Hidetaka Suehiro’s sequel to the beloved 2010 cult classic Deadly Premonition launched recently, and the general scuttlebutt surrounding the small-town mystery thriller has been a bit of a mixed bag – much like the first, critically divisive original. Indeed, critics’ review scores run the gamut between a perfect 10/10, to a measly 2/10.
Sure, while some technical problems detract from the open-word survival horror whodunnit, many of the critics agree that the Nintendo Switch exclusive is a worthy follow-up to Agent York’s previous, record-breaking adventures. (Seriously, the first one was so critically polarising it ended up earning its very own spot in the Guinness World Records!)
For your convenience, then, we thought it’d be handy to collect together the reviews from some of the top critics in gaming for your personal reading pleasure. Sit back, relax and grab a cup of Joe (York would surely approve, right?) as we take a trip into the weird and bizarre world of Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise.
Digitally Downloaded – 10/10
“The Last of Us 2 epitomises everything about overly-produced, mass market-friendly content that many of us are becoming exhausted with. SWERY, knowing full well that his game will be castigated on Metacritic and widely mocked, has satirised every mainstream expectation of a video game in Deadly Premonition 2. There’s nothing that suggests that anything within this game is not an entirely deliberate, surrealistic subversion of expectations, and while Deadly Premonition 2 is not for everyone (and potentially offensive to some), games as an art form are better off having works like this to exist in parallel to mainstream entertainment.” — Matt Sainsbury [Full review]
DualShockers – 9/10
“Deadly Premonition 2 just wants to tell its story, tell it well, and be its own weird, little self. Your ability to either live with that or not will determine how deeply you fall in love with the citizens of Le Carre.” — Ricky Frech [Full Review]
We Got This Covered – 9/10
“While Deadly Premonition 2 suffers from technical shortcomings, the oddball characters, endearing dialogue, disturbing atmosphere, and emotional rollercoaster-like story are where its artistic elements shine through the brightest. Simply put: If you’re a fan of the original, you’ll love this.” — Dylan Chaundy [Full Review]
God Is A Geek – 8.5/10
“A worthy sequel to the 2010 cult classic, Deadly Premonition 2 retains the series trademark charm with its oddball characters and outlandish story. The open world frame-rate isn’t good enough, but if you can overlook that there’s plenty of intrigue and laughs to be found in Le Carre.” — Lyle Carr [Full Review]
Nintendo Life – 7/10
“Veterans of the first game won’t be expecting a technical tour-de-force, but Deadly Premonition 2 still manages to underwhelm in pure performance terms. However (and this is a big however), it’s a game with real character and it’s very tough to dislike, even as you stutter your way around Le Carré on your skateboard. If you’ve ever been intrigued by the original, we’d recommend giving this a go. It’s janky and derivative, yes, but it’s also irresistibly wonderful and strange, and there’s no other video game quite like it.” — Gavin Lane [Full Review]
Game Informer – 5/10
“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]
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]
USgamer – 2/10
“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.” — Matthew Olson [Full Review]
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is out now exclusively on Nintendo Switch.