Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Addicting and impressive. A great blast on Wii.
  2. The game isn't beautiful, but its otherworldly aesthetic is wonderful because it's so muted. Still, the tale and the graphics aren't a reason to play this game. It's worth playing because it's good.
  3. 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.
  4. Trying to improve a masterpiece is surely not an easy task: risks are many and the comparisons are always dangerous. Yet Nintendo and Treasure fully reached their goal by making Sin & Punishment 2 a game that's better than the original in every single way. Nothing to object to, this is an epochal landmark within the history of the genre, a product that will be remembered for years.
  5. Here the rewards are rich, satisfying and threaded in the design. The compulsion to play through the game has not been found in manipulative shortcuts, but in graft and execution and a plethora of ideas. It is expensive game-making, for sure, but it is game-making at its absolute best.
  6. 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]
  7. It's exactly what a sequel should be; it takes an established formula and improves upon it in every way.
  8. Treasure, of Gunstar Heroes fame, are back to show us that they still know what it takes to make a great on rails shooter experience. Few got to experience the original Sin and Punishment title but luckily Treasure delivered with this sequel, boasting beautifully rendered graphics, intense and challenging gameplay, varied action and solid controls. Though it's a bit on the short side and there's really no plot to experience this is still a fantastic experience for those who aren't deterred by a challenging masterpiece.
  9. Fingers are now firmly crossed that this sublime title finds the audience it so clearly deserves.
  10. Treasure are at the top of their game in this endlessly inventive master class in on-the-rails shooting.
  11. Sin & Punishment 2 is a little gem and a great lesson of how to successfully use motion controllers.
  12. Sin And Punishment 2's real value lies in the (now online-enabled) hi-score tables and a brilliant risk/reward scoring system. [Christmas 2009, p.94]
  13. 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.
  14. Unique, hardcore and immensely satisfying, Sin and Punishment hits all the right weak spots.
  15. The best lightgun-shooter on the Wii, and that's saying a lot. The graphics are a little dated, even for the Wii, but the gameplay is all the more satisfying. Hardcore gamers who want to perfect their high scores might be offended by the long levels, but everyone else will really enjoy themselves here.
  16. 80
    Above all, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor once again proves Treasure's mastery of making games in which lots of things explode. The action is fast and furious and the game's super-short length makes it perfect for several playthroughs. Even if it can be a bit too difficult for its own good.
  17. Using the Wii Remote to point to anywhere on the screen is liberating and a big reason why Sin & Punishment it's so fun.
  18. A lot of frenetic action and absurd boss fights make for one of the Wii's best action games.
  19. Twice as long, twice as intense, twice as maniable, twice as good-looking, Sin & Punishment 2 didn't do the job halfway.
  20. 92
    Forget bullet hell - Treasure has created an awesome slice of bullet heaven.
  21. 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.
  22. Players who love incrementally improving their best score should not hesitate to buy what is one of the best retail-released shooters in recent memory.
  23. 90
    A spectacle of sights and scores. Treasure has committed the best of sins to ascend to shoot 'em up heaven. Why not join them?
  24. 90
    Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is a nice follow-up to the cult classic from the N64 days. If you are an old-school Treasure fan you may be turned off by some of the casual changes to the core experience, but it still retains that classic feel.
  25. We hate using the word 'hardcore' but if we had to attach it to any game it would be this one. [May 2010, p.73]
  26. For those willing to give it a chance, it will take no time at all to realize that there's a remarkable gem of a game inside the box, and one that should be experienced by every Wii owner. For fans of the series, it's a brilliant sequel, more fantastic than they likely ever expected to see.
  27. Nintendo and Treasure fully reached their goal in the making of a better and longer action adventure - Sin & Punishment 2: Successor to the Sky's one of the most beautiful games that you'll find on the Wii console. It uses an interesting score system that hardcore players will love, not only because its playability, but also for the online ranking system. Shame there's not a WiFi coop to share with players around the world.
  28. Those who expected a game as good as the Nintendo 64 original will be happy to see Treasure has delivered.
  29. It's quite funny that one of the most hardcore games of this year appears on the most casual console available; but if you have grown up with scores and 1up's, this is something like a true nirvana.
  30. An essential purchase for arcade shooter fanatics and a showstopper for Ninty's console.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Aug 15, 2010
    Just off the bat sin and punishment 2 is one of my favorite games ever, it is fast paced, fun, addictive, and easy to control, sadly that doesJust off the bat sin and punishment 2 is one of my favorite games ever, it is fast paced, fun, addictive, and easy to control, sadly that does not mean that it is perfect. sin and punishment is graphics and story are its only flaws, the story make no sense and when anyone speaks it sounds like they purposefully made it funny. The graphics are its second problem, the are fuzzy and look overall bad, but the art design was very good and the graphics had a lot of potential. Sin and punishment also is a very hard, but it wants to be, so you will die possibly 1000+ times a level before you beat it which for me was never annoying because the levels are so much fun. The game also has a addicting multi-player were a second person also shoots, but its not great but its ok. the online leader boards are also a lot of fun, you will spend hours trying to beat a high score which will most likely adds another 3 hours to the 6 hour single player. so overall sin and punishment is very close to perfect and everyone should buy it. Full Review »
  2. tce
    Sep 24, 2010
    One of the most astonishingly insane, fluid, imaginative games of this generation and an absolute joy to play. Treasure understand what gamesOne 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? Full Review »
  3. Oct 20, 2010
    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 blowSin 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.
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