2K Games Announces The Darkness II

In the wake of games like Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Batman: Arkham City, 2K Games has announced its latest addition to the superhero line-up: the sequel to its 2007 title, The Darkness.

The Darkness II stars Jackie Estacado, host to the Darkness and all around mafia bad-ass. Fans of the supernatural comic book series were happy with the first game’s arrival, and gamers found the anxiously awaited gem nicked with few problems. Now Digital Extremes is taking over to adapt the popular Top Cow comic book for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this fall.

Gamers can look forward to quad-wielding gameplay, a break from first-person shooter syndrome that allows players to slash, grab, fire two weapons at once, and throw objects and enemies with Jackie’s demon arms. The use of graphic noir will keep the game true to its comic book origins.

“The game takes a unique stance on fighting in the dark versus light,” said 2K president Christoph Hartmann.

Gamers can rest easy knowing that Paul Jenkins, who’s written a healthy number of The Darkness comics as well as various Marvel comics, is returning as lead writer. The story erupts with a full-blown mob war, instigated by an outside force. A botched attempt on Jackie’s life rekindles the power of the Darkness, and it wants out. The events of this game take place two years after those of its predecessor.

Are you excited for The Darkness II? Learn more about the game at www.embracethedarkness.com.

Community Voice #25: Your Favorite NES Games?

This Sunday, Nintendo released the Wii version of Super Mario All-Stars in celebration of Marios 25th Anniversary.  Sure, Nintendo probably could have honored their #1 mascot with more fanfare, but All-Stars includes some of the best games ever made, and I for one am not going to complain about that.

Still, Marios birthday has had me thinking a lot lately about my favorite games of the NES era.  While my experience is probably narrower than some, I know I have fond memories of days spent sitting on the floor, battling it out alone or with a friend, desperately trying to proceed in Battletoads, or finally save the princess in Super Mario Bros.

I would definitely have to say that some of my favorite games I never even owned, like Duck Tales (which I will buy on day-one if it is ever released on VC), or Bugs Bunnys Crazy Castle.  The original Legend of Zelda used to terrify me when I was a kid, I will admit, so it wasnt until I was older that I even completed Links first quest.

However, of the games I grew up playing, Id have to say that Super Mario Bros 3 and Bubble Bobble are at the top of my most frequently played list, even though, as with some of the others mentioned, I never actually owned a copy of Bubble Bobble until I was older.  Still, I have very fond memories of playing with friends or family, working together to reach the final level and defeat the bossno easy featand one that took patience and practice, like most other games of the era.

So, what were some of your favorite NES games as a kid? Or, if you didnt have one growing up, what are some of your current favorites?

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