Ganryu 2 is an often brutally tough side-scrolling action title — the kind of game that harkens back to a simpler time when we'd be willing to smash our head off the hardest of challenges over and over again because we didn't know any better. And in that sense, this is a truly faithful sequel to the original Ganryu, which released for the Neo Geo all the way back in 1999. Simply put, they rarely make 'em like this anymore.
Ganryu 2's commitment to its retro roots is both refreshing and frustrating. Players who relish mastery through repetition will no doubt love what the game has to offer, as you're pretty much forced to memorise the ebb and flow of each level before finally claiming victory. But there's also no getting away from the fact that Ganryu 2 is stuffed with cheap deaths. From enemies that appear with no warning to platforming sections that are almost pure trial and error, this sequel is sure to test your patience every now and then.
Fortunately, the controls are tight and slashing baddies feels great in that old school button-mashing kind of way. The level design is largely enjoyable as well, offering hidden paths, secrets, and a good amount of variety in both visuals and gameplay. Meanwhile, the boss battles are consistently intense and require some serious precision later on — a dangerous mix if you're already struggling with Ganryu 2's stiff challenge, but rewarding to overcome all the same.
Cheap deaths is where I say, “no thanks!”
Trial and error and memorisation. No thanks. Up there with tedious stealth and MMO resets as the most supreme wastes of life in gaming
Hard pass. Why can't these games add an easy mode? The best of these retro type games do have an easy mode option & they are alot better for it. I'm 35 I don't have time to be spending hours on games anymore I'm an old man. I just want to enjoy games
@nedbvv "I'm an old man." I'm 49 and i love my gaming..granted i dont have any ankle biters that demand my attention but you are a teenager compared to me..old man jesus you aint lived yet son...👍
Celeste and Super Meat Boy are about as far as I can go into "trial and error" territory. I even dipped out of Hollow Knight partway through because it got frustrating and (I'm going to get so much crap for saying this) boring. The older I get the less time I have to devote to games where their shtick is "get good." Sometimes I can't devote the time and energy to get good, nor am I willing to pay money for an experience like that.
I love hard games and retro games.so its all good.word up son
Okay, I one-up you guys here. I'm 55, and I have less time for cheap deaths and trial and error. Made enough mistakes already. You crazy kids, though, knock yourselves out.
Old man fight! (Something about a "hizzle," right?)
I’m generally terrible at games like this, but I haven’t found it as grueling as the reviewer. Granted, I’m not very far along and I move at a snail’s pace to avoid what deaths I can, but I think there’s enough good stuff here to warrant a play for retro game fans.
Almost finished DS2 i just need to mop up some trophies which means i need to finish the game 2 more times. But im taking a break and will do something new i had tons of fun and i will finish it for sure. But you can say a lot about DS and Demon Souls it hard but it somehow never felt cheap and with games that are cheap i will say nty.
@playstation1995 Hard and unfair are some different things to me im glad those thing are over making a game almost impossible to finish didnt really add to the fun for me. Difficult and punishment just are not the same for me and im not even 40 yet. 🤪
When it comes to old age I have all the people here that think they are old bet.. and then some. 😟😟
@Nancyboy 55 wow wish I was that young. 😀😀
Looks legit. I’d have rotated between this and Mortal Kombat as a kid while I was off school pretending to be sick. Good review.
@Flaming_Kaiser. Im used to it.been playing hard games since the 1980s.word up son
@Dobbos You go, Dobbos.
@playstation1995 The time goes way to fast. 😁
@playstation1995 u is a tough guy . Word up everyone 😀😀
@Dobbos. Haha.oh yes.word up son
@nedbvv Rather than easy mode I want the game to remove the cheap death platforming and make the game difficulty, especially the checkpoint, fair. Games like cyber shadow is hard but when I died (because of platforming or boss battle) I never think it was the game fault.
To all us retro humans...👍
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