The games of winter

By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 27, 2011

For instance, The Darkness sounded like boilerplate back in 2007, and it turned out to be a masterpiece. The tormented hitman Jackie Estacado returns in THE DARKNESS II (February 7; Xbox 360, PS3, PC) for more adventures with his parasitic demon. The decapitations are a gimme; can the sequel plumb the emotional depths of the original?

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