessed something that I haven't seen before, and although it wasn't really my type of game, I thoroughly enjoyed the game, and I now regret not purchasing the game when I had the chance to. I was addicted to the game for a few days, before I decided that I would send it back. The game had a very interesting storyline, and was very challenging. The graphics were quite impressive for that kind of release by 2K.

        The aspects of the game are quite impressive too, especially when playing online multiplayer with a friend. I would also like to mention that the achievements are very attainable and with help of a friend, you should be able to attain the full 1000 on offer here.

        I will definitely buy this game if I find the right price at the right moment as I did enjoy this game, and I would recommend it to everyone who likes this kind of game.

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        04.07.2009 10:34

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        Woud recommend.

        The darkness is a great game. I have completed it all the way through, I only managed to get 400 achievement points through. The main character is called Jackie Estacado who is a gangster. This is a first person shooter. The levels are based in new york. During the game you pick up many special powers that allow you kill enemies in different ways. There are four different type of powers, one allows you call creatures and then they shoot enemies for you. The second is a snake like creature that comes out of your body and can go through small holes and windows. The third is a special gun. The fourth is a special arm that can kill enemies with a single strike. Also when you kill your victims you can devour their hearts in order to get more power. Throughout the game you can help out strangers to get phone numbers. This was a really great game really enjoyed playing it.

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        05.06.2009 14:55
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        A great take on perhaps an otherwise stale genre. Great new gameplay mechanics make this a must have

        The Darkness for me was something of a surprise hit when it was first released. I wasn't expecting much from it, but became totally sucked into its excellent world. I played it again recently and nothing has been lost with time. It's a dark, very well crafted FPS with an excellent twist - the titular 'Darkness' which feeds our hero Jackie's dark powers, which include a scout creature which seperates from the character to learn about the world ahead, a black hole creator, powerful guns and perhaps the most satisfying of all, a demonic arm, which can be used for menial tasks such as lifting heavy objects, or more fun things such as impaling enemies and tossing them asunder. These extra powers make this so much more than just another shooter, and they work really well with the theme of the game, which centres around Jackie trying to exact revenge on a relative. This quest takes him through the dark underbelly of his hometown, and brings him into contact with members of the community who can help or hinder him. All in all, a stunning and very different shooter that is an absolute bargain at today's prices.

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        03.06.2009 12:42

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        Good, one to get and maybe trade in later.

        Playing as a slightly shady mafia type, you are thrown headfirst into a battle between the cops, the family and the darkness. Everyone but the darkness is out to get you.
        Gameplay on this is slightly challenging at the start but the wide variety of weapons, scenarios and interaction between characters makes up for it.
        Once you progress through the game and gain more Darkness powers it only serves to state how much of a badass you actually are, particularly using the black hole power. As you can guess this generates a local black hole and enemies and scenery is sucked into and around it, bashing into each other. It's usually fatal for enemies and can also be used to clear a path for yourself.
        The other powers I found to be slightly limited and not that much use.
        Overall it's a great game but not one that you can play through again and again, the achievements are fairly standard, being that you get awarded points for killing enemies in particular ways and at certain amounts.

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        31.05.2009 22:35
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        May as well if you really want now that the price is rock bottom, I still wouldn't bother though.

        To set the tone for this review and to get my message/advice heard by those who will not read this review in its entirety; DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.

        Whilst i could easily sum this review up with that one line I guess i'd better justify my statement for those who bother to read this.

        The Darkness, while boasting fairly impressive graphics considering when it was made, offers little else.

        The biggest problem with the darkness is poor level design. With no map or indicator arrow and only a brief description of where you should be heading you will often find yourself lost and backtracking, making gameplay sluggish and frustrating rather than fast paced and thrilling which is what i tend to expect from a first person shooter. None of this is helped by the snails pace at which your characters movement speed is set.

        The story does little to help the game, I found it confusing and far from enthralling though I guess it may be easier to digest if you were/are a fan of the comic book and are already familiar with the canon. I personally had never heard of it.

        Ultimately i guess The Darkness my be worth a look if you're a pre-existing fan of the comic/story line now that it's gone down vastly in price but I wouldn't bother.

