Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
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  1. Nov 21, 2016
    For its exuberance, intelligence, and absolute batshit over-the-top nonsense, Shadow Warrior 2 is the reason I play shooters.
  2. Oct 24, 2016
    It is a fantastic example of how to combine the numbers-driven loot game with a top class FPS, and Lo Wang should be chainsawing his way into the annals of FPS history. Plus it also has music by Stan Bush. What more could you want from a blood-soaked, irreverent, funny and frantic shooter?
  3. Dec 15, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is amazing. The shift from linear to semi-open-world shooter hasn't hurt the game since the action remains constant and adheres to the classic shooter style over the more modern one. The multitude of new weapons gives the game some variety, even when taking artifacts into account, and the solid combat ties everything together into a very enjoyable package, whether you're going solo or cooperatively. It ranks up there with Doom as one of the best pure shooters of the year and one of the best timed exclusives on the PC in this genre.
  4. Oct 28, 2016
    Action-packed retro shooter with a huge arsenal of weapons, lot's of customization and ribald humor.
  5. Oct 27, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2’s self-referential toilet humour, insanely stylistic combat, bounty of loot and jaw dropping visuals, add up to a thoroughly entertaining and silly game full of gory combat, dick jokes and impressive weaponry. It’s great fun if you’re not in the market from something serious.
  6. Oct 26, 2016
    Great mix of mindlessly entertaining action and a primitive RPG works brilliantly thanks to a sensitively created design. It offers truly countless ways to kill enemies, great feeling from the fights and the flawless technical state of game. Little things, such as the slightly repetitive environments or a bit unbalanced difficulty can be forgiven without a blink of an eye.
  7. Oct 14, 2016
    It may be neither the numbers-haven that Path of Exile is, nor the speedrun-viable shooter than the new DOOM is, but Shadow Warrior 2 strikes an excellent balance between the two; there’s loads of ways to customize your play style and oodles of loot to keep you entertained, but there’s a really robust shooter underneath—something I feel it does much better than Borderlands, if I’m honest.
  8. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is a beautiful, fast-paced shooter with a ton of guns. There's an RPG-like layer of additional skills and extensive weapon customization, a great cast of characters, and nothing to get in the way of pure reckless shooting. And when you're done with the campaign, there's four difficulty levels, New Game+, and co-op play waiting for you.
  9. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is a smart evolution of the solid framework established in the first game. Bigger guns, nastier enemies, grander levels and more friends means more Wang for everybody.
  10. Oct 19, 2016
    FPS fans, Shadow Warrior 2 is just brilliant, dumb, fun. You won’t regret investing your time and money in o this raunchy and a bit outrageous shooter, believe me.
  11. Oct 13, 2016
    Wang's stupid wisecracks kept me smiling from start to finish, and the variety of melee and ranged combat and the loot that dropped from it was satisfying enough that I came back with friends for more. It's great fun in solo or in co-op, and its small degree of randomization is enough to keep the action fresh for at least a few runs.
  12. Games Master UK
    Dec 4, 2016
    This welcome latest return to the Wang Cave offers a delicious dose of explosive, old school action. [Dec 2016, p.74]
  13. Oct 17, 2016
    Despite an imperfect procedural generation algorithm and some technical issues, SW2 is a fun game, thanks to its solid gameplay and a great co-op mode.
  14. Oct 14, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is a magic slaughterhouse that every fan of trash and gore will love unconditionally. The crazy number of weapons and power-up guarantees an unlimited number of approaches to the battle. Alone or with a friend the fun is assured, pick up your katana and a big backpack for all the others death instruments, and go to teach who is the Wang to all the deamons on your way.
  15. Oct 14, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 a is brilliant bundle of slice and dicing fun, and being that I’m someone who was massively unimpressed by Flying Wild Hog’s debut title Hard Reset, I gotta give credit to them for improving so drastically over just a few years.
  16. Oct 14, 2016
    Bigger, better and funnier than original game, Shadow Warrior 2 is a fantastic action game with the style of the old school games. It's cooperative mode is an amazing add.
  17. Oct 14, 2016
    Flying Wild Hog's new game has some stuff that could have been done better but the amount of good things is simply overwhelming. Shadow Warrior 2 embodies visceral combat, RPG elements, pretty graphics and humor. This is a worthy entry to the "really cool shooter" category and can boldly stand right next to Doom. Hopefully we'll get Shadow Warrior 3 sooner than later.
  18. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 continues the great surprise that was the first one and the comeback of this name, offering pure, unadulterated FPS essence.
