While I have heard the Xbox version is superior graphically, the PS2 version obviously holds its own quite well. The graphical style is quite impressive to say the least. Cross is a highly stylized, gothic apparition, with a strong vampire-esque touch. He is fluidly animated, and is a fearsome sight when his guns are dropping undead left and right. This is further enhanced with the sadistic location damage system - exploding heads never looked so good. Also included are the now genre-standard rag doll effects, punctuated every time you lob some TNT around. Your teammates of Darkwatch also are great looking too, showing a lot personality. High Moon even added a generous amount of sweet looking cut scenes to help the story along, peppered between missions
DarkWatch adds new meaning to the term ?ghost town.? These old west environments are truly haunting. Old, run down houses, covered in dust and cobwebs, tumbleweeds and the near constant moon-bathed scenes, bring that ?creepy? feeling home. The barren landscapes of desert and canyon lend to the isolation you feel as Jericho, battling against incredible odds. Though, sadly, you will get a bit tired of seeing sagebrush country ad nauseam. But hey, ya can?t just plop a jungle level into a Wild West game right?
Sound wise, it actually trumps the graphics. The robust sound effects, from pistols cracking, horses clopping about, and the various demonic shrieks, add up to a great sound experience. The soundtrack is also top-notch too. No true western can be without some nod to Sergio Leone, and in Darkwatch, it?s his classic theme to ?The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.? I kept expecting Clint Eastwood to pop around the corner of a saloon for a cameo. Also worthy of note is the nice voice work, by Rose McGowan (Tala) and Jennifer Hale, the latter acting as your guide throughout the game.