The graphics in this game are powered by “Evolution Engine”,and the graphics are beautiful,please don’t compare its graphics with that of crysis,crysis had realistic graphics and there’s a difference in something which is artistically beautiful and something which is realistic.
This games uses a hybrid shading approach comprising of standard traditional shading with some cell shading elements thrown in.The graphics in this game comprises of dark and light areas and are really well shaded and colored,the light areas are brightly lit(something like mirrors edge) and the dark areas are well dark .This game looks and feels like a comic book with all the cell shading and tradition shading hybrid approach and everything in the game world has a dark outline to it , the same as you see in comics,this was done by the devs intentionally to serve as a tribute to the comics on which this game is based on.
The texture resolution in this game is also very good considering its a direct port to PC.And i dare say this game looks much better than COD.
So Graphics gets : 8.5/10
I am no expert in sound department but by my many years of gaming experience i can say for sure that this game’s sound score is definitely better than what most fps’s pack these days.The sound in this game is not in the same league as that of Halo and Skyrim but it definitely fits in perfectly with the dark theme of “The Darkness 2”.
And btw im a sucker for cathedral kind of music .
So Soundtrack gets : 7.5/10
These days PC performance has also emerged as a basis for rating a game,unlike consoles which have a uniform hardware over the world,PC’s can have millions of different configurations and the success of game depends on how many people buy it and people buy it if they can run it on their PC.
This game is one of the least resource hungry games for the eye candy on offer,the loading sequence in this game barely takes 5 seconds at most,and there is literally no lag at all and the gameplay and animations are really really smooth.
For eg. on my comp with gtx 460 it gave an average framerate of 100+, the max fps i got was 300+ and the least was 60 so this in itself speaks about how well the game performs.Anybody owning a 9600/8800 or hd3850/3870 series card paired with a decent dual core and 2 gb ram will be able to max almost all the settings in this game out.The only thing i noticed were a few bugs like dead bodies falling off floors(this happened once or twice in the final stages of the game).
Also i would like to add this game did not crash or freeze even once.
So PC Performance gets : 10/10 (Your eyes are not deceiving you)