I very enjoyed this game.Unlike the first chapter, it has only one character (Ria File)but, despite this, its funnier than the first game (IMO).Graphic has improved and it was introduced the new bullet draining system, that let you absorb purple or blue bullets as you play in dark or light way (you can change your way to play the game by simply pressing "c" on your keyboard).Draining a good enough number of bullets, will guarantee you a bomb that you can use to deal more damage and have some seconds of invulnerability, useful to break the sometimes frantic rhytm of the game and catch some breath.Maybe bullet hell fan wont be happy of this system, but at eXceed difficult level, its essential to use it to get through the levels, and beside this, some section are planned to be overcome by using this ability even on lower difficulty levels.
Though its a hard game, its very short too:only 7 stages to beat,even if you will probabily need sometime to learn all the bullet pattern to defeat bosses, since you cant afford to lose for futile reasons your lifes.Anyway,the game will reward you with an extra life when you will gain a certain number of points, that can be check on the "eXceed" bar in the right down corner.
Last but not for importance, the ost.Stunning, a mix of eletronic,metal and guitar music, createad by the skilled composer S.S.H. well known for his numerous remix of old school games, such Castlevania, Final Fantasy and Guilty Gear, just to make some examples.
SUMMARIZE.If you wanna approciate the Bullet Hell games, eXceed 2nd its probabily the game for you.Its not so hard like other BH game out there, so it wont be so frustating for newcomer gamers.Remember that its still a niche kind of game, so dont except an easy run.