It took only twenty minutes to make my way through everything The Darkness II's demo had to offer, and in that twenty minutes I saw more evisceration and 'things that make me squeal “ouch”' than I have in any other game this generation. Hyperbolic as that may sound, Digital Extremes make very clear from the get-go that their take on Top Cow's supernatural noir isn't about to pull any punches, and it certainly ISN'T for kids.Daily Mail readers look away now...
Despite some initial reservations, we're quickly warming to The Darkness 2, what with its quad-wielding chaos and wonderfully original art style. We're a little sad to see Starbreeze jump ship - although at least it was for this - but Digital Extremes appear to have truly tapped in to what makes Jackie Estacado and his demonic passenger work, and the results speak for themselves.
Set for release later this year, publisher 2K Games has announced a demo for The Darkness 2 is due by the middle of next week. It launches first on Xbox LIVE on Tuesday the 17th for Gold subscribers, before Silver members, American PSN users and Steam subscribers can download it the next week, on Tuesday the 24th. Finally, PSN users in Europe and Asia/Pacific can get their hands on it the following day, Wednesday the 25th. Expect our verdict on the demo very soon. [2K Games]
And he's about to paint his masterpiece. I'm lifting a line straight from Tony Scott's Man on Fire there, but the latest The Darkness 2 video really does demonstrate how elegant Jackie's murdering sprees have become since the first game. The ability to swat foes with your tentacles in Starbreeze's effort was a tad clumsy, with Digital Extremes now at the helm, Jackie's demonic limbs have a new lease of life, plucking up mob goons, splitting them from their middle or simply plunging down their every orifice. It's gruesome, it's bloody, it's pretty damn awesome.Check it out
What do you stand to gain pre-ordering The Darkness 2 at this point? Well, until stocks last, you could snag a free upgrade to the Limited Edition, so long as you show your loyalty and file that pre-order. 2K Games revealed the news this morning, and we're delighted to hear the Limited Edition isn't simply the original game in a tin box, but host to a bag of goodies, both in-game and out!
First, you're rewarded with an alternate Darkling outfit, 'Crazy Abdul'... We'll reserve judgement for that later. Next up, you have two new character upgrades; 'Gourmet Hearts', where snacking upon fallen foes cardiac muscle provides a health bonus; and 'Relic Hunter', which shows you the way towards collectibles. Finally, a custom illustration from Marc Silvestri adorns the cover, while a redeemable token inside grants you access to digital copies of the Darkness Origins Volumes 1 and 2 comics. [Eurogamer]
The more we see of The Darkness 2, the more we like the look of it. At first, the change of hands from Starbreeze to Digital Extremes had us worried; then came the switch to pseudo cel-shaded visuals. We expected the worse. Turns out Digital Extremes seem utterly at home with Jackie Estacado's second outing, and the visuals are actually quite lovely. A new video has been released, showing off Jackie's new-found 'Quad-Wielding' capabilities, with the demonic mobster slicing up enemies with his tentacles whilst blasting them away with his patented pistols. How dextrous.Click here to read more...
Just a quick update here for fans of Digital Extremes' upcoming demonic blood-bath, The Darkness 2, that publisher 2K Games has opted to shunt the title into a 2012 release slot. Initially scheduled for October 7th of this year, either the developers require a wee bit more time to iron out the kinks and wipe on the polish, or the bustling presence of blockbusters such as Arkham City, Elder Scrolls V Skyrim and - of course - Modern Warfare 3 have forced 2K's hand.
It's a wise move, really; the rest of the year is filled to the brim with cracking titles. An early 2012 release offers 2K the chance to plunder a few post-Christmas blues and avoid the likes of Mass Effect 3 and co before they land. Tom dropped a preview back in March, detailing the games' newfangled features, such as 'quad-wielding' and the grisly new executions you can perform courtesy of your mischievous demon arms. The scamps!