The Darkness II

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The Darkness II
The Darkness II cover
Digital Extremes
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
2K Games
Release dates
Windows February 7, 2012
macOS (OS X) April 24, 2012
The Darkness II at Wikipedia

Key points

Game has significant issues on OS X, and the port is only a Wine wrapper.[1][2]

General information

Official Website
The Darkness II 2K Forums
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Humble Store
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macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require Steam DRM.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\DarknessII\
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\DarknessII\
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen.
Some screen effects are pillarboxed 16:9.[3]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Features an in-game slider, but it is Windows only. Use Flawless Widescreen for higher settings.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force through graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Exceeding 60 FPS causes an issue in one part of the game.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Choose between Default and Southpaw controls
Controller sensitivity
Mouse and Controller share the same sensitivity slider
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
The game will prioritize gamepad prompts over KB/M prompts when a gamepad is plugged in

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
All other languages have the in-game option to select English audio.


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Yellow Screen Issue[edit]

For Nvidia users[citation needed]
  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.
For AMD users[citation needed]
  1. Open the Catalyst Control Panel.
  2. Set Anti-aliasing to be application-controlled.
  3. Play.
For OS X users[citation needed]
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]

Run in Compatibility Mode[citation needed]
  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]

Run the game from DarknessII.exe[citation needed]
  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 inside a vent[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]

Performance/FPS problems[edit]

Run the game in Windowed Mode[citation needed]
Running the game in windowed mode has been reported to alleviate certain frame rate issues.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

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
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) AMD Radeon HD2600
Nvidia GeForce 9600GT
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. The Darkness II 21:9 Gameplay (2560x1080) (60fps) (Ultrawide) - YouTube
  4. Invisible wall bug-fix - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)