Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 7, 2012
    The combat and visuals -- which are what Shank has always been about -- have taken big steps forward to the point that I'm not sure the original Shank even needs to exist at this point. Except for historical value, perhaps.
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    Bloody, brutal and utterly bad-ass, Shank 2 is an action/platforming spectacle that players won't soon forget. In spite of its disappointing length, no action fan should miss this one.
  3. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Mar 4, 2012
    Not only does feel great just to hack away at your enemies with your knives, the finishers look absolutely fantastic. They look so good in fact that you'll want to try them out with every weapon and counter in the game. [March 2012, p.100]
  4. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Mar 22, 2012
    This short, bloody roller-coaster really impresses. [Apr 2012, p.103]
  5. Feb 6, 2012
    It's a more responsive, faster action title that does away with the damning side of its dazzling animation. This is a smooth brawler with gorgeous spectacle, and its dedication to nailing its second chance makes it one of the best action games in recent memory.
  6. Feb 7, 2012
    Shank 2 isn't so much a sequel as it is a replacement for its slower, sloppier predecessor, and that seems to suit its style just fine.
  7. Play UK
    Mar 28, 2012
    Stabtastic. [Issue#216, p.85]
  8. Feb 13, 2012
    A slightly better game than its predecessor, primarily because the gameplay has been solidified. It feels faster and more reliable; by direct comparison, the first was just a little more irritating and not quite as sound.
  9. CD-Action
    Mar 13, 2012
    Steps back were taken in some aspects but the most important element – the gameplay – was fine-tuned so all in all Shank 2 is a great beat 'em up dripping with fun. [April 2012, p.71]
  10. Feb 27, 2012
    Its vibrant and original art is slick and well animated, its excessive gore and cliche-action-movie-style cutscenes are funny and satisfying in equal measures, and its fast, challenging gameplay is suitably visceral and deeply satisfying. But it's way too short, and the lack of campaign co-op is an epic disappointment, especially considering its presence in the first game.
  11. Feb 21, 2012
    While the game is still quite short, the survival mode and the penchant for climbing leaderboards will have you playing for a bit longer. If you're looking for a quick platformer that offers plenty of carnage, then this is the game for you.
  12. Feb 16, 2012
    Shank 2 does what a good hack n' slash sequel should: it adapts a few things with the aim of improvement and it turns up the action.
  13. 80
    Granted, its more iterative than innovative, but Shank 2 is a reasonably priced game with several fun elements that improve upon the original's formula while also scaling the game back in other areas.
  14. Feb 10, 2012
    Shank 2 doesn't do much that's new or original. It's a refinement of what came before it, from the original Shank to manic classics like Metal Slug. But there's a lot of quality fun packed into this inexpensive download, making it a perfect choice for simple, fast-paced action.
  15. Feb 9, 2012
    A significant improvement over its predecessor, and one that proves there are still a few developers out there willing to learn from their mistakes.
  16. Feb 27, 2012
    Shank 2 is definitely an improvement over the first game in the series, but the lack of innovation ultimately doesn't warrant a higher score.
  17. Feb 15, 2012
    An enjoyable little slice of action. There's certainly room for improvement, and a Hard mode that doesn't remove all the checkpoints would have been appreciated for those who mastered the harder original and will breeze through this one, but it provides enough moments of pure fun to warrant a look.
  18. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 30, 2012
    If you liked Shank before, you'll still get on alright with this. [May 2012, p.116]
  19. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 11, 2012
    While the predecessor was a solid albeit short outing with optional co-op, this sequel seems less polished. The backgrounds lack the eye-catching finish, the plot is just a discombobulated mess strewn together and while Klei Entertainment has evened out the difficulty spikes it lacks the charm of the original. [April 2012, p71]
  20. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Mar 5, 2012
    While it's still a solid sequel, Shank 2 may have benefited from a less-is-more approach. [Apr 2012, p.81]
  21. Feb 24, 2012
    The meager eight stages are fun, but leave you very abruptly stranded at the end-credits and wishing for more areas, Bossfights and especially many more weapons.
  22. Feb 22, 2012
    With the additions and improvements, you can actually enjoy slicing up a few of the enemies for a while and attempt to enjoy the story line.
  23. Feb 20, 2012
    In the end, Shank 2 is a fun yet ultimately forgettable game which uses its over the top violence and retro presentation to create something different yet not that original either.
  24. Feb 19, 2012
    Shank 2 has better controls than its predecessor. But it's a big failure that the co-op function has been deleted and the current multiplayer mode isn't all that special. So in short, Shank 2 is a good game, but it could have been better.
  25. Feb 10, 2012
    While I continue to respect Klei Entertainment's art style and devotion to bloody fantasy above all else, it needs to design less frustrating levels and encounters before its games truly click for me. The upgrades in Shank 2 are a lot like the act of revenge: It feels satisfying in the short term, but in the end you're left with the empty feeling that maybe it didn't improve that much at all.
  26. Feb 20, 2012
    The single-player alone doesn't make Shank 2 a must buy, but if you enjoy horde modes with a spicy Mexican twist then Shank 2 is an unbelievably fun addition to your party game collection.
  27. Feb 14, 2012
    Gory combat comes at a high cost in the uneven Shank 2.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 44
  2. Negative: 10 out of 44
  1. Feb 10, 2012
    I was really looking forward for this game. It is a huge disappointment : they killed the multiplayer coop (which was available in the firstI was really looking forward for this game. It is a huge disappointment : they killed the multiplayer coop (which was available in the first game) campaign. The only coop is a boring survival mode. Don't pretend it's coop. Full Review »
  2. Dec 18, 2013
    How did they f* this up? The first game was almost perfect. The changes to the gameplay are for the worst. The co-op from the first is gone.How did they f* this up? The first game was almost perfect. The changes to the gameplay are for the worst. The co-op from the first is gone. The first one had a compelling story, this one does not. The bosses aren't even fun anymore! Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2012
    Disappointing to say the least. For some reason they got rid of switching between your assorted weapons from the first, to only being able toDisappointing to say the least. For some reason they got rid of switching between your assorted weapons from the first, to only being able to choose your three weapons (melee, gun, and grenade + shank) at the start. No in level saves, so you better beat the level before quitting. Incredibly tough and frustrating a lot of the times (especially the bosses), to the point of wanting to throw your controller. Weak story, with no real tie in to the first, and they got rid of the co-op campaign back story from the first for a run-of-the-mill survival. Very disappointed. Full Review »