Mixed or average reviews - based on 64 Critic Reviews

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 64
  2. Negative: 16 out of 64
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  1. 100
    The Last of Us 2 epitomises everything about overly-produced, mass market-friendly content that many of us are becoming exhausted with. SWERY, knowing full well that his game will be castigated on Metacritic and widely mocked, has satirised every mainstream expectation of a video game in Deadly Premonition 2. There’s nothing that suggests that anything within this game is not an entirely deliberate, surrealistic subversion of expectations, and while Deadly Premonition 2 is not for everyone (and potentially offensive to some), games as an art form are better off having works like this to exist in parallel to mainstream entertainment.
  2. 90
    While Deadly Premonition 2 suffers from technical shortcomings, the oddball characters, endearing dialogue, disturbing atmosphere, and emotional rollercoaster-like story are where its artistic elements shine through the brightest. Simply put: If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll love this.
  3. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 just wants to tell its story, tell it well, and be its own weird, little self. Your ability to either live with that or not will determine how deeply you fall in love with the citizens of Le Carre.
  4. Jul 24, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 has technical problems, a design of yesteryear and several questionable points, but it's a game that stands out for more than the sum of its parts. This isn't a case of "so bad, it's good", it's good because of the inexplicable force that holds each of its sections together. In the end, Deadly Premonition 2 is an oasis of irreverence and rebellion in an industry that is sometimes quite comfortable with its molds. This game breaks them all, unpretentiously and honestly as no other.
  5. Jul 8, 2020
    An adventure that, like the original, you won't know if it's a joke. You'll love it, or hate it. Unpolished, rough around edges... but still an adventure unique on its own terms. If you connect with it, you'll enjoy it till the end, with a delightful script, crazy situations that will hook you on and all the craziness you can hope from Francis York.
  6. Jul 8, 2020
    A worthy sequel to the 2010 cult classic, Deadly Premonition 2 retains the series trademark charm with its oddball characters and outlandish story. The open world frame-rate isn't good enough, but if you can overlook that there's plenty of intrigue and laughs to be found in Le Carre.
  7. Jul 13, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise somehow manages to recapture all the magic of the beloved cult favourite. As long as you can handle jank, you should thoroughly enjoy your peculiar adventure through the Deep South.
  8. Jul 9, 2020
    It’s a bold, funny, scary, unbelievably intense way of getting closure for the previous game. As such, it’s a masterpiece that’s difficult to recommend because it can only be fully appreciated by those who are already deeply invested in Zach’s story. Still, I have to recommend it because it provides a more powerful ending to the Deadly Premonition story than I ever would have expected, and a better experience than we probably deserve.
  9. Jul 8, 2020
    The sequel to Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro's most memorable creation rests entirely on the same things that made the former a cult game. For better and for worse.
  10. Jul 8, 2020
    Ultimately, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is not about what you can tolerate but what you can accept. If you think you can look past the broken in service of a great story, this might not be for you. If you can embrace and enjoy the tedium, the bugs, the weird tone, the absurdity - you may have a new favourite title. I’ll remember this one for a while.
  11. Jul 8, 2020
    How many times can you say that you hexed an old widow so that you could go bowling in the past...oh say decade or so?" Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is another trip. You've been warned.
    Jul 9, 2020
    On a technical level, Deadly Premonition 2 can be criticized for lots of things, but it would be a shame to rely on the game for that. Technical imperfections matter little if a game is so fascinating that it's hard to put it down. Deadly Premonition 2 you play for the bizarre plot lines, eccentric characters and obscure references to pop culture. They provide such a fantastic and quirky experience that we can forgive this second part for its shortcomings.
  13. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Sep 3, 2020
    It’s not enough to simply be familiar with the original Deadly Premonition to really get the sequel, you need to be “in” on many things that Swery is into, like music, games and movies. [Issue#247, p.60]
  14. Jul 8, 2020
    B-movie aficionados will fall in love with this title. Like the films it has been influenced by, TOYBOX Inc. has kept the unpolished, anti-establishment feel of the game in honour of those auteurs who go by their own rules. As a result, you are left with a diamond in the rough which rightfully will deter some gamers. Fans of the original will not be disappointed with a trip to Le Carre whereas newcomers may feel like the game is not only set in 2005, but created then, too.
