First of all, Hurray to GameRevolution for reviewing a game which i had finished last week itself (they sure are slacking these days)
The Darkness is based on the best-selling comic book series of the same name, published by Top Cow Productions.
As Mafia hitman Jackie Estacado, you'll spend most of the game wandering around a big, semi-open replica of Manhattan, talking to people and trying to stay one step ahead of your ex-boss, who wants you dead for failing to collect on a debt. Surviving means you'll have to take out all the goon squads and small armies of corrupt cops he sends after you, as well as doing favors for other family members in return for them helping you out.True Mafia style :)
In the begining itself Jackie is possesed by a demonic force called The Darkness. Having the demon on his side puts all sorts of cool abilities at Jackie's disposal. The Darkness takes the form of a pair of dragon-like heads on either side of Jackie, but they don't last long in the light - any light - so when you're in a fight, you'll need to shoot out every lightbulb you see if you want them on your side.
Powers from The Darkness includes attacking enemies with its Head tentacles, Impaling/Pulling with a whip-like tendril and the ability to shield u from damage. U are also offered darkness powered pistols which has unlimited ammo.
You'll also be able to summon stunted, imp-like helpers called Darklings from strategically placed spawn points.Your control over these is limited, and they're useful mainly for buying you time and drawing enemy fire.
Later in the game, u can create a dark void/vortex/black hole which pulls everything towards it. It really shows off the rag-doll physics and also helps u recover urself.
The best part of the game , however, is the Heart Eating
.U can align your screen at a enemy's heart and send ur tentacle/snake head to eviscerate the heart of ur foe.This, my freind, is stuff that makes a fun game
Since all ur cool powers needs a dark surrounding you’ll probably spend most of the game killing enemies in an area, breaking all of the lights to power back up, then moving on to the next batch of enemies. This “lather, rinse, repeat” style of gameplay gets old around the 5 hour mark, which is only about halfway through the game.
The in game scripting is excellent, and the story is well taken.Although the ending didnt satisfy me, The Darkness shows panache in its well directed narratives. The game features nice graphics and the gritty gore is presented in the most beautiful way. The sound effects are great too.Production value is truly Peter Jackson/George Lucas class!
The lack of length is compensated by its Multiplayer component.The Darkness enable you to play as either gun-toting humans or wall-crawling Darklings, and the Shapeshifter matches - in which you can instantly transform from human to Darkling at will - are a thing to behold.
Apart from the gripes, which include short single player (a common sight for gorgeous FPS these days), repetitive combat (repetitive coolness i must say) and the rare frame rate drops, this game delivers great entertainment for the gore-lovers and avid action buffs.
Forget about what the GR Review team said. Stuffs like --Action and RPG elements not connected or Monster vs. Mafia elements not connected is simply a bad attempt to criticize this game.
Grow up GR!!