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  • Summary: Death Jr. returns to the PSP in an all-new adventure in a spooky tree house of terror. Teaming up for even more firepower, DJ and Pandora will take on a variety of possessed enemies as they progress through an adventure that seamlessly blends smooth platforming, intense combat, complex enemy AI and a unique sense of humor. Destroy spirits and enemies with all new upgradable weapons like the C4 Hamster Mark II's, Pandora's Tommy Gun, Cherry Bomb Launcher and the Flaming TP Thrower. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Backbone could have just tightened things up and given us more of the same for the sequel but instead have completely reworked the formula and created one of the PSP's finest games in the process. [Nov. 2006, p.96]
  2. It's still not perfect, but at least the developers have taken steps in the right direction. [Dec. 2006, p.80]
  3. 71
    What makes Death Jr. a hard recommendation twice now is how the game is still sloppy in execution despite its best qualities -- it's time for DJ to grow up and scythe straight.
  4. 65
    The younger set might not mind backtracking through old levels, hunting high and low for weapon parts (and that last, pesky, unsmashed crate). But other aspects of Root of Evil definitely aim older, such as the characters -- which include a dead boy, conjoined brainiac twins, and a wiseacre baby with stumps for limbs in a jar of formaldehyde.
  5. But the blatant flaws like inconsistent difficulty spotted with flat unfunny humor attempts, as well as huge gaps between storyline progression seem hell-bent on making you not really care as much as you should.
  6. You can't make a choppy action/adventure, darken the imagery, add a less childish lead character, and expect players to come running.
  7. It's a shame that the gameplay hasn't evolved all that much since last year's release and that there is a real lack of contrast between Pandora and Death Jr.'s character, but there's still a solid and fun game experience to be had if you give this title a chance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4