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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 446 Ratings

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  1. Aug 8, 2012
    0
    I am a die hard fan of Orcs Must Die, the perfect mix of action and strategy was something amazing

    The sad part was when I played Orcs Must Die 2. There is much to complain about and not much to cheer for.

    The new location is quite uninteresting, and seems to only be there for the tacked on mine cart feature. At that, the enemies don't have the ferocity in their appearance, nor the
    goofiness in their speech that made the first game so enjoyable. The weapons all feel off compared to the crossbow of the original (even the crossbow in this one; since the enemies move in an awkward manner, it makes it hard to get headshots, so its more effective to just hold down the mouse button)

    My biggest complaint is how obvious it is of how the levels should be played. They may as well have had a sign up that said "this trap goes here." There's no room for creativity (especially since every good place to put a spring trap just helps the orcs escape the mine)

    My advice is just to stick with the first Orcs Must Die
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  2. Oct 9, 2012
    0
    such a short game, right when you start to enjoy it, its over. Well unless you are willing to dish out more money for DLC. Really leaves you feeling they chopped up their game intending to sell it to you piece by piece. I don't think we should reward this kind of nickel and dime BSery.
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    2
    This is a really difficult title to enjoy. If you have played the first one, then the controls are slower, less integrated and more touchy than the previous game. Weapons are less effective and controllable. Every level is designed for two players. While one player can complete them it changes the game completely from a blend of strategy and shooter into an arcade disaster of hack'n slash. The graphics and program itself are certainly smoother and run more easily, however, there is no real improvement in the level of presentation. While the menus and advancement in the first were more simplified and this has more customization, it is significantly handicapping while developing your character. The two games are simply backwards. On its own or as the first, this game would have been a 6 or 7, generic fun, good humor, alright gameplay.

    As a sequel it is absolute garbage in the vein of Spaceballs' Yogurt, "The Quest For More Money."
    Might have worked as spin-off or multiplayer presentation, but it is hard to forgive a less refined game with sloppier controls as a sequel.

    Can only recommend this game specifically to people who have not played or seen the first and that means marketing to people not interested. Hugely disappointing.
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83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. 80
    Excellent shooter / tower defense mix with many great ideas comes with black humor, cooperative multiplayer, tons of weapons & traps and a gazillions of upgrades. [Sept 2012]
  2. Sep 16, 2012
    80
    In spite of its balance wobbles, Orcs Must Die 2 is a frenetic blast of co-op joy - the ideal 30-minute post-pint pick-me-up, be it a step-change sequel or not. [Oct 2012, p.106]
  3. Sep 16, 2012
    80
    Borrows a little too much from the original game but features some fantastic moment to moment action. [Sept 2012, p.58]