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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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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ThePCGamer101
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
DISCLAIMER: This is a full review, and NOT a first impressions review like all my other reviews, if you want a better full review, then please read better reviews then mine

Zeno Clash 2 is the sequel to the original weird game of the same name Zeno Clash, it's one of those games that is weird and unique in it's own way. Zeno Clash 2 is developed by ACE Team, the same people behind the wonderful rock game Rock of Ages and the first Zeno Clash game and published by ATLUS, the original game was developed with Valve's Source engine, this time, the sequel was developed on the Unreal Engine 3

The story continues right after Zeno Clash, so people who are playing this before the first game may get a bit confused, thankfully there is a prologue that tells you the story so far, I'm not going to explain the story to avoid any spoilers from the first game. The story as the same as the first game isn't the best but get's the job done, however the story is way more boring than the first game in my opinion

The game's graphics are wonderful and are greatly improved from the first game, obviously due to game engine changes. Weird and creepy but magnificent and unique. All the environments, characters and enemies are unique in their own way althought people like me who have played the first game will know all the creepy and weird characters from the first game

The music and sound are also top notch, very well composed. The only thing I would complain about is the combat and gunplay. It's way more awkward and hard to fight enemies, plus you get hit from all sides which if you're own low health, you'd be dead in an instant, also, whilst fighting you focus on one enemy and that enemy only, and if you need to move away to find some health you can't...

Another thing I would complain about is the FOV, now thankfully I do not suffer with motion sickness but good god is the FOV really bad in this game, the camera is too zoomed in and you can't see anything surrounding you, thankfully there is an FOV wide option which gives you a wider view, however, Ghat's body does clip through sometimes, another thing I'd complain about is the length, it's short, just as the same as Zeno Clash, and I finished the game in one whole sitting. If it were a bit longer I wouldn't have complained about the length, but maybe it's a good thing

I'd also recommend turning subtitles on, because volume levels are all over the place, some characters voices you can hear just fine whereas others you can't, also there are many more creatures talking in this game so you won't understand most of the gibberish that comes out of there mouths without having subtitles on. Plus the voice acting is not as good as the first game, the side characters voice acting is bad and some of the main characters make a return from the first game but sounded like they didn't care in voicing this game...

Zeno Clash 2 is not as good as Zeno Clash, there are a lot of problems with this one that the first game did not even have and this game had a better game engine then its predecessor, however Zeno Clash 2 gets the job done and I'd recommend it to people who finished the first game and want to know what happens after

RECOMMENDED :)
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Arordael
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
One of my favorite indie franchises which I sincerely recommend to anyone who'd love a trippy action-packed story in a surreal stonepunk setting.

However, if you haven't yet played the first Zeno Clash, you ABSOLUTELY have to, otherwise you simply won't get a significant part of the sequel's storyline (if not all of it). Btw, the story itself surprised me quite a bit, as it appeared my interpretations of what's going on there had been entirely wrong when I'd played ZC1 back in 2010.

In terms of gameplay the second ZC has become a free-roam experience with rpg elements, which is a good thing imo. Also, visuals were improved and everything feels a lot less clunky. On the other hand, battles now seem way to easy, so if you want them to be as challenging as they used to be in ZC1, I recommend playing on highest difficulty and not rely on weapons too much (some of which are blatantly unbalanced).

Cheers and thanks to the developers. I really-really hope there's gonna be a third installment of Zeno Clash some day.
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Phantom Renegade
( 13.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This game is mad
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theetompster
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Awesome game. Great mix of bizarreness and fun. Grande story and curious world to explore. Nothing else like this.
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Evill Bob
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Wanna see something friggin' wierd? Here's a first person brawler for you.
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GeneralPIng
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Play this game if you like cancer and dying babies because this game will cause you to grow a tumor in your eyes until you go blind and die.

Yeah, and the game has a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ fan-base because anyone who likes this game is obviously an alien.


2/10

Yeah, I gave it a 2 instead of a 1. It gets a 2 so the die hard fans dont come murder me in my sleep.
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ktulhu_nir
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
A very underrated game which you should buy right after you finish the first one. Amazingly majestic and beautiful world, interesting story and responsive fighting mechanics will not leave you unsatisfied. Play it.
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Bad Times, Inc.
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
not as good as the first one but still great fun punching and now shooting animals in the face
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Ravenize > *
( 13.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
I'm not sure why I bought this game, as I was not overly fond of the first Zeno Clash. It was wacky to a fault and the gameplay was monotonous. But the creativity behind it maybe left enough of an impression that I splurged on a sale for the sequel.

