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  • Summary: Players engage in nonstop shooter action as they're propelled through this on-rails game. Isa and Kachi are being hunted. They go on the run and on the defensive. And they shoot everything. Sin & Punishment 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the Japanese Nintendo 64 cult-classic shooter. ItPlayers engage in nonstop shooter action as they're propelled through this on-rails game. Isa and Kachi are being hunted. They go on the run and on the defensive. And they shoot everything. Sin & Punishment 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the Japanese Nintendo 64 cult-classic shooter. It brings a frantic arcade sensibility to a post-apocalyptic world. Players can run on foot or take to the skies with a jetpack or hovering skateboard-like device to dodge enemy attacks or get a better lock on their targets. Players can fire at targets in the distance or switch to sword attacks for close-range targets. The Wii Remote controller's pointing ability is used to aim weapons, while the Nunchuk controller is used for positioning and maneuvering. Numerous beautifully rendered settings include gorgeous cityscapes and dramatic underwater tunnels, all populated by fierce enemies. It's all about the multiplier. The better a player's skills, the more points are earned, and the bigger the bonus. Players will want to play the game again and again to beat their personal best on each level. The better the performance, the bigger the multiplier and the higher the final score. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 59 out of 60
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  1. Trying to improve a masterpiece is surely not an easy task: risks are many and the comparisons are always dangerous. Yet Nintendo and Treasure fully reached their goal by making Sin & Punishment 2 a game that's better than the original in every single way. Nothing to object to, this is an epochal landmark within the history of the genre, a product that will be remembered for years.
  2. Treasure, of Gunstar Heroes fame, are back to show us that they still know what it takes to make a great on rails shooter experience. Few got to experience the original Sin and Punishment title but luckily Treasure delivered with this sequel, boasting beautifully rendered graphics, intense and challenging gameplay, varied action and solid controls. Though it's a bit on the short side and there's really no plot to experience this is still a fantastic experience for those who aren't deterred by a challenging masterpiece.
  3. We hate using the word 'hardcore' but if we had to attach it to any game it would be this one. [May 2010, p.73]
  4. Nintendo Gamer
    87
    A rollercoaster straight to Bullet Hell. [Christmas 2009, p.58]
  5. It's an amazing game, one that I see myself playing for years to come.
  6. Unique, hardcore and immensely satisfying, Sin and Punishment hits all the right weak spots.
  7. Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies is a nice arcade game which brings a lot of action. It is too bad you see the ending credits after three hours.

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Oct 20, 2010
    10
    Sin and Punishment 2 is here and it is awesome. Some gamers will not get, what the big deal is about this game. Too bad, this gem will blowSin and Punishment 2 is here and it is awesome. Some gamers will not get, what the big deal is about this game. Too bad, this gem will blow right over their heads. I grew up, in the tough gaming age of arcades. The age where if you wanted the best that gaming technology creativity and intensity had to offer, all you need is a pocket full of quarters or tokens. After Burner 2, Space Harrier, Smash TV, House of the Dead; if you wanted something intense that you couldn't get on home consoles, you grabbed 5 bucks and went to the best arcade you could find. Now that spirit of gaming adrenalin, brought to the modern age, is birthed at home from developer TREASURE, in the form of Sin and Punishment Star Successor. Not only is this my favorite Wii game, and my choice for game of the year, but it is a game that embodies why the Wii pointer controls are supreme. I bought the first Sin and Punishment for N64 and it was tough and exciting, but the aiming system using analog took some effort to enjoy. The Wiimote makes aiming the most easy and painless thing to do. That, plus all the added fight moves, character modifications, and increased intense boss battles, seperates this game from being merely a sequel. Graphics are amazing with bump-mapping , specular highlights, art in a style of Castlevania meets Tron, and a story that will leave you knowing there will be a third game. 2 player Co-op was a nice simple touch. Rail shooter/run and gun, this is a one of a kind thrill, and any game that attempts what TREASURE has done to this gaming genre, doesn't even compare. This is the high mark of arcade gaming, no other game will do it better, that's all there is to it, and so sad it may be miss by so many. Pick it up, NOW! See a review vid about Sin and Punishment 2 on my Youtube channel.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHxOUpq68iw
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  2. XV_
    Oct 6, 2019
    10
    I played this game back in 2011 and as I played once more in 2019 I was remembering bit by bit why I liked so much and why It's easily in myI played this game back in 2011 and as I played once more in 2019 I was remembering bit by bit why I liked so much and why It's easily in my top 5 favorite games.

    I'm not really into shooters but I'm pretty sure that Treasure was in the zone when making this game because everything is on top and masterfully done: music, gameplay, character design, progression, story, challenge, everything. The story is a little convoluted and you need to play the first game to have the most of it (it's available in the Wii U shop for a very cheap price and is also a great game) and even then you also need to give it several playthroughs in order to organize all its bits and have them to make sense, it has some anime tropes but is really good or at least serviceable to an steller gameplay, and its filled with amazing moments, sometimes over the top and sometimes subtle and calm, yet they go so well with what's happening on screen, also the credits music is relevant to the plot so I'm really thankful that the localization captioned it for us.

