Summary: Shank is unquestionably a stylish game, but aside from its strikingly crisp characters and excessively violent story there’s not much else to it. If you liked the first level, you’re sure to love the last one; aside from getting a few superficially different weapons, it’s the same repetitive grind from beginning to end. It’s a drag, because there’s a lot to like in the game.
Conclusion: Concept: Revisit the titular character’s rage-fueled quest for revenge with some welcome tweaks to the gameplay
Graphics: As with the first game, Shank’s colorful art and fluid animation are the high point
Sound: The music remains forgettable, and the voice acting sounds too unenthusiastic to belong to the game’s violent characters
Playability: Remapped controls make the moment-to-moment action in Shank 2 less annoying than its predecessor
Entertainment: Despite some...
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: I can't quite make up my mind, though, whether it's an ambitious platformer that spent too much time on visuals and music and not enough time smoothing out the gameplay, or if it's just unapologetically difficult. I could honestly go either way. I don't think any reasonable human being can say that Shank doesn't at least look good. It's animated smoothly and drawn beautifully, with an amazing soundtrack and a huge cast of characters.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is This is the third time in a row I find myself reviewing a downloadable side-scroller. Perhaps this is an indication of rekindled demand for such games or, alternatively, it may just be coincidence. Luckily for me, I enjoy a good side-scroller but I’d be the first to tell you that despite their simplicity (or perhaps even on account of their simplicity) the lines between challengingly fun and frustratingly tedious are exceptionally thin.