Regardless of the money, I don't feel playing through this game was time well spent. The world is bigger. It's less linear. There's more exploration and more characters. But those weren't problems that needed to be addressed or improved from the first game. It's like the developers focused on all the wrong things instead of working on any of the actual issues. The gameplay is still boring and limited and frustrating. The characters and the writing don't have any emotion in them, to say nothing of the flat, dull voice acting.

What did make me happy was the lore and history of the universe getting fleshed out. That was the best part by far. Inevitably, it was drowned out by the other elements, and we're left with a story not worth telling. The events of these games don't actually seem to affect any real change for either the characters or the world they reside in.

I have to give some props to the art direction. There are some beautiful moments of pure imagination. I'd probably buy some of these landscapes and levels as artwork. The problem is they're more fun to look at than to play through.
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Guy that is 554421
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
"They created video games to forget about us - Did they know we would forget about them?" - CS:GO player
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Mert
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
straight up weird but gameplay didnt make it worth the coolness.
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toyotawarrior
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
This game is just not fun. the open world thing just sucks and it really is pointless since the whole game is pretty much linear anyway. And on top of that, you trade your nice and friendly (and hot) companion deadra for your angry downer sister rimat who literally just complains and whines the whole game. the fighting system sucks now and the storyline sucks too. why couldnt they just keep useing the same winning formula from the first one..... this is like dragons age 3 all over again.....
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Dev/Null
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
I will never finish this game. Why would I want to finish this game? It's stupid... stupid like the faces of all of the characters in this stupid idiotic world that I can only punch and kick, like some 3D-world schoolyard bully. I can't help it...my soul is empty..like this pathethic world and everyone living in it. The only thing that makes me feel better is to walk around and punch everyone and everything, because quite simply, I can get away with it. It's not my fault. When I started this game, I was surounded by the uglies in the bar, slapping my head and throwing insults about my 'FatherMother'. I showed them. I punched and kicked them until there was nothing left to punch or kick. From that moment I was unable to progress the story, because my first inclination in every situation moving forward was to destroy. Everyone. Just like my sensei John Kreese taught me. Game over.
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( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
BEATEN
#about 7 hours

Zeno Clash 2 is an (more) open world version of the first game. The combat has been streamlined and the game is certainly better looking. Overall, the game plays more or less the game, but with a few tweaks.

Pros:
- Same gameplay (if you liked it before, it is largely the same).
- Same bizarre and beautiful world.

Cons:
-While the game does tell you where you need to go, it would be nicer to have a more functional map.
-Some of the items are not given a clear explanation on how to use them.
-Voice acting is often bad.
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Der Speck Hund
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Flaw: Resolution won't change
9.9/10
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FudoAkira
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
The first game was great in a weird way, but also had some solid gameplay behind it. The characters were all unique in a way that made sense with the world.

Zeno Clash II really just ruins about all the elements the first had going for it. My only guess is it was the plague of 'Let's make an open world game for no reason!" Seriously, this new take on the game adds NOTHING except tedium and boredom. A couple of the power-ups you get early on are cool, but some of the puzzles are vague other than linking enemies and a few hidden orbs together to open gates. If the game wanted me to use it in a new puzzle, it would have to teach me or otherwise make something a little less obscure. Somehow, I also think the game looks worse considering the original ran on the Source engine and was a pretty tight experience; compared to Unreal engine, where the models are ugly and hit detection can be poor.

Overall, I played this game - dropped it due to motion sickness and then recently re-insatlled with Flawless Widescreen and FOV maxed, mouse speed slowed, and auto-target off. I got much farther, but this game is just too boring compared to the original to keep caring. I'll maybe watch some YouTube vids to see how the story pans out.
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Ainsley Harriott's Nazi Grandpa
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Possibly the best game ive ever played... The storyline seems extremely arbitrary at first, but when the big reveal happens later on you'll be left considering the meaning of the game for many days after. I didnt play this game for the combat or the actual gameplay itself, but instead chose to let the atmosphere of the world and storyline sink in, and just appreciate the world the developers have created... If you want good gameplay and fighting get the first one, if you want a amazing atmospheric storyline that will leave you wonder what the philosophical idea of the game is, play this one :)
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sere
( 65.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 1
Throw 30,000 punches and execute over 6,000 sick melee combos during a single playthrough of this beautifully offset first person brawler!

