1. Art of Darkness

The original Darkness always struck us as visually uninspired, monochromatic, and bland. The Darkness II is a completely different story, thanks to its rich noir atmosphere. Granted, cel-shading is one of the gimmicks of the minute, much the same way as the grim gray and gritty look that was in fashion for the first installment, but the hand-painted textures do much to connect the game to its comic book origins.

The first time out, it was tough to believe the idea of Jackie Estacado as an occult mobster, but this little bit of cartoon stylization goes a long way in selling the concept in the sequel.