  15. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 28, 2021
    The scattered blessings of Deadly Premonition 2 are often disguised by the game's many blemishes, but I'm still more than happy that I got to drink in another adventure with York and company. [Issue #49 – November/December 2020, p. 67]
  16. Sep 15, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is exactly the sequel to Deadly Premonition a fan of the original should expect. This is a game that really respects the player’s intelligence, but puts a lot of faith into their willingness to keep an open mind.
  17. Jul 15, 2020
    Dear developers, you can't treat us like this. Deadly Premonition 2 has a great story with excellent characters that are held back by an abysmally bad technical side. Fans will accept this and have fun. Everyone else will avoid DP2 at all costs.
  18. Jul 13, 2020
    You have to play it to feel the impact: Technically horrible action-adventure with a small, but open world that draws ist string from ist absurd characters.
  19. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 is a real hymn to the principle that "graphics aren't everything". Stopping at the disastrous graphics of the game could deprive you of a very interesting experience, especially if you loved the first chapter. Narratively rich in cues and revelations, this sequel by TOYBOX is expressly dedicated to fans of the first Deadly Premonition, of which it captures history, characters and suggestions. Difficult, otherwise, to fully enjoy the one element that barely holds the entire production together: a fascinating story, framed by a surreal aura, deliberately over the top and quoting to the point of exhaustion.
  20. Jul 8, 2020
    The truth is Deadly Premonition 2 is like watching Nicolas Cage act: an incredibly divisive experience. There are things it does well and there are things it apparently doesn't. There are even elements of it where you just can't tell whether it's genius or nonsense. No video game has ever been so good and so bad at the same time.
  21. Jul 8, 2020
    Despite technical hiccups and awkward moments, the gleefully bizarre characters, twisted and intriguing story, quirky dialogue and loads of fun content to fiddle around with in Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise provides an experience worth checking out, albeit one you may find yourself questioning at certain points.
  22. Jul 8, 2020
    Veterans of the first game won’t be expecting a technical tour-de-force, but Deadly Premonition 2 still manages to underwhelm in pure performance terms. However (and this is a big however), it's a game with real character and it's very tough to dislike, even as you stutter your way around Le Carré on your skateboard. If you've ever been intrigued by the original, we'd recommend giving this a go. It’s janky and derivative, yes, but it’s also irresistibly wonderful and strange, and there's no other video game quite like it.
  23. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 feels like a step forward from the first game. It still has the same quirky and unusual humour, but this sequel brings with it improved combat and better visuals. It's a shame it's held back by poor performance on Nintendo Switch, but fans of the original are going to love Deadly Premonition 2, the city of Le Carrè and the story it has to tell.
  24. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is messy, bizarre, and ultimately exactly what it needs to be: A great sequel to a cult classic.
  25. Jul 14, 2020
    Deadly Premonition is worth the wait for the fans of the first chapter, but it's an overall worst game than that one was and it still retains many of the original problems, such as a weak technical and clunky gameplay.
  26. Jul 29, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 is not Swery's gaming maturity, but it is perhaps his consecration as a screenwriter, storyteller of the bizarre, creator of unforgettable characters. His ambition, however, clashes with the limited budget and, probably, with Toybox's modest ability to create gameplay. But these are works that must be left to rest, metabolized and then perhaps rediscovered, like a nice b-movie, ready to become one of our favorites when the time is right.
  27. 65
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is an earnest attempt to conclude the story told in the original game ten years ago. It’s engaging, the characters are a joy to observe, and the trademark zaniness is as intact as ever. Unfortunately, it’s hard to deny that the game’s egregious performance issue hinders it from standing on the shoulders of it’s predecessor.
  28. Jul 8, 2020
    This is an unlikely sequel that inherits all the good things about the first one, like a great story and a charismatic protagonist, but also repeats the same mistakes, even making them worse sometimes, becoming very tedious at times.
  29. Jul 23, 2020
    It's possible, and even likely, to walk away from Deadly Premonition 2 absolutely loving it. Few directors can construct a world or a cast as curiously compelling as Swery does. Yet it's hard not to desperately wish that these charms were presented with more capable craftsmanship. There is a special flavor that Swery games have, and that sometimes comes across in spite of the jank, but there has to be a better way of preserving that flavor while also making a stronger game overall.