Oh yeah, I guess there's some art and a bit of neat stuff to look at too.
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Led
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25
Not quiiite as good as the first one, but definitely a worthwhile experience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
65.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Throw 30,000 punches and execute over 6,000 sick melee combos during a single playthrough of this beautifully offset first person brawler!

Oh yeah, I guess there's some art and a bit of neat stuff to look at too.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I'm not sure why I bought this game, as I was not overly fond of the first Zeno Clash. It was wacky to a fault and the gameplay was monotonous. But the creativity behind it maybe left enough of an impression that I splurged on a sale for the sequel.

Regardless of the money, I don't feel playing through this game was time well spent. The world is bigger. It's less linear. There's more exploration and more characters. But those weren't problems that needed to be addressed or improved from the first game. It's like the developers focused on all the wrong things instead of working on any of the actual issues. The gameplay is still boring and limited and frustrating. The characters and the writing don't have any emotion in them, to say nothing of the flat, dull voice acting.

What did make me happy was the lore and history of the universe getting fleshed out. That was the best part by far. Inevitably, it was drowned out by the other elements, and we're left with a story not worth telling. The events of these games don't actually seem to affect any real change for either the characters or the world they reside in.

I have to give some props to the art direction. There are some beautiful moments of pure imagination. I'd probably buy some of these landscapes and levels as artwork. The problem is they're more fun to look at than to play through.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
A very underrated game which you should buy right after you finish the first one. Amazingly majestic and beautiful world, interesting story and responsive fighting mechanics will not leave you unsatisfied. Play it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
The first Zeno Clash was a linear beat'em-up set in first person against creatures that looked like a junkie's nightmares. Zeno Clash 2 is a slightly more open beat'em-up set in first person against creatures that look like a junkie's nightmares. Yes, the same hodge-podge group of ecclectic animal parts have spent a good deal of time figuring out new ways to re-esemble things that look vaguely human but not quite enough to off-set that uneasy feeling. Of course, the fact that you get to cave-in nearly every punch-able face you see helps.

The combat is the biggest part of the game. Happily, it not only works fantastically by itself, it actually fits into and around the story. It doesn't bog down the story ACE Team is trying to present, and the story fits in with the fighting so that you don't feel held back by cutscenes or dialogue keeping your from punching more dudes. The punches and weapons have impact as well, sending oponents reeling, dropping their weapons, or even sending them flying. Unfortunately, that goes the same for you: when the enemy hits you, you feel it.

I love this game. I've never been a big fan of beat'em-ups but somehow this game really gets me excited. The characters are vivid in more than just their off-putting looks and the story is fascinating. The environments have made a huge change for the better, becoming more open and vibrant. However, don't let the openness fool you. This game is still very linear; not quite as linear as the first one, but it is very far from open world. However, you are free to explore the various locales as many times as you want.

The story is one of this game's strong points. ACE Team's writers crafted a world that really feels alive and sets itself apart from similar RPG titles. It works hard to connect every thread from the first game into this one and expands beyond its predecessor in the way a sequel should. The story is far from perfect, of course. A few points could easily have been skipped and nothing would have been lost. However, those points are interesting in their own way and add to the life of this world even if they add nothing to the main plot.

Zeno Clash 2 is worth every penny. It provides a great story both as a standalone and as a continuation of the Zeno Clash world, and the combat is superb, fitting in perfectly with the story and shining as a testament to first person beat'em-ups. It isn't terribly hard, but it won't be a walk in the park either.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
It's a fantastic surreal world with intresting story!!! 10/10
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186 of 204 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
If at any time in your life, you felt the urge to go down to the set of a Muppets movie, or Sesame Street, and go full on Mike Tyson and jab uppercut the living BALLS out of a bunch of weird, furry creatures, Zeno Clash 2 is the game for you.
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61 of 69 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2013
This is a really surreal first person brawler. The combat is satisfying, but can grind a bit after a while - but what you're really coming to a game like this for is the bizarre setting and characters. You could play it without the first game and not miss much as the story is so bizarre anyway, but it's worth playing both. It's not a must play, but this is a really unusual world, the likes of which you won't find elsewhere.
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63 of 74 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw Zeno Clash 2 on Steam was;
"I definitely have to get this game."