    About the gameplay and progression, you have a three basic attacks, rapid-fire shots, charge shots and melee attacks and that's it, no power-ups just your basic attacks, what is so brilliant about them it's that you need to use them creatively in distinct scenarios through the stages in order to have the most of them, things like deflecting missiles with your melee attacks, use charge shots in certain instances, you won't miss power-ups because you have plenty with your arsenal. The difficulty have a well-established rhythm and every stage and every boss seems more difficult than the one before, on normal difficulty you'll have a challenging time especially at the final levels but the real fun and punishment starts with the hard difficulty, you'll die a lot but you also will improve a lot, and because there are several checkpoints it's not an impossible task, you only have to apply yourself and study what you're making wrong or what to do in certain situation, and eventually, everything will make sense and you'll be dancing with the bullets, it's very cathartic and you'll truly feel amazing, it's not impossible to finish it in hard mode, because an amateur like me could finish it, the real real challenge might be finish this game without even dying, good luck with that. There are several control options but the one you need to pick is the default one, nunchuck and wii mote, no matter what you've heard or thought about motion controls, this motion aiming is perfect and I couldn't think of playing it another way.

    This game is a masterpiece, simply put, it only requires that you play a very short and cheap game to obtain the best of it, it has a lot of replayability and if you're into shooting arcades or scores this game will be a hit, my only problem and is really a nitpick are the characters faces, they're just uncanny and kind of remind me of Dark Crystal creatures, which is a shame because the concept art is beautiful, hopefully but almost impossible we can have a remaster or something and with some tweaks to the faces that make them look more like they're intended to. I recommend this game to everyone because it reminds me of why I play videogames in the first place. Don't play it on easy mode, at least not your first playthrough, just keep in mind that your resolve will be tested and you'll be punished a lot. Also, if by some miracle this thing has a re-release or any related media to Sin & Punishment, please support the creators, this franchise needs to resurge and everyone needs to have the right to play it.
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  3. tce
    Sep 24, 2010
    10
    One of the most astonishingly insane, fluid, imaginative games of this generation and an absolute joy to play. Treasure understand what gamesOne of the most astonishingly insane, fluid, imaginative games of this generation and an absolute joy to play. Treasure understand what games are supposed to be about, and Sin & Punishment 2 shows they are still on top form. The controls are perfect and the action is wild. Treasure's innate creativity doesn't let up from start to finish as they heap on more and more awesomely absurd setpieces, never reusing an idea. One minute you're running along a train detaching its carriages to smack them into a boss. The next minute you're trying to lift up two elevators to keep them out of rising lava. Flying midair swordfights. Onslaughts of giant eels. Fighting a giant monster up a scrolling block maze. A massive mechanical seahorse shapeshifts into a school of killer whales. IT DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. Who gives a crap about story or graphics? Expand
  4. Yax
    Oct 26, 2010
    9
    Very cool game for the Wii. Great job using the pointer and the pure rail-shooter goodness really calls me back to games like House of theVery cool game for the Wii. Great job using the pointer and the pure rail-shooter goodness really calls me back to games like House of the Dead and LA Machine guns. I've had a lot of fun with this title. Expand
  5. Aug 15, 2010
    9
    Just off the bat sin and punishment 2 is one of my favorite games ever, it is fast paced, fun, addictive, and easy to control, sadly that doesJust off the bat sin and punishment 2 is one of my favorite games ever, it is fast paced, fun, addictive, and easy to control, sadly that does not mean that it is perfect. sin and punishment is graphics and story are its only flaws, the story make no sense and when anyone speaks it sounds like they purposefully made it funny. The graphics are its second problem, the are fuzzy and look overall bad, but the art design was very good and the graphics had a lot of potential. Sin and punishment also is a very hard, but it wants to be, so you will die possibly 1000+ times a level before you beat it which for me was never annoying because the levels are so much fun. The game also has a addicting multi-player were a second person also shoots, but its not great but its ok. the online leader boards are also a lot of fun, you will spend hours trying to beat a high score which will most likely adds another 3 hours to the 6 hour single player. so overall sin and punishment is very close to perfect and everyone should buy it. Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2012
    8
    This game reminds me alot with the StarFox series, but it has its unique playstyle. Sin and punishment 2 is one those games that age extremelyThis game reminds me alot with the StarFox series, but it has its unique playstyle. Sin and punishment 2 is one those games that age extremely well, focusing gameplay over narrative and story. The graphics are well made for the wii, but it does have a lot of underpolished sprites. The ost is fine, not amazing nor bad. The gameplay is very well crafted with a lot of action and intense shooting. Altogether, its a nice little gem for the wii. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2015
    0
    This game is overrated and I regret ever buying it. I played and beat the entire game hoping it would get better because of all the positiveThis game is overrated and I regret ever buying it. I played and beat the entire game hoping it would get better because of all the positive reviews. It didn't. It was simply not fun. Highly NOT recommended. Expand

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