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Guacamelee! 2
Developed by: Drinkbox Studios
Published by: Drinkbox Studios
Release date: August 21, 2018
Available on: Switch, Windows, PS4, and Xbox One
Genre: Metroidvania Platformer
Number of players: Up to 4
ESRB Rating: E10+ For Fantasy Violence, Alcohol Reference, and Mild Language
Price:$19.99
(Humble Store Link)

Guacamelee! 2 starts right at the end of the first game, at the last boss. If you already completed Guacamelee!, you may be confused, wondering how you saved your girlfriend, Lupita, after the events of that ending. Rather than dealing with that storytelling challenge, the developers decided to retcon the story instead. That is why the game starts you off at the last boss of Guacamelee!; you get to beat him up again, though it's much easier this time. Like most games, it gets more difficult as you continue.

Now Juan is married to her, and they have children. After several years, he goes out to get some avacado so Lupita can make her amazing guacamole. Unfortunately, he finds the antagonist Salvador trying to make his own guacamole, that turn out to be not your typical chip dip - this is the sacred guac that can grant him immense powers. In order to get it, he sends his minions to collect powerful relics so he can make the ultimate dip. If he succeeds, he can take over the world. Since Juan is a famous luchador, and he's already saved the world once, he gets to do it again.

Guacamelee! 2 plays and feels a lot like the first. It is still a side-scrolling 2D beat 'em up where you can explore the world, gain new abilities, and unlock new areas as you get more powerful. You have most of the same moves, like punch or kick or throw or all those others. There are others that unlock as you play. For example, there is the Dash-Punch, The Rooster Uppercut, and several others. You continue to get more as you keep playing.

Guacamelee! 2
Highlights:

Strong Points: Very fun, and even more with friends; is challenging; easy controls
Weak Points: No online play
Moral Warnings: Mild language; Alcohol Reference

You fight many of the same types of enemies, but they look different. While the starting town looks similar to Guacamelee!, where you go from there is all new and very different. Unfortunately, Infierno (the game universe's version of hell) is featured more prominently than it was before. You end up going there and meet up with Satan again, as much of the action takes place in his realm.

Chickens have a large role; even larger than before. Here, you get the ability to transform into a chicken and can fight as one. There are plenty of abilities that the chicken can learn, including the Pollo Shot and the Pollo slide. There are characters in this game that are chickens, and they mentioned that they worship the “Chicken Messiah” and the “Chicken Illuminati.”

Guacamelee! 2
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 96%
Gameplay - 19/20
Graphics - 9/10
Sound - 10/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 77%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 7/10
Sexual Content - 8/10
Occult/Supernatural - 7/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 8.5/10

The people in this game can be fun to talk to because they sometimes say silly things. I also really love how every person you meet has a different personality and everyone has something different to say. The only thing I don't like about them is that they worship the “Old gods.” The people don't use profanity; the only one who does is the antagonist, Salvador. There is one section of the game where there are quite a few, but they are all bleeped out.

The music is good, and the game runs really well, too. The visuals are quite excellent, and use high-resolution 2D art. The controls are very easy to get used to, so if you want to have a friend that isn't very experienced join in, they will catch on quickly. The game recommends using a controller, and I do too. I found it to be very stable, as I haven't experienced any bugs or crashes.

I really enjoyed Guacamelee! 2 for its combat, characters, witty dialogue, and level variety. You can go to a town to help people and complete their quests, or look for secrets in a temple or a forest. You will sometimes find someone who can train you and give you new abilities, like improving the strength of your special moves or giving you more maximum health or stamina. There is lots to do and I always felt like I could keep playing if I wanted to with more to find ahead of me (until getting 100% of the map, which I have not done yet). If you like action platformers and the appropriateness issues are not a problem, I highly recommend Guacamelee! 2, especially for fans of the first.

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