Play The Darkness (original) first?

#1 Posted by Royale (158 posts) -

I'm was about to start playing through this on PC (Amazon sale FTW). I own the original on the xbox 360. I dislike analog stick controls for shooters. Worth it to play through The Darkness (original) before I start a play through of The Darkness 2?

#2 Posted by mordukai (7184 posts) -

Yes. IMO a better game.

#3 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

I tried, but the combat in the original is pretty lackluster. The most important parts of the first game are all story beats, so it might be more worth your time to just youtube some of the more important cut scenes and go to the second game.

#4 Posted by Kedi2 (255 posts) -

The Darkness is a great game.

#5 Posted by wemibelec90 (1806 posts) -

I don't think you need to but I do think that parts of the original Darkness make it worth playing through. If you really aren't interested in the idea, the recap should give you enough backstory to play the second one.

#6 Posted by xyzygy (10067 posts) -

The first game is one of the best games of the generation. Haven't played II yet, but the original is just awesome. Play it for the sake of playing it, not simply because it comes before 2!

#7 Posted by wjb (1689 posts) -

It might not have aged well, but I enjoyed The Darkness at the time. Just got done with II a week or two ago, and I was a little disappointed.

#8 Posted by HarlechQuinn (451 posts) -

Yes, as it is the better game, maybe not from a strict mechanical point of view but everything else like design, story telling etc. is superior to part two.

#9 Posted by JTB123 (1050 posts) -

It hasn't aged well, but everything else about the game is still great. I think you will definitely get more out of The Darkness 2 if you do play the original first.

#10 Posted by WMoyer83 (650 posts) -

You should read the comics while you are at it

#11 Posted by Royale (158 posts) -

Thanks for the advice, though it seems like we're split here. Maybe I'll start it up and see where it goes.

#12 Posted by CommonReason (113 posts) -

The only major theme that carries over is your relationship with Jenny. So no, Start with II if you want, you will not miss anything terribly important. While I see a lot of people here talking it down, I actually thought II was much more straightforward and well put together. The first one made an effort to feel open world, but failed because of how empty it actually was. I like Starbreeze as a studio and I thought the Riddick games were good, but the first Darkness left a lot to be desired. The art style and animations were pretty great though.

#13 Posted by EuanDewar (5094 posts) -

I played through it at the beginning of the year, the story is fantastic, second to none but the gameplay is workable at best and suicidally frustrating at worst.

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#14 Posted by vorpalparasite (302 posts) -

I think you should play it, it'll give you a chance to give a crap about the characters.

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