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Lights up on The Darkness |

Starbreeze, developer of the highly rated xbox sleeper hit The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, have unveiled the first gameplay movie of their PS3 and xbox360 title The Darkness. The game is based on the Top Cow comic book series of the same name. You play Jackie Estacado a superhero of sorts with a power inherited down family lines- The Darkness. This allows the user to create anything they desire… even minions, but these creations disolve in the light. A challenging thing to pull off in video game.

The video implies a new kind of gameplay dynamic added to the traditional first person shooter with your character’s creations helping you and the ability to use your dark powers like tentacles to pick things up, explore distant areas and throw large items them around… impressive stuff and that is without mentioning the black holes you seem to be able to create too! The lighting is very impressive too, bringing to mind the quality of a game like FEAR. Whilst the physics and graphics look impressive, the AI is less so, but it is worth noting that this video was created for E3 2006, so the game has probably progressed drastically since this video was made. The TV at the end highlights an odd new feature whereby the player can watch… err… TV. Apparently the game will make full use of Blu-ray to give the PS3 version extra watchable TV footage.

The game is due out in the first few months of 2007.

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  • 😯

    That’s pretty damn impressive!

    The AI was a joke but it’s probably been vastly improved since E3. The vortex ability looks like it could be a lot of fun and the lighting and use of shadows is also very impressive.

    I wasn’t really too impressed with the screenshots that I’d seen of it before but after watching that video I’m very interested in The Darkness now.

    It would be great if they had episodes of Cheers running on the TVs!

    To lighten the mood just slightly….NORM!!!!!

  • This game looks damn impressive! Definitely will be in my collection, can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

  • MJ

    Yeah, this is definitely the e3 video, but it’s still pretty impressive. The tentacle stuff reminds me of using the gravity gun in Half Life 2. I wish this was coming out this fall…it looks amazing.