Ghat's story is far from over: Zeno Clash 2 picks up where the deliciously brazen first game left off. After 4 years of waiting, the sequel to the surreal first-person brawler brings more variety in combat and levels, and even more bizarre storytelling into the beguiling world of Zenozoik.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 2013

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"ACE Team combines a visually distinct world, an interesting story line, co-op multiplayer, and incredibly satisfying melee combat into one slick package"
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June 18

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Frame-rate Challenge Mode:
Sometimes the internet leaks into games, and even Zeno Clash 2 can’t escape. In this unique challenge, surreal wireframe enemies begin spawning with increasing frequency. The enemies still require skill to beat, but the waves are only limited by one thing: the PC’s performance. Eking every last ounce of computational horsepower will be the key to surviving as long as possible in this highly unusual challenge.

Coliseum Challenge Mode:
This wave-based attack mode will push players to the limit. 50 waves of enemies will spawn, with increasing difficulty. True mastery of Zeno Clash 2’s first-person combat system of deadly combos will lead brawlers to victory, but there is some respite between rounds as players will have access to the store to buy weapons, power-ups, even allies. Unlike the game, there’s no restriction on the number of allies either, so get ready for the most intense, all-out, battle royale in all of Zenozoik.

Special Edition

The Special Edition for Zeno Clash 2 includes:

  • ‘The Art of ‘Zenozoik’ digital artbook
  • Zeno Clash 2 Original Soundtrack

About This Game

Ghat's story is far from over: Zeno Clash 2 picks up where the deliciously brazen first game left off. After 4 years of waiting, the sequel to the surreal first-person brawler brings more variety in combat and levels, and even more bizarre storytelling into the beguiling world of Zenozoik. Join forces with your former foe Rimat and battle against scores of angry denizens, preventing their dastardly machinations from being realized.

Zeno Clash 2 welcomes new players to the Zeno Clash universe with a new game that will bring them into the universe and fill them in on the backstory. Returning players will delight in the connections between the new settings and the first adventure. All players will thoroughly enjoy playing a first-person brawler that provides a rarity in modern gaming: a truly unique experience.

Zeno Clash 2 has beefed up its combat engine with precision punch targeting, blocking, and high-impact hits that only make the bone-crunching, face-rattling fistcuffs more satisfying. The new "Lock-on" function gives players a wider range of control for dishing out the damage. New RPG mechanics will allow Ghat and Rimat to punch harder, defend better, and recruit more powerful allies to aid in their quest. Zeno Clash 2 now harnesses the full power of the Unreal III engine to bring the bizarre and beautiful world of Zenozoik to life. ACE Team's boundless imagination brings gamers into a universe of surreal foes, fantastic locations, and truly unique visuals that is unlike anything else you will ever play. With the newly added drop-in/drop-out co-op play, Zeno Clash 2 invites you AND a friend to dive once more into the fray!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4800+
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 4 GB free hard drive space
    • Video Card: ATI 3850HD 512 MB or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 4 GB free hard drive space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
19.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
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Graphics:
+ fine character models
+ liquid and credible animations
+ fantasy environments
+ acceptable foresight
- up close rather clunky
- partly mushy textures

Atmosphere:
+ imaginative and crazy world
+ varied environments
+ pleasantly simple and straightforward motivation (thrashing)
- open world more confused than good

Sound:
+ good music
+ crisp punch-effects
- often bored speaker

Balance:
+ three levels of difficulty
+ detailed tutorial
+ fights are usually fair
- but even on "normal" pretty crisp
- confusing battles with large groups of enemies
- checkpoints are sometimes far apart

AI:
+ engages basically intelligently
+ blocks, dodges and uses weapons skillfully
- sometimes gets stuck on objects
- companions useless because stupid

Weapons & Extras:
+ fists, cutting weapons and firearms
+ some useful gadgets (bangle)
- firearms sound weak
- some secondary weapons useless (skull grenades)

Level Design:
+ interesting style
+ larger areas than in the previous
+ exciting boss battles
- only a few boss battles

