Release Date: 6/25/2007
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The Good: Great voice acting, story, ripping out hearts and wreaking bloody havoc is fun, good selection of weapons, dual wielding, Darklings are funny and neat, unlockable content is interesting
The Bad: Story is too short, not enough Darkness powers or Darklings, Even though Darklings are neat they seem kind of useless
First things first…the graphics in this game are just absolutely amazing and out of this world. THIS is a next-gen game. What’s so awesome about this game, besides the eye candy, is your Darkness powers. You get four powers that you can unlock throughout the story and you can use them to kill and wreak havoc and even solve simple puzzles. The other great things are the Darklings which you can command to kill your enemies.
The story is wonderful and keeps you sucked in throughout. One thing that I really loved was the voice acting…it’s top notch stuff. The best voice is the Darkness he has this insane sinister voice that constantly changes pitch and it’s really awesome. I also love when you can eat everyone’s hearts after you kill them and you can watch the demon heads pull it apart and munch on it…it sounds nasty but looks awesome. I love the way the story flips between two different worlds: 1940 New York and The Darkness world during WWII.
Now there are bad things here. Even though everything is top notch and spiffy there just isn’t enough of it. Four Darkness powers and Darklings just aren’t enough in this type of game. There are enough weapons (DUAL WIELDING!!) however, but everything is just too short. Also, the story just doesn’t seem quite enough either and it’s not a terribly satisfying ending. The campaign is also short…you can beat it in between 10-15 hours even if you do the side missions. I also found the Darklings to be almost useless since they die in the light and they take too long to run after enemies. The unlockable content is neat but not enough to boost replay value. The only reason why you’d play this again is to get the alternate ending. If you want a truly next-gen experience to pick up The Darkness…you’ll love it.