The VPH Review: The Darkness II On The Edge of Town
This is what boredom & an unlimited video game rental policy gets you: it gets you to play The Darkness II. At least that’s what I thought as I shuffled home, hands shoved in pockets & kicking cans. ”Stupid…Darkness II…razzemfrazzem.”
That was all before I got home and fired the game up. Whoa. I take back all of my Charlie Brown-esque dejection about renting this game. Even though it only took me about eight hours to finish, those were a cool-ass eight hours! Took me around 8 hours to complete Darkness II and I’m glad I played it. Was it a game I’d go back to later? Probably not, but definitely fun enough that you can probably pick it up some weekend you’ve got nothing going on. Watch some terrible documentary on Netflix or tear mobsters apart with Darkness demons from Hell? Real tough choice…
The visuals were comical and different, which is always really appreciated. Nice to see 2K Games got out of the box a bit for a non-run of the mill gaming experience. I wasn’t real keen on the cut scenes though; they didn’t seem to add anything and luckily they let you skip them because I really wasn’t interested. They just didn’t seem to advance the story too much. What did enhance the story in my oh-so-humble opinion was the monkey that you can throw. Always a bonus! Would you like to buy a monkey?
Bottom line: Does the Darkness II set the world on fire? Was it a land mark video gaming event? No, but it was never intended to. It’s a pass-able comic book property that’s been adapted to video games and it’s a fun, bloody, messy, quick experience. Like your birth, just waaaaay cheaper (like that last joke).