Excerpt: When you know next to nothing about a game prior to it arriving in the post, you tend to go into it expecting the worst. It's hard not to wonder why said game hasn't received the usual pre-release press tour and why only a handful of screen shots, and even less video footage, have been released.
Conclusion: Especially when there is a ghost showing up, people popping up like you know them. The game is just terrible on delivery. Zombies are always good, Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising. This is epic fail. Achievements: 2/10 Standard list. But 15 points for beating this game twice? Good thing it is impossible to die on easy. Overall: 1.4/10 This is that bad...
Conclusion: Chances are good that you won't hate ShellShock 2: Blood Trails. But odds are also high that you won't particularly enjoy it, either, due to the frustrating controls and the forgettable game design. Even if you're interested in the Vietnam War and have a zombie fetish, you can likely find a better use for your money.
Pros: A few good scares, along with some unsettling gore.
Cons: Dumb enemies, Terrible controls make accurate aiming almost impossible, Simplistic levels based around triggering spawn points, Short single-player campaign, No multiplayer.
Summary: " Shellshock 2: Blood Trails " seems to be a missed opportunity in every respect. From the opening cut scenes the game does offer promise however the poor graphics and gameplay let the overall game down in a big way. In addition the lack of any form of multiplayer gives me a feeling that the overall game is pretty incomplete and was a rushed release.
Excerpt: Here's the set-up. You're an American soldier in Vietnam. You ain't never been so scared in your life, the title screen informs you. And then, suddenly, you're in a building filled with smoke, and some dispicable army veteran starts being racist about the Vietnamese, mumbles something about a chemical called Whiteknight turning everyone into zombies, and then your infected friend grabs you and pleads for his life.
Conclusion: Another day, another game about the horrors of conflict. For the six of you that still care about wanting to trudge through a true Vietnam War setting, the choice is simple – you either play Shellshock 2, or sit through the four hour cut of Apocalypse Now whilst daubed in body paint and playing The Doors on the stereo. Here’s your last clue – it’s not the first suggestion.