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  • Summary: Brawling has never been more beautiful! The long-awaited sequel to the smash hit action-platformer is here: Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure, where he must face his greatest challenge yet - one that threatens toBrawling has never been more beautiful! The long-awaited sequel to the smash hit action-platformer is here: Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure, where he must face his greatest challenge yet - one that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the Mexiverse!

    Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains and weirdos (and a few old friends!). Learn a deep repertoire of bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off the skeletal hordes and overcome skillful platforming challenges... and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati? Certainly not us!

    Check out these features:

    * An epic adventure spanning time and space, featuring drop-in 4-player local co-op for you and your best amigos!
    * A brand new upgrade system: discover "trainers" around the world, defeat their challenges, and develop your skill sets for movement, combat, and more!
    * A vibrant, colorful adventure that takes you from the Mangrove Swamp to Hell itself, featuring twice as many enemy types as the first game and a roster of eccentric new bosses!
    * An absolutely fuego electro-Mexican soundtrack, and more gorgeous visuals than ever thanks to a fancy new rendering engine!
    * Definitely no secret society of chickens that teaches you ancient chicken abilities previously lost to the ages!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 95
    Overall, Guacamelee! 2 feels like a beefed up version of the original game. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense, as the original Guacamelee! is a masterclass of game design. This sequel offers rock-solid platforming, funny dialogue, and addicting-as-ever Metroidvania mechanics. It’s challenging, rewarding and full of spunk. I recommend it as a must play for anyone who likes platformers, co-op titles, and of course, Metroidvania games.
  2. Dec 20, 2018
    90
    Guacamelee! 2 improves on the original in a few key ways but it isn't the revolutionary next step that every gamer must play.
  3. 90
    When Guacamelee 2 does so many things right, from the wonderfully tight and responsible gameplay to the downright gorgeous look and feel of the Mexiverse, it’s hard to not talk about it without gushing. But it’s earned that right, delivering a top-tier experience across the board. It captures the essence of multiple genres and blends them brilliantly within a visually stunning world that’s equally as fun to explore as it is to stare at.
  4. Dec 28, 2018
    90
    Guacamelee! 2 feels just as good as its predecessor overall. Some of the hardest sections can be even more frustrating than the hardest challenges found in the original, but this is somewhat counterbalanced by the fact that it does streamline a lot of things that were more complicated than they really needed to be.
  5. 88
    Guacamelee! 2 is colorful, crunchy, sweet and spicy even on Switch, just like a good Mexican taco.
  6. Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Guacamelee 2 is a fun, lighthearted game that incorporates intense platforming and fast-paced Luchador fights. The sequel doesn’t bring many new ideas to the table, and veterans of the original may want to hold off for a while unless they’re craving more of the Mexiverse. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a tight Metroidvania with vibrant colors and a great sense of humor, then it’s an easy recommendation to dip your chips into Guacamelee 2.
  7. Dec 18, 2018
    80
    Guacamelee! 2 is a fun metroidvania, with wonderful gameplay choices, a lot of irony and beautiful music. It’s not a surprise, because everything in the game improves the already good Guacamelee! Playing this title in portable mode will give you a lot of satisfaction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Feb 5, 2019
    10
    Guacamelee 2 supera o original em todos os sentidos, trazendo desafios e gráficos muito lindos! Vale muito a pena se aventurar nesse belíssimoGuacamelee 2 supera o original em todos os sentidos, trazendo desafios e gráficos muito lindos! Vale muito a pena se aventurar nesse belíssimo jogo onde tem o pano de fundo o dia de los muertos! Imperdível!!! Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2018
    9
    Guacamelee 2 takes the tight mechanics, abilities, and controls from the first game and ups everything into a more complete package. This gameGuacamelee 2 takes the tight mechanics, abilities, and controls from the first game and ups everything into a more complete package. This game is even more hilarious, making me pause the game so I could finish laughing and get back to the combat. The story is even more understandable in this game, with clear objectives and goals. Enemies are more difficult than the first, but makes for a great challenge, with the same challenging parkour returning as well.

    This might be one of my favorite franchises on the Switch and I can't wait for Guacamelee 3.
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  3. Mar 13, 2019
    8
    I quite liked the first Guacamelee!, so this was a day 1 purchase for me. The first game offered good brawling mechanics, fun skills thatI quite liked the first Guacamelee!, so this was a day 1 purchase for me. The first game offered good brawling mechanics, fun skills that opened up exploration, and light hearted story with tons of memes. I liked the memes. It took me about 12-13 hours to finish on 100%.

    5 years, Guacamelee! 2 comes out, and it's pretty much the same. Less memes this time, however.

    The story is still very light, I mean there's no character development or real story arc, but that's okay. The dialog is usually funny enough to keep me invested.

    The brawling mechanics are largely unchanged, though the new pollo powers are pretty fun. Gameplay-wise, I'd say the platforming is harder than in the first game, but my memory may not serve me well. The battles are a bit easier, the Jaguar Javier fight from the first game was the biggest highlight for me, with the Caverna del Pollo challenges being another. This time, there are no mandatory boss fights that really stand out, and no equivalent to the Caverna, which was disappointing. The best boss fight still involves Jaguar Javier, but it's an optional one, so meh. The final boss is still underwhelming.

    Some of the platforming I've found pretty frustrating, the lava run and the Crucible being 2 notable areas that got me really riled up. I don't remember being this frustrated by the first game, but again, that may be the rose tinted nostalgia goggles. The chupacabras used to piss me off, but they're much more manageable this time.

    The level design is a bit more predictable this time around, with most bonus rooms right besides the main path. There's not much backtracking to do, which is good, but at the same time I didn't feel the excitement of getting a new skill and revisiting all these areas that held secrets, because there aren't that many secrets to be found.

    Still, these shortcomings aside, I quite like Guacamelee! 2. The quirky presentation, interesting combat, exploration, and reasonable length make it an enjoyable game.

    TL;DR : Combat less frustrating than in 1, platforming more frustrating than 1, still good game. Tarzan buy.
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  4. Mar 12, 2019
    3
    I really disliked playing this game, and not just because it constantly made me ask, "wait, is this racist? I... I think it might be? I'mI really disliked playing this game, and not just because it constantly made me ask, "wait, is this racist? I... I think it might be? I'm definitely uncomfortable."

    Weird reductionist puns aside, why am I settling for gameplay with such needlessly precise inputs? After a while, with the bright colors and strange combo chains you have to execute to do most of the platforming, you start to realize you're playing that light up Simon Says toy or a Bop-It, not a Metroidvania.

    The gamefeel is clunky, the enemies are not satisfying to combo, and the midair/dodge roll mechanic is poorly implemented.

    Honestly skip this game.
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