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Shank 2 (Xbox 360)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and controls. The value for money and single player gameplay also get good comments, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the usability. There are some mixed comments about the story.

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usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Xbox 360 Games the Shank 2 (Xbox 360) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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(Based on 33 reviews)

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Shank 2

 

A year and a half ago, Shank delivered a largely well-made, if repetitive side-scrolling action game. It gave players a solid mix of gunplay with some short-range knife attacks that were fun to mix up as well. The game also featured a beautiful 2D...

Visually, Shank 2 looks about as good as the first one. There aren't many improvements, but animations are a bit smoother. The soundtrack is very good and features of the kind of Mexican western-style music of the first game, but I don't like the...

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Shank 2 Review

 

The most striking thing about the first Shank, an old-school 2D shoot-and-slash ‘em up for downloadable services, was how it looked. Smooth, crisp and downright beautiful 2D animation was the star of the show, but the way the game actually played left...

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Shank 2 Review

 

I had a love/hate relationship with the original Shank. I adored the slick visuals and visceral combat, but the difficulty really tested my old man gaming skills. Sure, it was entirely plausible to beat...

Great visual style ; Combat is smooth ; Challenging not frustrating ; Survival mode is fun

Campaign is short ; Removal of traditional co-op

I had a love/hate relationship with the original Shank. I adored the slick visuals and visceral combat, but the difficulty really tested my old man gaming skills. Sure, it was entirely plausible to beat the game with some patience. For some, though,...

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Shank 2 Review

 

Shank 2 is the game I wanted to play on the Super Nintendo when I was 10 years old. It fits right in with that era of gaming, when side-scrolling was at its peak and all a developer had to do was put a cool protagonist in and sprinkle it with some...

The Survival Mode throws increasingly difficult waves of enemies at players on three different levels. As the waves become harder, players will earn money to buy items to help them in their fight against the rebels. Players can purchases tequila as a...

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Shank 2 Review

 

Shank shanks-out his shanks and shanks a shank-wielding shanker.

Slice and dice; Really pretty 2D graphics; Co-op in the mix; Kill enemies... together

Right... then left a little bit... but mostly right.; Hardly anyone playing online; And I have no real-life friends; So... lonely...; *sobs

If you live with a gamer buddy or find yourself frequently in need of some quick, mindless, violent action, Shank 2 is definitely for you. Try the demo if you're unsure. Maybe you're more capable of turning off your brain than you ever knew.

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Shank 2 Review

 

Gory combat comes at a high cost in the uneven Shank 2.

Quick combo-heavy combat ; Fun co-op Survival mode ; Eye-catching visual style

Removal of fun features from the original ; Flat levels discourage platforming ; Jumbled story provides little context

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Shank 2 Review

 

The legacy of side-scrolling beat-em-ups reaches back more than twenty-five years, but few games released today bring the genre forward at all. 2010's Shank gave us great action with fully 2D, hand drawn visuals, but I found it flawed because of...

Sure, Shank 2 falls apart here and there, but it's minor compared to the excitement that this game brings, and the reasonable $10 price tag (on all platforms) makes this a good value, too. The annoying checkpoints might make you re-do one easier fight...

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Review: Shank 2 Feels More Like a Great Remake Rather Than a Great Sequel

 

But as long as it's great, we're not complaining.

I was sold on the original Shank in about 30 seconds; from seeing the main character linking combos, moving like an acrobat, and grinning in his half-cute/half-sadistically violent yet incredibly clean art style. As long as the developers didn't mess...

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Shank 2 Review

 

Developer Klei took criticism to the chin, toughened up, and made great use of feedback to build a badass sequel in Shank 2.

The core of the first game remains intact, of course -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? -- but Shank 2 is the embodiment of grand change on a small scale. Developer Klei was aggressive about smoothing rougher edges, and the minor tweaks in...

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Shank 2 Review

 

The only real difference between Shank 1 and 2 is the massively refined gameplay.

If you are wondering whether or not you should buy Shank 2, first ask yourself whether or not you liked the original Shank. If the answer is yes, then Shank 2 is an automatic buy. Its cooler, smoother, has a seriously dark sense of style, and the...

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