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GameZebo (Mar 01, 2013)
There’s practically no end to the amount of good in Runner2, from its flawless rhythm-platforming gameplay to the heaps of extras that will keep players of all abilities busy long after they’ve “beat” the game. All of this is wrapped up in a charming and surreally engaging package, with ludicrous commercials before games, worlds that exist inside giant whales or inexplicably sad mountains, and never-nude Big Foots that run through the background in blue jean cutoffs. When even moments of sheer controller-throwing frustration don’t make you stop playing, don’t for a second cause you to pause and consider taking a break, someone has done something very right. That someone is Gaijin Games, and that something is BIT.TRIP Presents...Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
90
God is a Geek (Feb 25, 2013)
Bit.Trip Runner 2 is cracking game, and sees Gaijin Games complete their evolution from cult indie studio to development big boys. A wonderful title that pours joy into the living room in a flood of musical wonderment. Challenging, inviting and long lasting, Runner 2 is a triumph.
90
GameSpot (Mar 06, 2013)
Runner 2 ensnares your emotions with an artful cocktail of music and gameplay, sweeping you along in its rhythm and lighting up a smile on your face. It's a wonderful sensation to lose yourself in this game, whether you are facing down the formidable challenges of The Mounting Sadds or simply going for a breezy run in The Emerald Brine. Runner 2 doesn't just offer you an entertaining experience; it throws its arm around you companionably, ushers you into its whimsical world, and makes you feel like part of something special.
90
Destructoid (Feb 28, 2013)
Runner2 feels like a very natural progression for the series. The team at Gaijin Games has crafted a more nuanced and impressive follow-up to what was great title in its own right. Avant-garde but with a healthy respect for the past, Runner2 is a marvelous rhythmic platformer that just about anyone should be able to enjoy.
90
Spazio Games (Feb 27, 2013)
Qualora non si fosse capito, Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien è un bellissimo gioco che tutti dovrebbero provare senza farsi ingannare dalle apparenze. Esattamente come il predecessore Bit.Trip.Runner, questo è un platform a tempo di musica che richiede abilità, prontezza di riflessi e in non pochi casi anche una certa quantità di memoria. Il gioco è stato ampliato rispetto all'originale ed è ora stracolmo di contenuti, cose da fare e oggetti da cercare che vi terranno impegnati anche per una decina di ore, sebbene ne bastino 5 per concludere il gioco senza mettersi a fare i completisti. A livello grafico si riscontrano minuscole imperfezioni tecniche e, probabilmente, si sarebbe potuto fare qualcosa di più riguardo la colonna sonora, magari con qualche variazione extra sul tema. In ogni caso, di fronte a un gioco tanto divertente, fuori dagli schemi ed evidentemente molto ispirato, difettucci del genere passano in secondo piano e vengono semplicemente ignorati.
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Game Informer Magazine (Feb 26, 2013)
Throughout the campaign, you naturally unlock new characters as well, who all have their own strange and silly animated personalities (Reverse Merman stands out for an obvious reason). Even though Runner2 is a single-player game, it’s fun to trade off levels with a friend simply to appreciate the finer details, like the different way every character dances or when bigfoot lumbers into the background. You just can’t absorb this stuff when you’re laser-focused on sweet, sweet survival.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 07, 2013)
Bit. Trip Runner était déjà un excellent jeu, mais son successeur le surpasse dans quasiment tous les domaines. Plus riche, plus beau, plus profond et toujours plus hardcore, celui-ci s'impose comme un véritable must-have pour tout amateur de challenge à l'ancienne. Les combats de boss ne sont peut-être pas au niveau, mais cela ne sera certainement pas suffisant pour en vouloir à ce petit bijou qui devrait aiguiser vos réflexes et jouer avec vos nerfs des heures durant.
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Hooked Gamers (Mar 08, 2013)
Once I got going, I found it hard to stop running, jumping, sliding and smashing my way through the hundred and twenty levels Runner 2 had to offer. The gorgeous visuals combined with the fantastic soundtrack and addictive gameplay make this an excellent game, and it is great value for money.
85
3D Juegos (Mar 06, 2013)
Pese al cambio de imagen, Bit.Trip Runner ha regresado por la puerta grande con una fantástica aventura de plataformas en 2D que no deberías dejar escapar por nada del mundo. Y es que el programa de Gaijin Games es tan frenéticamente divertido, que resulta dificilísimo no caer rendido a sus pies.
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PC Gamer (Apr 11, 2013)
Travelling along a plane at a constant pace has never been so much fun – Runner2 is an addictive and rewarding experience.
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Game Critics (Mar 29, 2013)
Fortunately Bit.Trip Presents Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien concludes with its strongest zone, one that integrates the retro look of previous Bit.Trip games with the grand visuals of the new iteration. As the difficulty escalates through the area, culminating in a unique left-running boss battle, Runner 2 realizes the full potential of its synaesthetic design, and playing the game becomes an experience of joy. The characters dance on the screen, but the player dances with his fingers.
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Retro Spirit Games (Mar 18, 2013)
Gripes aside, Runner 2 is the perfect follow up to the original and easily surpasses its predecessor in every way. Gaijin have really developed the usually simplistic genre into something with a lot of depth and a tremendous amount of replayability. It can be enjoyed by casual gamers as much as seasoned platform addicts with a penchant for high score chasing. Runner 2 will make you smile and it will make you swear out loud, but it will keep you coming back as it is such a hypnotic and enjoyable experience.
80
GameStar (Germany) (Apr 02, 2013)
Ich hab mich auf Runner2 gefreut und wurde nicht enttäuscht. Es ist zugänglicher und verbessert seinen Vorgänger in entscheidenden Punkten. Die vielen Möglichkeiten, die Schwierigkeit der Level individuell zu beeinflussen, gefallen mir sehr. Auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad setzt bei mir auch wieder diese »das muss doch irgendwie gehen«-Motivation ein, und mein Ehrgeiz überlagert den Frust für eine längere Zeit. Irgendwann allerdings werde auch ich vom Frust übermannt und muss das Gamepad zur Seite legen, weil meine Daumen sich fragen, ob ihre Oppositionsstellung für solche Torturen gedacht waren. So fordernd die Level auch sind, bin ich von den Bosskämpfen enttäuscht. Die sind zwar nett inszeniert, spielerisch aber etwas anspruchslos. Auch die letzten beiden Welten und ihre Grafiksets finde ich arg unübersichtlich. Ansonsten macht Runner2 vieles richtig, und ich kann es nicht nur Fans und Gamepad-Akrobaten, sondern auch Einsteigern empfehlen.
80
Runner 2 is a bit of a one-trick pony, but it’s a trick that’s done so flawlessly and with such variation that I don’t mind seeing it again and again. It merges audio and visuals better than pretty much anything else on the market. It’s accessible. It’s got more content than you’d think. It’s one of the best auto-runners on the market, and one of the best games for creating a Zen state of playing and reacting without thinking.
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Joystiq (Mar 01, 2013)
But yes, Runner 2 is absolutely worth playing, so long as you can deal with its unforgiving and occasionally frustrating nature.
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Cheat Code Central (Mar, 2013)
But anyone who's played BIT.TRIP before knows it ain't easy. In fact, for the series' hardcore fans, the high difficulty, unforgiving stage design, and refusal to provide frequent checkpoints are all part of the fun. And if that's fun for you, Runner2 will be fun indeed.
 
