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Shank 2

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Polished bloody 2-D beat-'em-up glorifies violence.

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Shank 2 is largely more of the same artistically rendered fighting that made the original a hit but with slightly improved graphics and a slightly more frenetic pace of play, encouraging players to keep moving, dodging, and attacking. The knife- and gun-based combat is more graceful than before, with a minor remapping of some controls that keeps players from stumbling over certain actions, such as regaining health. Plus, enemies are a bit more diverse than before, forcing players to regularly learn how to deal with new patterns of attack.

Perhaps the best reason to give this sequel a shot, though, is the new co-op survival mode. It's not about completing the story but instead working together with another player to survive wave after wave of increasingly difficult enemies, reviving one another as needed and earning better weapons along the way. There are only three maps, but the action is addictive enough to keep co-op fans playing for hours.

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