The Darkness review

  • Strong plot and characters
  • Kickass Darkness powers
  • Heart-eating never gets old
  • Awkward slithering controls
  • Restrictive save system
  • Jackie's 21, but looks 36

The Darkness' deeply involving adventure is complemented by a multiplayer mode that trots out a handful of the usual modes - deathmatch, capture-the-flag, etc. - but with a twist. Multiplayer matches in The Darkness enable you to play as either gun-toting humans or wall-crawling Darklings, and the Shapeshifter matches - in which you can instantly transform from human to Darkling at will - are a thing to behold.

It's difficult to find serious fault with The Darkness; while we loathe its draconian just-one-save system, it's a stunning achievement that'll keep you riveted from its startlingly realistic opening car chase to its final, epic massacre. It's enthralling, darkly comic, shockingly visceral and able to bring you close to its characters in a way that few games do. Easily on par with greats like Condemned: Criminal Origins and Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, this is one of the best examples so far of what next-gen gaming can and should be.

More Info

Release date: Jun 25 2007 - Xbox 360 (US)
Jul 20 2007 - PS3, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Genre: Shooter
Published by: 2K Games
Developed by: Starbreeze Studios
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:


  • gatornation1254 - May 15, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    This game is great I bought it for 5 bucks used and it was definitely worth it.
  • EvanSmith - February 21, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    Just picked up this game for 5 bucks online. Totally knocked my dick in the dirt with the voice acting.
  • sxyjnx34 - February 12, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Absolute Fantastic game, played it twice, very addicted. great story line, not seen film guessing it would be just as good.
  • aperson789 - July 22, 2009 9:24 p.m.

    I love this game soooo muuuch!!!!!!! I recomend this game alot!
  • Tabucky - December 27, 2008 6:41 p.m.

    Great game. Bought it used and love it.
  • WaldoOfWhere - May 28, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    I wanna play this game so bad but the movie rental store doesnt have this game for their game section
  • jaspm23 - February 15, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    did anyone watch the movie on tele. a whole movie in a game how cool is that and it is a really good movie too!

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