• 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
  1. I really enjoyed listening to the music of Summoner 2. The orchestrated music is done perfectly, and really fits the game’s theme.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    Rides the line between story and "freedom" well.
  5. Easily reigns as the best dungeon crawler on the PS2, and one of the most engrossing RPGs around. [Nov 2002, p.122]
  6. Packing a solid plot, creative elements not really seen in RPGs, and tons of action, Volition looks to have another hit on their hands.
  7. Summoner 2 is to the original Summoner what a case of shower grout is to a clogged drainpipe full of hair.
  8. 80
    There’s a great side-quest-and-story-packed game underneath the not-so-luscious surface.
  9. The well-told story, furious battles, and engrossing settings should allow you to look past a few design problems.
  10. By and large a very good adventure role-playing game, with a memorable cast of characters and plenty of pure action.
  11. 81
    A refreshing, decidedly western RPG that could have been incredible with just a few minor changes. Nonetheless, Summoner 2 is lots of fun.
  12. An admirable sequel with a fascinatingly lengthy quest, great characters and plenty to see and do.
  13. 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.
  14. 84
    Incredibly large (even by RPG standards), this game is packed with gaping quests, enthralling side stories, and a complex backbone the likes of which are rarely seen.
  15. 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]
  16. Animation-wise, what's here is nice, and the models are very good, but Maia especially needs more variety. [Nov 2002, p.85]
  17. 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]
  18. This isn’t the prettiest adventure to hit the cathode-ray tube, but as an enjoyable and well-woven game it holds together in an enjoyable and consuming manner without resorting to pigeon philosophy and half-hour digital fireworks.
  19. The combat system is leaps and bounds above the first game’s, but things like pausing for spell animations and disjointed, eye-watering lighting and texture palettes keep the interest level down.
  20. It's not the prettiest RPG out there, and it certainly isn't the best sounding, but it's got a massively long and interactive quest, plenty of land to explore, a number of interesting playable characters and a real dose of challenging gameplay.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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
    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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