Completed Games: The Darkness (Xbox 360)

Developer – Starbreeze Studios

Publisher – 2k Games

Release Date – June 25 2007

The Darkness is based on a comic book series of the same name from Top Cow Productions (known for Witchblade) and developed by Starbreeze Studios, their first on the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms after critical success with The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay. The story of The Darkness surrounds Jackie Estacado a NY mob hitman who on his 21st birthday has powers awaken within him. He is from a family who have been inhabited by an evil entity named The Darkness and Jackie is the latest to be possessed.

The game is a story driven first person shooter with horror/adventure elements. The story and open world elements are what makes this game playable but over 3 years since release all other aspects are outdated and very hard to enjoy. The FPS controls of the game are no fun at all and not too much has progressed with the shooting mechanics from their previous game. There is heavy unnatural aim assist, you die way too easily and have to rely on your powers which also are hard to control. The good aspects of the gameplay are that enemies don’t respawn and once you clear an area they don’t come back. This is important because the game is not linear and you travel around via the subway to complete missions.

I decided to pick this game up because of the good reviews it got when released but playing it now I don’t see a reason why it was so highly rated. Don’t pick it up unless you are really looking for a strong story driven FPS and can forgive the outdated poor controls which in my opinion is essential for any game to be fun.

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Posted on December 16, 2010, in Completed Games, Entertainment, Microsoft, Video Games, Xbox 360 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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