Now, I have played the first Zeno Clash, and the second. I have completed both and there's quite a bit of things to say about both of them.

The vivid, quirky design of landscape, buildings, characters and items/weapons is present in both games, and it's truly something refreshing that you don't actually see in every game out there.
The storyline, too -- is connected. The two are connected, so I suggest you play Zeno Clash before picking up on Zeno Clash 2, as you most likely won't understand the story behind Ghat's 'family' and what happened to it in the events of the original.

Now, onto the mechanics themselves. The game is a first-person brawler, and it's a bit easier than the original. (At least as I remember it, I've played it ages ago. Literally!) The mechanics of the brawling is actually great. Rarely ever will you run into a bug, and the new tools of the trade (Grenades, Chain, as I like to call it the Sun/Moon-strike gauntlet and the Golem Link are all amazing tools that are (later on) at your disposal. The game is very responsive and plays out well, the punches connect when they need to connect, and the special moves that you learn how to use in the tutorial or later on come to play when you fight a bit more advanced enemies.

Onto the world;
The world of Zenozoik is truly amazing. It's a 'civilization' between barbarism and chiefdom as described by one of the game characters you will (later on) absolutely love and root for. The locations! They're absolutely amazing, quirky and detailed just how they were in the first Zeno Clash. Now, for a fan -- this is not a bad thing! This is absolutely amazing as it has freshened up my memory on the world itself, especially the 'city' of Halstedom.

Now, if you're familiar with the game you'll notice a lot of old characters appearing, such as Rimat, Father-Mother, Pott and others. And they're spanking new amazing in the second edition. Also, guess who you'll encounter as well? Chneero! That's right! You'll meet Chneero, the one-legged Corwid! And you will love it.

The game sparkles with detail, and it's absolutely stunning. It has taken my breath a few times when I was watching the horizon over Zenozoik. Why? Well, you'll notice the level design -- which is actually original, and the character/monster designs that you haven't seen anywhere else, really.

Zeno Clash 2 blooms with originality and is truly an under-rated and under-appreciated title on Steam.
Worth the money? Definitely worth even more.
10/10
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
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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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
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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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
Zeno Clash2
8/10

The Good:

+ Although the gameplay is almost identical to the first, the level design has changed. Rather than being a linear adventure in the first game Zeno Clash 2 has large areas to explore interconnected with each other. This gives the world a more cohesive feel.

+ Each area to explore is unique and different from the last making it exciting when you reach new areas.

+ Both Zeno Clash games can not be faulted for being unoriginal. These games are some of the craziest, most unique and original ideas in a game. Everything from the world to the characters to the enemies makes for a very fresh experience.

+ Unique enemy designs

+ Artistically the game is nice with some really nice scenery, technically however I felt that it was average

+ Combat is fun, one of the few games that has done first person melee fighting successfully. In addition to straight combat, you can find weapons/guns or use your secondary items to defeat your enemies.

+ Some slight RPG mechanics. Scattered throughout the world are skill totems, fidning them gives you experience points where you can spend them on 4 attributes: Health, Strength, Stamina and Leadership.

Average:

-The game is somewhat easy, I had little trouble on normal and I don't think hard would have posed too much trouble either. One of the secondary items makes combat pretty trivial most of the time.

-If you never played the first game then you will not understand what the hell is going on. If you played the first then you will still be confused only slightly less. The story is decent but isn't presented as well as it should be and that is a shame because the story touches upon some interesting themes that should be expored further.

-The attribute leadership is somewhat of a useless stat. Leadership allows you to recruit allies to fight with you in many battles, a new addition to the game. The problem is, combat being easy and your AI companions being stupid doesn't make it a worthwhile stat, making it very meaningless.
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
A very good indie game and a superb follow-up to a growing mania in the fps world : Zeno Clash. Like the first opus all the fighting is mainly about fisticuff and peculiar blunt weapons which makes for some intriguing at first but generally very satisfying gaming experience. As you might expect the story unfolds and takes on where the first opus left it back in the days. Some questions remained unanswered in the past and Gatt will need to put his own personal straight up hammer-diplomacy to use once again to bring justice to his fellow Zenozoid brethren and save them from the evil designs of the makers. Original, fun and quite well produced, this game is a milestone in the history of video game. Awesome in so many ways.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2015
This is kinda a good game, it will nicely surprise you.

