The Good Parts (4 out of 5)
Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 takes you back to the world of Rorschach and Night Owl, and into another adventure that will entertain and satisfy your need to beat bad guys to a bloody pulp. Taking the role of one of the two heroes, you’ll be looking for a missing girl that was last seen in a snuff-movie. You’ll brawl your way across fiery streets and decrepit warehouses full of shadows and dark corners and eventually come face-to-face with one of the people responsible for some of the cities biggest crimes.
Warner Bros Interactive did try to address the problem of repetitive level design that many players found to be an issue. They actually succeeded with the first chapter of Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 but later portions of the game are just too repetitive.
The Game Graphics (3 out of 5)
Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 still has the amazing graphical presentation that appeared in the original video game. This time they have added new environments that include a detailed strip club, a realistic looking movie studio, and a storage facility with great shadows and lighting effects. In fact, it seems like while the graphical quality remains largely the same, the use of the tools has improved significantly. The fighting animations are still solid and smooth in the combat sequences. Watching Rorschach and Night Owl breaking arms, bashing scantily clad bimbos with wine bottles, and kicking fat pimps in the face is just as satisfying as ever.
The Bad Parts (1 out of 5)
Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 is solid, but instead of feeling like a new experience, it feels like you’re playing a continuation of the first game. That’s what it is of course, but it shouldn’t feel that way. The original Watchmen is definitely a snazzy video game with outstanding production values and lots of entertaining gameplay, and while part 2 is just as entertaining it really doesn’t do anything to set itself apart from the first.
Sounds in the Game (4 out of 5)
The soundtrack of Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 includes a nice selection of entertaining songs that you’re likely to recognize. The developers do a great job of keeping things low during the quieter moments of the experience and getting your adrenalin flowing during the combat sequences. The music contributes a lot to the feel of the game.
Voice acting is one of the most essential parts of a game that’s based on an existing franchise, and Watchmen doesn’t disappoint. The voice work of Patrick Wilson and Jack Earl Haley as they reprise their original roles is superb.
Gameplay (3 out of 5)
Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 falls short of expectations in the gameplay category because the developers didn’t add any different elements to the combat. This is something that should be expected in a followup game, especially when the game relies so heavily on combat in the first place.
The benefit to not making sweeping changes is that if you liked the controls of the first game, you’ll like the controls of the second game. They’re just as solid as ever. You’ll still get about 4 or 5 hours of brawling fun that will entertain and satisfy fans of the series, even if it seems like more could have been done.
The Last Word (3 out of 5)
Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 may be a bit disappointing to those who expected much more out of the second game in the series, but it’s still plenty of fun. It’s also a rare gem, since so few beat-em-up games are released these days. Whether you’re just a fan of brawlers or a diehard Watchmen fan, this is well worth picking up.
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