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THE DARKNESS 11
As with many of the weirdest gaming storylines, The Darkness sprang fully formed from a gothic comic book.
The original traced the gory revenge saga of a mobster possessed by a monstrous evil that manifested itself in two extra arms with snarling snakeheads.
This sequel features the gory revenge saga of a mobster... well, you get the picture. The details may have changed but in essence this is still a shooter in which the mafia thug wields not just two weapons, one in each hand, but four, including the tentacles that either grab or slash enemies.
It's certainly not for the fainthearted. Impaling, eviscerating, dismemberment and decapitating are frequent companions on this bloody journey.
If you've got the stomach for the gore, it makes for a strategically different shooter that encourages experimentation. The plot's twists and turns even begin to make a sort of sense if you pause for thought between the overload of bloodletting.
KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING X360/PS3/PC
Many of you may be still be up to your oxters in the marvellous Skyrim but thinking of a fresh start. KoA: Reckoning is no Skyrim but its fast-paced RPG action will still win many fans.
Combat tends towards button-mashing, but it's the perfect palate-cleaner after long bouts of Skyrim. - Belfast Telegraph