So I got the game on tuesday and now it is friday, I have beaten it on every difficulty setting and unlocked all the single player achievments. I was trying to unlock the multiplayer ones but eight out of ten games lag too badly to even play. First off, I thought the game did alot of things right, the graphics, lighting, and music were amazing. Also alot of the side missions were interesting and the darkness powers really added an interesting dynamic to the gameplay. But as a huge fan of the comic I was Extremely disappointed with the story. The setting for the game was so ultra-grungy and dark that it makes butcher bay look like a weekend retreat in palm springs. The fact that there were only two train stations to navigate to and from also didn't alot for the exploration factor. Also the controls always felt a little off, even on my third time through the game on hard mode where precise head shots were practically required to progress. The ending was terrible, you basically spend all your time in the other world finding a way to gain control of The Darkness with your great great grandfather, which ends in a show down between you and the ugly beast in a giant castle. After all that work (getting the dark guns, gaining control of the giant cannon, blasting the doors to the castle, and accepting the darkness) the game ends with the darkness gaining full control of your body when you anticlimactically shoot your uncle paulie. Also the fact that the biggest battle in the game is fought through a drawn out, albeit cool, cinematic aslo didn't help the experience much. Now don't get me wrong, there is ALOT of fun to be had in the darkness, and with the summer drought it is definatly worth at least a rental. But just be warned if you are an avid fan of the comic you won't see the jackie estacado penned by marc silvestri come to life in the video game rendition of the top cow smash hit. The jackie in the game is not a ferrari driving smooth talking hitman who lives in an art art deco style new york and uses only the most sophisticated weapons, instead he is a grungy italian gangster who fights with whatever guns he can find and wears a black trenchcoat. The darkness also takes on a different role in the game as it is a malevolent force trying to take over your body, whereas in the comics the darkness was just a power you wielded with full control. All in all I found the story too convoluted (what was the point of getting the dark guns and then accepting the darkness if it could just take over your body anyway) , the gunplay too loose, and the setting of the game much too rundown (since when does New York look look worse than harlem?) I know alot of you loved the game and that is great, but if you are a fan of the comic, or looking for the next great first person shooter, you may have to look elsewhere.
Very disappointed myself
1.Not a bad game overall, but a terrible frustrating fps...too much accuracy required for a gamepad, you really do need auto aim.
2.Every thing to do with the darkness is just there for show, the darklings are absolutely useless and aside from a couple of snake puzzles im sure you could run n gun your way through this.
3.The story is pretty good, really starts to take off in the ww1 section but overall its badly paced, by the end of the first level your this super mutant with snakes growing out your back, jackie doesnt even seem disturbed in the slightest at all these craziness.
4.too much walking, it wouldnt have seemed so bad but you walk sooo slooww
They should have tightened up the fps, made more puzzle4s that take advantage of the darkness powers
Worth playing , but it costs two weeks food (not worth starving over)
so true, I forgot to mention that in the comic his "becoming the darkness" is really violent and green slime pours out of his mouth, eyes (YES EYES), nose and ears, all the while there is a huge firefight taking place around him. And yeah the darklings=useless on any difficulty other than easy.
Originally Posted by rail slave
I disagree. The Darklings helped me plenty (Kamikazi and Gunner only, though). I loved the controls, the multiplayer is great (besides the lag), singleplayer is awesome, side missions are fun, etc. Only thing I dislike about the entire game is how you can shoot mobsters five (yes, five) times in the chest and they are okay.
Well... I loved the game! Despite a few bugs, I've had a blast with it- even when I was as hyped as possible about the game.
I guess I was just expecting something different than you guys were.
Consider me impressed. The game was worth every penny.
P.S- Reaper? Paragraphs and the ENTER key might help people to read your wall of text, dude.
Sorry about that, walls of text are how I roll though. I guess the reason I don't like the game is because I had HUGE expectations since I grew up reading the comics.
Originally Posted by HellblazerUSA
what the hell is the ending anyway. the whole damn game builds up to noting! WTF I WANT A GOOD ENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
Extremely dissapointed with The Darkness,I breezed through it on hard in a ridiculous 5hrs 27 mins! The FPS element of the game is poorly implemented and the puzzles wouldnt test a novice gamer,let own a hardcore one.There are a few atmospheric sections of gameplay,notably in the alternate world,but for the most part its pretty much gaming by the numbers.
so very true, I actually noticed that i have more fun with the game when i turn off auto-aim completely and crank up the controller sensitivity some. The game is fun while its going on though, its kind of like really good sex that only lasts thirty seconds. And thus, bad sex.
Originally Posted by splicer
As always happens with me, after totally ripping the game to shreds yesterday ive woken up IN LOVE WITH IT
Its the best thing since sliced bread and i wont hear any different
Splicer im so stuck on this game, im coming close to the ten hour mark and i cant get out of the church (dock 1 hr for the film in jennys apartment )it can be very very frustrating, there are some really bad check points in the game .
After sleeping on it, the games kinda fun..biggest complaint actually is the shooting..
cant wait to start chucking cars about
I've just beaten the game again on hard,there certainly is some depth in the game,especially in the little side quests,but I still feel the game is confused as to what genre it is trying to be,later levels feel closer to max payne and Black rather than anything else,even the encounter with the darkness itself is solved easily and the endless run ins with the generic goons feel forced and tacked on.
theres a few nice set pieces,the church for example,and a major firefight,but once the player obtains black hole,its entirely possible to complete entire battles without firing a shot.The Darklings themselves have limited use,but the ability to spawn them in greater numbers late in the game is a nice touch.
Still worthy of a mention is the desolate otherworld inhabited by german soilders,some of whom have had their mouths sewn up,this is by far the best location in the game,the period weapons especially are a nice touch,and in many ways are more effective than their modern day cousins.
Theres much to admire about THe Darkness,but its simply not in the same league as Starbreezes's earlier effort,The Chronicle Of Riddick.
I'm giving it 7.5
Once again, I definitely agree. The Chronicles of Riddick were by far my favorite game, or at least in my top three. I loved the game, and I can't wait to buy the 360 remake.
Originally Posted by splicer
Yeah I totally agree, I would give the game a 7.5 too. I would have given it an 8.9 if the ending wasnt so ☺☺☺☺ty.
Originally Posted by splicer
You still don't see the ending's brilliance? Keep looking, my friend.
Originally Posted by reaper114
Originally Posted by WildDog9
please spare me.
just tell me why u think the ending is so good.
As said in about two other threads, look in HellblazerUSA's new thread.
Originally Posted by NECESARY EVIL