Excerpt: Shank returns in another chainsaw wielding gore fest that fixes some minor annoyances of the original game with smoother gameplay and a smarter control layout. But, Shank 2 still has a few wrinkles to iron out with inconsistent difficulty spikes that quickly turn the fun into frustration.
Pros: Improved control layout, Fast-paced, gory action, Art style
Cons: Difficulty spikes, Slice, dice and repeat, Nonexistent story
Excerpt: Shank 2 can be described as “A sequel… with characters that… are in the game.” It can also be said that, “ Shank 2 will… remind your… mom why she despises… video games.” More memorably, critics have hailed Shank 2 as “… developed…” and scorned it for “… blood…” It must be frustrating to read...
Pros: Gut-spilling, swift combat, Beautifully brutal comic art
Excerpt: was oodles of over-the-top challenging fun. It had a few mechanical issues that could result in countless maddening deaths, but it remained a decent accomplishment. The sequel sees developer Klei Entertainment making a few appreciated changes and upgrades, while mysteriously ditching the co-op...
Excerpt: Klei Entertainment takes another crack at the side-scrolling brawler with the sequel to 2010’s Shank. Rather than going back to the drawing board and reinventing the experience, Shank 2 addresses nearly all of the original game’s flaws.
Summary: The original Shank was released during mid-2010, much to the delight of 2D side-scrolling, brawler fans that longed for a game similar to Streets of Rage . While the first title in the series was limited by local co-op as well as a handful of gameplay balance and control issues, the entertainment...
Conclusion: As if saying, "Once more, with feeling" the team at Klei improved or addressed every one of Shank's deficiencies and belted out a classic in the 2D brawler space. 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.
Excerpt: Never having played the original Shank game before, I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this game via the PSN and from the screenshots, the game looked rather interesting. It was like a comic book come to life... but with excessive violence!