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  • Summary: The madcap Penny Arcade experience continues. Meet all-new characters from Mike Krahulik, see newly revealed strip favorites and read laugh-out-loud dialogue from Jerry Holkins. Go crazy with a whole new level of customization. Even more options for you to design and develop your own character, seeing it come to life in 3D and in the comic-style 2D cut scenes. Play it safe or go insane! New difficulty settings put you in charge of the action. A deeper RPG-Adventure experience. Get into the game with more puzzles, areas to explore and levels to gain. [Hothead Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. It's a classic console RPG mixed with a classic point-and-click-style adventure game.
  2. Between the quality of the content and the release schedule so far, this is probably one of the finest examples of episodic video gaming out there, though it's still susceptible to one of the format's implicit pitfalls--if it doesn't stay interesting, players won't keep coming back. For now, at least, the keen sense of silliness is enough to keep things interesting.
  3. 80
    The type of game that makes you want to dust off that green felt cloak and curl up with a sack of dice.
  4. The PSN has already seen several fantastic additions this year (Wipeout HD and echochrome are two examples), and although this one isn’t quite amongst the elite, it’s still well worth your time.
  5. It certainly isn’t greatly superior to its predecessor, but it is an overall better experience and is easily one of the best RPGs on the PS3. I wait patiently for the inevitable third demolition of my home.
  6. Episode Two is still thoroughly ridiculous and amusing, but compared to the first episode it pales, feeling much more like a stop-gap than a fully-fledged follow-up.
  7. Penny Arcade Episode 2 has the same humor and frantic combat of the previous game, but its devotion to the absurd will alienate some people.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. NicholasF
    Dec 18, 2008
    Maybe a little bit to similar to the last one but still funny with a great story line and battle system. You definitely want this one.
  2. Jan 26, 2013
    After finishing the first episode I went onto the next one right away. I didn't find that much innovation but the game actually improved on some parts and I will be glad to say that the improvements are shown. The combat system, while it's identical to the previous game, changes the skill activation for the characters and they are far better than the first episode (for instance, Gabe's special skills are no longer based on bashing the spacebar). We got more areas this time too (6 in total, although 1 is not even explorable and another is just the same room of the previous game for upgrading weapons), and they are also much bigger and more explorable, with the story that also becomes much more interesting the deeper you go. We got also few more secrets as well (you have 3 secret suits you can unlock, with one unlocked by finishing the first episode), and still the same kind of humour and comic-book style art. Unfortunely, there's nothing else I can really mention: it's a good game on its own but adds basically few more areas and more story; the rest is totally identical to the original game. Buy it if you liked the first episode and want to continnue...avoid it if you didn't. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2013
    The penny arcade game returned with a second episode after the first one stuck to my mind. This episode follows a similar storyline with as many old school references and a sense for hilarity. The combat has the same mechanics, but the weapons and special attacks have changed completely, which gives it some variety, although I would have liked to have the old skills available. The areas are also different, and the characters you meet I would say are more like-able. The collectibles are easier to find this time, since in the first episode I was barely able to find half of them. It would not give much credit to this game the overall similar feel, however it improves on what it has to and keeps the good qualities the same, the final boss battle is also absolutely insane and belittled the first episode's boss fight. This game does a great job of bringing us back to New Arcadia and even though it feels a lot like the first episode, it is still enjoyable from beginning to end. Expand
  4. Sep 3, 2010
    The story is not bad, but the combat is just too repetitive. Most of the gameplay from Episode 1 has not changed. A more interesting combat system or just less combat would improve this game. Expand
  5. Aug 7, 2011
    Oookeeey! After finishing Episode One - i was really on a roll and wanted to see the continuation of the story (which by itself is a humorous and well-developed in plot). BUT! Knowing the fact that the developers left the project on Episode 2 (in the planned Trilogy) in pursuit of money - really made me feel like sheet. That was the downer of the otherwise very nice idea and game. Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2012
    Loses a lot of the JRPG focus and seems to be conflicted with trying to be a point-and-click adventure game. Tedious pixel hunting quests, overly difficult QTE combat, and a boring story with little focus really kills the potential this game had. Although it continues off from the previous game (game mechanic and level-wise), you lose all your old skills for some reason. More frustration comes from a long fetch quest chain that rewards you with a jail cell. Combat is absurd with enemies getting mountains of health plus free "interrupt" heals, removing strategy from combat and requiring you to just pile everything onto one enemy at time. The last boss is a multi-part "gimme" fight, that ends in a lame adventure game last fight that requires no skill and cuts out your party. Overall this was really disappointing, boring and tedious. Just pick up the first one and pretend ep2 doesn't exist, like a Bioware game. Expand