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IGN
magnuscore

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5.5 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2016

Yo-kai Watch 2 isn’t lacking in soul or spirit, and certainly not in expansions to its well-built world. But what can be said about the original still holds for its sequel: the world can be fun to dive into, but actually playing Yo-kai Watch can shift from tedious to outright boring. For every new story idea or impressive blend of humor and pathos in its writing, Yo-kai Watch 2 fails to breathe life into the act of actually playing it, and until something’s done about all the issues with combat, no amount of delicious doughnuts can cover up its problems.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

This sequel has some much-needed improvements over the first game, but the pacing feels more sluggish

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5 / 10
Jan 1, 1971

Yo-kai Watch 2 does preserve the quirky tone and charming writing that made the first game so engaging, but its lack of iteration is problematic in that there aren't enough fresh ideas to color its monotonous gameplay.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

Yo-kai Watch 2 keeps you busy without becoming tedious

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Sep 28, 2016

Yo-kai Watch has a great degree of potential, so it's tragic to see Level-5 squander it over fears of upsetting their massive cash cow. (In Japan, anyway.) This sequel carries the same sense of spooky whimsy as the first game, but unfortunately doesn't lose the underlying tedium. If you're looking for an alternative to Pokemon, you might want to see if the next game fixes Yo-kai Watch's woes—if it gets localized, that is.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2016

Even with its failings, I still love Yo-KaiWatch 2. It may not be as tight of a package or have enough variety in its quests, but the additional multiplayer components and new Yokai make this worth picking up.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

I hope Yo-Kai Watch catches on to the point where we get to see everything else make it westward. The second game doubles down on the idea of celebrating Japan when a lot of developers are shying away from it, and for that and more, it has my support.

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86 / 100
Mar 31, 2017

It's the same formula as in the first game, but this time we have much more content and many more things to do, including online battles. Yo-kai Watch 2 consolidates this franchise as the best alternative to Pokémon.

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8 / 10
Mar 31, 2017

It's fun but conformist. If you liked the first game you'll like what you'll find here.

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7.8 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Yo-kai Watch 2 is a fun RPG that manages to provide some innovations and improvements compared to his predecessor. Unfortunately, some of the flaws of the original game have not been addressed yet, and some of the new gameplay elements, like train travels, can be quite boring. Despite its flaws it's still a good game, which fans of the original who don't expect too many improvements will surely enjoy.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

A kids RPG that's kind of hard to hate, but the mileage may vary depending on how much said child likes to do as they're told.

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Sep 28, 2016

While the game does introduce a number of new Yo-Kai and a follow-up story, this second entry feels too deeply rooted in the original to where many of the same faults are still present, with it really feeling like Level-5 played it way too safe in Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls.

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Oct 11, 2016

The arrival of Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits provides fans with a familiar experience that changes very, very little when compared to the first iteration of the series.

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The Games Machine
Roberto Vicario

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8 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2017

If you're a fan of the series, this new installment offers a lot of things to be happy about. It's still too easy for seasoned players, but the game offers a lot of new modes, multiplayer, and a bunch of different activities to engage on.

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JVL
Cycabs

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16 / 20
Mar 31, 2017

Yo-kai Watch 2 stays along the line of its predecessor and adds some useful features. Level 5 has been receptive to the players' feedback as the addition of the so-awaited online battles proves it. With a good handling, the game stays accessible to everyone. Just like Pokemon, the franchise is ready to keep the momentum and to offer even more Yo-Kai-friends. However, the several back-and-forth and the feeling of deja-vu for those who played the first game might be a drawback. Nevertheless, whether you are a longtime fan or a newcomer, Yo-Kai Watch 2 stands out as a reference for its genre and promise long hours of fun.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2016

Coming from a series newbie, Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls/Bony Spirits is an enjoyable game, but there were a couple of things that surprised me.  The mostly-automated battles confused me at first as I wasn’t expecting it, but I did get the hang of it over time.  I just wish the user had more input during them other than healing and Soultimate moves, but other than that and the tedium of befriending Yo-kai, fans of the original game should enjoy the second outing as well.

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Buy
Sep 28, 2016

Yo-Kai Watch 2 is a game I have no problem recommending.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Yokai Watch 2 improves on the previous chapter and introduces some new interesting features and a rich multiplayer mode

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7 / 10
Mar 31, 2017

Yo-Kai Watch 2 builds up on the original game and delivers what is expected of a sequel. It's full of content that is well likely to push the game's lifespan into over one hundred hours of gameplay for the most ambitious players, it includes a very welcome online multiplayer feature and an interesting combat system, even if it's not the most thrilling system ever designed. Its similarities to the original game are many and those already familiar with it will find the first hours rather uninteresting but Yo-Kai Watch 2 is a competent and entertaining sequel worthy of the time of any JRPG fan.

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6.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Yo-Kai Watch 2 is quite literally a case of more of the same, albeit with a minor sprinkling of new ideas and some brand new annoyances to go with the package. It’s still massively likable and perfect for kids, but it’s not to shy to hide its lack of originality this time around behind a curtain of fetch quests and endearing characters.

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