The Darkness II

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The Darkness II
Darkness 2.jpg
Release dates
February 7, 2012
April 24, 2012
The Darkness II at Co-Optimus
The Darkness II at SteamDB
 The Darkness II at Wikipedia

Key points

Disadvantage Fuzzy menus at higher resolutions.
Disadvantage Game has significant issues on OS X, and the port is only a Wine wrapper.[1][2]

General information

More information Official Website
More information The Darkness II 2K Forums
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
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Information All versions require Steam.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\DarknessII

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %APPDATA%\DarknessII\<user-id>

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Bronze.svg Stretched
Field of view (FOV) Native Windows version only. Use Flawless Widescreen for higher settings.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Impossible
Anti-aliasing (AA) Impossible
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native Exceeding 60 FPS causes an issue in one part of the game.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Impossible
Controller Y-axis inversion Native

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Impossible
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local co-op Impossible
LAN co-op Unknown
Online co-op Native 4

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Unknown
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Impossible
Direct IP Impossible

Issues fixed[edit]

Yellow Screen Issue[edit]

Fix For NVIDIA users

  1. Open the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  2. Go to Manage 3D settings.
  3. Select Application-controlled for Antialiasing - Mode under Global Settings.
  4. Ensure there is no custom profile for The Darkness II under the Program Settings tab overriding the global option you just set.
  5. Play.

Fix For AMD users

  1. Open the Catalyst Control Panel.
  2. Set Anti-aliasing to be application-controlled.
  3. Play.

Fix For OS X users

Information Unfortunately, no solution has been found for fixing this issue in the OS X version of The Darkness II, and developer support seems to have ceased. The issue is likely to be caused by Intel integrated graphics cards, and may not occur if using Nvidia or AMD cards.

Crashes right after pressing the Play button[edit]

Fix Run in Compatibility Mode

  1. Go the The Darkness II installation folder C:\Program Files (x86)\2K Games\Digital Extremes\The Darkness II\
  2. Right-click a file named DarknessII.exe
  3. Go to the 'Compatibility Mode' tab and check 'Disable Desktop Composition'.
  4. Try running the game.

"Could not load image"[edit]

Fix Run the game from DarknessII.exe

  1. Go to the The Darkness II installation folder C:\Program Files (x86)\2K Games\Digital Extremes\The Darkness II\ and look for DarknessII.exe.
  2. Run it directly from this file, rather than using the shortcut or client link.

Getting stuck in an invisible wall in a vent[edit]

Possible solutions:

Fix Capping to 60 FPS[3]

Fix Verifying game cache[4]

Fix Enable VSync

Performance/FPS problems[edit]

Fix Run the game in Windowed Mode

Information Running the game in windowed mode has been reported to alleviate certain frame rate issues.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 @ 2 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ 2.4 GHz Quad Core processor
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
10 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8600
ATI Radeon HD 2600
256 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX or ATI equivalent
512 MB of VRAM
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU)
Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM)
2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
11 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD HD2600
256 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX or ATI equivalent
512 MB of VRAM


  1. "darkness 2 for mac is just a wine-wrapped pc version" - 2K Forums
  2. "Yellow screen" - Steam Community Discussions
  3. Invisible wall bug-fix - Steam Users' Forums for The Darkness II
  4. Bug I am stuck... - Steam Users' Forums for The Darkness II