Metascore
40

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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.
  5. While it’s not all bad it is hard to find any aspect of the game that is particularly praiseworthy.
  6. No shock, just schlock. Almost impressively dreadful. [May 2009, p.67]
  7. 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
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 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 »
  2. 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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  3. Jun 26, 2013
    7
    In retrospect, I can see why critics gave this such a low score, but I can also see why players liked it. This is easily one of the mostIn retrospect, I can see why critics gave this such a low score, but I can also see why players liked it. This is easily one of the most disturbing games I've ever played. From atmosphere to gore. It is very dark, and I'm not talking about the lighting. The story is very easy to follow and it does not tie in with the first game (which I have not played) so it could of been a stand alone. The graphics for it's time were huge and beautiful and still kind of are, but you can tell in some areas it's a little dated. The gameplay is straight forward linear, in very short levels which is a shame because the levels are so nicely detailed.

    There is a small variety of weapons to pick from and surprisingly they all have different effects on enemies. For example a headshot with the Colt .45 (at least, I'm assuming that's what it is) could put an enemy down where a headshot with the magnum in the right place might take off a chunk of the face or the whole head from the jaw up. You can also take off arms if shots are placed just right. The game itself is sadly too short, no more then five hours in length. There are no extras to unlock or secrets to find. The biggest slap in the face was probably no multiplayer. Voice acting is almost a dead on perfect which is very rare in games.

    The bad parts besides the levels and such would also be the mouse sensitivity. It's default state is worthless and I recommend you max it out, you will still turn slow however but it is much better then before. The F.O.V. is very bad, it looks like it's in the 55 to 65 range, it cannot be changed. 90 to 95 is where most people like it because now you can see almost all you need to. Ironsights on weapons. Yes, this is one of the very few games where it is easier to use the crosshair (which can be turned off) then to line up a shot. Why? Well it's easy, the sights are broken and throw your shot off. You've spent all of your shots just to get one or two hits in, the only sights that seem to work are on the fixed machine guns.

    You will be facing off against infected American, Vietcong forces and Vietnam civilians. (Note that this is one of the almost non-existent games that to kill and infected you MUST get a dead on head shot. Or use a grenade.) Also non infected Vietcong forces. There are too many quick time scenes but you do have a choice at the end of each one:
    A Shoot
    B Bash face in
    Once you get to the end I was surprised there are two endings depending on option you choose in the last level ending. All in all I would like to see a continuation of this, but I don't think it will happen. Rebellion has made some good games, some okay ones, and ones that are flat out poop. This is a good one if you like zombies and do not mind linear generic shooters.
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