Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The environments themselves seem to be their own joke and each have their own additional personality, which really makes them fun to explore.
  2. The series premiere set the ball rolling nicely, but Episode Two picks up the uproarious humor and killer story and runs with it.
  3. A solid continuation of an already excellent story. The same humour, graphics, gameplay and more as found in the first title, with another enthralling and amusing tale thrown in. Well worth it if you enjoyed Episode One!
  4. Chiefly a 10-hour version of one of the comic strips, with all that implies.
  5. Though the game takes probably around eight or so hours to beat like the first, less if you know what you’re doing, it feels longer than the first episode since there are more variety in the quests that you’re given throughout the game.
  6. 83
    But with a few refinements and over seven hours of new gameplay (far more if you choose to tackle the game's unlockable and aptly named Insane Mode difficulty), its $5 price drop from the original won't leave you feeling like an orange on the business end old friend.
  7. A fairly short game / A welcome respite from Fall / Many games, no time.
  8. If you bought and enjoyed the first Penny Arcade: On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 1 (what a name), Penny Arcade 2 will be worth every dollar or MS point you spend on the game. But if you did not buy the game, it is not worth starting with Episode 2 unless you have purchased and finished episode 1 and if the first game was not your cup of gaming tea, you should skip this one and play something else.
  9. 81
    If you want something to pass six hours of your time and give you a few chuckles, then Penny Arcade: Yadda Yadda -- Episode Two is certainly worth 1200 Microsoft Points ($15).
  10. 80
    The type of game that makes you want to dust off that green felt cloak and curl up with a sack of dice.
  11. 80
    On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 2 is really just a continuation of the first game. While minor upgrades have been made, the core game remains pretty much the same, and it isn't likely to change the opinions of those who weren't fond of the first.
  12. Pelit (Finland)
    Fun, but not super fun. The second episode is an improvement, but the delightfully unconventional story still needs to be fleshed out better. The low production values show. [May 2009]
  13. Episode Two is still thoroughly ridiculous and amusing, but compared to the first episode it pales, feeling much more like a stop-gap than a fully-fledged follow-up.
  14. It seems content to merely bridge the gap between the quirky RPG charm of "Episode 1" and whatever's next without even getting out of the car to stretch a bit. [Dec 2008, p.72]
  15. Penny Arcade Episode 2 has the same humor and frantic combat of the previous game, but its devotion to the absurd will alienate some people.
  16. The raunchy humor and off the wall story kept on giving to the end making it one of best parts of the game. Although the 1200 Microsoft Points may seem high (cheaper than the first by 400 MS Points) for some picky consumers the game will be a welcome addition to anyone’s games library.
  17. 70
    Episode 2 is as filled with laugh-out-loud moments as its predecessor, assuming you enjoy Holkins's and Krahliuk's scream-in-your-face brand of comedy.
  18. While On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode Two makes for a better game in the technical sense, the somewhat ho-hum story drags it down.
  19. It's a funny game, it's a better game than its predecessor and there are certainly worse ways to spend four or five hours. Episode Two nudges the series up from Just Okay to Actually Pretty Good. Let's hope that the third instalment continues the trend.
  20. 70
    Fans of the first will still enjoy it, but Holkins and Krahulik need to return to their roots.
  21. X-ONE Magazine UK
    You're going to have to go a long way to find an Xbox Live Arcade title as funny as this. [Issue#40, p.114]
  22. Coming in at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - Episode Two is a safe buy for fans of the crazy comic strip and the past game.
  23. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Better than Episode 1, but still not great. [Christmas 2008, p.98]
  24. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Smarter, cheaper, longer and funnier, but the combat's just as dull and there's just as much of it. [Jan 2009, p.104]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. PatrickJ.
    Oct 30, 2008
    Just as fun as the first, if not more. Clever humor, of course... and the refinements to the combat system and the story are quite fun. I Just as fun as the first, if not more. Clever humor, of course... and the refinements to the combat system and the story are quite fun. I don't usually go for RPGs, but the Penny Arcade brand of adventure/RPG/whatever keeps me quite amused. Well worth it. Full Review »