Excerpt: Eleven years ago fans of Sega’s Dreamcast console got to enjoy one of the system’s best shooters, MDK 2 . In this sequel to the original cult classic you are once again tasked with saving the world from a nefarious alien invasion. Well now that the game has been released for the WiiWare service, a whole new generation of fans can enjoy the exciting adventures of Kurt Hectic, his anthropomorphic, six legged dog Max, and the (possibly) mad scientist Dr. Fluke Hawkins.
Excerpt: Ask the designers of the original MDK at Shiny Entertainment as to what MDK stands for, and they'll likely give you a different answer every time—ranging from Massive Dollops of Ketchup to My Dog Ken. In fact, they often went out of their way to avoid ever revealing to what the letters MDK refer, simply because that was the one question everyone had when the game was released.
Conclusion: MDK2 is a gorgeous looking game with top quality music, sound and graphics, however the gameplay has faults. The scientist character is just plain silly and the in-game jokes and cut-scenes are childish or completely unfunny. The atmosphere may exist, but those that played the old MDK may not find themselves familiarising with the new. It's basically MDK with better graphics and sound, yet poorer presentation (aimed at children more than adults) and 'done' play styles.
Summary: Although it has no female characters (I’m only guessing here that none of the aliens are female, of course!), MDK2 is as close as it gets to sex in a box for hardcore gamers. Without drawing too many parallels between sex and MDK2, let’s just say: 1) it’s easy to learn, but hard to master; 2) it’s wonderfully addictive; 3) you only get out of it what you put into it, and 4) humor (or secrecy) is the best way to cover your own inadequacies.
Pros: Fantastic graphics and animations, cool puzzles, great control.
Cons: So difficult to complete you’ll break down and cry (especially if you forget to put the VMU in before playing three quarters of the way through).
Excerpt: BioWare and Interplay bring you the long-awaited sequel to MDK, aptly entitled MDK 2. With a funky storyline, unique gameplay, and rather impressive visuals, MDK 2 should turn the heads of Dreamcast action fans looking for a unique and interesting challenge.