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 WineHQ
The Darkness II at Co-Optimus
The Darkness II at SteamDB
 The Darkness II at Wikipedia

Key points

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 No native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Silver.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Bronze.svg Stretched
Field of view (FOV) Native support Windows version only. Use Flawless Widescreen for higher settings.
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) No native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) No native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support Exceeding 60 FPS causes an issue in one part of the game.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration No native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support
Surround sound No native support
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Japanese Native support Native support Native support
Russian Native support Native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native support 4 Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated No native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP No native support

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 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2.4 GHz Quad Core
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
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