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  • Summary: Shank 2 returns with a story of redemption as Shank, a former mob hitman with a dark and vengeful past, is thrust back into action when the lives of those close to him are endangered. Expanding on the original game's intuitive combat and control system, Shank 2 continues Klei's tradition of making fluid brawling controls and stunningly beautiful visuals that leapfrogs the competition in the 2D side-scrolling genre. The game also introduces an intense new, arcade-style survival co-op mode that has gamers working together to take down their foes, relying on the environment and weapon pick-ups for survival. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    The combat and visuals -- which are what Shank has always been about -- have taken big steps forward to the point that I'm not sure the original Shank even needs to exist at this point. Except for historical value, perhaps.
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    This short, bloody roller-coaster really impresses. [Apr 2012, p.103]
  3. Mar 28, 2012
    Stabtastic. [Issue#216, p.85]
  4. Feb 10, 2012
    Shank 2 doesn't do much that's new or original. It's a refinement of what came before it, from the original Shank to manic classics like Metal Slug. But there's a lot of quality fun packed into this inexpensive download, making it a perfect choice for simple, fast-paced action.
  5. Feb 15, 2012
    An enjoyable little slice of action. There's certainly room for improvement, and a Hard mode that doesn't remove all the checkpoints would have been appreciated for those who mastered the harder original and will breeze through this one, but it provides enough moments of pure fun to warrant a look.
  6. While it's still a solid sequel, Shank 2 may have benefited from a less-is-more approach. [Apr 2012, p.81]
  7. Feb 14, 2012
    Gory combat comes at a high cost in the uneven Shank 2.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    Pros- The Graphics are fantastic, the game mechanics have been slightly adjusted for the better , and the story is great, and the co-op is good.

    Cons- Story mode could have been longer, Falling to your death is silly and aggravating, and the lack of weapons compared to the first Shank was underwhelming.
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    As far as downloadable titles go, it doesn't get much better than Shank 2. Building on what made the first game so unique, Klei has crafted a game that is more accessible to new comers, while satisfying fans of the original. If Shank 2 stumbles, it does so in its narrative, given that it's essentially none existent. The original Shank had an interesting tale, albeit generic and simple. Nevertheless, Shank 2 doesn't require a Shakespearean tale to motivate you to get from point A to point B. The gameplay in Shank 2 is fairly simple, but deep enough for it to require some skill. Countering and rolling is a welcome addition that eliminates much of the frustration that the previous entry suffered from. Rolling is as simple as flicking the right stick, God of War esque if you will, and countering is done by clicking R2 on the Ps3 and RT on the Xbox respectively. If the option of the Xbox or Ps3 is available, I would insist that one would go with the Ps3 version. The controller is much more suited for the play style in my opinion. The campaign while pretty brief, never overstays its welcome, and there are multiple difficulties to encourage players for a second go around. Normal mode is recommended to new players, while veterans of Shank will derive much more enjoyment playing on the harder difficulty. Shank 2 adds a survival mode that is incredibly fun. Players will take on waves of enemies who increase in difficulty with each progressive wave. While fending off enemies, players will be required to protect three stations. One can also buy items from a shop, such as potions or heavy machine guns to aid you in your struggle. I would advise playing the survival mode with a friend or online with another individual, due to the difficulty in completing it alone. At ten dollars, Shank epitomizes "bang for your buck." Its entertaining campaign won't last long, but there's the survival mode to lean back on. Completionists will be happy to know there are tons of quirky costumes to unlock, with some of them adding an interesting mix to the already competent survival mode. Shank 2 impresses, and anyone looking for a few hours of fun on a Saturday night, or something to keep you busy for a few weeks with a friend, this is your game. Expand
  3. Mar 27, 2012
    awesome game,just to bad the game aint that long..
    The multiplayer aint that special but the single campaign is just great
    nice graphics,cool
    moves excellent counterattacks & finishmoves
    beautifull backgrounds & enough variation in enemies.. did i mention you play some parts
    of the game also as a woman that loves to swing around here scythe ?
    if you love the hack&slash genre you should defently pick this one up
    I only hope one day they will make a Shank game that has atleast 8h of campaign gameplay
  4. Feb 20, 2012
    Shank 2 have a recipe very similar to that of the first game. However, it is not the same game, mainly for bringing some innovative features. What impressed us most was the Survival mode, option that leaves the title much more fun than the predecessor. Play with other characters is also something to take into account, since this novelty provides a reason more to reset the game again. Anyway, despite the story meaningless, worth buying Shank 2, after all, the game offers infinite action. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2012
    Disappointing to say the least. For some reason they got rid of switching between your assorted weapons from the first, to only being able to choose your three weapons (melee, gun, and grenade + shank) at the start. No in level saves, so you better beat the level before quitting. Incredibly tough and frustrating a lot of the times (especially the bosses), to the point of wanting to throw your controller. Weak story, with no real tie in to the first, and they got rid of the co-op campaign back story from the first for a run-of-the-mill survival. Very disappointed. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2013
    How did they f* this up? The first game was almost perfect. The changes to the gameplay are for the worst. The co-op from the first is gone. The first one had a compelling story, this one does not. The bosses aren't even fun anymore! Expand
  7. Feb 10, 2012
    I was really looking forward for this game. It is a huge disappointment : they killed the multiplayer coop (which was available in the first game) campaign. The only coop is a boring survival mode. Don't pretend it's coop. Expand

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