Deadly Premonition is an unexpected game to have recieved a sequel. The cult classic 2010 survival-horror was beloved in spite of some notable blemishes, so the sequel announcement came as a surprise. Now Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is coming very soon, but the reaction among critics seems mixed–even for those who loved the first game.
In general, the consensus appears to be that some of the original game’s charming weirdness has worn off or not made the transition to a new game. Meanwhile, technical shortcomings detract from the experience, and the lack of charm makes them that much harder to overlook. GameSpot’s Deadly Premonition 2 review said it “feels diluted and missing many of the flavor notes” of its predecessor.
Many critics agree. We’ve rounded up some of the Deadly Premonition 2 reviews from around the industry below. For more, be sure to check out GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic for an even broader look at the critical response.
- Game: Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: Toybox Games
- Release date: July 10
- Price: $50 / £40 / $50 AUD
GameSpot – 5/10
“If you can get past its performance, there are glimpses of a good story here, and moments that make it a worthy installment in the Francis Zach Morgan saga. But, ultimately, Deadly Premonition 2 lacks the emotional resonance found in the first game. It’s a different brew of coffee from your favorite roaster, but one that’s more bitter than you probably hoped for.” – Kurt Indovina [Full Review]
Destructoid – 8/10
“It’s a weird game to review because so many people are going to expect drastically different things. How many games force you to shave and send your clothes up for dry cleaning? How many times can you say that you hexed an old widow so that you could go bowling in the past…oh say decade or so? Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is another trip. You’ve been warned.” – Chris Carter [Full Review]
Hardcore Gamer – 3/5
“Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is an entertaining game. How one derives entertainment from it is up to each individual, mind you, but despite technical hiccups and awkward moments, the gleefully bizarre characters, twisted and intriguing story, quirky dialogue and loads of fun content to fiddle around with in Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise provides an experience worth checking out, albeit one you may find yourself questioning at certain points.” – Kyle LeClair [Full Review]
IGN – 5/10
“Deadly Premonition 2 isn’t good, nor is it so bad that it’s good (like it’s predecessor). It’s something much, much worse: it’s mediocre. And that’s too bad. I’m certainly grateful for the chance to spend some more time with the eccentric and ever enthusiastic Francis York Morgan, because he remains one of the funniest and most unique lead characters in all of gaming. But I found myself less tolerant of Deadly Premonition 2’s technical issues and half-baked combat this time around, and its central mystery is ridiculous without ever going far enough off the rails to be truly surprising or memorable.” – Tristan Ogilvie [Full Review]
Game Informer – 5/10
“It’s a weird paradox overall – a game that is simultaneously too short and too padded out, but here we are. It’s bound to be another polarizing title, which ultimately shouldn’t come as a big surprise. I just wish I could have counted myself among its defenders this time.” – Jeff Cork [Full Review]
USGamer – 1/5
“Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is hard to love, even by the standards set by its predecessor. In leaving Greenvale behind for a style of prequel and sequel storytelling split across Louisiana and Boston, Deadly Premonition 2 jettisons the much of what made the original charming (along with some interesting mechanics and variety) in favor of an empty town and a story that serves up tropes and bits of lore that do little to enhance or build upon what made the original fascinating. All the while, terrible performance makes it more of a slog than its uninspired ideas and pacing do on their own.” – Mathew Olson [Full Review]
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