  19. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is what the series is about. Lo Wang, humor, violence, a bit of crafting and RPGish things to get you wandering around, more violence, chopping, and gallons of blood. Would chop again!
  20. Oct 14, 2016
    Lo Wang’s run-and-gun excursion doesn’t want to be anything else but a classic shoot-em-up with cocky one-liners and bucketloads of blood. And hell, does it succeed. Duke Nukem would be proud.
  21. Oct 14, 2016
    An overall solid sequel and a great game, with some evolutionary game design from previous titles in the series that may or may not appeal to you.
  22. Oct 13, 2016
    SW2 is fun from the beginning to the end. If you like old-school shooters and you want to try something that is not an FPS, give this one an opportunity.
  23. Feb 13, 2017
    Lewd, crude, and possibly dangerous to know, Shadow Warriors 2 is nonetheless a rollicking first person shooter full of boomsticks and gibs.
  24. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 12, 2016
    Breathtaking action pays a tribute to the legends of the genre and delights with gameplay and style. RPG elements are just the top of the fun-layered cake. [Issue #269]
  25. CD-Action
    Dec 12, 2016
    They say first impression matters the most. In case of Shadow Warrior 2 this first impression is terrific and lasts almost to the end credits. [12/2016, p.52]
  26. Nov 8, 2016
    A sequel that improves upon nearly everything, providing tremendous amounts of fun for a not so tremendous price. 
  27. Nov 1, 2016
    Lo Wang is back! Shadow Warrior 2 improved the aspects that made its predecessor such a good game to create an even better game in a gorgeous setting. The co-op feature does not work optimally yet, but it is still great fun to hack and slash with others.
  28. Oct 26, 2016
    Considering its mid-tier price point, Shadow Warrior 2 is a pretty astounding value, with a lengthy, breathless, and goofy campaign — also playable in coop — that provides an incredible amount of fun for less money than some of its full-priced shooter brethren.
  29. Oct 22, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is a fast, gorgeous shooter with smart loot components, trapped inside a world and age that lost its luster ages ago. Where the core gameplay still feels fantastic, the story, world and mission structure gradually drag it down short of being a successor to the grandeur of its predecessor. An excellent shooter that could have used 99 percent less Wang.
  30. Oct 20, 2016
    Playing Shadow Warrior 2 was like hand-delivering a gift to 14-year-old self. Maybe I should think that’s a bad thing, but I don’t. Despite a few flaws with pacing and level design, there are few games that have made me feel as much of an unstoppable god of death as I did in my time here.
  31. Oct 18, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is a fantastic game that meshes what I love about loot games with the ridiculously fast-paced combat of 90s shooters. It is unapologetic, it is ridiculous, but most importantly, it is 12 tons of dumb fun. I couldn’t stop smiling while playing, and that is a sign of a really good game. Get some Wang, you won’t regret it.
  32. Shadow Warrior 2 is one of the best action games we seen in a while. The game combines pure gore with a nice sense of humor.
  33. Oct 17, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is much like its predecessor: a gore-spattered first person kill-fest interspersed with lowest-rung lowest brow humour. Both of these elements are executed to excess, giving us a game that is equal parts head and eye-rolling. Still, it never stops entertaining if you have a taste for it.
  34. Oct 17, 2016
    Shadow Warrior is back with more weapons, procedurally generated maps, online co-op and more fortune cookies. Something could have been done better, but the overall experience is worth a ride if you love chaos, fast paced action and 80s humor.
  35. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 is a great sequel. Even irritating dialogues and jokes can't hide the fact, that the combat is simply great and enjoyable. Every fan of dynamic shooting -- and slashing -- should definitely spend some time with the game.
  36. Oct 13, 2016
    Its gameplay dynamics are so well executed that it could walk among this year's biggest games. If you're looking for a fun online co-op game to play with friends, this might just be the game for you. Just don't go in expecting a satisfying story.
  37. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 arrives with very powerful gameplay, more explicit violence and a story that is longer than the player would expect coming from a kind of game like this.
  38. 80
    A worthy successor to the 2013 reboot. Flying Wild Hog obviously put more work into some of the gameplay systems for the game, while keeping the original's great combat system and charm. If you're up for some bloody fast-paced first person combat, this ultimate power trip won't disappoint.
  39. Oct 13, 2016
    Putting aside the technical complaints, Shadow Warrior 2 is legitimately one of the best shooters of 2016 thus far. From its quick, snappy gun and sword combat to its satisfying Diablo-style loot system, this is the type of game that players will find themselves coming back to whenever they’re seeking a good time. Yes, it’s blatantly trying to be offensive in the dumbest ways possible (lest we forget, your character’s name is Lo Wang), but its self-awareness has a way of bringing a smile to your face.
