The Darkness 2 Preview

This The Darkness 2 Preview gives a quick look at what can be expected from Digital Extremes’ upcoming first-person shooter, horror/action title!

The Darkness II is the upcoming sequel to 2007?s The Darkness. It is developed by Digital Extremes, published by 2K Games and written by Paul Jenkins.

The Darkness II takes place two years after the events of the first game. Jackie Estacado, the current wielder of The Darkness who has used his powers to become the Don of the Franchetti crime family. He has been unable to shake the thoughts of his dead girlfriend Jenny Romano since he contained his supernatural powers and now The Darkness “wants out in the worst way”.

Originally scheduled to be released on July 10th 2011 and then on October 4th 2011. It was delayed for both dates and instead will be released February 7th 2012 in North America and February 10th 2012 in Europe for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Flesh out the Darkling and explore demon arms in this interview with Digital Extremes’ project director – Sheldon Carter!

Stay out of the light and all the supernatural powers will be yours in the new game The Darkness 2. See the gameplay showcased at E3 2011 in this video!

And go behind the scenes at the Digital Extreme Studios in this “Playing with Darkness Developer Video!”

Key Features of The Darkness 2

Here is a list of key elements that will be available in Digital Extremes’ The Darkness 2 based on news and announcements made so far.

“Quad-Wielding”
The Darkness II has game play that is mostly similar to the first game, but the sequel features a new tactic called “quad wielding”. It allows lead character Jackie Estacado to use his supernatural powers while at the same time use firearms.

Darklings
There is more focus on the aspect of Darklings, with there now being only one primary Darkling which will hold greater importance and will be more involved in the storyline. It will be able to interact with the environment by using items such as a worker drills to attack and torture your enemies and it will also be able to use standard weaponry such as pistols to attack or threaten them.

Jackie
Jackie can use the environment to his advantage, such as using car doors as shields and parking meters to impale enemies. Unlike in the first game, Jackie can use both his weaponry and The Darkness in public places.

Cell Shaded Graphics
The game textures are more aligned to the comic book and are designed using a cel-shading technique, similar to the style used in Sly Cooper, to give this effect. The style was achieved with the development artists hand painting the majority of the game assets, instead of relying on digital methods to create a comic book style.

The Darkness
Jackie can also use his demon arms for ‘finishing moves’, whereas the player can execute the enemy in ways such as ripping people into two, and your darkling can also use special attacks, such as urinating acid on enemies. There’s a new feature whereas each kill, heart collected and enemy urinated on add towards your ‘dark essence’ which can be used to make purchases from a tree of abilities from ‘talent shrines’, such as a black hole gun, the ability to see and attack through walls, and ‘gun channeling’ which gives you unlimited ammunition and deals supernatural damage for a short period of time.

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