Games Revisited: The Darkness Review!

28 February 2012
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Welcome to Games Revisited video, where I will be going over Starbreeze Studios’ first person shooter game, The Darkness, based on the Topcow Comic series for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Games Revisited is a new series reserved for games of this generation that don’t fall into the ‘current release’ category!

Players take on the role of Jackie Estacado in The Darkness; a member of the Franchetti crime family, he has been blacklisted by his Uncle Paulie and to make matters worse, a primal creature known as The Darkness has taken him as it’s host.

In a tale of tragedy, death, and damnation, players must tear, blast and devour their way through the enemies they face and try to find out what The Darkness has in store!

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Conclusion

Overall, The Darkness has a few problems and kinks concerning the game play, but I feel it is ultimately satisfying.

The story is the darkest I have experienced in quite a long time; it deals with themes that players with a sensitive disposition should perhaps avoid. It does however manage to subtly tell a tragic story that is guaranteed to make your heart bleed – pun intended.

The graphics are rather empty-looking, which won’t hinder the story or experience (unless, of course, you’re a visual-nut) and the score is emotionally driven and memorable to boot!

I would personally give the game an overall fun-factor of 8/8.5 and a depressing-factor of 10!

So what do you think? Were you a fan of The Darkness comics? Did you enjoy the tragic-nature of the story? Perhaps you haven’t played it at all? Please leave your comments and opinions in the section below!

Side note – the tracks in this video feature in The Darkness video game and were composed by Gustaf Grefberg. It is currently unavailable for purchase. These tracks are, in the order they appear:

1. Trinity Cemetery
2. The Beast
3. Menu Theme
4. Jenny’s Theme

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Meg Smith By Meg Smith: An avid gamer with a two year degree in Video Games Art and Design, she lives to broaden her gaming horizons and loves any game that captures the imagination or tries something new. Read her posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and at Google+.


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