The Darkness - hands-on

Hands-on with this spring's most gruesome game

There is an eerie realism and palpable grit to the urban wastelands you’ll explore, with believable physics and animations to back it up. Using a technique called Vo-Cap, Starbreeze motion captured the physical movements of the voice actors while delivering their lines, allowing for a visual consistency in the NPC acting that’s rarely seen in gaming. Whether it’s a twitching addict on the street or your burly body-disposal buddy Butcher, everyone looks and moves convincingly, with a style and gait all their own.

Fans will notice minor changes to character’s appearances, such as Jackie’s longer hair, but it’s all done to make the universe and character models more visually consistent and convincing. The smoothness of acting and animation extends to your Darkness powers too, as mouthy slithering tendrils emerge convincingly from around the edges of your vision when your powers are activated, and evil little darklings crawl forth from spawn holes to do your sick bidding when summoned.

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