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Dusk Diver 2

Wanin International, Idea Factory
Aug 30, 2022 - PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4
Weak

OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

32%

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6 / 10
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5 / 10
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Dusk Diver 2 Trailers

Dusk Diver 2 | Combat Systems Explained | PS4™ | PS5™ | Nintendo Switch™ thumbnail

Dusk Diver 2 | Combat Systems Explained | PS4™ | PS5™ | Nintendo Switch™

Dusk Diver 2 | Chaos in Ximending | PS4™ | PS5™ | Nintendo Switch™ thumbnail

Dusk Diver 2 | Chaos in Ximending | PS4™ | PS5™ | Nintendo Switch™

Dusk Diver 2 | Meet Yumo and the Guardians | PS4™ | PS5™ | Nintendo Switch™ thumbnail

Dusk Diver 2 | Meet Yumo and the Guardians | PS4™ | PS5™ | Nintendo Switch™


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Critic Reviews for Dusk Diver 2

Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.

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Dusk Diver 2 flies too close to the sun - and it isn't even aiming for the sun in it's own solar system. While the original game was a tight and exciting brawler, this sequel tries to pivot into a more methodical character-action style without the tools that make those games so rewarding. The result is a game with repetitive, sluggish combat dominating the entire experience. Fans might find crumbs of narrative intrigue to explore here, but newcomers have little reason to dive in.

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Dusk Diver 2 is a perfectly adequate action RPG, but the tedious side quests and numerous issues with the Switch port make it hard to recommend.

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Dusk Diver 2 delivers a much-improved sequel. Though its story takes some time to get going, its execution bears weight, especially in the second half of the game. With great exploration and combat, which allows you to take control of all your party members this time around, Dusk Diver 2 provides a steep challenge with plenty of content to sink your teeth into.

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If you're a fan of the original Dusk Diver, there's plenty here for you to enjoy. Better combat and more time to hang out with the delightful staff of the Tumaz Mart is sure to please, but it's a shame that both the story and many of the side quests are fairly forgettable. Overall, this is a fairly solid hack-and-slash adventure with some really creative dungeons to explore, but it does have a little bit too much busywork and not enough variety.

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If you’re a fan of Persona 5 with a dash of Yakuza, I can certainly recommend Dusk Diver 2. The characters are incredibly likeable, the environment is bright and vivid. Despite not knowing the full context of the story from the original game, the story in this title was still intriguing. JRPG fans and fans of the hack-n-slash genre should definitely add this one to their playlist.

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Dusk Diver 2 is a nice follow-up to its predecessor, with the enhanced combat and detailed customisation elevating the original experience.

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Dusk Diver 2, like the first game, has potential; the cast of characters and storyline are both engaging, and the world could definitely host more interesting stories in the future. However, this sequel sadly fumbles things on the gameplay front, with a disappointing mixture of damage-sponge enemies and drawn-out encounters. While we didn't enjoy Dusk Diver 2 as much as we had hoped, there is something there - a kernel of potential as yet unrealised - and there are going to be people who absolutely adore it despite its faults. For us, a potential Dusk Diver 3 will hopefully boast combat engaging enough to match the writing on display here.

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