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Dementium II fixes all the flaws of the first game, then improves on it as a whole. It has a better save system that doesn't restart the chapter every time you die, you can dual-wield the flashlight and one-handed weapons and there is more environment variety than any other DS shooter that I have played so far.
I'd give the graphics a 10/10 for being the best fully 3D graphics that I have yet to see on a DS game. It is also the first DS game that I know of in which the enemies have shadows.
Soundtrack: 9/10 It has the same music from Dementium: The Ward, but with several different variations and many new songs. It sounded incredible all the way through. My only complaint is that the fighting music got repetitive as there was only one track for standard enemy encounters.
Controls: 8/10. This is no fault of Renegade Kid. The DS just isn't the most comfortable system to play a shooter on. Aside from that, the controls are spot on. The best they can be on the DS.
Atmosphere: 10/10. It has a different atmosphere than the original Dementium. It's hard to explain, but I like it. Rent the game and try it for yourself.
Difficulty: 8/10. It has challenging parts, but it isn't as hard as the original, though truthfully, the original had a few parts that were just annoyingly hard.
Overall, I think the game deserves a 10/10 It's worth a rent if not a buy, the survival mode is entertaining, sort of like a DS version of Nach Der Untoten [Gamefly won't let me refer to it by name]. It looks like it will keep me entertained long after I finish the game itself.
It's difficult to explain exactly what's wrong with this game. All the elements seem to be there. You have action, you have fluid controls, and you have a creepy soundtrack.
On the other hand, you don't have anything...scary. The same tired Hellraiser/Silent Hill monsters are back, as are generic shadow monsters. In fact, the entire game has a very generic feel to it. Everything here has already been done before, only better. On top of that, there's virtually no atmosphere, which is the crucial element for any survival horror game.
With nothing new or interesting to see, Dementium 2 just seems like an exercise in tedium. That said, the action is fine and the controls are fluid. I just wish the game itself was more interesting.