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Overall 7
6.5

Shank 2

Destructoid
2 September 2013
  • Summary: Shank 2 continues the tale of a man named Shank by providing more killing, more death, and more over-the-top gore that was a staple of the original title. At its core, however, is a side-scrolling brawler reminiscent of old arcade classics in which addictive gameplay is seasoned liberally with...
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Overall 7
7.0

Shank 2 review

GamesRadar
24 June 2012
  • 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
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Shank 2

DarkStation
22 February 2012
  • Conclusion: 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. The user controls are a lot smoother and allow you to pick up a weapon or melee with separate buttons.
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Overall 6
6.0

Shank 2 Review

GamerNode
19 February 2012
  • 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
  • Cons: Unsatisfying co-op Survival Mode, Unjustified narrative importance
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Overall 7
7.0

PSN Review – Shank 2

PlayStation LifeStyle
13 February 2012
  • Summary: The folks over at Klei Entertainment had a great idea with theRead the full article…
  • Pros: +Counter-kills add a fun layer of depth to controlling groups of enemies., +Variance in the enemy types keeps game challenging without feeling repetitive.
  • Cons: +Counter-kills add a fun layer of depth to controlling groups of enemies., -Survival Mode is fun at first, but with only three maps present in the game it can get old fast.
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Overall 8
8.2
Gameplay 9
8.5
Graphics 9
8.6
Sound 8
8.4
Multiplayer 8
7.8
Control 8
8.1
Addiction 8
8.0

Expert Review

PSX Extreme
11 February 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 8
8.0
Design 8
7.7
Gameplay 8
8.3
Storyline 7
7.0

Shank 2

GameTrailers
9 February 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0

Shank 2 Review

TotalPlayStation.com
9 February 2012
  • Conclusion: 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Shank 2

High-Def Digest
8 February 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 8
8.4
Gameplay 8
8.0
Funfactor 9
9.0

Shank 2

Digital Chumps
7 February 2012
  • 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.
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