Shank 2 (Xbox 360)

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Shank 2 is a mechanically rock solid 2D brawler. It has a larger feature set than its predecessor, including a multiplayer survival mode, detailed achievement progress, and a lot of unlockable characters. The graphics and style of Shank is less impactful the second time around, so what ultimately wins me over on this game is the gameplay. I struggle to find an example of a more complete fighting system in any game save maybe for the heavyweights of the larger action genre, Ninja Gaiden and Devil May Cry; Shank 2 has fast and heavy attacks with a plethora of weapons, missile attacks, detailed combos, launchers, air combos, dodging, and the Shank's great iconic lunge attack. The fighting is perfectly tuned, with controls that feel just right. The fighting system makes up for any other shortcomings this game might have, and at such a low price, I have no problem recommending Shank 2.
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Shank 2

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    2012-02-21
  • [1518]
    Bought this for only 36 DKK. I liked the first one, and the sequel seems to be very similar. Fun, challenging 2D combat.
  • [1519]
    Completed 2/8 levels.
  • 2012-03-15
  • [1542]
    Completed 3/8 levels. Shank just sliced a helicopter in two and ripped the teeth off a shark. Holy shizzle.
  • [1543]
    Completed 4/8 levels. The Shank 2 combat system is really sharp. I'm really enjoying this game.
  • 2012-03-21
  • [1557]
    Completed 6/8 levels. Haha ... nice reference to Donkey Kong. The girl collects keys from big guards after stabbing them, opens a container with a big hulking dude inside it, who climbs onto some girders and throws barrels at her. After brutally shooting and stabbing him to death, she attaches him to a hook and chain and throws him from the girders.
  • 2012-03-25
  • [1559]
    Completed 7/8 levels. Frustrating boss fight with 'Doctor', but I got him in the end.
  • [1561]
    completed the game. Level 8 was hard, but Magnus wasn't bad. Got him in my first attempt. The end sequence was very poorly made and disappointing.


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