Antiquated Review-The Darkness
The Darkness, released on June, 2007 by Starbreeze Studios is a First-person shooter based on the comic The Darkness.
In this game you play as Jackie Estacado, an Italian hitman for the mafia. However, as a result of Jackie turning 21 at the beginning of the game, he has limited access to the powers of the Darkness, with powers unlocked until later in the game. The Darkness powers include summoning up delightfully evil “darklings” that can kill your foes in a violent variety of ways. Having tendrils coming out of your back, you can whip out lights, summon demon guns and black holes. However these awesome powers only work when Jackie is in the darkness, so shooting out every light is needed for survival.
The locales that players visit are several levels based on New York City. The subway system allows Jackie to traverse between areas. With a plot that is mainly linear, the player can freely roam the streets and can accept side mission, which rewards with extra content and gamerscore.
The story follows the first volume of the comic detailing Jackie’s origin, betrayal by his Uncle Paulie and Jackie’s revenge over the *Spoiler* of *Big Spoiler* and going into *Even Bigger Spoiler.*
What Makes This Game Unique?
- No HUD
- Health regenerates in darkness, as does powers
- Public domain movies and television shows (To Kill A Mocking Bird, Flash Gordon and Popeye)
What About The Multiplayer?
- Darkness powers make the player feel Godly (Ungodly).
- Amazing voice talent.
- Despite being released in 2007, still has better graphics than most 360 games in 2011.
- Can get lost easily.
- Difficulty spikes.
- AI can be buggy.
- Considering you can get it for $5, the amount of content and entertainment The Darkness brings, it is truly recommended.