Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. May 3, 2013
    64
    What worked in 2009's original first-person brawler works here as well, but inadequate maps, strange combat balancing, and several other quirks make it hard to call the sequel a substantial improvement beyond its new areas and creatures.
  2. May 7, 2013
    55
    Just like its predecessor, Zeno Clash II is a mediocre first-person brawler memorable mainly for its psychedelic storytelling and art.
  3. May 8, 2013
    50
    Zeno Clash 2 is not an unambitious game, and nor for that matter is it a bad one. The melee mechanic at its core is well-tuned, lots of fun once you've got the hang of it, and could carry a different game. But the new structure makes you wonder why it's there at all. Why the fetch quests and moth-collecting? Why the silly wrist-mounted puzzles?
  4. May 22, 2013
    58
    That said, if you’ve already played through the first game and liked it, Zeno Clash 2 is worth the $20 merely to find out what wackiness happens next in Ghat’s completely kooky and often awkward adventure.
  5. Jun 26, 2013
    60
    Mental visuals and fun melee combat, but too weird for its own good. [Aug 2013, p.74]
  6. May 8, 2013
    68
    Zeno Clash II's free roaming mechanics are full of flaws, but the game has a good graphic style and its combat system is worth the fee.
  7. Apr 30, 2013
    50
    It's a charming game, but you'll spend less time fighting the grotesque foes that make up Zenozoik, and more time wrestling with poor game design--if only punching that in the face would solve its problems, too.
  8. May 6, 2013
    75
    For the price, players can get a relatively fun beat ‘em up. The combo system is surprisingly deep and the co-op is fun to play. Sure, the story is overly strange and the overall plot is a little out there, but beating the absolute crap out of humanoid beasts and birds never really gets old. There is some fun to be had in Zeno Clash 2 as long as you keep an open mind when it comes to certain mechanics and the outlandish story.
  9. May 9, 2013
    70
    Zeno Clash II is a fine beat ‘em up with a unique graphic style.
  10. May 16, 2013
    75
    Thanks to the increased budget and the new Ghast's powers, ACE Team has developed ​​a good sequel, visually fascinating and with a co-op component that could make the difference.
  11. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    It's a slightly frustrating, fascinating trip back to a world like you've never seen, and I think the $20 asking price is well worth that alone.
  12. May 3, 2013
    55
    Zeno Clash II might be bigger than its predecessor, but it fails to be truly better.
  13. May 13, 2013
    50
    ACE has mostly succeeded in creating an interesting setting – but the joy of exploration is quickly tempered by the game’s reliance on fighting mechanics that are too simple, and too rough to be engaging.
  14. May 9, 2013
    60
    Zeno Clash 2 is a new iteration of a game that does nothing to look coherent and structured.
  15. May 13, 2013
    65
    The world of Zeno Clash II is one big acid-trip. It's one of the most bizarre games in which your fists are the two primary weapons. Behind the absurd look there's an interesting story, but Zeno Clash II drops the ball on certain key gameplay mechanics.
  16. May 7, 2013
    73
    There are many things to see in this land, but wandering around can feel empty.
  17. May 13, 2013
    60
    Zeno Clash II has that unique quality about its world and combat that the first game possessed but it’s polish that is sorely lacking from the overall package.
  18. Aug 25, 2013
    70
    Zeno Clash II, like the original, is an interesting game. It falls slightly flat in the gameplay, but it's largely balanced by the world being so damn interesting to experience and wander around in.
  19. 40
    A surrealistic action game is extended, with freedom of movement. However, it has lost its ability to hide the flaws. Zeno Clash II knows how to entertain, but at the same time it's terribly stupid. [Issue#231]
  20. May 2, 2013
    50
    Zeno Clash II is really a twin brother to the first one: same peculiar art direction, same slightly below average production values, same gameplay ideas. Its unique world remains its strongest asset, by far, but its bugs and gameplay shortcomings will quickly get on the nerves of those who aren't mesmerized by its universe.
  21. Apr 30, 2013
    40
    If you played through the entirety of the first game and didn’t have a problem with it, this may be your thing. While the collision detection, and some other things have taken some serious hits, there’s still a good story to be found. Otherwise I would skip this and wait for the inevitable sale.
  22. May 15, 2013
    50
    It has lost its originality bonus but in terms of gameplay it’s better than the predecessor. Nonetheless it is still miles away from games like Mirror’s Edge, Dark Messiah of Might & Magic or Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath.
  23. Jun 19, 2013
    67
    Not quite so original the second time around, Zeno Clash 2 hits hard with ideas, swings and misses on execution. [July 2013, p.78]
  24. May 6, 2013
    60
    Zeno Clash II isn't amazing, but for twenty bucks, it gets the job done - if only barely.
  25. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    This game can be charming (its surreal setting is wonderful), but not charming enough to turn a blind eye to boring gameplay and numerous other shortcomings, like faulty collision detection (yes, in a game that’s all about collision detection). [CD-Action 07/2013, p.62]
  26. Aug 2, 2013
    67
    Confusing, disoriented, and with less focus on the crisp Faust ballet.
  27. May 7, 2013
    70
    An expansion of Zeno Clash’s fantastical world and inhabitants, at the cost of some of the original game’s brutal tactility in combat.
  28. Jun 4, 2013
    60
    The plot, setting and characters are wonderfully strange but the rest of the game feels more than a little unpolished. [June 2013, p.86]
  29. May 29, 2013
    60
    A visually breathtaking boxing trip to neverland. However, the original game's concept has not fundamentally changed, and even with few of its innovations the game does not appear confident enough.
  30. May 1, 2013
    70
    Zeno Clash II is a beautiful, mature adventure that isn't quite as polished as it is unique.
  31. Jun 7, 2013
    60
    Zeno Clash 2 is frustrating in its failure to capitalize on its own potential. It crafts a wonderful, weird, engaging world but wastes most of your time in it.
  32. 72
    This is a world so crazy, so original and eerily psychedelic, you will often wonder what you’re actually looking at. [June 2013]
  33. May 3, 2013
    85
    Zeno Clash 2 is a much bigger game than the original, although it’s not quite as open world as you’d have been led to believe, as you’re still confined to certain areas while you go roaming.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. May 2, 2013
    10
    Its got one of the most unique worlds in any media and that for me is enough to completely outweigh any flaws it has. The game is beautiful, disturbing and full of more unique content than any other game out there. I really enjoy how ACE expanded the combat. It's great. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2013
    10
    The epitome of innovation, art, and style.

