This is the most important aspect of any game and “The Darkness 2” does not disappoint.
The developers have introduced a new element known as “Quad Wield” in this game which comprises of 2 human arms and 2 demonic arms.Human arms are primarily used for using guns and dual wielding them,but the most fun is with the demonic arms which are used for picking and throwing things and using shields and dismembering enemies,tearing,ripping,shredding,cutting,slashing and all kinds of sadistic gory stuff.This game is an ultimate fest for those who like all the sadistic gory stuff like i do .Because of all this most of my time was spent on thinking how to kill my opponents in a way to satisfy my dark side instead of focusing on how save myself from the enemies.This ultimately means how much you are enjoying the game.
Apart from Quad Wield the game has some really cool nightmare and asylum sequences(you will know what i mean by asylum sequences once you play the game).
And this game also features level up and XP system of sorts.Killing your opponents grant you XP and the amount of XP you get will differ depending upon how you killed your opponent,for eg. killing a guy with gun will fetch you just 10 XP while killing him by impaling or tearing him off will fetch you 30 XP. With all this Xp you can buy cool enhancements and ability upgrades which serve really well in the game.The game also has execution moves which fetch you special rewards other than XP like heath ,ammo ,increased power etc etc.
Now you might be thinking doing this a few times is good but doing it again n again will make it boring but that is not the case here the well designed game levels and the light and dark concept helps make this game more interesting. Light and Dark concept means you are not able to use darkness powers in light so you have to use dark areas or get rid of the lights.
You also get the ability to control your dark minion in a few stages to overcome some obstacles otherwise unreachable by the protagonist.You can also interact with most people around you in the game world.
Loading screens in this game have been replaced by narrative sequences in which Jackie narrates his story and what he is thinking to the gamer,this servers 2 purposes, to pace the game and to get rid of the boring static load screens we see in games.
The new multiplayer is very improved with multiple game modes unlike the first game which was rather boring,and another addition is the “Vendetta” game mode which extends your gameplay by many hours,in Vendetta you play as one of 4 darkness mercenaries working for the protagonist and doing his bidding(all 4 mercenaries have different set of darkness powers), this mode can be played in offline as well as online mode .
So overall the gameplay feels fresh unlike any other fps i have played.
So Gameplay gets : 9/10