  40. Oct 13, 2016
    Picking off enemies one-by-one with a railgun, demolishing them point-blank with a shotgun, and ripping through them with a chainsaw are just a few of the exciting moments that make it hard to put down. However, if you want to experience its action-packed highs, then disregard its groan-inducing lows and skip the cutscenes.
  41. Nov 3, 2016
    An insane amount of co-op fun, but the level design is lacking. The loot-centric Shadow Warrior 2 is well worth the buy, but doesn’t quite soar as high as this year’s Doom.
  42. Oct 14, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2’s combat is gleefully expressive and varied, but undermined by tired, dated humor.
  43. Oct 13, 2016
    Wang is back, accompanied by 70 weapons, new enemies and a more free experience. A great action game damaged by its repetitiveness in levels & mechanics.
  44. Oct 24, 2016
    Flying Wild Hog tries really hard to modernize the shooter series, while the heart of it is still the same. There are indeed new elements that offer a new experience, but they are also distracting from the shooting action. Unfortunately the story is not great, which makes Shadow Warrior 2 an okay but not excellent game.
  45. Oct 13, 2016
    A bold evolution of a tested formula. Shadow Warrior 2 is fun when played with friends but somewhat chaotic and disappointing when tangled with alone.
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  1. Oct 13, 2016
    Shadow Warrior 2 applies subtle, modern tweaks to a known formula, adds entirely new systems to good effect, and polishes the whole thing to a blinding shine.
  2. It’s DOOM without the claustrophobia. A Serious Sam + Borderlands cocktail with weighty, thumping, exciting, speedy combat. Diablo in first-person, with wide open spaces, packs of enemies, giant bosses and more weapons than you can shake a wang at. Shadow Warrior 2 is anarchic, excessive, ridiculous, occasionally spectacular and almost entirely wonderful.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 560 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 560
  1. Oct 14, 2016
    Game looks amazing I would recomend to anybody even if you may not like shooters because its so much more! You can wield a variety of swordsGame looks amazing I would recomend to anybody even if you may not like shooters because its so much more! You can wield a variety of swords and guns. It is a reboot of a 90s pc game that blends the best of old genres on better hardware. Even the first game was great from 2013, this one just became a low key, goty possibly. So first off... Graphics are great! Very high fps! Funny, crude humor that most video games dont use! Demons! Rpg! Good music! Story is ok! Acting is good! Crafting! Variety of landscape! Unigue guns and weapons! Bright colors! Powers! 2-4 player Co-op! And best of all the gameplay is so fun and fluid, switching between favorites in your arsenal is very fast and combat is an over the top rampage that doesnt get boring or repetive. This is a fast paced, action-packed revenge mission with a badass protaganist. Lo Wang. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2016
    As an fps shooter it's mediocre at best. There is a lot of meaningless and dull grinding loot in a game. In fast pace fps shooter thereAs an fps shooter it's mediocre at best. There is a lot of meaningless and dull grinding loot in a game. In fast pace fps shooter there shouldn’t be too many elements that takes you away from the flow of the game, but I feel that this game does it all the time. You'll spend a lot of time in menus optimizing and upgrading weapons and skills. And all of upgrades aren’t that good either. It just feels like developers did that on purpose, just to make this game last longer. It's fine if you like it, but for me, it ruins the flow and immersion. We don't need a lot of perks and tons of sh***y loot in fast paced shooters. The newest Doom did balanced that perfectly. There were some upgrades and perks in Doom, but it didn't destroy the game flow. It was quick and fluid, which I liked a lot. The shooting, in the game, doesn't feel that precise either. The weapons, in the game (that goes specially to the guns) luck the feeling of heaviness, feeling of that you are using some badass weapon, like Doom 2016 have. The shooting feels kind of cartoony and uninspiring. There is no weight to the weapons, no realism at all. The graphic is good, but I have seen better. The particle effects look kind of low resolution and not that impressive, in my opinion. I personally wasn't impressed by the gameplay at all and after playing Doom this year I feel that this game feels like a downgrade on all levels. But the game is chip and it will get cheaper as time passes. I would recommend this game to those who like loot hunting and shooting. It can be entertaining for some people. Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2016
    Great Game Thank you Flying Wild Hog 10 10 10 10 /Amazing optimization Amazing gameplay The best game of the year 2016 The best . IGreat Game Thank you Flying Wild Hog 10 10 10 10 /Amazing optimization Amazing gameplay The best game of the year 2016 The best . I recomanded to buy this game to evryoane Guys its great game BUY IT NOW!!!!! Full Review »