Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. May 3, 2022
    100
    Rogue Legacy 2 is a wonderful, beautiful, crazy-hard-and-yet-not-at-the-same-time game. I can hardly stop playing it long enough to finish writing this review. It is hard to find flaws in this game without resorting to extreme nit-picking. Every aspect of it just oozes polish. The replayability is off the charts, even after you finally reach the ending. Even if roguelikes/rogue-lites or metroidvanias scare you for their reputation of being too hard for the average gamer, play this one. It absolutely deserves a spot right up there with the best of them, including its genre’s namesakes. You may have never heard of Cellar Door Games unless you played the original Rogue Legacy, but I truly and honestly believe you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
  2. Apr 28, 2022
    100
    Rogue Legacy 2 has taken everything you loved from the first title and improved on everything, this is an incredibly addictive roguelike with customisation options to make it accessible for everyone no matter your skill level!
  3. Apr 29, 2022
    95
    Rogue Legacy 2 does everything a sequel should. It builds on what was already well done in its predecessor while reworking any ideas that weren't executed as well. Cellar Door Games has made something both franchise fans and newcomers should be extremely excited to play.
  4. Apr 28, 2022
    95
    I knew from my limited time with the Early Access version that Rogue Legacy 2 would be great, but I didn’t necessarily think it would go on to become one of the best games of 2022 and one of my favorite roguelite games. The competition is fierce, but it’s ready.
  5. May 11, 2022
    90
    Despite my nitpicks, every new discovery unveiled, skills obtained, and boss defeated wipes away any grief and replaces it with deep satisfaction. There’s a lot to clean up with the core progression systems to make the ramp from beginning to end escalate more evenly, but I’ve enjoyed most of my hours struggling through countless generations of my goofy little bloodline. I am overjoyed the entertaining heritage of this series remains firmly intact.
  6. May 9, 2022
    90
    Cellar Door Games' eagerly awaited rogue-lite follow-up is even more addictive than the original, and easily it's best yet.
  7. May 6, 2022
    90
    Rogue Legacy 2 is a worthy heir to the 2013 original and solidifies the legacy left by one of the best examples of what a roguelike/Metroidvania is. Its difficulty may put some players off, but don't be fooled, Rogue Legacy 2 is highly addictive, deep and fun.
  8. May 5, 2022
    90
    Improved in every single aspect, Rogue Legacy 2 is not only a fantastic sequel, it's simply one of the best rogue-lites we've played in years.
  9. May 5, 2022
    90
    Addictive, varied, precise, coherent, relevant, Rogue Legacy 2 serves as the ideal sequel to the cult 2013 game that popularized rogue-lite. But more than doing better on absolutely every level (classes, weapons, traits), the Cellar Door Games studio is setting a new benchmark in the genre thanks to a clever mix of metroidvania and randomly generated levels. It's simple, the whole thing works like hell. Never frustrating, always giving the feeling of moving forward, constantly reviving the pleasure of the game with different powers and heroes to embody, Rogue Legacy 2 returns and marks the rogue-lite with a red iron. One of the best games of 2022.
  10. May 4, 2022
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  11. May 4, 2022
    90
    Rogue Legacy 2 is the perfect sequel of an already brilliant roguelite. It adds more depth and variety to a winning and enjoyable formula, exploring new ideas that were pretty absent in the preque. This time the game is both hard to master and easy to access: you don’t have to be a roguelite and metroidvania hardcore gamer to have a good time.
  12. May 3, 2022
    90
    An absolutely brilliant roguelite that takes the gameplay loop from the original game and utterly perfects it, taking notes from some of the best indie games around. A must have for any fan of the genre.
  13. May 2, 2022
    90
    Rogue Legacy 2 is an enormous beast of an adventure, packed with fast combat, great platforming and endless replayability. It’s the kind of game that can be actively difficult to stop playing, with the spoils from one run opening up new opportunities in the next that can be difficult to resist checking out. While progress can be slow it rarely turns into a grind, with most hits and the inevitable death of the current hero feeling fair and avoidable if only you’d been just a bit more skilled. The generations come and go with each one sacrificing a member to castle and lands beyond, but the family obsession burns through the ages and makes it easier for the next descendant to go further and become stronger. It may take countless millennia to learn all the castle’s secrets, but seeing as it’s almost impossible to walk away from the quest, they’re bound to be unraveled some day.
  14. Apr 28, 2022
    90
    Rogue Legacy 2 honors its own legacy as the premiere roguelite thanks to its outstanding assortment of classes, diverse areas, and rewarding combat, putting it shoulder to shoulder among the very best of the genre.
  15. Apr 28, 2022
    90
    If you loved the first Rogue Legacy, then Rogue Legacy 2 is very likely to capture your heart as well. If you’re jumping into this series for the first time at Rogue Legacy 2, you’re in for one of the most fleshed out, fun, and varied rogue-lite action-platformers that the genre has to offer.
  16. Apr 28, 2022
    90
    Beyond the heavy grind, which is certainly purposeful, some gameplay features which feel a bit light, and a story that might as well not be there, Rogue Legacy 2 will quickly see itself enter the roguelite hall of fame as a shining example of why the genre works so well, and fittingly for a game about lineage, as a show of how far a sequel can improve upon its predecessor.
