Mike Patton returning in The Darkness II

Faith No More singer reprising role in upcoming shooter as voice of Jackie's inner demon; title due out on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC this fall.

In 2007, comic book fans received a praised shooter dubbed The Darkness. The gritty, dark title featured Faith No More singer Mike Patton in the role of protagonist Jackie Estacado's inner demon, The Darkness.

When The Darkness II was announced last week, Patton's name was left off the roster. However, fans of his deep, guttural voice can rest easy, as 2K Games has announced that the singer will return in the sequel.

Mike Patton's frightening voice returns in The Darkness II.

"It feels really good to be the bad guy, and The Darkness is as bad as it gets," Patton said. "I've read through the script, and Jackie is going to be a brutally tortured soul. I'm looking forward to making his life a living hell."

In addition to Faith No More, Patton is also the lead singer of avant-garde metal bands Mr. Bungle and Peeping Tom.

As for The Darkness II, 2K says the game will distance itself from other first-person shooters with its quad-wielding gameplay mechanic. This option allows players to "slash, grab, and throw objects and enemies with their demon arms while simultaneously firing two weapons."

The game's announcement was light on narrative details. However, what is known is that players will be thrust back into the gritty boots of Estacado, now the don of the Franchetti clan and presented with an all-new storyline.

Unable to rid his mind of the demons associated with his girlfriend's death since containing his mystical powers, Jackie finally breaks. An unprovoked attack on Jackie's life kick-starts a full-on mob war, a perfect situation for The Darkness to reemerge. Jackie will travel to "hell and worse" throughout the story of The Darkness II and will learn the reason he was attacked and even the motivations of his supernatural powers.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

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nicstringer
nicstringer

I cant wait for this game. The Darkness is often an overlooked gem and one of the best shooters of this generation imo. I was pleasently surprised to hear that theres a sequel on the way. I cant wait to see what the developer has in store. Give me this over the bazillion of COD sequels any day

DrKill09
DrKill09

Cool! Also, I see there's a pc release. Awsome! :D

NoiseMonkeyy
NoiseMonkeyy

It will look even better with the graphics tune up :)

X-RS
X-RS

alright!! then ima get it. (yes pattons voice is that awesome)

Witchsight
Witchsight

I get the feeling Patton loves being the bad guy.... I wonder if they even have to pay him :P

howlingmage
howlingmage

yeah loved the first game, can not wait for the next. big up if you spent hours watching the tv in the game :)

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Great news, can't wait for the game!

EvilSelf
EvilSelf

Finally some good news...That screen above still looks hideous.. Ha ha

emperiox
emperiox

This is wonderful news, curious as to what additions are in this, as well as the storyline.

steelmouth
steelmouth

I dont know who the hell this Mike Patton is but am sure glad the darkness 2 is coming out

To_Ashes
To_Ashes

Mike Patton is a musical genius... And I am glad to hear he is doing the Inner Demon Voice of Jackie as well for the sequel.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

Only thing I want from this game is those secret phone numbers, how fun was it to found them on advertisements and posters. Never learned of the secrets, someone killed the poor guy. Wish we can learn more just as a side mission.

_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Finally, some good news regarding this game.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

I guess I need to rent the first one... I played the demo and long time ago, it was ok

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Confirmed instant buy. I think Mike Patton is swell. :)

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

Thought the first was rubbish from what I played, however from your guys reviews I might just go back over it. Perhaps I didn't give it enough of a chance...

eal-zubieri
eal-zubieri

the darkness was one of the first games i bought for my 360, and holysh$t i was blown away by the stunning graphic and voice acting.it was truly a unique experience back then.

Henninger
Henninger

This game took 2 long 2 get done. But im glad its finally coming out.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Great news. Now if they just change the new art style I'm going to pre-order it. I found The Darkness almost as disturbing as Dead Space because of the atmosphere, especially when Jackie was in that WW1 version of hell. I don't see cel shading doing anything other than limiting that atmosphere.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

Its gonna be cool but unlikely much different from the first.

fetusfart18
fetusfart18

That's two bits of good news regarding this game. 1) It's getting made. And 2) Patton is back.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I like the darkness enough to finish the first game. So I am looking forward to the Darkness 2. Glad Mike Patton is back to voice the Darkness. Which made the first installment worth stick with. Excellent news to hear he will be part of the second game.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

w00t! I thought he did a really great job in the first one. Also, glad to see the left demon head doing something other then sitting there.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Patton does amazing voice work, very happy to see him back. The first Darkness was completely under appreciated, getting this day 1

buzznugget
buzznugget

No audio effects were used in the Darkness voice. That was all Patton!

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

I'll play this simply because Mike Patton is the voice. That is awesome.

Holyknight_CJ
Holyknight_CJ

Faith no More is great. They should have at least one of its songs in the game, even if just playing on a radio you walk by or something.

Sweet_Genocide
Sweet_Genocide

Buying this day one. Even if they got Bieber to voice Jackie Estacado, Mike Patton as the Darkness would be enough to redeem the whole game. While they're at it, they should try and get him to help with the soundtrack. Patton, not Bieber.

theBeorn
theBeorn

the Darkness was great, really great. this is good news.

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

Lol , none of the kids knows Mike Patton, but awesome news.

TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

the first Darkness was a totally underrated classic. It wasn't perfect, but there were more than enough amazing moments where everything just clicked. I'm so psyched to see it coming back around!

50u1r34v3r
50u1r34v3r

Soooo exited for the 2nd one. I absolutely loved The Darkness.

Heartagram_03
Heartagram_03

Too bad I never finished the game. Kinda wish I did now.

gawthy
gawthy

Worst game ive ever played. Please dont make a sequal

EMERlCa6969
EMERlCa6969

I'm pretty sure development would have stopped without Patton repraising his role. The game wouldn't feel right without his vocal talents.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Patton's voice is creepy indeed :P

Sprizmo
Sprizmo

Here is a game for which a sequel is an excellent idea.