Start of the game and gameplay are not on the GOTY levels, but this game is funny and really interesting. You will be seeking and revealing mysteries of it's semi-open world. The game looks much surrealistic and in some parts you feel like "is this part of the story or what, where am I?", it's mindblowing so much that even Salvador Dali would had found inspiration in it. On the other side I didn't like character control and other gameplay things, which sometimes drove me crazy.

Story ++
Gameplay -

5.5 / 10
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Wow, what a game!

This game calls itself a surreal first person brawler but I feel thats quite an underselling.
Because of that, I came in just expecting to kill time punching weird enemies in the face but I got so much more from this, and was really nicely surprised.
Let's go over why in ( not so ) short points here:

+ The world is beautiful! This for me is the main strenght and feature of the game in fact, exploring this world and its fauna and flora is just simply awesome, every minute and every moment.
And that is also why I think the main focus of the game is exploration and storytelling. The brawling aspect in my opinion is just an extra feature, a means to progress the story by defeating your adversaries, but not the game's selling point.

+ Two kinds of collectibles giving the game more depth and content, as by finding them, they each unlock other things for you, both lore based as well as improving your character.

+ The game's lenght is just right. Without looking for all the extra things, doing sidequests and just enjoying the sights, it would still take around 6 or 7 hours which in my opinion is a very fair lenght for such a very unique game.

+ The surrealism.. The design of not only fauna and flora are great, but some of the characters in game, both hostile and neutral will just blow your mind with their looks, as they did mine.

For the sake of fairness, let's also point out things that I did not mind, but other people might:

= Some locations do not have fast travel points so you have to backtrack on foot a few times. I did not mind this because hey, given how beautiful the places are, it was kind of a bonus for me to see them again.

= The game is not really challenging. On normal, I had no trouble progressing at any time despite the fact I hate melee fighting and thus am pretty bad at it, so for anyone who always likes being challenged by their game, go for hard diff, or a no-upgrade run. ( and yes, I hate melee fighting and yet, I love this game, thats how great its exploration and story parts are )

= As partially mentioned above, the game's combat is kind of an extra thing, I for example used the same moves the whole game and it worked, not caring for any combos ( which are available though ), as well as ignoring the games skull grenades, which I find redundant as they seem pretty ineffective and overall, just, unnecesary.
The combat system is however in no way boring or even frustrating, and that is because luckily, the combat lenght is usually around 2-4 minutes, of the mandatory fights in the game.

= Partially connected to the above point, enemies respawn in locations. But, you do not have to fight them at all.
You can easily just run past them and they will never catch up to you, so it once again does not really get annoying, you just go about your business and they will eventually give up or you will just reach your goal and leave.

To sum up, this is a unique gaming experience!

If you love games that are surreal, beautiful and unique in design, have great stories, and are really fun to explore and spend time in, this game is definitely for you.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Very fun game, similar to the first in its strange ways. I enjoyed the co-op and achievement hunting very much.

The story made quite a bit more sense in this game than the first one )or, at least, was easier to keep up with)

Still very heavily melee based, though when you do get to use weapons they are very fun and unique to use.

Not a very long game, I enjoyed it full-through.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
Released 4 years after its predecessor, Zeno Clash 2 takes place where the first game left off. FatherMother is now imprisoned and Ghat - teamed up with Rimat this time - is planning to set him free. All this is because of Golem, the mysterious creature our heroes were helped by who - to have the favour returned - decided to rule our heroes' village and establish some not exactly just laws.

The core elements remain the same: Zeno Clash is still a brawling game. But now with more fluid combat which also means it is easier this time. We feel more in control of our body and the rage meter that gradually fills helps us deliver bigger punches. Alternatively, we can initiate a fury status which allows Ghat to unleash stronger punches faster. Melee weapons and guns return and here we have some new additions.

We now have a chain which allows us to have a greater reach. Also, we have some creative weapons such as the gauntlet that is for opening gates - either the moon or the sun light can help us here. The other gauntlet allows us to link two enemies - by hitting one of them the other suffers the same damage. This is a good idea in case we have run out of skull grenades and we are facing a horde of enemies.

Overall, the more fluid fighting technique with the new combos gives us a better - and more enjoyable - brawler experience. Facing big guys is not as tedious this time as it used to be. We have more tactics up in our sleeves and the extra weapons such as the somewhat overpowered chain really allow us to have a good time.

