From a presentation standpoint, "The Darkness II" shines with stylized graphics that look as though they were ripped straight from the pages of the comic. The audio work is just as impressive, with terrific voice acting that helps to keep even the most over-the-top moments grounded. And the soundtrack is superb, even though you have to listen closely to notice many of the licensed tracks that play in the background.
To say I was pleasantly surprised by "The Darkness II" would be a major understatement. Despite having not played the original, I was immediately drawn into this sequel's dark world and its flawed lead character. And the brutal combat was flat-out fun as I constantly sought out new ways to eliminate my foes. Whether you're looking for a great story or a gory shooter, "The Darkness II" delivers. I'm already looking forward to the next installment in the series.
"The Darkness II"
Developer: Digital Extremes
Publisher: 2K Games
Available for: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($59.99)
Rating: M for mature