The Darkness II

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extremely violent and gory action game pushes the M rating.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

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Positive Messages

The game doesn't have any positive messages whatsoever. The game is extremely violent, bloody, and gory; there's sexual activity to be seen and heard while in a brothel (though no nudity); and dialogue sequences have very strong profanity and refer to illegal narcotics, too.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aside from the fact the main hero, Jackie Estacado, sometimes kills demonic creatures -- which some might consider a "positive" action -- he is a mafia boss who kills many hundreds of people and beasts throughout the game, be it with guns, swords, or axes or with his supernatural powers called the Darkness (including tentacle-like Demon Arms to impale enemies and perform other execution moves). Innocent bystanders can also be killed if too close to the battles.

Ease of Play

The game isn't too difficult to play -- even if the gamer hasn't played the first The Darkness. It employs familiar first-person mechanics and a couple of other controls explained near the start of the game.


THE DARKNESS II is an extremely violent first-person shooter that fuses traditional weaponry -- such as rifles, pistols, and swords -- with the unique supernatural ability to kill enemies with Demon Arms that can tear someone apart. Blood and gore is seen often, sometimes with dramatic finishing moves, plus enemies scream in pain. As the protagonist Jackie, players can also collect human hearts with his Demon Arms, remove spines, and decapitate people and creatures.


While there is no nudity, sexual acts can be seen and heard. Specifically, in one scene Jackie enters a brothel and sees a woman performing fellatio on a man (with the head bobbing up and down) and sexual intercourse with a man behind a kneeling woman. Gamers will hear moaning sounds.


The game has very strong profanity, including words like "f--k," c--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and "hell." It can be heard between non-interactive cinematic cut-scenes as well as during dialogue sequences and combat.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are a couple of dialogue references to alcohol and drug use. One line says something to the effect of "...was too busy snorting coke off a hooker's a-s..."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Darkness II is an extremely violent game, heavily focused on killing humans and creatures using traditional weapons and supernatural abilities, including using your Demon Arms to graphically execute those who stand in your way. Blood and gore can be seen throughout the game, including body dismemberment, impaling, beheading, and ripping someone's spine out. The game also shows sexual acts performed (though with no nudity), contains drug references, and players can hear very strong profanity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygraveling April 30, 2014


( contains very strong violence and gore very strong launguage and strong sex scenes)-18-
Teen, 13 years old Written byswagasaurusrex December 20, 2014

fun to play

A lot of my friends talk about this game and how inappropriate it was. I have seen the game. Kids on this site only say it's not for kids only because they... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytariq1919 January 4, 2013



What's it about?

THE DARKNESS II is a comic book-inspired sequel where gamers once again play as Jackie Estacado, the mafia boss of the Franchetti crime family. Faced with resistance from both the human and supernatural worlds, Jackie not only relies on multiple weapons -- such as shotguns, rifles, swords, and axes -- but a hellish force grants him extraordinary powers in form of Demon Arms. Each with its own mouth and sprouting from his body like tentacles, Jackie's right arm is for bashing enemies and objects like (lampposts) and the left is for grabbing people and objects (like car doors you can use as a shield or toss back at baddies). Or you can use the two together, such as pulling someone towards you with the right arm and while dangling in the air, use the left arm to grab the other leg and rip them apart. Yes, this is one gruesome game. The single-player campaign takes you through various levels as you work your way through the story, plus there's also a multiplayer element for those who want to battle online against others.

Is it any good?

For the most part, The Darkness II is a good action game if you're into these kinds of gory shooters. While the game has its issues -- the solo campaign can be completed in only a few hours and the levels can be quite linear so you feel like you're kept on a tight leash -- it still can be quite fun to wield ridiculous powers and see what you're able to do with it all. Plus, you're able to upgrade your abilities over time and do things like summon a swarm of bees or create a black hole to suck enemies into. THE DARKNESS II is a fun and frantic B-grade game that's not quite worth the $60 (or $50 for the PC version) -- unless you loved the original and appreciate the Demon Arms game mechanic. Again, be aware of its mature content; if you can, try before you buy at a video game store or friend's house to see if this violent, gory, sexual, and profanity-laden sequel is for you.

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