• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Dec 7, 2004
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 90
    The introduction of Joe's girlfriend, Sylvia, is a great addition that just adds depth to an already deep and thoroughly satisfying game experience...A super stylish, extremely challenging and riveting time in Movie Land.
  2. An awesome game that every player should have in their collection. It is a homage to older games that proves that 2D side-scrolling games are a blast to play.
  3. Viewtiful Joe 2 rejuvinates my obsession, but it doesn't take it to the next level. The changes to gameplay are miniscule at best, and I wouldn't necessarily say I'm fond of them. [Dec 2004, p.160]
  4. 90
    Expectations for its follow-up were lofty, and though Viewtiful Joe 2 is a total blast, the new features it introduces don't stack up against its reliance on rehashed ideas enough to keep you from feeling you've tread this path before.
  5. Viewtiful Joe 2 is as big a triumph as the original, resisting the urge to change a winning formula but building on it with even cooler settings, funnier bosses, more variety in the gameplay and a cool new way to manipulate time.
  6. Among the myriad of reasons why I loved this game more every second I played it...is the way the puzzles and especially the visual presentation evolve. [Dec 2004, p.70]
  7. In fact other than the addition of Silvia, Viewtiful Joe 2 is remarkably similar to the original - the majority of flaws included. But when the game still feels fresher than the crisp clean smell of a bath towel washed in Daz Ultra we have no reason to feel aggrieved.
  8. A worthy sequel to one of the better games of the last year. It's simply awesome. [Jan 2005, p.68]
  9. With all of the additions Viewtiful Joe 2 introduces, the game is still very similar to the first game, right down to a final showdown prefixed with having to fight all of the previously defeated bosses. Not that I mind terribly, as this is a functional formula that proves it still can deliver in spades.
  10. Genuinely tough puzzles mixed with constant and varied challenges from enemies and bosses alike make this of the best mixes of old-school action and progressive gameplay themes ever seen in games.
  11. What does change up quite a bit is the amount and complexity of the puzzles in the game. It's actually pretty refreshing to have so many situations that require something besides combat.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Apr 26, 2011
    8
    An arguably glamorous beat em' up, sequel, and sleeper hit. Pros: Beautiful graphics; even more VFX attacks for Viewtiful Joe and Sexy Sylvia.An arguably glamorous beat em' up, sequel, and sleeper hit. Pros: Beautiful graphics; even more VFX attacks for Viewtiful Joe and Sexy Sylvia. Cons: Too familiar, too soon; no multi-player; it's often frustratingly difficult, and doesn't offer many hints. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2015
    8
    Viewtiful Joe 2 looks and plays spectacular and I'd love to rate it even higher, but the extremely frequent and long boss battles and oftenViewtiful Joe 2 looks and plays spectacular and I'd love to rate it even higher, but the extremely frequent and long boss battles and often frustrating puzzles bring the score down. Amazing game, nevertheless. Full Review »
  3. Aug 6, 2014
    0
    I remember back in 2004. I loved my PS2 more than Life. I had a large amount of games and 3 memory cards to hold all my saved info. A demo ofI remember back in 2004. I loved my PS2 more than Life. I had a large amount of games and 3 memory cards to hold all my saved info. A demo of this game erased all data of 2 of my memory cards. Inlost all of my gta 3 and vice city info. My favorite game to this day is espn nfl 2k5; I amassed 300 hours of gameplay and the idiot demo with this retarded game erased both memory cards attached to my PS2!!! Full Review »