ShellShock 2: Blood Trails PC

Metascore
40

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
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  1. ShellShock 2: Blood Trails spices up Vietnam with a liberal application of zombies, but it does nothing to liven up the generic shooter gameplay.
  2. The sequel to the controversial Vietnam first person shooter abandoned the use of torture and atrocities to civilians. It also abandoned good graphics, atmosphere and almost everything else needed for a good game. Dumb enemies, exaggerated splatter effects, boring levels and graphics right from the last century - Shellshock 2 has nothing interesting to offer.
  3. A terrible shooter with pretty much nothing to like about: the level design is horrible and the AI turns out to be foolish at best. Explicit gore does not make up for bad game design, in fact it makes this games mistakes stand out even more. If it weren't for the acceptable cutscenes and some halfway spooky level sections, this game would be an even bigger disaster than it already is.
  4. Shellshock 2 is a short game with nothing that's worth a try. It lacks a plot, action and tactics and all it's asking to you is to accept the imprecision of the control system.
  5. Play (Poland)
    50
    Frantic shoot-outs in the Vietnam jungles and tunnels return in a game that has not much to show besides an amazing level of gore. Enemies often lose limbs, and during the close quarters combat blood starts to overflow the field of vision, but the confrontation with legions of mindless drones (only some of them have an excuse) is simply tedious. [Apr 2009]
  6. 46
    A budget title and it shows. The visuals, level design, AI, and just about anything else you can think of can't match up with the top-tier first-person shooters. On top of that, you only get 10 brief stages and no multiplayer options.
  7. PC Zone UK
    32
    If you want something to put on the box, Mr. Marketing Man, try this: "This is so bad, it is like beating old ladies to death with hammers." [May 2009, p.77]
  8. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    30
    You can enjoy the straightforward gameplay, in some moments you can be surprised by the horror atmosphere. But those are only small details in the overall game of boredom, disturbing mini-games and a bunch of bugs. [Mar 2009]
  9. Zombies in jungle and abandoned temples – that’s a nice setup for a Left 4 Dead campaign. Unfortunately, Rebellion is not Valve. “Repeatedly press button on-screen to survive torture”, says a hint message during one of the interactive cutscenes. Oh I wish there was a button to erase Shellshock 2 from my memory.
  10. While it’s not all bad it is hard to find any aspect of the game that is particularly praiseworthy.
  11. PC Gamer UK
    23
    No shock, just schlock. Almost impressively dreadful. [May 2009, p.67]
  12. Shellshock 2 gives the word uninspiring a new meaning. The game never, and i repeat never ever, offers the player any form of originality or even simple fun. Five frustrating hours, no more no less, make of Shellshock 2 entertainment of the lowest order. If you can call it entertainment.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jan 15, 2013
    8
    I honestly don't know why this game received such a low metascore. It's a great game. I'm guessing the reviews were trolled by some groupI honestly don't know why this game received such a low metascore. It's a great game. I'm guessing the reviews were trolled by some group upset with someone. Despite the low score I decided to get the game on a Steam sale and see what all the fuss was about. I'm 3 hours into the game and have no complaints at all and I actually like the story line. Imagine fighting a war against the Vietcong but to make things worse there's a virus unleashes that turns both sides to Zombies! Fun stuff. The controls are good, the scenery and graphics are good for a 2008 game. (I'm running it at full settings 1920x1080 with my GTX560)

    The sound design is awesome and coupled with blind corners, and enemies that jump out on you from anyplace it keeps me jumping out of my chair. Very few games do that and I own over 300 PC games. I gave this game an 8 because it deserves it. Sure it's not a $60 dollar title, but for $9 bucks you can't go wrong at all. Sit down, pull up your chair, dim your lights and get ready to spill some blood and your coffee. That's my review.
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  2. ConnorM
    Jan 15, 2010
    9
    I think this game is awesome. It has an awesome storyline, but what saddens me is the graphics and the gore. Hardly no gore (lots of blood I think this game is awesome. It has an awesome storyline, but what saddens me is the graphics and the gore. Hardly no gore (lots of blood though). Anyways, I love this game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2013
    9
    This game was made before Dead Island. I've been playing first person shooters since Quake 1 and I was scared while playing System Shock 2,This game was made before Dead Island. I've been playing first person shooters since Quake 1 and I was scared while playing System Shock 2, Aliens vs Predator from 1999, Fear-Perseus Mandate, Nosferatu, Thief 2, Call of Cthulhu and Stalker. But Shellshock 2 is the scariest of them all. When I went into this house with these aggressive zombies at night with just a few ammo I wanted to quit playing or ran out of this house. Full Review »