  17. Apr 28, 2022
    90
    Rogue Legacy 2 is a gorgeous looking game with solid gameplay and a satisfying loop that will keep you playing for hours and hours.
  18. Apr 28, 2022
    90
    All of this makes Rogue Legacy 2 difficult to put down. The "one more run" effect is in full force as you choose yet another new heir to embark on another perilous journey. The introduction of distinct classes with their own unique weapons is a masterstroke that elevates this sequel by building on what was already a fantastic premise and satisfying roguelite loop. House Rules make it more palatable for a wider audience but also give players an opportunity to tailor the challenge to their liking, even if that means increasing the difficulty. The breadth of its biomes can sometimes induce backtracking as you search for the path forward, but this is a minor blemish on what is a fantastic game. Sacrificing your family tree has never felt so good.
  19. May 10, 2022
    88
    Rogue Legacy 2 shows a perfect combination of Rogue-lite and Metroidvania. The game is enjoyable for hundreds of hours thanks to both genres compensate each other's downside. While the improved exploring and battle systems added the completeness to the previous title, similar gameplay styles and monster designs can make it feel somewhat dull.
  20. May 4, 2022
    88
    A sublime addition to the Rogue Legacy family and one of the best roguelites yet.
  21. May 1, 2022
    88
    A sensationally encouraging indie gem that oozes charm. You determine the level of challenge yourself.
  22. Apr 28, 2022
    88
    Rogue Legacy 2 has solid gameplay that keeps players motivated to try and explore again and again. And it seems there' s a Castlevania in it, though it's random.
  23. May 19, 2022
    85
    Rogue Legacy 2 is simply a bigger version of the original, with art style being the only significant difference. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a stellar roguelite with lots of natural charm and unique humor.
  24. Apr 29, 2022
    85
    Rogue Legacy 2 learns from its lineage and presents a superb sequel with a huge amount of depth of content. With so much replayability and meaningful progression, the game will have players hooked on its delightful gameplay loop for hours upon hours. Built with both style and substance, Rogue Legacy 2 is a tremendous success for fans of the original and the genre. It may not be a game for everyone, but for those willing to take up the challenge, a truly splendid journey awaits.
  25. May 16, 2022
    80
    All in all this is a sequel that builds on the original in impressive ways, and a timely reminder of why the rogue-lite genre has taken off in the way that it has.
  26. May 6, 2022
    80
    Combining a superb character generation system with challenging dungeon exploration, Rogue Legacy 2 is an engrossing blend of action-platforming and emergent storytelling.
  27. Apr 28, 2022
    80
    Rogue Legacy 2 is a sequel with great genes. The sense of progression constantly pulls your forward, all of the new mechanics and unlocks add a lot more depth and longevity to the game, and the combat and platforming feel just as solid as they did in the first game. It's an excellent roguelite that offers a lot of stuff to do as long as you're willing to put in the time.
  28. Edge Magazine
    May 19, 2022
    70
    As you might expect, such breadth comes at the cost of a little finesse. [Issue#372, p.104]
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  1. May 9, 2022
    Undoubtedly, this sequel hid more surprises than we expected. [Recommended]
  2. May 6, 2022
    There is a story, told mostly through notes left strewn around the environments, but I’d be lying if I said I paid any attention to it. The draw here is the gameplay loop, and if what I’ve described above sounds tedious to you, the game is absolutely not for you. Rogue Legacy 2 is a game about repeated failure, and only slow, incremental progress will lead to your success.
  3. Apr 28, 2022
    Cellar Door adds more depth and plenty of new ways to enjoy its charming roguelike formula. [Eurogamer Recommmended]
  4. May 5, 2022
    Rogue Legacy 2’s extremely random nature would crush a lesser game, but Cellar Door Games uses that pressure to create diamonds. Even if it’s occasionally frustrating, Rogue Legacy 2 refuses to ever let me be bored, and that’s more than enough to set it apart from the heap of roguelites that have followed in the original game’s wake. I’m 30 hours into Rogue Legacy 2, and I’m still discovering new toys to play with. But I still haven’t found another spoon.
  5. Now, I wouldn't say that Rogue Legacy 2 features an area or a weapon or otherwise that's utterly bonkers. There is nothing on selection here that's all too different from other roguelikes or metroidvanias. Still, it doesn't matter. All of its many, many, systems coalesce into a roguelike that'll give you a great big "one more run" itch. And it's an itch that rewards you, no matter how much you scratch.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 6 out of 41
  1. Apr 29, 2022
    10
    This game is truly awesome. It improves on the first game in every way. Don't sleep on this one!
  2. Apr 30, 2022
    10
    Honestly what else could you want from a rogue-lite? I loved the original Rogue Legacy and somehow they managed to make RL 2 even better. TonsHonestly what else could you want from a rogue-lite? I loved the original Rogue Legacy and somehow they managed to make RL 2 even better. Tons of classes and subclasses (reaper and pizza knights). Lots of unlocks that give you a reason to play NG+ if you want. Fun gameplay, good boss fights, platforming that is hard but not too hard (looking at you celeste). It's just a joy to play. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2022
    10
    Just an absolutely fantastic roguelike, can't put it down. Controls are very tight, replayability seems high. Brutally difficult andJust an absolutely fantastic roguelike, can't put it down. Controls are very tight, replayability seems high. Brutally difficult and unforgiving (but fair) which is hard to pull off Full Review »