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  • Summary: A pair of sinister Yo-kai have arrived in Springdale, and they’re up to no good. Can Nate and his friends stop them?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 90
    I’m still surprised that Nintendo ever thought that there would be an audience for Yo-Kai Watch 2 in the west, but boy am I glad that they did.
  2. 85
    I had a lot of fun with Yo-kai Watch 2. If you can deal with fetch quests and a passive battle system that requires a bit of patience, Bony Spirits is a great sequel with a fun story that feels refreshingly nostalgic to experience. This is the game you wanted the first Yo-kai Watch to be.
  3. Apr 19, 2017
    80
    Yo-Kai Watch 2 is bigger and better than its predecessor, but there are still a few kinks left to iron out.
  4. Mar 31, 2017
    75
    Yo-kai Watch 2 is an iterative sequel that plays too safe too often, but, taken for what it is, also delivers a solid JRPG experience, enriched by almost two hundred new Yo-kai, online battles and new areas to explore. Your enjoyment of the first game and of the anime really is a factor here.
  5. Mar 31, 2017
    70
    Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits is, at its stronger parts, a fantastic game about being young, curious, and free - a pleasant feeling most either feel or miss from their childhood days. Mixed with this is a huge feeling of impatience, fed by terrible gameplay choices to extend playtime during some of the worst sections of the game, which makes this sometimes feel like it is overstaying its welcome. Overall, it is a good catch 'em all game, but it is rough around the edges.
  6. Apr 10, 2017
    65
    Yo-Kai Watch 2 is not a bad game, it is a bad sequel. It is so good to newcomers to the franchise, that the fans need to be extremely patient to stay interested.
  7. Sep 28, 2016
    50
    Yo-kai Watch has a great degree of potential, so it's tragic to see Level-5 squander it over fears of upsetting their massive cash cow. (In Japan, anyway.) This sequel carries the same sense of spooky whimsy as the first game, but unfortunately doesn't lose the underlying tedium. If you're looking for an alternative to Pokemon, you might want to see if the next game fixes Yo-kai Watch's woes—if it gets localized, that is.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 22, 2016
    10
    Great game. Nice exploration, tons of monsters to collect. The people that complain aout this are just need to git gud. Plenty of post gameGreat game. Nice exploration, tons of monsters to collect. The people that complain aout this are just need to git gud. Plenty of post game and difficulty Expand
  2. Jan 27, 2018
    10
    One of my favorite RPG games to date. Graphics are amazing for the 3DS and character design is well made for the yokai. Large map withOne of my favorite RPG games to date. Graphics are amazing for the 3DS and character design is well made for the yokai. Large map with multiple places and quick transportation with Mirapo. I love the fact that you can go back in time and that you can fight a rare yokai once a day until you befriend it. 10/10. Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2018
    9
    This game is fantastic! The battles are fun and chaotic, the visuals are beautiful, and the Yo-kai are as lovable and charming as every! ThisThis game is fantastic! The battles are fun and chaotic, the visuals are beautiful, and the Yo-kai are as lovable and charming as every! This game is truly the perfect sequel to Yo-kai Watch. The only things that hold it back are the slow pace of the beginning of the game and the confusing mess that is the Soulcery system. Expand
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    9
    Don't let everyone saying that this is a Pokemon clone fool you, this game is far from it and very unique and fun experience.
  5. Oct 2, 2016
    9
    Cant put it down. Large map to explore, good story, very laid back experience. The yo-kai are pretty "unique"; many being humorous spins onCant put it down. Large map to explore, good story, very laid back experience. The yo-kai are pretty "unique"; many being humorous spins on everyday things. I see people comparing it to pokemon, but it shouldnt be. The similarities are scarce; its a very different experience. Expand
  6. Oct 7, 2016
    8
    Very good monster catching JRPG type game with hours of content. HUGE areas to explore and a captivating, adorable story with charmingVery good monster catching JRPG type game with hours of content. HUGE areas to explore and a captivating, adorable story with charming creatures and a unique, albeit a bit tedious battle system. Some flaws from the first game remain, but if you can look past the slight tedium the game offers, it's a solid entry into the humongous library of games the 3DS has to offer. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2016
    7
    Pros:
    +I haven't played first game but story and lore is pretty easy to catch up (Level-5 using amnesia trope).
    +Well-written funny dialogs.
    Pros:
    +I haven't played first game but story and lore is pretty easy to catch up (Level-5 using amnesia trope).
    +Well-written funny dialogs. Yo-Kai are cute, intelligent and can speak unlike pokemons.
    +Main story is very long and interesting. A lot of side-quests and exploration.
    +Online battles and coop.
    +Very good graphics. No FPS drops (looking at you X/Y). Fast loading times.

    Neutral:
    *Battle system is unique but pretty chaotic. Yo-Kai fight automatically but you can use their "ultimate abilities" through mini-games, swap fighters and set targets in real-time. Because everything happens so fast there is very little time for tactical approach to track buffs/debuffs and execute advanced strategies.

    Cons:
    -Game is bloated with unnecessary systems. I'm somewhere mid-story and my watch already has 30 "apps", half of which add literally nothing to the game and just boring/annoying (bug catching, fishing, lottery, camera, terror, musicbox, criminals etc).
    -A lot of running back and forth though massive city. No quick travel.
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