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  • Summary: ShellShock 2: Blood Trails is a violent, first-person, survival horror game set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Gameplay centers on the use of psychological horror and fear, relying on the power of suggestion, mood, tension and foreshadowing - implying the notion of danger, potential danger, imminent danger, and horrifying acts that have or are implied to have occurred or will come to pass. On course for war torn Vietnam, a plane carrying a top-secret cargo known only as Whiteknight is lost over the uncharted jungles of Cambodia. The special ops squad sent in to retrieve it disappear wtihout trace. Until, a month later, one of them walks out. Something in the darkness has driven him insane... Something from the darkness has followed him out. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 17 out of 18
  1. Rebellion's game positions uncomfortably between the greatest shooters currently on the market. Its poor technical side together with a boring level design, basic AI and the lack of variety in game modes, end up shaping a title that will soon surely fall into oblivion.
  2. Frustrating and joyless. [Apr 2009, p.74]
  3. ShellShock 2: Blood Trails spices up Vietnam with a liberal application of zombies, but the controls and the generic shooter gameplay leave a lot to be desired.
  4. 32
    Shellshock 2 combines technical inferiority as a shooter with a woeful attempt at survival horror. It’s kicked around and stomped to death by Call Of Duty and Silent Hill in their respective genres, and is thus left as an entirely useless exercise in gaming terms.
  5. The framerate is pathetic and the textures are sub-PS2. [Apr 2009, p.96]
  6. Shellshock 2 looks like it’s been stuck in time. Everybody nowadays wants to play games with great controls, fantastic graphics and a lovely story. All of these elements are missing in is this game. This game is so bad, Michael Jackson wouldn’t want to touch it. We suggest everybody stays away from this game like it is a bomb threat, because this game would make you explode out of rage.
  7. Shellshock 2 is truly a bad game. It's short, it's ugly and it's uninspiring. Just what Rebellion were thinking before releasing this travesty is beyond me, because it doesn't have a leg to stand on in comparison to most PS2 FPSs, let alone anything the current-gen consoles have to offer. Leave this one alone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. saktiv.
    Feb 25, 2009
    This game improve a lot from the first one and had potential to be a great game. Gameplay: it have solid voice acting and have a lot fun to enjoy this game especially shoot zombies with shotgun. Some levels is very enjoyable such in jungles and the design are very good. graphics: better than first one. most of this game play in dark environment...that's pretty cool when see light reflecting within the environment.Textures are not bad. sound: pretty cool and the sound effect are nice. overall: It's enjoyable game and have cool atmosphere. this game very brutal and gore with some disturbing scenes. besides, the story is interesting. Expand
    Sep 3, 2009
    1st level lived up to the bad reviews, but it really did improve after that, as a casual gamer I liked the high frequency of check points that kept me in the game. I thought that the levels were varied and quiet imaginative. This game is not in the same league as kill zone 2 or COD 4 or 5, but it is also not as nearly as bad as some would have you believe. If you see it going cheap pick it up, I bought it expecting little, but really enjoyed it! don't be afraid to give it a go. Expand
  3. ChrisO'Brien
    Mar 5, 2009
    I just got this game for the 360, and so far I'm finding it very enjoyable, and decent. Graphics may not be the bast, but they are not the worst either; I'd say they are about average and comparable to that of Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Guns both look an sound nice, and have great iron sights. Controls are very easy to get used to, with controls similar to that of other FPS games. Story so far is very interesting, being in Vietnam, and getting attacked by zombie/infected and trying to find out what's happening. Very engaging. Atmosphere really gets you into the game, and at points sends chills up your spine. Very brutal with images of dismembered soldiers with blood dripping, or hearing the sounds of crying infants or women. Good game, definitely above average. Overall I give it a 7/10. There are a few cons about the game. One is the weapon switching. YOur guy just takes his sweet old time switching, and in a fire fight could mean death. The aiming is there as well. WHile it may not be that bad, its not that great either. Guns are accurate, and there is some sway to it, which I find realistic, but unless you have the sensitivity all the way up (or find a good balance you like), looking around while aiming can be a bit tedious. There are a few others but overall is a very fun and enjoyable game. Very underrated, and I suggest anyone who likes FPS, Vietnam, Zombies, and War to at least rent the game. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2013
    The first levels where you fight soldiers sucked, then the game started to build a unike gameplay with crazy wild zombie look a like soldiers, alot like the movie 24 days later or 24 weeks late! The game really turned out good if you chould fight your way through the bad start of the game. Expand
  5. ButtS
    Feb 25, 2009
    Well after playing this game for a few minutes I could already tell it was utter crap. The whole game suffers from "Turning Point: Fall of Liberty" syndrome. Controls are utter crap, aiming is tedious, and you can't aim lower than 30 degrees up or down. There are also several annoying quicktime events through out the game, all of which were using the WASD keys (each frustratingly difficult). Now I don't get why this project wasn't canned. I played about 6 levels in, uninstalled it and was still pissed at exactly HOW bad this game is. I really would drag on with other tiny nit picks but it would be a waste of time. The game is probably the worst thing since Vegemite, don't even bother renting this piece of shit. 0/10 Expand

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