Story:
+ interrelationships are explained in the tutorial
- difficult to understand for beginners
- tangled story

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 10 hours
+ coop mode
+ witty framerate arena and nice colosseum mode
- no replay value

As in Zeno Clash 1, the bashing from a first person perspective is comfortable grip, intuitive and tactically. You don't just punch and kick, but dodge an incoming blow and ram a fist into your enemy's unsuspecting head. You grab beat an enemy and throw them into the clutches of the pain. All in a world whose idea of conceptual art has a post-it note "Buy more drugs". There are some strange creatures, giant tongues with limbs, horned wookiees, the freakish Foot Collector dwarf, clockwork zombies, and stocky elephant men, just to name a few.
The story is very simple, defeat a big bad Golem and save the world. If that makes no sense to you, it’s your fault for not playing the first Zeno Clash you turkey, as the sequel makes no bones about referencing events in its predecessor.
So you're abruptly dropped into this crazy world without any sort of preamble about what's going on.

The fight is immensely satisfying and laid a solid punch behind solid punches. In Zeno Clash 2 almost every battle is against multiple opponents, often overwhelmingly. It's a brutal combat style that worked great in the first game, and unsurprisingly does so here too. It's arguably the best first-person melee ever, bringing a little Punch-Out! into a gloriously crazy fantasy world. The game features an upgrade system where you can put points into a number of different stats — health, attack power, etc. But you gain these upgrade points by finding totems that are tucked into corners and cubbyholes across each level.

There are fantastic and fantastic sights to almost anywhere in the world , a couple looking so stunning you just stop for a while and make sure that you got a screenshot. there’s the open world, which is really more a series of static, semi-linear environments that you can freely travel between when not in the middle of a story segment.

If you're looking for something different, Zeno Clash II is maybe your game. An exercise in apathy, neither Solid nor Liquid. Not exactly bad, but not very good either. Just a bit 'meh. Zeno Clash 2 will not be for everyone, and its low budget does show through. It's worth experiencing for those who loved the original, because it still contains a lot of what made that title unique, and the combat when not descending into huge brawls is wonderful. The game is for genre fans, but at least you can still punch bird people.

Score: 63 / 100


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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Zeno Clash 2 is way too underrated... It's so much better than the original game, yet almost the same... feels like developers made a game that first Zeno Clash was meant to be.

Best attribute of this game: it's entertaining! That's a win for me. Most modern AAA games are not as entertaining as this game.
Zeno Clash 2 features:

+Interesting world / story.
+Gameplay / combat is challenging and well balanced.
+Game visuals / characters / levels are gorgeous (Seriously, I took 100+ screenshots while playing it).
+Immersive, beautiful soundtrack.
+I really like voice acting in this game.
+Skill points granted for exploring and not for killing stuff.
+You don't have to take part in every random encounter / fight your way through a level you've already visited... or you can, if you really like to punch faces :D

All this makes you want to come back to the world of Zenozoik and explore it. Of course, some things could be done better:

-Most cutscenes are a bit lifeless (despite good voice acting).
-The biggest and potentially most difficult encounter during the story can be easily avoided by running to the level transition.

So yeah, I highly recommend this game, it's really charming and brings out unique experience!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
It has been a while since I have played the First Zeno Clash and I didn’t remember much from it when I started playing the sequel. From the first few minutes in I knew it will not be disappointing.

The story was amazing and the world was simply breathtaking, I have found myself playing for hours, completely detached from the reality. The best way to describe the experience would be to say: I was dreaming, a dream so unique and intriguing that I was starting to doubt my own sanity.

The gameplay is challenging and controls are complex. To elaborate further: I have never had a chance to execute any of the advanced combinations in any fight, simply because almost always survival came first. Trying to recall and execute a six step combo is simply impossible when you are being attacked by multiple opponents.

