Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 6, 2012
    85
    It's a more responsive, faster action title that does away with the damning side of its dazzling animation. This is a smooth brawler with gorgeous spectacle, and its dedication to nailing its second chance makes it one of the best action games in recent memory.
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    91
    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.
  3. CD-Action
    Mar 13, 2012
    80
    Steps back were taken in some aspects but the most important element – the gameplay – was fine-tuned so all in all Shank 2 is a great beat 'em up dripping with fun. [April 2012, p.71]
  4. Feb 9, 2012
    80
    A significant improvement over its predecessor, and one that proves there are still a few developers out there willing to learn from their mistakes.
  5. Feb 7, 2012
    84
    Shank 2 isn't so much a sequel as it is a replacement for its slower, sloppier predecessor, and that seems to suit its style just fine.
  6. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Shank 2 does what a good hack n' slash sequel should: it adapts a few things with the aim of improvement and it turns up the action.
  7. Play UK
    Mar 28, 2012
    83
    Stabtastic. [Issue#216, p.85]
  8. 80
    Granted, its more iterative than innovative, but Shank 2 is a reasonably priced game with several fun elements that improve upon the original's formula while also scaling the game back in other areas.
  9. Feb 13, 2012
    82
    A slightly better game than its predecessor, primarily because the gameplay has been solidified. It feels faster and more reliable; by direct comparison, the first was just a little more irritating and not quite as sound.
  10. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Mar 22, 2012
    85
    This short, bloody roller-coaster really impresses. [Apr 2012, p.103]
  11. Feb 9, 2012
    90
    Bloody, brutal and utterly bad-ass, Shank 2 is an action/platforming spectacle that players won't soon forget. In spite of its disappointing length, no action fan should miss this one.
  12. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    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.
  13. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    While the game is still quite short, the survival mode and the penchant for climbing leaderboards will have you playing for a bit longer. If you're looking for a quick platformer that offers plenty of carnage, then this is the game for you.
  14. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    Its vibrant and original art is slick and well animated, its excessive gore and cliche-action-movie-style cutscenes are funny and satisfying in equal measures, and its fast, challenging gameplay is suitably visceral and deeply satisfying. But it's way too short, and the lack of campaign co-op is an epic disappointment, especially considering its presence in the first game.
  15. Feb 27, 2012
    77
    Shank 2 is definitely an improvement over the first game in the series, but the lack of innovation ultimately doesn't warrant a higher score.
  16. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Mar 4, 2012
    86
    Not only does feel great just to hack away at your enemies with your knives, the finishers look absolutely fantastic. They look so good in fact that you'll want to try them out with every weapon and counter in the game. [March 2012, p.100]
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 43
  2. Negative: 11 out of 43
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    4
    I was really looking forward for this game. It is a huge disappointment : they killed the multiplayer coop (which was available in the firstI 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. Full Review »
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    4
    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.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! Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2012
    6
    Disappointing to say the least. For some reason they got rid of switching between your assorted weapons from the first, to only being able toDisappointing 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. Full Review »