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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Liviu222
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
is a not so good sequel but is ok 8/10
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( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Zeno Clash 2 is the sequel to ACE Team's fantastic Zeno Clash, which should already be obvious by the name. Seriously though, I must congratulate ACE Team, since they delivered a great follow-up to an excellent game.

In this game, we still play as Ghat. After the events of the first game, the North Golem has established a prison in Halstedom, and imprisoned FatherMother in it. However, Ghat isn't happy with the Golem trying to impose his rules, and so he, along with his sister Rimat, start a "quest" to kick the Golem out of Zenozoik.

The combat system has been greatly improved; now there's a lot of different attacks, and you can chain them up into powerful combos, and weapons have received changes as well; they now feel a lot more satisfying to use, although nothing can beat punching the face of every opponent you meet with your bare hands. Now this game is a lot more open than the first one; while the story progress in a linear way, the game world allows you to revisit areas after you acquire new abilities, allowing you to find new paths and such. There's also an air of RPG mechanics, since you can level up certain stats, and a few characters offer you sidequests which reward you with new weapons, abilities, or allies.

The game also features a coop mode, with the second player taking the role of Rimat. While in singleplayer you can call Rimat and another ally for some battles, it's in coop that the combat system shines. Not only will you both be kicking and punching your way around Zenozoik, but having a second player opens new possibilities: your friend can grab an enemy for you to kick at your pleasure; and it'll also make some of the fights more interesting, having someone to help you out that isn't AI controlled. It also features a challenge mode with three different maps: the Colosseum, where you fight 50 waves of enemies, with a brief time between waves to buy allies or upgrades (this one can be played coop, too!); the Framerate Arena, where you must keep killing enemies in order to keep your FPS count over 25; and the Rock of Ages challenge, which is like the Colosseum, only that you control the boulder from Rock of Ages, one of ACE Team's games, and you can only buy allies in the store.

The soundtrack is top notch; with different tunes for each area, including day and night tracks (yes, the game features a day/night cycle), and combat music. Very well done, in my opinion. And the level design leaves nothing to be desired, the world in Zeno Clash 2 is even more bizarre than its predecessor, and that's great. You'll find lots of interesting locations while you travel through Zenozoik. Another great thing about this game is that it fills a lot of details regarding the history of Zenozoik, while still leaving some things unanswered, which makes me wish for a third game, even when it does a good job at wrapping up Ghat's story, I still want to see and learn more of this world.

Well, I think that's enough for Zeno Clash 2. If you enjoyed the original, then you should definitely get this one, as it has everything that made the first one, and takes it up to eleven.
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Sarkoth
( 40.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
The weirdest beat'em up you'll ever play. This time with an open world and actual quests.

A memorable experience.
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hitt.william
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
I had a wonderful time playing this with a friend of mine. The world is endlessly interesting, and the two Zeno Clash titles are really true works of art. I always seem to generate big ideas about what is happening in the game, and the oddity keeps anything from feeling overly familiar. In addition, the first-person punching combat is done quite well, and does not exist in many other games. It's quite satisfying to hit an enemy with a three punch combo, stun them, grab them, and deliver a piledriver.
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✙ V.XN ✙
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Somehow, this turned to be the only game besides Doom3 to strike me with an annoying motion sickness. Cold sweating almost.
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Mr.Willie
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
fun, but buggy and needs owrk for voice acting, glitches.
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Samurai Shaq
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Let me give you guys some insight. The first Zeno Clash was unique. It had style, an absolutely amazing fluid/fast paced combat system that is probably my favorite indie game of all time. But it was'nt without its downsides with the level design and lackluster boss fights.

Zeno Clash 2 I played for less than an hour and I hated it. Everything I loved about the first game dissolved away. The combat sucked, the story sucked, everyone felt so stale with no characterization. I wanted to love this sequel but when I saw the awful approach they took to it, I realized there was nothing here for me.

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Woz
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Zeno Clash 1 had many flaws but was an interesting concept. That said said I never finished ZC1 due to its flaws.

I picked up Zeno Clash 2 as part of a bundle so cost me a few cents and it was a wasted purchase. I like the environment art style but it feels like they have tried to turn this into an RPG with quests, levels and the like.

I hardly scratched the surface and buggy glitchy graphics meant I had to restart the game twice.

Quickly got bored at the zero focus it has and dull combat. The first mission appeared to be find someone, hit him once/ Job done. Just don't waste your cash, 30 mins in and uninstalling, it is that bad

Combat is boring
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Hikumi
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
The reason why Zeno Clash 2 wasn't tagged as a FPS is because you only "shoot" 10% of the time, while the other 90% is spent in melee combat. And while first person melee combat is a thing nowadays, most of them see players in sword fights or other similar melee weapons combat. Zeno Clash 2, however, focuses more on martial prowess, with emphasis on punches and kicks strung together into stylish combos, all seen from a first-person perspective. Playing Zeno Clash 2 is like watching one of those kung-fu action movies where the viewers get some interactive scenes to determine the plot advancement.

In some ways that is a great concept and a fresh introduction in the gaming industry, but it could be a bad thing. Despite the available number of moves and combos the players get in the game, unless you actually memorize each and every one of them you'll find that you'd end up repetitively spamming the same attacks anyway.

Overall it is a good game, maybe not the best game in the market, but good enough if you need to kill time. Or, in this case, punch and kick some time.

5 out of 10.
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Dead Charles
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
A very interesting game, expanding slightly on its very linear predecessor, however the bugs seem to have won. Hit mapping seems to be a little off and the odd glitch will force you to restart a chapter. I was unable to continue due to an error not allowing other opponents to spawn in, which has knocked my motivation to restart back to that chapter. I find it sad I have to give this a negative review, because I love the world they've created, but bugs so prominent can't be ignored if they halt the gameplay so often.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
The reason why Zeno Clash 2 wasn't tagged as a FPS is because you only "shoot" 10% of the time, while the other 90% is spent in melee combat. And while first person melee combat is a thing nowadays, most of them see players in sword fights or other similar melee weapons combat. Zeno Clash 2, however, focuses more on martial prowess, with emphasis on punches and kicks strung together into stylish combos, all seen from a first-person perspective. Playing Zeno Clash 2 is like watching one of those kung-fu action movies where the viewers get some interactive scenes to determine the plot advancement.

In some ways that is a great concept and a fresh introduction in the gaming industry, but it could be a bad thing. Despite the available number of moves and combos the players get in the game, unless you actually memorize each and every one of them you'll find that you'd end up repetitively spamming the same attacks anyway.

Overall it is a good game, maybe not the best game in the market, but good enough if you need to kill time. Or, in this case, punch and kick some time.

5 out of 10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
fun, but buggy and needs owrk for voice acting, glitches.
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189 of 207 people (91%) found this review helpful
12 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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62 of 70 people (89%) 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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32 of 36 people (89%) 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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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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19 of 20 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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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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