Somewhere in the heart of New York City, a cursed bloodline roams the darkened streets. A shattered man silently prowls, hunting down rival Mafia mobs as its host struggles to reclaim the fame he lost. Yet even as he surrounds himself with glory, nothing can fill the void that cut through him. A faded photograph sets on a shaky table decorated with withered rose pedals and a flickering candle. The woman’s smiling face pierces him as the voice of the Darkness mocks him, reminding him of the hell he is damned to live in.
The Darkness first slithered onto store shelves back in 2007. As a mediocre shooter, its presentation and atmosphere were greatly unappreciated but The Darkness has resurfaced again. Its ugly heads sprouting from its new sequel upon which I must warn now…Spoilers of the first game will be included. So if you have not yet played it, go out, get it, beat it in a Saturday, and then come back to read about The Darkness II. It will be the best seven dollars you will ever spend.
Two years have passed; Jackie (Brian Bloom) lived through the ordeal of the first but is still brooding over Jenny’s death. He has taken over as the Don of the Franchetti crime family in an attempt to move on with his life. He has learned how to contain the Darkness (voiced by glorious Mike Patton) still thriving within his veins. Despite being capable of boarding it up, the beast begins to long for freedom and on a fateful night after a hit, it gets its wish. Hell breaks loose (literally) as Jackie tries to regain control of the Darkness before an ancient organization steals it from him for their own personal gain. All while still suffering from haunting images of Jenny manifested by the Darkness itself to torment its host, on top of living in a questionable reality.
The game series has become a warped alternate universe to the comic series. While much of the darker elements regarding Jackie’s life have been left out, the events that occurred early during his reign as the Darkness host remain fairly close to the comic series. Just with changes in the chronological order of the events. The events of the second game were originally the beginning of comic series with Jenny’s death happening afterward. However, with the games, these events have been flipped but Paul Jenkins (one of the writers for the comic series) has been a fantastic job at crossing over the mix-matched moments.