There aren’t many games like this one out there. Give it a try!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
you can punch bird people in the face and shoot people and stuff and its fun
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
spent 2 hours hunting moths just so they can give me nightmares because the moth moth master told me so

10/10 would hunt moths again to watch him eat them then die and respawn as a ghost
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
All of the promising things about Zeno Clash seem to have unfortunately, not been fufilled despite this sequel. The world is still underdeveloped, the story still a mess, and the combat seems to have had a downgrade in responsiveness and tension. Zeno Clash 2 tried to reach for more with the series but appears to have been released too early. I love Ace Team and I really hope the best for them, but I feel Zeno Clash 2 is an example of what the studio's limitations are.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
The idea behind the game isn't that bad, but in my opinion the mechanics the game is using are in need of improvement. You get thrown in the world and don't know anything about the story and there is no explanation which clears your mind, the quests you have are unintelligible and the areas are a kind of confusing... But the artstyle is cool and the gameplay amusingly diffrent.

I would'nt recommend it at all.

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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Zeno Clash 1 = One of my favourite games, Zeno Clash 2 = One of my favourite acid burns in the face.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Very fun but so hard, then boring instantly, do not get 5\10
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
While the gameplay is unique, the graphics and story were just way too bad for me to handle
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I have not played much but to be honest i hate it. i would rather wipe my bum with sand paper than play this dread again. My friend bought this for me but i would not buy it if i were you please dont waste your money on this. there are plenty of better indie games out there much cheaper than this rubbish. If i had to rate it ill be generous and say 0/10.
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
but why guns in a melee-oriented combat game
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5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
most ALT-TAB unfriendly game in history.

Aside from that, great melee game, really enjoying it thus far and this comes from a die-hard FPS fan.
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9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Truly something beautiful, bizarre, and wonderful to behold; the Zenoclash games are a real beat-em-up delight. Its rare to see a third-person brawler this engaging. The world is so surreal and dreamlike that its easy to get lost in the details. Its a little difficult to get started control-wise, but after a little practice, it is easily second-nature. I highly reccomend this for anyone wanting to experience a real adventure while experiencing something new and definately odd.
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6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I can't exactly tell you why, but this game has its charm, unique preset, well ballanced mechanics and a story which is despite being cliche is delivered in a very good pace!
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6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game has one of the most interesting punk-fantasy art style, and unusual but constantly fascinating writing. The plot is interesting, the world it takes place in is so fantastically crafted, and the design choices always catch you off guard and leave you pleasantly surprised. Of course, you should play Zeno Clash 1 first, as this is a direct sequel with the same characters. The controls are a little bit clumsy sometimes, and the fighting gameplay is much more complicated than in the first game, but it all has a refreshing charm to it. The graphics are fantastic, although perhaps too much so - I had to turn down my resolution by a lot before it started to work without any lag. Definitely worth your money.
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7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
A worthy sequel to the first game. Combat has been revamped, but is still familiar enough to make sense to players of the previous game. The aesthetic of the game remains strange, beautiful and unique, although I don't know that I favor the open-world feel of this game to the linear feel of the first (which seemed to work better for the subject matter). The ending, although satisfying, has left me hoping that the series becomes a trilogy.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
cool game
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Zeno Clash II might be the most unlikely sequel in recent gaming history given the first game’s status as a thoroughly bizarre first-person brawler some consider to be a cult classic. The story is often confusing and poorly conveyed through incredibly stilted dialogue delivered by in-game cutscenes. Navigation is a constant source of frustration as the game will decide to leave player’s without an objective marker and no clue as to where to go next. Melee combat takes up the majority of the mechanics and it largely works.The confusing narrative, poor voice acting, and lackluster puzzles make the game hard to love, but if “weird” is your niche, this trip offers some solid entertainment.The game’s utter oddness is enough to grab the attention of the average gamer, but its on-and-off mission structure isn’t going to keep them for long and once again fisticuffs in first-person proves problematic.Hugely imaginative but slightly irritating. Overall 6/10.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I was fascinated by the dreamy and surreal atmosphere of the game. You don't realize how utterly conventional most game worlds are until you've played Zeno Clash 1 and 2. The gameplay is solid, the fights are a lot of fun, but the star of the show is clearly the alien world with its inhabitants. I recommend this game to anyone who's grown tired of the same old 3D shooters over the years.
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