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 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.
  2. 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.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  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 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. 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 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 »