  30. Jul 8, 2020
    What is certain is that the charm of the first chapter has not been replicated as we would have hoped: net of its obvious flaws, this second episode still has its own gritty b-movie personality, full of potential, unfortunately, strongly unexpressed.
  31. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is a transcendent pile of garbage. It's both strikingly ambitious and laughably incompetent in every regard, which is somewhat fitting given the iconic status of its predecessor. But all the campy brilliance aside, it's difficult to overlook its monolithic performance problems and decrepit approach to game design.
  32. Jul 24, 2020
    All in all, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in disguise is definitely a mixed bag. I enjoyed the story, love the characters, and I’m happy to see more of Francis York Morgan’s weird adventures. But actually playing the game to get to the good stuff never feels great either. Technical improvements would help a lot, but wouldn’t completely solve the mundane mission design, tongue-in-cheek fetch quests, or subpar combat encounters. So altogether, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend this game to everyone. I think you’ve got to come in with a willingness to look over a lot of issues just to get to the good stuff, and considering how many amazing games are available right this second, that’s going to be a pretty hard sell.
  33. 55
    The hardest part about reviewing Deadly Premonition 2 is that in a lot of ways it’s exactly what fans of the first game wanted. It’s a broken mess that controls like a dog on roller blades that looks ugly and runs even worse, with the bizarrely charming writing that only somebody like Swery65 could bring to the table. Nobody in Le Carré feels quite Greenvale levels of weird, but they’re all a bunch of weirdos all the same. Well, except David, he’d fit in Greenvale pretty well. If you like the first Deadly Premonition you likely already know what you want and what you’re getting into, and you’ll likely be pretty happy with this sequel. Your everyday average player should probably weigh how much jank they’re willing to put up with before giving this game a shot, though.
  34. 55
    The existing fanbase will be more than happy with FBI Agent Francis York Morgan’s latest outing, as it adds another unintentionally terrible sequel to the canon.
  35. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is as bonkers as you’d expect and fans will no doubt enjoy catching up with Agent York, but a lack of atmosphere, dull action, serious technical issues, and the creeping sense that Swery is becoming a touch too self-aware conspire to kill the fun. Deadly Premonition 2 is for the hardcores – most other folks can safely close their investigation after finishing the first game.
  36. Sep 12, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise could have been a good game and a worthy successor to the original, if the developers did not try to copy “True Detective” (unsuccessfully), but create more interesting characters and non-standard atmospheric stories. Future patches can fix the framerate, errors and bugs, but they can't change the artificially prolonged plot and a very limited number of characters. And this is completely disappointing.
  37. Jul 28, 2020
    Deadly Premonition succeeded because it was fascinating to watch the story unfold through a series of arcs that would eventually involve everyone in the town by the end of the game. For the sequel, many of its characters are little more than obstacles to overcome and when you do, you barely hear from them ever again unless the story calls for them to make an appearance out of convenience. When you get right down to it, A Blessing In Disguise’s attempt to recapture lightning in a bottle largely fumbles because of its severe banality and ho-hum drama.
  38. Jul 16, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is another messy, frustrating and at times broken experience… but then again so was the first game. The story once again is a highlight with a cast of strangely acting characters sure to make you chuckle or downright confused. Unfortunately, seeing the tale unfold is slowed massively with dull and tedious quests aplenty. Big fans of the original will likely find exactly what they’re looking for here but for others, there are just too many issues technical or otherwise sure to prevent you from actually enjoying yourself.
  39. Jul 14, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 is not as surprising as the original. York and Zach are still there and are adorable, but a predictable plot and a lack of surprise and risk does not compensate all the technical issues. Not this time.
  40. Jul 13, 2020
    Deadly Premonition is both very hard and very easy to recommend. For fans of the series it’s a no-brainer. It’s another 30 hours with York and his gang of nutty friends. The story is Twin Peaks meets True Detective put through several extra filters of oddness. For newcomers to the series the gameplay, graphics, animation and loading times may simply be insurmountable obstacles. For those that can look past it there are so many interesting ideas at play and the game can be genuine fun. In short it sucks, but it may also be one of the more interesting games of the year. It’s destined to be a Let’s Play classic.
