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  • Summary: Players engage in nonstop shooter action as they're propelled through this on-rails game. Isa and Kachi are being hunted. They go on the run and on the defensive. And they shoot everything. Sin & Punishment 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the Japanese Nintendo 64 cult-classic shooter. It brings a frantic arcade sensibility to a post-apocalyptic world. Players can run on foot or take to the skies with a jetpack or hovering skateboard-like device to dodge enemy attacks or get a better lock on their targets. Players can fire at targets in the distance or switch to sword attacks for close-range targets. The Wii Remote controller's pointing ability is used to aim weapons, while the Nunchuk controller is used for positioning and maneuvering. Numerous beautifully rendered settings include gorgeous cityscapes and dramatic underwater tunnels, all populated by fierce enemies. It's all about the multiplier. The better a player's skills, the more points are earned, and the bigger the bonus. Players will want to play the game again and again to beat their personal best on each level. The better the performance, the bigger the multiplier and the higher the final score. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. 100
    Treasure has created a shooter beyond all shooters, mixing together so many different styles, throwing in a plethora of engaging stages and gameplay techniques that set the imagination on fire.
  2. 90
    It should be in the library of every shooter fan. This is one of the most intense games you'll play this year. We missed out on the first Sin and Punishment, so don't let this amazing sequel pass you by.
  3. There are so many standout moments in Sin and Punishment 2 that it would be criminal to describe any more, as they're best experienced first-hand. [Issue#91, p.122]
  4. Impressive, imaginative and never less than exciting. A great blast on Wii. [Mar 2010, p.63]
  5. It's an amazing game, one that I see myself playing for years to come.
  6. A bullet hell shooter that's just sane enough for anyone to enjoy. The action is nonstop but manageable, and the bosses are freakish and challenging enough to warrant a few repeat plays just to figure out how to totally destroy them the next time around.
  7. Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies is a nice arcade game which brings a lot of action. It is too bad you see the ending credits after three hours.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. tce
    Sep 24, 2010
    10
    One of the most astonishingly insane, fluid, imaginative games of this generation and an absolute joy to play. Treasure understand what games are supposed to be about, and Sin & Punishment 2 shows they are still on top form. The controls are perfect and the action is wild. Treasure's innate creativity doesn't let up from start to finish as they heap on more and more awesomely absurd setpieces, never reusing an idea. One minute you're running along a train detaching its carriages to smack them into a boss. The next minute you're trying to lift up two elevators to keep them out of rising lava. Flying midair swordfights. Onslaughts of giant eels. Fighting a giant monster up a scrolling block maze. A massive mechanical seahorse shapeshifts into a school of killer whales. IT DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. Who gives a crap about story or graphics? Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2013
    10
    I bought this game a few days ago, so it's almost retro, you could get it for a bargain price. it's a lovely game, I've only played stage 1 and 2 and they're both cramped with stuff. gameplay is simple, graphics are imaginative and stylish. I wish it had some arcade, non saving mode(house of the dead style) it would have been even better to me. nonetheless it's a great, old school, game. you should buy it especially if you're into mecha design. Expand
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    Sin and Punishment 2 is here and it is awesome. Some gamers will not get, what the big deal is about this game. Too bad, this gem will blow right over their heads. I grew up, in the tough gaming age of arcades. The age where if you wanted the best that gaming technology creativity and intensity had to offer, all you need is a pocket full of quarters or tokens. After Burner 2, Space Harrier, Smash TV, House of the Dead; if you wanted something intense that you couldn't get on home consoles, you grabbed 5 bucks and went to the best arcade you could find. Now that spirit of gaming adrenalin, brought to the modern age, is birthed at home from developer TREASURE, in the form of Sin and Punishment Star Successor. Not only is this my favorite Wii game, and my choice for game of the year, but it is a game that embodies why the Wii pointer controls are supreme. I bought the first Sin and Punishment for N64 and it was tough and exciting, but the aiming system using analog took some effort to enjoy. The Wiimote makes aiming the most easy and painless thing to do. That, plus all the added fight moves, character modifications, and increased intense boss battles, seperates this game from being merely a sequel. Graphics are amazing with bump-mapping , specular highlights, art in a style of Castlevania meets Tron, and a story that will leave you knowing there will be a third game. 2 player Co-op was a nice simple touch. Rail shooter/run and gun, this is a one of a kind thrill, and any game that attempts what TREASURE has done to this gaming genre, doesn't even compare. This is the high mark of arcade gaming, no other game will do it better, that's all there is to it, and so sad it may be miss by so many. Pick it up, NOW! See a review vid about Sin and Punishment 2 on my Youtube channel.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHxOUpq68iw
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  4. Yax
    Oct 26, 2010
    9
    Very cool game for the Wii. Great job using the pointer and the pure rail-shooter goodness really calls me back to games like House of the Dead and LA Machine guns. I've had a lot of fun with this title. Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2012
    9
    This game is one of my favorite games, and pretty much my favorite for the wii. I have never played the original one, so therefor I do not know the story. But what I do know is that this game is without a doubt fantastic. Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2012
    8
    This game reminds me alot with the StarFox series, but it has its unique playstyle. Sin and punishment 2 is one those games that age extremely well, focusing gameplay over narrative and story. The graphics are well made for the wii, but it does have a lot of underpolished sprites. The ost is fine, not amazing nor bad. The gameplay is very well crafted with a lot of action and intense shooting. Altogether, its a nice little gem for the wii. Expand
  7. Oct 19, 2010
    1
    I don't get it. This game is okay, but nothing GREAT. It feels like a remake of some 90's game, or arcade you played 20 years ago. Graphic average, music sucks, and its the same thing over and over again? This should be a $5 wii virtual game. Expand

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