Shank’ded

They say the hardest reviews to write are the ones in which you feel nothing. When you feel passionate about a game, love it or hate it — or even if you feel passionate about its mediocrity — it’s easy to put that all on the page. Or in my case, the computer screen. But when you don’t have any kind of passionate response, it becomes more of a struggle.

That’s more or less how I felt about Shank 2. It’s not a bad game by any means. It’s pretty good, actually. It just didn’t stir a strong reaction in me. “S’alright” would encapsulate my feelings concisely, but being that I’m a writer who gets paid to put words to my thoughts, I made a few more observations for my review.

Still, the underlying current in that should be that I felt ambivalent towards the whole thing. I played it, had some fun, and I don’t think I’ll ever touch it again or really think about it at the end of the year. Some games just come and go that way.

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