  41. Jul 8, 2020
    The problem with Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is that it aspires to be a cult work from the first moment, something quite pedantic on the part of its author, who wants to repeat the pattern of the original title: an unfinished, poorly done video game, which stands out simply for its great argument.
  42. 50
    A technical disaster in almost every conceivable way, which obscures not only the hilarious characters but the fact that the game is considerably less compelling and nuanced than the original.
  43. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 : A Blessing In Disguise is a sequel for to the fans of the first game and them only. They endure the toughness of this episode to discover the true story behind it.
  44. Jul 8, 2020
    What is a bad game? Well, maybe the answer can be tricky, but Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is a good start. In case it was not clear, I do not recommend playing this title, especially in its current state.
  45. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 isn’t good, nor is it so bad that it’s good (like it’s predecessor). It’s something much, much worse: it’s mediocre. And that’s too bad. I’m certainly grateful for the chance to spend some more time with the eccentric and ever enthusiastic Francis York Morgan, because he remains one of the funniest and most unique lead characters in all of gaming. But I found myself less tolerant of Deadly Premonition 2’s technical issues and half-baked combat this time around, and its central mystery is ridiculous without ever going far enough off the rails to be truly surprising or memorable.
  46. Jul 8, 2020
    It’s bound to be another polarizing title, which ultimately shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I just wish I could have counted myself among its defenders this time.
  47. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 is up there with Travis Strikes Back levels of weirdness, but much like Suda 51’s hack ‘n’ slash Switch exclusive, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise isn’t really a blessing for Nintendo’s hybrid console. If this second title in the Deadly Premonition series sacrificed its Switch exclusivity and had more development time, it may have been saved from being a sloppy mess that doesn’t deserve its otherwise fantastic story and loveable cast of characters.
  48. Jul 8, 2020
    If you can get past its performance, there are glimpses of a good story here, and moments that make it a worthy installment in the Francis Zach Morgan saga. But, ultimately, Deadly Premonition 2 lacks the emotional resonance found in the first game. It's a different brew of coffee from your favorite roaster, but one that's more bitter than you probably hoped for.
  49. Jul 8, 2020
    From the top of its intrigue as twisty as the meanders of the bayous, Deadly Premonition 2 is surely the best bad game of recent years.
  50. Edge Magazine
    Aug 13, 2020
    This less ambitious, full-priced follow-up is a lesser experience in every sense. [Issue#349, p.92]
  51. Jul 30, 2020
    There are times when Deadly Premonition 2 strikes that same charming chord as its predecessor. There are times where you see hints of a coherent and functioning game. But all of it is unfortunately let down by unforgivable framerate issues, terrible pacing and severely lacking gameplay. Apart from the few characters you have meaningful interaction with, the world is void of life. The action sequences are repetitive, frustrating, and offer no challenge whatsoever.
  52. Jul 17, 2020
    In many ways, Deadly Premonition 2 is an indefensibly, almost insistently bad video game. It is so poorly made that it's hard to believe it just came out in 2020, especially as the sequel to a game with an established fan following. However, it's unlikely that any of this will surprise or deter the kind of person who is already interested in Deadly Premonition. Swery's delightfully harebrained storytelling definitely makes this another trip worth taking, but for those who haven't experienced the series yet, it's strongly recommend playing the original game first. If a player is on board after that, Deadly Premonition 2 is for certainly more of the same.
  53. Jul 10, 2020
    A truly missed opportunity that treads in the (wrong) footsteps of its predecessor, full of bugs, poor graphics and problematic gameplay.
  54. Jul 8, 2020
    Too many expectations that the game can't deliver.
  55. Jul 8, 2020
    Fans of the original need not worry: this sequel’s tone is spot on. Unfortunately, its technical issues are among the worst in living memory.
  56. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise wants to revel and self-praise its own absurdist nature, but at the end of the day the actual game attached to all the strange dialogue, mechanics and gameplay is painfully frustrating.
  57. Jul 8, 2020
    Art is usually misunderstood, and of course we're open to all kinds of experiences, but none of them can justify the poor performance that Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise has on Nintendo Switch.
