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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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  3. Negative: 21 out of 21
  1. 46
    A budget title and it shows. The visuals, level design, AI, and just about anything else you can think of can't match up with the top-tier first-person shooters. On top of that, you only get 10 brief stages and no multiplayer options.
  2. Shellshock 2: Blood Trials is one of the worst early 2009 games. The title is seriously inadequate under all aspects: a creepy graphical engine, an inaccurate aiming system, a ridiculous plot and a silly lasting appeal. Keep away from this title: there are more interesting shooters, published last year, that can be bought for a budget price.
  3. Horror and shooter fans alike may find some cheap thrills within Blood Trails, but ultimately the majority of the game is quite simply a very unsatisfying experience.
  4. Shellshock 2 is one of the most poorly designed and unplayable games this generation. Not even its admittedly interesting premise can keep it from feeling unfinished and completely unnecessary.
  5. Had this been released five years ago it would still have stood out as a poorly made FPS, so released into a market with the likes of Halo 3 and Call of Duty 4 sitting pretty on store shelves, and Killzone 2 due any day now, it's hard to see any reason to add this to your collection.
  6. Shellshock 2 is a scandalous FPS made with no apparent knowledge of the genre, little but contempt for its audience, and few tools beyond a spluttering engine and a hammer. [Apr 2009, p.116]
  7. 10
    Even the poorest of titles there shows more promise than what’s on display here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 17, 2011
    Its not that bad of a game. Its just sloppy, and takes 2 hours to finish. Worth a rent. Maybe not buy it unless you've played it before. Don't buy for 10 bucks. Not worth your money. Expand
  2. ChrisM
    Sep 19, 2009
    I recently purchased this game and have played it about 4 hours. I actually like this game and do not care if it does not have multiplayer capabilities. I love how you fight in the jungle and all the while actually feel that the war in Vietnam was alot like this having grown up during that era. Vietnam was unlike any war ever fought and I thought the developers brought alot of the realism of the war in this game. I do not know why this game received such a low rating I thought it was good and it held my interest and there are some very challenging moments. Expand
  3. ZacharyD
    Mar 14, 2009
    I REALLY enjoyed this game! It had an amazing story and the graphics looked great! I have no clue why everyone says the sound, graphics, gameplay all suck. I think the only thing that sucked is no multiplayer and that it was short. Though, there are two endings, and I have beat it 3 times now and I am still not tired of it! Go rent it and try it, I am glad I bought it! Expand
  4. FredB
    Mar 6, 2009
    Some awesome moments to be had. The level in the claustrophobic undeground tunnels of Vietnam was awesome, as was the level where you are trying to find your way out of a rundown Cambodian mansion filled with walking zombies that you can only kill with headshots. Therewas also a level with traps that you must avoid as you walk through the dank moonlit cambodian jungle. I honestly felt more fear playing this game than I did playing FEAR II. Sure this game may be glitchy in spots, a little rough around the edges, and no multiplayer, but it is still worth checking out. I spent more time with this than with Street Fighter IV, and I bought them both around the same time... hmmm. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2011
    (Written by AnotherSociety and x Joelene x)

    The Story So Far
    You play as Nate Walker drafted into the US army in the height of the Vietnam
    War. Not giving away too much you join your brother Cal who joined the US army way before you after finding out there father was dishonorably discharged for cowardice due to shellshock. Cal wanted to show that the whole family was not the same and quickly moved up through the ranks with his bravery and courage.
    Basically you need to get to cal and find out what White Knight is all about.
    Having played the first shell shock (shellshock Nam 67) I wasnâ
  6. Feb 9, 2014
    All I can say is that I bought this game knowing it's considered one of the worst games ever. It was $10 and my friends and I pitched on it for a laugh. We got a little drunk and a little stoned, and this game was HILARIOUS. I can't discredit it as a bad time because its so bad it's fun!

    There is some boss with a hockey mask and he takes literally hundreds of bullets to kill and its just insanely funny. At one part the enemy AI from another further part of the level all run into the bottom of the mountain you're on top of trying to kill you. It's just hilarious!!

    In one part a pig gets blown up by a land mine and that caused a good amount of drunken laugher.

  7. Jun 24, 2013
    piece of crap. Do not buy literally made me sick from motion sickness. Not to mention the slippery ass controls. I pity anyone that bought this game at full price. The story's boring and inconsistent. plus its animations are slow and choppy Expand

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