If you are looking for a stinking example of licensed shovelware, here it, Kick-♥♥♥ 2, the stinky king of the trash hill.
Released years after the second movie bombed in theatres, Freedom Factory decided to grace the gaming scene with this piece of interactive entertainment, but forgoing anything that has to do with actual fun and entertainment.
Here is the ♥♥♥♥ list:
-Absolutely horrendous voice over on all the main characters, especially Kick-♥♥♥ himself who sounds like an annoying Spanish kid trying his hardest to fit in The Hamptons. I imagine the conversation that occurred at Freedom Factory went like this: Producer: "Great job on the Spanish voice over, you brought out the vigilante in you. So, can you do the English, Italian and German too?" VO: "Uh, well, you know.. Product: "Excellent, I'll schedule you for a couple more hours. Jorgeeeee! We're good on localization! Cancel the American's contract."
-Terrible script and sound bites. The writer tried their hardest to inject every possible unrelated pop-culture reference in every ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ scene.
-Uninspired level design that is on par with The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall when it comes to visual quality and consistency. Everything is so sickeningly bland and heavily reused in the four areas the game kicks you through, that you will appreciate the few and badly illustrated comic scenes in between. I've fallen through the game's geometry 3 times at least, losing time and patience, while trying to tip-toe through the scenery.
-Slow and clunky camera controls plus the occasional forced camera angle for street fighter-style segments. The camera doesn't move with your character when elevated either.
-Terrible controls that cannot be changed on PC. That's right, you are stuck with whatever default Alt/E/Space controls they developers deemed "optimal" for your experience. They didn't even bother to provide you with a menu for that.
-Fight combos are IMPOSSIBLE to pull with keyboard controls, you absolutely need a gamepad for that. I truly believe that the developers didn't test the game with that setup.
-Music plays the same 3 oddly-misplaced tracks over and over, while the voice overs just punched more salt into my bleeding ears.
-Movement and pace throughout the entire game is absolutely slow and pointless: you run like a turtle, your fights are agonizing and running through the world presents no excitement or purpose, aside from finding some random Wi-Fi spots and graffitis to cover.
On the upside, the graphic style and main character's design were OK and fitting for the comic book style, it's a pity they did not fill the world with anything exciting or worthy of the comic book.
The entire game feels so badly and quickly manufactured that you'll feel like burning every dollar you spent on this crap. A fitting metaphor presented itself every time Kick-♥♥♥ used the stairs saying "Why the hell am I doing this, heh!" Indeed, Kick-♥♥♥, why the ♥♥♥♥ am I?
.5/5 (Lowest mark so far!)