Excerpt: When Hasbro Family Game Night was released last year, I thought it was a nice collection of famous Hasbro games, with the classic rules intact along with some alternative ways to play each game. This sequel follows the template of the original, although EA didn’t stop there. In Volume 2 we once again get a set of six games, amongst these are two variations of Connect 4 (the original and 4×4), Operation, Jenga, Bop it, and Pictureka.
Conclusion: Hasbro Family Game Night 2 is nothing but a way to take advantage of the Wii’s younger and more family-oriented audience. But at that, the game is actually a pretty solid title. With the exception of Bop It, every game is playable and has its own unique flavor to it, keeping things fresh and interesting. If you’re looking for a good stocking stuffer for a young Wii owner in the family, Hasbro Family Game Night 2 isn’t too bad.
Conclusion: EA is writing the new book on how a casual family game ought to be done. We’re all used to the typical pedestrian attempt at the soccer mom’s business—crappy presentation, shallow content, minimal extras—but Family Game Night 2 is hardly typical. Instead, it’s a casual game produced with big-budget principles: polished visuals, excellent (live) music, loads of unlockable novelties, and an honest sense of personality.