    To anyone one on the fence that isn't afraid of trying something new I implore you to try out
    Zeno Clash. There is absolutely nothing like it. The fact that people have to reach as far as the melee in Condemned or Chronicles of Riddick to describe what kind of game it is is self-explanatory on the unique flavor the game brings. It's nothing like those (apart from punching) either.

    It's a shame that reviewers do not realize or emphasize on that point. Not only is it something brand new; it's done very, very well. The work presented (especially in Zeno Clash 2) seems to have more work put into it than many AAA studios are able to put in. And this is only at $20, another point reviewers seem to forget. There are hundreds of different Characters you encounter that add a spice of life and immersion. From complete and awe-inducing variation of environments to unique weapons and abilities never thought of before, it's something I wish more studios would at least take a little inspiration from.

    The lore and story are destined to be a cult classic. Zeno Clash 1 creates many questions. Zeno Clash 2 answers them and leaves more. At face value it seems to be intelligible with no depth. You need to pry it open to realize exactly how much was put into it. The dialogue (Especially among Zenozoiks) is cryptic yet simple for a reason. Many are plagued with habits, deformities, and behavior that can be understood at least on a basic level.

    Please, please, PLEASE support this kind of innovative entertainment from a company like this. It pains me to see the poor reception and likely lack of sales from them when it feels like they are focusing on the game entirely wrong. Technical aspects are talked about and quite frankly are poorly researched. Complaints of locking on, when the option to do it automatically can be turned off. The AI fits the behavior of the world. Sometimes hitting eachother to get them out of the way, but also working together enough to put up a fight. It honestly doesn't feel broken or bad as some reviews have stated. It feels real and the feedback of fighting is fantastic.

    Anyone who has capability to understand what a game is portraying and looking beyond the face-value mechanics will find this game beyond exceptional. If you're the type of gamer who simply wants to play another game to waste time and kill things, ignore story and message, and rush through things then please save it. Your criticism is drawing away from those who will have one of the best gaming experiences in a long time.
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  3. May 3, 2013
    8
    Game industry needs more games like this, especially nowodays.

    PRO: unique, interesting world with weird habitants; beautiful views of
    landscapes & cities and often interesting details such as furniture or ornaments; funny voices and nice music; fightings are fun sometimes

    CONTRA: some bugs; maybe boring for different kind of gamers; gameplay is pretty repeatative
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