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 29, 2013)
Runner 2 biedt dezelfde heerlijke mix van runner, platformgame en muziekgame als het originele Bit.Trip Runner, maar in deze opvolger ziet alles er gewoon nog veel mooier, spectaculairder en vooral minder hoekig uit. Het spelconcept blijft hetzelfde: jij controleert elk level de Commander die continu loopt en langs levensgevaarlijke obstakels (speren, tandwielen, vallen, muren, robots, enz.) moet geleid worden zodat hij veilig het einde van het level kan halen en aan een nieuw avontuur kan beginnen. Alleen al het platformgedeelte zit erg goed in elkaar en zou al een leuke game op zich zijn, maar Runner 2 maakt de spelervaring compleet door aan al je handelingen muzieknoten en percussiegeluiden toe te voegen die dan op meesterlijke wijze in de muziek worden geïntegreerd. En het moet gezegd, je raakt er door in een mysterieuze trance waardoor je je niet alleen een superplatformdude waant, maar ook een meestercomponist.
 
Diehard GameFan (Apr 12, 2013)
This game isn’t just a conglomeration of a bunch of parts… It’s an entire package. The charming atmosphere the game creates, as well as the intensity and enjoyable gameplay, make this game worth getting, even for people who maybe aren’t the best at rhythm games or have had negative experiences in the past. It’s addictive, it’s pleasing to the senses, and overall, just a good time.


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