Reviews and Problems with Saw II: Flesh & Blood
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Review: SAW II: Flesh and Blood (Microsoft Xbox 360)
8 March 2011
Summary: : SAW II: Flesh and Blood ends up scoring the same as its predecessor, less because of a lack of forward movement and more because of a one-step-forward-two-steps-back development mentality that doesn’t actually allow the game to get any better as a result. The presentation is still as thematically and artistically accurate to the franchise as ever, though Jigsaw comes off more like Mark Hoffman than John Kramer, which makes the plot hard to appreciate as a result.
Excerpt: Picture the scene: It is 1944, you are in the midst of the campaign to storm through Italy all the way to Berlin when you find yourself hemmed in on all sides. You are heavily outnumbered by superior forces, they have resupplying bases all around and you have little or no re-inforcements. What is the one thing that could help you out here? No, not Chuck Norris. How about subterfuge? Not convinced? you’d be surprised.
Conclusion: Score Summary: Graphics: 5/10 Sound: 6/10 Gameplay: 2/10 Story: 5/10 Replay Value: (Don't make me laugh) 1/10 Achievements: 9/10 (If you are willing to play it again) Overall: 2/10 Is it your Cup of Tea? Are you kidding? Hell no! Not even the most hardcore fan should play this. It's an absolute mess. Overall this game should be forgotten and should be buried in a dessert along with E.T. the Atari game. I am not even joking.
Summary: I probably sound really harsh when it comes to Saw 2: Flesh and Blood. That’s because the game has a lot of potential. Saw 2 could have been a stand out survival horror game in a genre that has basically died out in favor of action adventure with zombies. Saw 2 could have been really scary. With more development time the game could have added more puzzles instead of relying on the same ones over and over again.
Excerpt: Even as a casual fan of the film series, I still couldn’t muster excitement for Saw ’s first foray into gaming back in 2009. If anything, though, the first game managed to exceed many (admittedly low) expectations. This sequel was well positioned to improve on those (numerous) areas of the first game that were most heavily criticised, and though plenty of changes have been made, these haven’t necessarily been for the best.
Conclusion: Saw II outstays its welcome after a couple of hours and keeps on forcing the hackneyed plot on you when you want it all to end. It’s still probably a worthwhile play for fans of the series but for everyone else, it’s difficult to stay with for long, with to its long stretches of linear repetition quickly grinding you down until you reach the point when all you can think is…please, make it stop!
Excerpt: Since Resident Evil 4 arrived, horror games have almost lost their more cerebral puzzling in favour of fast paced combat, but Saw II: Flesh and Blood , like its predecessor, is focussed on puzzles ahead of action, of which is a welcome throwback. Saw II: Flesh and Blood takes place between the events of the second and third films of the series.