Gulp it down: The Darkness 2 is free right now

“Give the guy a gun and he’s Superman,” Hard Boiled said. “Give him two and he’s God.” But give the guy two guns and two hungry tentacles and he can only be the mafioso host of a demonic power. Discover that in The Darkness II, which you can grab for free for keepsies right now. The Humble Store is giving the game away for a fleeting 48 hours to celebrate the launch of a new sale. Made by Warframe devs Digital Extremes, it has buckets of guts and a surprising amount of heart.

Quick premise: we play as a New York mafioso caught up in the usual mob troubles and oh, he’s also the host to an ancient demonic force which gives him murderous tentacle arms that can and will tear people in half then swallow their hearts. It’s good.

As our John said in his The Darkness II review:

“I was genuinely expecting a brash, stupid shooter, noise and bluster and shooting at heads. That it’s so smart is a fantastic surprise. Without this, I think the game’s frustrations might have pushed it too deeply into a crowded crowd. But it’s not without this – and it’s enigmatic with it. I’ll obviously not spoiling the endings, but that ‘s’ just there tells you something. And I’ll say that they’re brilliant which is a rarely used word when talking about how games end.

“It’s a decent, if overly-busy shooter, a cacophony of gore and screaming. But it’s also a surprisingly smart take on familiar territory, with some really interesting twists. I really was only expecting brains to feature when splattered across my monitor.”

Alec will tell you it’s one of those great 7/10 action games too.

Humble are offering free Darkness II Steam keys until 6pm (UK time) on Wednesday. Grab it by then, and its yours for keepsies. Miss it and it’ll be back up to £20.

This is to celebrate the Humble Store’s Indie Mega Week sale, which makes this a weird choice but I suppose Darkness publishers 2K have an indie publishing label these days and the word ‘indie’ is meaningless these days anyway.

14 Comments

  1. Jalan says:

    I still hate that we’ll never get a port (or a remaster or anything) of the first game on PC. Or, being honest, that the series is dead after the second game despite its ending being a cliffhanger. A reality where a third Darkness game might have led to the creation of a Witchblade game would have been fun to dwell in.

    • kud13 says:

      Yeah, the first game was brought up in several discussions I participated in as being a hub-based “shooter with powers”.

      I’ve always been interested in it, but not owning a console, never got a chance to learn more.

      • Jalan says:

        It’s an instance where, despite the two games being supernatural/horror action FPS types at their core, they’re two very distinctive games when viewed apart from each other. Effort definitely should have been made to bring the first game to a wider audience outside the console crowd.

      • ResonanceCascade says:

        It’s not as good as Starbreeze’s Riddick games, but it’s still quite a good story driven FPS. Totally baffling that it never came to PC.

  2. Dominic Tarason says:

    It’s worth mentioning that The Darkness 2 is effectively two games. The singleplayer is good stuff, but the co-op has its own all-new cast of characters, new levels, final boss, etc.

  3. kwyjibo says:

    The Darkness 2 is a fun game. I found the story more interesting than Spec Ops: The Line. Played the two back to back after buying them in a bundle.

    • Addie says:

      Yep. I must have got it in a humble bundle or something, since it was just sitting in my steam library uninstalled and I don’t remember buying it. Made for a thoroughly pleasant Sunday afternoon of mafia-infused shooting and demonic powers – there’s one or two annoying checkpoints but the rest of it is good fun, and the plot is a little different from the norm.

  4. UVtears says:

    Never heard of it or its prequel, and I was always primarily a console gamer. Will definitely check it out.

    Worth noting that in addition to only having 48 hours to get a code, your code expires April 11 so you should redeem ASAP.

  5. bacon seeker says:

    I don’t have much interest in The Darkness 2, but heartfelt props for the Hard Boiled reference

  6. quasiotter says:

    I appreciate the mention that it’s not just a dumb shooter like I thought it was, though I may never get to it because you shoot people…

    • Unclepauly says:

      You shoot “people”? Like “actual” people? Or digitized approximations of cartoon people?

  7. Chorltonwheelie says:

    5 minute download! God bless Ye Olden days.
    Thanks for flagging this up. Love stuff like this.

  8. icemann says:

    For me the first was the better game due to it’s hub style world and RPG elements + collectathon of collectables. Plus the bit where you can sit with your girlfriend and watch all 2 hours of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. That’s just a one of a kind thing in a game.

    And those TVs that had full episodes of the black and white serial “Flash Gordon”. That was just awesome.

    As for the second game, as others have stated, it’s a COMPLETELY different style of game much in the same way that System Shock 1 is a completely different beast to System Shock 2.

    It’s an excellent game in it’s own right, worthy of playing and has a great story to it. For me it’s not the better game, but that’s subjective as one person will prefer 1 style of game to the other. The first game really should get a remaster or port to PC though.

  9. Sunjammer says:

    Of two minds on this one. It is a better shooter than the first game, but I love the first game. Absolutely adore it. One of the best first person storytelling exercises I’ve seen, and it hinges on building and punishing affection, which is entirely the core of the comic book as well.

    The sequel jams its head so far up its hollywood mobster esthetic it is practically unrecognizable as an actual sequel. If anything it is a reboot. The first game basically fridges your girlfriend, this is true, but the sequel takes her fridged status and embroiders her into both a bonafide damsel in distress AND a Todd McFarlane-esque supernatural angel-babe, and it’s just sooo fucking stuuupid.

    A great shooter though. Fun manshoot. The first game is much much more interesting.