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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,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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. ShellShock 2: Blood Trails spices up Vietnam with a liberal application of zombies, but it does nothing to liven up the generic shooter gameplay.
  2. The sequel to the controversial Vietnam first person shooter abandoned the use of torture and atrocities to civilians. It also abandoned good graphics, atmosphere and almost everything else needed for a good game. Dumb enemies, exaggerated splatter effects, boring levels and graphics right from the last century - Shellshock 2 has nothing interesting to offer.
  3. A terrible shooter with pretty much nothing to like about: the level design is horrible and the AI turns out to be foolish at best. Explicit gore does not make up for bad game design, in fact it makes this games mistakes stand out even more. If it weren't for the acceptable cutscenes and some halfway spooky level sections, this game would be an even bigger disaster than it already is.
  4. PC Zone UK
    32
    If you want something to put on the box, Mr. Marketing Man, try this: "This is so bad, it is like beating old ladies to death with hammers." [May 2009, p.77]
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    30
    You can enjoy the straightforward gameplay, in some moments you can be surprised by the horror atmosphere. But those are only small details in the overall game of boredom, disturbing mini-games and a bunch of bugs. [Mar 2009]
  6. Zombies in jungle and abandoned temples – that’s a nice setup for a Left 4 Dead campaign. Unfortunately, Rebellion is not Valve. “Repeatedly press button on-screen to survive torture”, says a hint message during one of the interactive cutscenes. Oh I wish there was a button to erase Shellshock 2 from my memory.
  7. Shellshock 2 gives the word uninspiring a new meaning. The game never, and i repeat never ever, offers the player any form of originality or even simple fun. Five frustrating hours, no more no less, make of Shellshock 2 entertainment of the lowest order. If you can call it entertainment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. ConnorM
    Jan 15, 2010
    9
    I think this game is awesome. It has an awesome storyline, but what saddens me is the graphics and the gore. Hardly no gore (lots of blood I think this game is awesome. It has an awesome storyline, but what saddens me is the graphics and the gore. Hardly no gore (lots of blood though). Anyways, I love this game. Expand
  2. Oct 16, 2013
    9
    This game was made before Dead Island. I've been playing first person shooters since Quake 1 and I was scared while playing System Shock 2,This game was made before Dead Island. I've been playing first person shooters since Quake 1 and I was scared while playing System Shock 2, Aliens vs Predator from 1999, Fear-Perseus Mandate, Nosferatu, Thief 2, Call of Cthulhu and Stalker. But Shellshock 2 is the scariest of them all. When I went into this house with these aggressive zombies at night with just a few ammo I wanted to quit playing or ran out of this house. Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    8
    I honestly don't know why this game received such a low metascore. It's a great game. I'm guessing the reviews were trolled by some groupI honestly don't know why this game received such a low metascore. It's a great game. I'm guessing the reviews were trolled by some group upset with someone. Despite the low score I decided to get the game on a Steam sale and see what all the fuss was about. I'm 3 hours into the game and have no complaints at all and I actually like the story line. Imagine fighting a war against the Vietcong but to make things worse there's a virus unleashes that turns both sides to Zombies! Fun stuff. The controls are good, the scenery and graphics are good for a 2008 game. (I'm running it at full settings 1920x1080 with my GTX560)

    The sound design is awesome and coupled with blind corners, and enemies that jump out on you from anyplace it keeps me jumping out of my chair. Very few games do that and I own over 300 PC games. I gave this game an 8 because it deserves it. Sure it's not a $60 dollar title, but for $9 bucks you can't go wrong at all. Sit down, pull up your chair, dim your lights and get ready to spill some blood and your coffee. That's my review.
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  4. May 25, 2017
    7
    Mucha gente aplasto este juego en su época. hace poco decidí re jugarlo y de verdad no es tan malo, gráficos okay, música okay, duración okay,Mucha gente aplasto este juego en su época. hace poco decidí re jugarlo y de verdad no es tan malo, gráficos okay, música okay, duración okay, zombies, vietnam, que mas se puede decir. Expand
  5. JoeyD
    Aug 28, 2009
    6
    A long, long time ago game developers decided to begin using war games as an excuse to say no more war and hence worth we get HFPS(HistoricalA long, long time ago game developers decided to begin using war games as an excuse to say no more war and hence worth we get HFPS(Historical First Person Shooter) now this would be fine in viedo games if the Game Developers would auctually make a game not based on WW2 or Modern Warfare. Now this, horrid dread of a WW2/ Modern Warfare plague lasted four years before Shell Shock 2 came out. Now! Now we finally have a game in between the two wars and some actual creativity in the gaming industry... Oh wait, of course it has to have fricking zombies. Sigh, I hate the fact that no one can be realistic with video games anymore and SS2 was a good example of this. I remember going to my local game rental store and renting this out in hopes that it would give me some hope of people being more creative in the gaming industry. Saddly, my hope was crushed when I found out that this game of course like anything else is a boo-hoo anti-war zombie shooter. I was severely disappointed by how all games with the word Vietnam in any shape or form has to be a cry baby party about how it was such a bad war and all that crap. I figured that this game would make me happy but like many other was disapointed to find it's game devs had jumped on the boat of hippies on the second stop of anti-war. Expand
  6. Aug 12, 2019
    4
    So... this is a sequel to 2004 shellshock that instead of being a story that show the horrors of Vietnam war switched to be a fiction zombieSo... this is a sequel to 2004 shellshock that instead of being a story that show the horrors of Vietnam war switched to be a fiction zombie shooter, that turns out to be really annoying.
    Developed by Rebellion software, this game so far is their worst game to date!!!!! what they were thinking?
    Visually even for it's time (2009) the game looks ugly, like... really bad.
    The zombie enemies (which you will encounter is the second half of the game) are tedious and annoying, for example: if you are in an area with ten zombies and you manage to kill the all, the moment you turn back there will be more zombies rushing into you like... where did they came from? and they can kill you way to easily because they came in groups, they just keep reappearing behind you.
    And the Vietnamese soldiers in the first missions are dumb but later in the game they became almost aimbots, they can shoot you even if you're in cover.
    And let's not forget to mention the terrible quick time events that consist in press multiple keys in order to complete them... the aim sensibility is ugly too.
    I really had good expectations of this game for being a "horror game" instead of an third person action shooter like the first game, but at the end... i was hoping to finish the game as soon as possible and had less encounters with zombies.
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  7. BaronM
    Jul 11, 2009
    0
    Wow, just wow. This game sucks so much, it isn't worth renting. I wasted good money!

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