Finally blasted my way through the 2nd game and I was pretty impressed with how competent it was. The first game is a shining example in my mind of what a video game narrative can be, what some imagination and willingness to not play to type could be in a game. I suppose I should have known the dialogue would be just as sharp, since the writer is the same, but I was genuinely impressed with the voice performances too, even if I thought the main story arc is rather weaker this time around. Less impressive was the world, which although looked terrific (not enough is made of how well they made the hand drawn style work in a shooter, probably, even if it is probably much too vibrant for a video game called "The Darkness II"), is a much more straight forward affair this time around. No real good reason to poke around and immerse yourself in it, and certainly no part of it equals the nightmarish ingenuity of the WWI inspired interpretation of the Darkness's mind.
In a word, rather better than expected but still, basically "Darkness Lite".