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1:00 PM on 02.14.2013

Roses and tears: 10 depressing videogame romances

Valentine’s Day inspires a variety of emotions. While love is in the air for many, cupid has more sinister plans for a select few. A poor Valentine's Day for an average person might include seeing a movie alone or a sol...

Taylor Stein


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4:30 PM on 07.01.2012

The DTOID Show: 2012 in Retrospecticus

I know what you're thinking. "But Tara, the year's only half over!" Well yes, technically that's true, but it doesn't mean we can't stop and take a moment to gather our thoughts on this year's video game releases, does ...

Tara Long

2:00 PM on 02.23.2012

Watch Mike Patton become The Darkness in this video

In my mind, Mike Patton is absolutely one of the best parts of The Darkness videogames. Possibly even the best. It's like he has a demon living inside of him that's only there to help him produce sounds no human should be ab...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 02.07.2012

Live show: Mash Tactics' Darkness II playthrough marathon

Today will be a very special 'New Release Showcase' with The Darkness II. King Foom has committed to completely finishing the game in one go. Darkness II's solo campaign has been clocked in at around six hours, but how long w...

Bill Zoeker



Review: The Darkness II photo
Review: The Darkness II
by Conrad Zimmerman

The Darkness was a rather solid first-person shooter and a good example of a license being properly handled. Developed by Starbreeze Studios, it featured some bold gameplay choices that didn't always pan out but managed a solid game worthy of a sequel.

Picking up two years after the events of that game, Jackie Estacado has become the de facto organized crime leader of New York, and his time since has been spent keeping The Darkness subdued. Now, a new enemy has targeted Jackie and plans to take his gift to use as a weapon of mass destruction. In order to save himself and his family, Estacado must again unleash The Darkness and cut a bloody path through the city.

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3:45 PM on 01.31.2012

Unboxing The Darkness II with a badass Darkling statue

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that one of the best parts of my job is receiving mysterious packages in the mail from various developers and publishers. Sometimes we know to expect them, and other times they're a wond...

Tara Long



Hands-on: Quad-wielding with The Darkness II photo
Hands-on: Quad-wielding with The Darkness II
by Ian Bonds

2007's The Darkness was a fun, albeit flawed first-person shooter. The Starbreeze-developed title followed the exploits of Mafioso hitman Jackie Estacado on his 21st birthday as a hidden demonic power awakens inside him and he becomes a relentless killing machine.

The game stayed fairly close to its comic roots and offered unique gameplay options such as the controllable demon arms and Jackie's ability to summon darklings to do his bidding. Now, Digital Extremes picks up the license and the groundwork that Starbreeze laid out, and it appears they have improved upon every aspect of the original.

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2:30 PM on 01.19.2012

Feast your eyes on The Darkness II demo walkthrough

If there's one thing I love more than blasting holes in the heads of my enemies from fifty feet away, it's ripping them in half from crotch to sternum with my giant demon tentacles. Fortunately for me, both of those thi...

Tara Long

8:30 PM on 01.11.2012

The Darkness II finally has a demo on the way

2007 doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but it's been almost five years since The Darkness was released. Finally, its sequel is definitely on the way and 2K Games has announced a demo for The Darkness II that you can loo...

Brett Zeidler

9:00 PM on 12.06.2011

Meet Jackie's co-op friends in The Darkness II

Jackie Estacado wasn't somebody I would have wanted to meet in a alley even when nobody was watching his back. Now he's teaming up with a batch of hombres to take down The Brotherhood and that nervous guy who narrates all of...

Conrad Zimmerman

5:30 PM on 10.28.2011

New execution moves revealed for The Darkness II

Did you ever wonder what it would look like if you ripped a human spine from various orifices? No, just me then. Well, join me for a quick jaunt down the twisted and bloody world of The Darkness II with this new trailer...

Jason Cabral





9:38 AM on 10.16.2011

NYCC: Brush up on The Darkness with a new app

With The Darkness II right around the corner, maybe you should brush up on the comic series. That becomes easier today with the newly announced iOS app, announced here at New York Comic-Con. You'll be able to jump right in to...

Dale North



You should be paying attention to The Darkness II photo
You should be paying attention to The Darkness II
by Tara Long
When I heard that Digital Extremes had assumed the role of development for The Darkness II, I wondered how they would try to stand apart from Starbreeze Studios, a company which managed to take a relatively popular comic series and make it into a pretty good, if not flawed, game. It wasn’t for everybody, but it had a certain charm that was hard to ignore.
 
So, when I spoke with 2K’s Seth Olshfski at PAX this year, I asked if a desire to stand out from their predecessor was the motivation for the sequel’s unmistakably more action-oriented and graphic noir style. His response? “It was a little bit more fuck it, we’re gonna go all out.’”
 
I can respect that.
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5:00 AM on 10.11.2011

The Darkness II quad-wields some new trailers

2K has dropped a slew of new gameplay trailers for you would-be The Darkness II fans. The first (found above) dives into the mysterious Brotherhood, the group out to strip Jackie Estacado's ability to control The D...

Liam Fisher

9:00 PM on 09.26.2011

The long and bloody history of the Darkness

Part of me is glad that The Darkness II is now coming out February 7, 2012. There's so many big titles coming out this year that The Darkness II could have gotten easily buried amongst the swarm of triple A titles on the hor...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 AM on 08.30.2011

The DTOID Show: PAX Was F***in' Awesome (Final Wrap-Up)

Hey gang! PAX is finally over, and holy hell. What a blast. If you haven't checked out any of our coverage, you really should. I asked Skyrim's lead artist how many kinds of fish are in the game, and what's the best way to w...

Max Scoville