Friday, August 17, 2007


•“The Darkness” (2K Games, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99): Young mob hit man Jackie Estacado is definitely a bad guy, and he gets even worse when he turns 21 and discovers he is host to the Darkness, an ancient evil that thrives on human hearts. He also learns that his crew’s boss, Uncle Paulie, wants him dead.
You see all the action through Jackie’s eyes, with the Darkness appearing as two snapping, reptilian heads on either side of the screen. The Darkness can chomp on Paulie’s henchmen, call on demonic minions or even summon a black hole. But its powers diminish in bright light, so it needs Jackie to shoot out streetlights and stay in the shadows. The Darkness’ powers (which increase as the game goes along) add freshness to what could have been a routine urban-crime game.

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