Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. The bottom line is you won’t find a more fun-filled multiplayer party game for the Xbox; one that rivals "Dungeons and Dragons Hereos," not in sophistication, but in pure enjoyment for the entire family.
  2. If one member of the team can handle the game's hot spots, Shrek 2 could definitely gratify little children. [July 2004, p.89]
  3. That it's over in a few short hours (whatever your abilities) and that everything's very contrived and undemanding is, in fact, rather the point.
  4. The game does an admirable job of capturing Shrek’s world and its inhabitants, while remaining compelling and interesting.
  5. Overall, Shrek 2 will surprise many gamers with its fairly advanced combat, delightful, fairy-tale like missions, and light-hearted characters which play differently from one another.
  6. It captures the spirit of Shrek and the world created for him, and seems to have enough of a challenge with learning to use four characters almost at once to provide gamers with something different and fun.
  7. With its good graphics, audio and party-based play, Shrek 2 improves in nearly every way upon the original game.
  8. One of the best things about Shrek 2 is the multiplayer. Up to four players can play, each controlling a party member. Anyone can join in at any time, so if someone leaves, the AI will continue playing for them.
  9. If there’s a few small complaints to level at Shrek 2 it’s that the humour is kind of flat and doesn’t feature the witty satire, or any of the more mature in-jokes that the movie had.
  10. All of the objects are clear and concise, which makes the world a much more enjoyable place to venture.
  11. 75
    It's very derivative, and beyond a few puzzles requiring you to use all four characters in tandem, there's not a lot that's new here. At the same time, it's mostly enjoyable while it lasts.
  12. 75
    Younger gamers will love it and will definitely be begging for it after seeing the movie, while older gamers will easily pick out its flaws such as its linearity and short lifespan.
  13. 74
    A good game overall that manages to nail its target audience well but doesn’t provide much to anyone else other than a few hours of distraction from another game.
  14. Despite the easy style of the game, it can be enjoyed by both adults and children.
  15. 70
    An amusing jaunt into the world of the movie. It doesn't require a lot of skill and there isn't a cohesive story, but I couldn't stop playing it.
  16. The jokes cater mostly to the kids, and that's exactly who should enjoy this fairy tale jaunt the most. [July 2004, p.112]
  17. A good weekend rental for kids who liked the Shrek movies, but a poor purchase unless you have several young’n’s who game together. It captures the movie’s attitude and charm well enough, but glosses over too much of its game play potential.
  18. The game is put together pretty well, but the game is very simple and very short. On top of that, the lame wordplay and fart jokes that pass for humor just don't cut it.
  19. The mediocrity and leniency of the game makes it a nice diversion for the kiddies, which also shows innovation and promise; but in its current state, it is lacking for anyone looking for a substantial gaming experience.
  20. Those who have long since retired their Shrek-themed bedsheets will find the game easy and repetitive [July 2004, p.94]
  21. Maybe it's the surprisingly enjoyable mini games, or the general humour that's packed into every level, but there's something about the game that could arouse a brief flicker of enjoyment for around 90 per cent of all hardened Xbox snobs.
  22. Ultimately a pretty simple game that the vast majority of more adult gamers can safely leave on the shelf.
  23. 80
    Some frustrating A.I., however, causes Shrek 2 to suffer badly as a single-player game (or any time the computer controls a party member), and switching between the characters to overcome the menial obstacles feels like a chore when playing solo. [Aug 2004, p.68]
  24. The main drawback to Shrek 2 is its slightly flaky in-game camera feature, which does not always let you see the action from the best angles.
  25. A solid game that leans towards the easy side. The only real flaws are an iffy camera and iffier reading of its potential audience. It's still the best interactive thing to happen to the Shrek universe thus far.
  26. 60
    Solo players could find it a chore, Older gamers may find reason to snore, But if you share with a friend You’ll enjoy it for a weekend And yearn for a few hours more.
  27. The voice acting is so good gamers will think it's actually the original cast. [Aug 2004, p.7]
  28. It appeals to all gamers of any age, gender, or style of gaming. It has a bit for everyone, action, puzzles, adventure, comedy and it set in a popular film world.
  29. The visuals have their respective platforms humming at their storybook best. [July 2004, p.72]
  30. It's fun enough for most adults to enjoy (admittedly in limited doses) and simple enough for most kids to grasp. The opportunity for interaction among family or friends makes Shrek 2 more than the sum of its parts.
  31. Though the objectives are overly simple and quite repetitive, the game is well programmed with decent graphics and a solid pace, and the cooperative aspect should make for many lively slumber parties. Just don’t expect it to keep the grown-up ogres entertained for long.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 28, 2014
    9
    A fun filled game starring Shrek and friends in a fairytale world. One of the two Shrek games I actually like (The other being Shrek 2 beg for mercy for the GameBoy Advance sp), this title impresses me, and gives me everything I feel fun and necessary in an adventure game. Wow, I've done a lot of reviews of Activision games lately, solely because they are awesome! Full Review »