I loved the first but this wasn't as good. DS2 lacked the scary surprise moments and didn't have the general creepiness and creepy atmosphere of the first. DS2 gameplay is the same, upgrade guns and your suit, aim for arms/legs, and curb stomp aliens, which is a good thing, this is DS's unique points and one of its best qualities.
Not only lacking the scary and creepiness of the 1st, alien encounters I found to be predictable after a while, open room plus obvious wall vents equals alien attack, this just got repetitive and weakened the horror factor. I also found that when aliens did attack the they attacked in groups and I could swear sometimes aliens would spawn right behind you, which was pretty unfair. Lastly, level 14 was awful, hectic can be fun when done RIGHT, but this was more frustrating than fun, yes, an entire level had to be called out to be a negative which shows how bad it was.
I did like the setting, zero-g floating next to Saturn was awesome as well as going through engine rooms of sorts was really cool as well.
Overall, I think that you should play it, it's a fun enough game to keep you going, but this is the score it deserves, it's not as good as the 1st as it unfortunately doesn't carry over a true DS game of horror and creepiness.
Ok overall a good game. It does have multiple replay value i would have played trough it at least 3 more times but couldn't get past the second play through due to the fact the game required online play to fully Finnish the game if i wanted to play with some smart mouth 5 year old from across the world I'd play cod just sayin they should have made it that one could complete the game 100 % on solo story mode it completely turned me off from playing it anymore
Good: The addition of a co-op mode is definitely something that added quite a bit of fun and enjoyment to the game. The controls are mostly still the same from the previous installments. No longer have to have separate ammo for each gun. The graphics run with this engine are impressive for this current gen and definitely add to the atmosphere of the overall game. The sound is still very good in this game even if the tone isn't quite the same as the first two games. Adds replay value with the New+ modes.
Bad: The story is probably the weakest part of the game which is disappointing since the first two games had a pretty good story. The issue with the story is that it feels mostly forced given what they reveal in the game and how fast at the end everything just miraculously comes together. Another bad thing of the game that was also seen at times in the other games is the deja vu feeling. There will be several moments in this game where you feel you are doing the same thing over and over and will eventually get the feeling that all you are doing is running errands. Lastly the boss fights in this game are nothing to brag about as in one case you fight one of them on three separate occasions.
Overall: I found this game enjoyable even though a lot of the fear from the claustrophobic space ships from the past are replaced by co-op experience in an arctic planet. I applaud the team at Visceral Games for trying something new instead of doing the same thing. Lastly it doesn't hurt that EA has now removed the online pass requirement on this game. Also the microtransactions are optional and the in-game features take care of resources so that complaint from others is very weak. With the good and bad in mind I give this game an 8/10.