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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. The meat of the game lies in the campaign mode where Shank can dispatch literally hundreds of enemies with a variety of weapons.
  • Pros: Improved control layout, Fast-paced, gory action, Art style
  • Cons: Difficulty spikes, Slice, dice and repeat, Nonexistent story
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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
8.0
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. The end result is a more polished experience as a whole, even with its few lingering shortcomings. If you’re not familiar with the original Shank, then it might take a moment to see past the shock value.
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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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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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Overall 7
7.0
Value for money 7
7.0
Gameplay 7
7.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 8
8.0

Shank 2

impulsegamer
1 February 2012
  • 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! Developed by Klei Entertainment, Shank 2 is a stylised arcade game that requires you to play as Shank, an ex-hitman type character who has waged war against the criminal underworld in this side scrolling 2D...
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Overall 8
7.5

Expert Review

Game Informer
5 May 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
7.5

Expert Review

Game Over Online
29 September 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.0
Value for money 5
5.0
Gameplay 7
6.5
Graphics 9
8.5
Sound 8
8.0
Funfactor 7
7.0

Shank Review

ME Gamers
7 September 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Shank Review

PlayStation Universe
6 September 2010
  • Summary: While there is certainly an argument for style over substance here, it is hard to see any fans of the genre being disappointed with Shank's enticing gameplay.
  • Pros: The blend of old school gaming coupled with stunning art direction, Well-paced and addictive hack 'n slash gameplay, The simple to use, yet satisfying combat system
  • Cons: The fact the characters and story have no appeal, Repetition, even though we expected it
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