  58. Jul 13, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2 might be fun for a tiny group of gamers, but I had a terrible time drudging through it. The B-movie esque plot and narrative scenes can be enjoyable in a cringy sort of way, but everything from the graphics to the controls makes it insanely hard to enjoy. Instead of wasting 20 hours with this game, I’d say you’re better off just going back and replaying Deadly Premonition.
  59. Jul 8, 2020
    There’s simply no reason why a game should perform this badly. Try as you might, it’s hard to thoroughly enjoy something that’s such a technical mess. If you’re a glutton for punishment and want to spend more time with the most bizarre protagonist in video games, go right ahead. But don’t say that you haven’t been warned. It isn’t a blessing, it’s a disappointment.
  60. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2's is a game built exclusively for fans of the original, and even they will be put off by the endless bugs, horrible performance, and questionable design.
  61. Jul 29, 2020
    These survival horror sequences are neither scary nor fun, and the most challenging thing about them, beyond their forcing you to try to auto-adjust your aim in order to account for the stuttering lag in the frame rate, is how you have to push past boredom. Consider, then, these sequences not so much a premonition but a warning born of experience: Turn back all who enter here, for there is nothing good awaiting within.
  62. Jul 8, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is hard to love, even by the standards set by its predecessor. In leaving Greenvale behind for a style of prequel and sequel storytelling split across Louisiana and Boston, Deadly Premonition 2 jettisons the much of what made the original charming (along with some interesting mechanics and variety) in favor of an empty town and a story that serves up tropes and bits of lore that do little to enhance or build upon what made the original fascinating. All the while, terrible performance makes it more of a slog than its uninspired ideas and pacing do on their own.
  63. Aug 3, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is somehow much, much worse than the original. The game looks and feels awful, with an unacceptable framerate and PlayStation 1 level textures. While the story is great, it’s brought down by even more tedious gameplay and some harmful stereotypes.
  64. Jul 21, 2020
    Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is a broken game on multiple levels. Its narrative is broken, in that its interesting core mystery fails to engage due to the most agonizing delivery possible. Its ideologies are broken, as it seems to think trans people are evil, women are weak, and black people are sentient stereotypes. The rest of it – the abysmal gameplay, unacceptable performance, tendency to crash – is no better.
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  1. Jul 10, 2020
    A characterful, frequently charming sequel that doesn't quite match up to the original - and somehow performs worse.
  2. Jul 8, 2020
    While some games want to shock us with violence, other games like Deadly Premonition 2 want us to question everything, and there’s something both cosmically frightening and utterly delightful about that end goal. I mean, who does that?...I don’t think I quite get it yet, though. I may never get it. But I’m a detective, and still I’m on the case.
  3. Jul 10, 2020
    As a Deadly Premonition game, I have to say that A Blessing In Disguise hits the spot. If you liked what was actually good about the predecessor — the writing, the sense of humor, and the multilayered plot — this is a reasonable sequel. I just wish it had improved on the things that weren’t so great instead of leaning into them.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 200
  2. Negative: 85 out of 200
  1. Jul 11, 2020
    Obviously, this game has a 0 of score. It goes at 10 FPS. I don't understand why they did that bad. I can't enjoy a game like this.
  2. Jul 11, 2020
    If you are a fan of the first one then you expect low fps, janky animations, cut-scenes and dialog; However, for a sequel ten years later,If you are a fan of the first one then you expect low fps, janky animations, cut-scenes and dialog; However, for a sequel ten years later, while the janky animations and cut-scenes should remain, you should expect at least a stable 30 fps frame-rate even for a game on the switch with not very great graphics to say the least. Story is weird and great but the frame rate and bugs just take so much away from the open word, combat and the story itself that i'm saddened that this is what we got. As of now, if you like playing games at a decent frame-rate (30+ fps) or not experiencing bugs like glitching through things at random then avoid this game but if you like low frame rate, subpar graphics and janky animations and cut-scenes then this game is for you but I just can't recommend as someone who appreciates video games and how they are made with care and passion. A subpar game that just does not live up to the hype or the original. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2020
    The graphics are straight from a ps2 and the fps is barely more than 10. Even when the gameplay and story are good, these 2 things areThe graphics are straight from a ps2 and the fps is barely more than 10. Even when the gameplay and story are good, these 2 things are completely unacceptable and make this game unplayable. Hard pass. Full Review »