Graphics-wise the game looks better than ever. I especially liked the golem creatures' animation and some of the vistas are gorgeous. Some of the cutscenes deliberately employ the light of the setting sun and walking along the coastline and looking at the constantly changing tides can be invigorating. The music is great and accompanies the transpiring events the same way it did 4 years ago.

The story? Still barely makes any sense. But now we can venture into the world of golem creatures and can get a few glimpses at their unique technology. More steampunk weirdness if you missed it. Did I also tell you we now have a creature with teeth in their beak? Zeno Clash 2 throws all the weird citizens of Zenozoik at us.

The campaign, interestingly, is not as linear as it used to be. We have waypoints that can take us to the desired place we need to be. Markers indicate in which direction we should go and as we now have side missions to complete we can just prioritise in the way we desire. We can also look for some collectibles - totems are especially important as they can level us up. This is a minor RPG element in the game I found unnecessary but ultimately interesting.

The challenge mode returns where round after round we can just beat up all our favourite Zenozoik friends and every penny we receive after every round counts: Do you purchase a weapon or unlock the chain? Or simply buy 4 allies who can help you survive the next round. By the way, allies: by talking to some of the citizens we are able to recruit some Zenos ourselves in the campaign - this is best if we cannot find a buddy for cooperative gameplay.

Zeno Clash 2 is great! Its large-scale fist-fights are greater and they surely involve even weirder participants. Grab it while on sale and go get into some fist-fights right away!
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26 of 38 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
As much as I liked the first game and was looking forward the second one, I stopped playing it after 2 hours out of frustration. I do not understand the design choices here, almost everything got worse.

ZC1 gradually introduced you to fighting moves, ZC2 presents you an overwhelming tutorial and then gives you zero hints during the real game. The fighting system in ZC1 was perfectly fluent, it seems very clunky in ZC2. Most of the interesting moves deplete your aggresivity bar, and once it is empty (very soon), you're stuck with just basic punches and the fight gets slow and tiresome. The moves in ZC2 are no longer intuitive, but are artificially created. There is needless complexity in having not just a fast and a strong punch, but you can use both for both the left and the right hand, and you need to alternate between them to achieve combos. Combos are the strongest artificial example here, you need to remember how to alternate between left and right attacks in order to achieve them. There's nothing logical in that. Also, it's very difficult to kick someone on the ground now. Simply put, it no longer feels like a real, brutal, raw, intense fight.

Introduction is also lacking in other areas, not just fighting moves. When you start the game, you find clams containing items, but you can't pick them up, and you have no idea why and what they are for. ZC1 told you that by eating fruit you regain health. In ZC2, there is no such hint, and all of those items are brownish or greyish something (I haven't recognized what they should represent), so you're left wondering. At least some tips would be nice.

The story in ZC1 was at a reasonable pace, and interesting, mostly using hints than revealing things. In ZC2 everything seems to be happening really fast and doesn't make much sense. It's like several book pages were missing between each of the cutscene. Moreover, it seems to go directly against the story in ZC1, the main character completely switched sides. Very confusing.

The open world - why?? ZC1 was very linear, but it made perfect sense, it was a freaking brawler. ZC2 seems to feature "open world" which sports large open areas interconnected by portals and loading screens. First it breaks immersion, second it leaves you running around not knowing what to do (the map is so useless!) and the annoying critters respawn every time you enter the area again. The checkpoint system is the last straw - not knowing when the game was saved last and having no ability to save manually is a disaster in an open world game with large open areas.

Technically the graphics is OK, but for some reason I liked ZC1 graphics better. Surround sound support is broken, characters voices are nearly inaudible, you have to switch to stereo in the operating system.

It's a pity, I was looking forward so much to this game.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
First off, if you haven't play the first Zeno Clash, it will be impossible to grasp the continuing story. So go play that first. Beyond its awesome melee combat system, words still don't do this game justice. It's just something that has to be experienced firsthand. This second Zeno Clash builds upon the first making it more open world, adding a few usable items for your character, and adds some new combat moves. The story, characters, monsters, weapons, and scenery are just as wacky as the first. The only thing I didn't like was the new "Lock-on" feature which seemed to make combat a little more clumsy than before. Other than that, this is a brilliant sequel.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Ghat returned to re-unite his family, and to crack some skulls of course!

World is crazy like before, and this game focusing on hand-to-hand combat again. Even Bud Spencer can't launch bodies that far with bare fists like Ghat can do!!!
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