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) (Cider) April 24, 2012
Metacritic 77
The Darkness II on IGDB
The Darkness II on MobyGames
The Darkness II on Wikipedia


The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Game has significant issues on OS X, due to the port using Cider.[1][2]

General information

The Darkness II 2K Forums
Steam Community Discussions


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

Version differences[edit]

Limited Edition content includes the Gourmet Hearts & Relic Hunter character abilities, Crazy Abdul Darkling Outfit, custom illustration by Marc Silvestri, and The Darkness Origins Volume 1 & Volume 2

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Cache.Windows.
  2. Delete or rename F.VideoTextureSlow.toc, F.VideoTextureSlow.cache.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\DarknessII\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/67370/pfx/[Note 1]
Configuration files are encrypted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\DarknessII\
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/67370/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Flawless Widescreen.
May only work in windowed mode. Fullscreen mode may result in a stretched 16:9 image. 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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Enabled by default. No option in-game. Most likely an FXAA implementation.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Exceeding 60 FPS causes an issue in one part of the game.


Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State 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.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto detects and outputs up to 5.1 surround.[4]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


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


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op
Use Nucleus Coop & Unofficial mod.
LAN play
Online play
4 Co-op

Connection types

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

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.

Blurry screen[edit]

Switch from Full Screen to Windowed mode and back
This is not a permanent fix and will need to be performed every time it occurs.
  1. Pause the game and go into Options, Display.
  2. Switch Display Mode from Full Screen to Windowed. Apply changes.
  3. When the game asks if you would like to Keep or Revert changes, revert them.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
System memory (RAM) 1.5 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600
ATI Radeon HD 2600
256 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


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/67370/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (67370) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.