The Darkness 2 – Meet The Brotherhood (i.e. the evil dudes you’ll spend all game eviscerating)
In the original it was all about disemboweling Average Joe Wise Guy. But in The Darkness II, mob boss Jackie Estacado and his evil tentacle masters are pitted against an ancient order known as The Brotherhood.
“Over the years they’ve been exposed to The Darkness quite a lot, and they’ve collected these Darkness relics. It’s imbued them all with dark essence”, says Tom Galt, lead designer at Digital Extremes.
Originally formed centuries ago to try and banish The Darkness from the world, The Brotherhood now seek to control the malevolent beasties for their own evil purposes. They’re lead by a lovely, levelheaded chap (alright, complete and utter sociopath) Victor Valente. Old Vinny is one of the few folk aside from Jackie who knows what the Darkness actually is. And he’ll stop at nothing to harness its supernatural stabby powers.
Smarter than your average bloodthirsty, genero henchman, members of The Brotherhood will manipulate the game’s light/dark mechanics to try and make Jackie and his light-shy demonic pals vulnerable.
Galt describes some of their devious antics, which make them sound both murderous and cerebral: “They do a lot of interesting things to really play off this light versus dark gameplay and force the player to fight creatively and think of strategy as they’re going through.
Once you get a feel for the mechanics it becomes like a game of chess where you can start thinking two or three moves ahead about how you’re going to engage these guys.”
The way Galt talks about combat, you really would think you spend all game carefully moving horse-shaped pieces around a board. Y’know, instead of mercilessly mowing down men with your massive snakey monstrosities. Like any speccy chess master, it certainly sounds like you’ll have to plan several moves ahead to best The Brotherhood, as Galt goes onto elaborate.
“You have to plan ahead. You have to think ‘I’m going to grab this guy, throw him into the other guy down the hall, run over here, slash the generator to take out the lights, then release Swarm to stun them.’ There’s a lot of strategy to fights.”
Don’t worry Tom, you don’t have to try and sell us. You had us at “horrific, demonic disembowelings”. The Darkness II is out in Europe on Feb 10, 2012.