Summoner 2 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Sep 23, 2002
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    70
    Ironically, Summoner 2's strengths (faster action, computer-controlled allies) expose the game's many weaknesses (poor camera during combat, enemies that swarm you, sluggish controls). [Nov 2002, p.70]
  2. While the game certainly has aspirations to action-RPG greatness, it falls far, far short of the mark by instead boiling down to a trudging mess of relentless combat, character statistics and more quests and side-quests than you could shake some kind of magic stick at.
  3. Summoner 2 is to the original Summoner what a case of shower grout is to a clogged drainpipe full of hair.
  4. Despite the many faults of Summoner 2, I can’t stop playing. Given the several other RPG options available this fall, however, checking out Summoner 2 might fall on taste alone.
  5. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    70
    Blocking, for one, is not nearly as effective as it should be, and the controls suffer from a slight delay that reduces melees into button-mashing frenzy. [Nov 2002, p.192]
  6. Play Magazine
    60
    Animation-wise, what's here is nice, and the models are very good, but Maia especially needs more variety. [Nov 2002, p.85]
  7. PSM Magazine
    70
    The first game had its strengths, however well-hidden, and the improvements in Summoner 2 help bring those qualities to the fore. [Nov 2002, p.46]

Awards & Rankings

76
81
#81 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
44
#44 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 22, 2017
    8
    This is a game of pure nostalgia for me. Breaking it down quickly:
    Good:
    --Fun combat and you can switch who you control --Upgrades that
    This is a game of pure nostalgia for me. Breaking it down quickly:
    Good:
    --Fun combat and you can switch who you control
    --Upgrades that you only get if you actually try
    --Lots of little things you can do (collect items to use elsewhere for better stuff, make decisions that grant you stuff down the road, find hidden stuff to complete optional quests, etc.)

    Debatable:
    --Exploits that can make you super OP

    Bad:
    --Art is not the best
    --Story is sometimes hard to follow because you can glitch ahead in the story and have no idea how you got there
    --Speaking of glitches, there are a fair share of both good and bad glitches

    All in all, still a fun game that I replay from time to time.
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  2. Dec 18, 2013
    8
    The original Summoner was, and continues to be, one of my all time favourite games.

    This 'sequel' in a sense does it justice. It continues
    The original Summoner was, and continues to be, one of my all time favourite games.

    This 'sequel' in a sense does it justice. It continues to be a very fun game, complete with an interesting story and a correspondingly intricate lore/mythos to accompany it.

    The game's main downfall is of course the combat system, which usually results in button mashing. The combat itself is still a large improvement over the original's robotic d-pad button pushing however, and is still largely quite enjoyable.

    The other downfalls include the very linear game progression, some small bugs and how sick of Queen Maia you are by the end of the game.

    Overall a great PS2 title, definitely worth a play.
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  3. Airshod
    Jan 23, 2006
    9
    Great game, enjoyed it when it was released, and have just started to play again (3 odd years later) and it is just as engrossing and fun as Great game, enjoyed it when it was released, and have just started to play again (3 odd years later) and it is just as engrossing and fun as I remember. A must have for any RPG fan. Full Review »