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          26.05.2009 00:27
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          Great game, great price

          The Darkness for me was certainly one of the games of 2007. It had a gripping storyline as we followed the character through a roller-coaster of emotions. The story was interesting, dark and very well written, not to mention very well acted as well. It is also worth mentioning the twists in the storyline make the game a lot more interesting. The online mode however is not great, in my experience of playing The Darkness, the online mode was too generic, too samey to other games, it did not offer anything unique, it also lagged really badly and the makers did not seem keen on fixing that little bug. Over all I would highly recommend this as it is a very good game with huge replay value, also at the price it is being sold at you simply can not go wrong. One of the finer games out there for sure.

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          23.05.2009 01:21
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          One of the better old school xbox games

          I remember the Darkness as being the first game I ever bought for my Xbox 360, and it served as an incredibly enjoyable introduction to the console, and it still has a place of pride amongst my shelves.

          In the Darkness you play as Jackie Estacado, a twenty-year old mobster who is marked for death by the don of the New York Mafia, Uncle Paulie. Unfortunately for him, things don't go completely to plan. On the eve of his 21st birthday, and also his intended assassination, a brutal supernatural force known only as 'the Darkness' awakens within Jackie, laying waste to his enemies with sadistic enjoyment. Now under the control of 'the Darkness' Jackie must find a way to control it before he is completely consumed, whilst also seeking revenge against his double-crossing boss.

          The Darkness is brutal first person horror, which mixes together astounding graphics and visceral gore to produce a breath-taking gaming experience. Although the game is primarily a shooter it also makes novel use of the Darkness's own powers, which appears on the periphery as a thoroughly evil looking tentacle thing, almost like Lovecraft had decided to branch into moray eel farming. Despite the entity's blatant malevolence, it also affords you some neat abilities. Besides being able to see in the dark you can use the beasties various appendages to sneak up and impale your enemies, as well as flipping cars and destroying inconvenient walls. Later in the game you can also 'divide by zero,' if you'll pardon the meme, and create a localised black hole to dispose of large groups of enemies. And if that wasn't enough you can also summon your own army of Darkling's, a collection of surly and thoroughly sarcastic demons that will maim, shoot or blow up anyone who irritates you. Oh yeah, you also have guns...not that you really need them.

          The game takes you through the grimy and generally scum-infested streets of New York, as well as deep within a positively nightmarish dimension courtesy of the Darkness. To be honest I can only think of one fault in this game, which is generally highly inventive and thoroughly enjoyable, which is the plot. It isn't exactly a bad plot, its just very, very, very depressing. No, I mean it. It really is.

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            10.05.2009 00:19
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            A great FPS, a not-so-great multiplayer game.

            Waiting a good graphic- horror game for the Xbox 360, The Darkness caught my eye and I gave it a go.

            You play th character of Jackie, first at his birthday party. At the age of 21, though Jackie discovers his is a superhuman, with powers over the forces of evil. This is where the game begins its physics blasphemy. Jackie surpasses thoughts of good will for his powers and decides to take to the streets

            Your powers include calling up Beelzebub, creating black holes or, if you are feeling daring, kicking your opponent in the face. The option for classic weaponry works well because without the guns and combat, this game would rely entirely on the implausible storyline of an evil superhuman.
            The setting is very effective, although it is an urban environment, it more resembles Victorian London in it aura of deceit and treachery. It leaves the player on edge the whole time, a great effect, and the main appeal of the game.

            The multiplayer live content is not very varied, mainly due to the lack of characters and scenarios given.
            Overall, this game is a great shocking thriller with a reasonable good storyline.

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              12.04.2009 22:04
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              Worth a rent rather then a purchase, as the single player will keep you entertained for a few days.

              A gangster story with a darker twist. The player plays as Jackie, the member of a crime family under attack from his former employer - his uncle Paulie. However, on his 21st birthday Jackie discovers that he posseses supernatural powers which he utilizes to destroy his attackers.

              Graphically, the game is brilliant. The subway system is especially well done, with the city represented successfully as a dirty and corrupt environment. This is mainly due to the same environments being used over and over again, which can become tiresome.

              You can impale people, throw them into black holes, summon demons to kill them or just shoot them with the tiny selection of guns available. The combat against the other gangsters, especially near the start of the game, is a lot of fun. There's something oddly satisfying about watching people run away from you, seconds before you impale them and throw them through a window using The Darkness.

