Parents' Guide to

The Darkness

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Demonic possession haunts first-person shooter.

Game Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 2007
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Mature gamers!

You play as a gangster, on his 21st birthday he inherits a demon powers that he uses to brutally kill his enemies. Some gore and lots of blood are shown, there is also bad language but the violence is the concern for this title.
age 16+


This game is very unusual.I like how it isn't similar at all to any other game.It's intense and violent,but the demonic sense i got from it made me shutter.I had to stop playing it because the chills some of the scenes gave me.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

As you might suspect, this extraordinary action game is as gory as it is striking. While over-the-top (in true comic book fashion), the story, penned by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins, is well written and exceptionally voice-acted by the talented cast. Finding more than 100 hidden items in the game will unlock bonus goodies (accessible from the main menu), including comic books, concept artwork, and more. Along with the lengthy single-player game, The Darkness offers seven unique multiplayer modes for both the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Mature gamers in search of a worthy shooter will find The Darkness one of the finest games of the year thus far. The action is intense, the story and characters are memorable, it looks and sounds great, and there's a ton of solo and head-to-head game play to sink your fangs into.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Release date: June 26, 2007
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and gore, drug reference, intense violence, strong language, suggestive themes
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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