              This game is entertaining for a while, but the story is only playable once and the multiplayer is too flawed to fully enjoy.

              Not only are there never any servers available anymore, but the gameplay itself was always extremely laggy whenever there were more then 4 people in 1 game.

              A fun game, but only for the single player. Worth a rent rather then a buy.

              I give this game a 7/10

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                12.04.2009 22:02
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                Only worth buying for 1000 Gamerpoints

                Just by looking at the front cover it sends chills down your spine, inserting the disc into your console is like walking into a dark empty room, you just quite don't know what's inside. I tried The Darkness and to begin with the story is good with a simple shooter basis, walking down the street beating to death any poor mobster who decided to look down the barrel of my gun. However the fun really starts when your character discovers he can manifest a creature from inside him that grows giant man eating tentacles out of his hips.

                To me this sounded awesome, however after a while the game play value slowly drains away, I just knew half way through which corners I would be ambushed at and which were save points just by looking at the light round the corner. Its quite a predictable set of events that occur very randomly and mostly are to your advantage ironically.

                This brings me onto certain perks you gain such as the void ability. *Cough cough overpowered* As soon as you get this its all you use to obliterate any poor guy to step in front of you and the difficulty of the game just depletes. Talking about difficulty you have an option to choose auto aim or not which is quite obvious as the game literally points to where you have to shoot defeating the object of having a turn function as simply the trigger is your best friend in the game. One major downfall which put me off playing for 3 months was that the game doesn't really tell you where to go in case you need reminding after helping that tramp for the third time let him play his harmonica in the subway station. This game really does leave you searching for the next part of the game if you wander off to help someone in some pointless side plot.

                Multiplayer redeems the game with its various play styles and the ability to change form midfight which changes playing styles and strategies during fire fights online. The only problems with this are that it's laggy and you can only experience these half decent multiplayer matches if you can find a game to join.

                All in all its quite a letdown and is only really worth buying for the insanely simple achievements to unlock. The darkness isn't as scary as it seems...

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                08.04.2009 20:23

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                The Darkness is first person shooter set in the grimey underworld of new york city. Not only you are a gangster taking his share in new yorks crime trade but you are also part deamon, and get to use your dark powers to held you take down your rivals.
                Whether you like the satanic storyline or not is a matter of opinion but the actual story itself is quite clever and in addition to this the cinematic cutscenes really do the game testiment. The graphics in the game itself are good as well but most of the time these are shadowed by the fact you spend most of your time in the shadows.

                The gameplay is good and your dark powers add variety, so you are able to do quite a lot of cool stuff with them. Shooting little slimey things out of your mouth and using them in first person to take down your enimies covertly, is just a one of the many powers your character is attributed with.
                The enimies you face are classic to a genre such as this and there is nothing special regarding this aspect.

                I like this game and would recommend it, though it can get a bit repetitive because you don't have a lot of freedom.

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              Developer Starbreeze Studios seem to have found a niche for themselves creating top notch video games based on licensing tie-ins that hardly anyone has ever heard of. The Chronicles of Riddick may have been a film flop but the game was one of the best first person shooters on the original Xbox. This follow-up is based on an obscure comic book about a Mafia hitman with the rather handy ability to conjure up the eponymous Darkness û source of seemingly unlimited demonic power. To some degree the game can be played like a standard first person shooter, with main character Jackie Estacado proving a dab hand with a wide variety of standard pistols, machine guns and shotguns. The Darkness powers though are obviously the gameÆs real draw, with the ability to use super strong tentacles to fling around objects in the impressively interactive game world or act as a shield or even spy camera. The most interesting of the Darkness abilities though is summoning special imps called darklings. These come in twenty different types, from interrogator to kamikaze to decoy, and ensure thereÆs always more than one way to tackle any obstacle. The only problem with the Darkness as a power is that it doesnÆt work in strong light, which is where the need for more traditional weaponry comes in û especially when shooting out lights to get your demonic groove back on. The graphics are superb (The Chronicles of Riddick still looks better than many low end 360 games) and despite its obscure origins the Darkness itself turns out to be the most interesting thing to happen to first person shooters in years.