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Point Blank 2

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  • ASIN: B00000J96W
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.1 x 2.4 inches ; 15.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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If you went bananas over the original Point Blank you'll go APE over the sequel! Point Blank 2 is everything you loved about the original but this time it's even better. Loaded with over 70 all-new wild-and-crazy shooting scenarios Point Blank 2 is so much fun you won't be able to put your gun down!

Review

The Japanese version of Namco's Point Blank 2, GunBarl, came out overseas about nine months ago - just months after the US release of the original game, Point Blank (or Gun Bullet, as it was called in arcades and in Japan). Now Point Blank 2, the shoot-'em-up puzzle sequel has arrived in the States. The game, like its Japanese counterpart, is not an arcade port, but rather a console-specific game geared expressly to the home audience. How does it fare? Very well indeed. Point Blank 2 is a toughened up a step beyond the Japanese version, yet it includes the same modes, such as a theme-park mode in place of the RPG-like storyline of the first game. There's also a party mode with a two-to-four-player tournament, a team battle, a really fun turf war, and the Point Blank Castle, which includes versus and endurance modes. Theoretically, in single-player and multiplayer modes, you have the same sort of timed "target" challenges that the first game offered. These challenges test your ability to shoot straight and often in rapid succession, with limited time, ammo, or both. In single player, you can start off with a training mode that recommends the next stage you should try - depending on how well you do, of course. The practice levels are painfully easy and often suggest you go to an advanced round next, but then the advanced levels will beat you soundly and suggest you go back to beginner. As in the Japanese game, the practice level has four rounds, and the beginner and advanced levels each have 16. And as an added bonus, a new "insane" level has been thrown in to up the ante. Once you complete a stage, you receive stats that track your progress, from accuracy to speed of firing. The trick is to make it through all of the courses, finishing each successfully. Also in single player, the theme park mode is much more enjoyable than Point Blank Island was in the first game. As the hero (a young kid with a big gun) in theme-park mode, you must search the park for the king's daughter and clear all the stages before you can complete the level. As in the first game, the puzzles in this mode are similar to puzzles in the multiplayer and single-player modes, but with a bit more diversity in their delivery. Overall, the stages in Point Blank 2 exhibit a greater degree of depth than the original game did. For example, instead of just clearing the bad guys and saving the good guys, you now have bottles sprinkled throughout the level to grab for extra points. Also, the bad guys don't just dress the sidewalks, porches, and hallways; now they actually ride by you in buses and truck beds. You get to shoot out the glass of the vehicles before capping the bandit! Clever new puzzles such as one in which you shoot the cork off a champagne bottle and defuse a time bomb make you wonder if the developers had concocted these puzzles by sitting on lawn chairs on their back porches with their BB guns. The vandal levels have expanded as well. Now you shoot out neon signs in Tokyo and destroy a house and tractor with rapid fire. You'll even shear sheep with a gun. Pretty slick. But the list of new stages goes on and on (between the original version and the Japanese version of the sequel as well), and they're all just as fun, if not more fun, than the original. One thing to note - besides having a greater degree of depth, Point Blank 2 is also considerably more difficult than Point Blank. As expected, the multiplayer mode is even better. This time, you can challenge other players in real-time one-on-one battles. You'll have races to destroy the targets or shear the same herd of sheep. Another multiplayer stage finds you knocking off vultures so your character can beat your opponent's character to the mountaintop. The tournament mode is essentially a larger, more focused head-to-head mode, but the team play is quite fun. However, the best new mode has to be the turf war. Up to four players battle for blocks on a layout of a couple dozen squares. The player with the most squares in the end wins. You earn squares by selecting an opponent's square and challenging that person to a match. The puzzles you play here are the same puzzles you play throughout the various modes in the game. Graphically, Point Blank 2 is a bit better than Point Blank, and the music is slightly improved as well, offering less of a Casio keyboard sound and more of what could be more aptly referred to as "penguin techno," although it seems that some of the same tunes have returned, and they haven't evolved in the least. The Point Blank 2 challenges have greater depth, they are more difficult, and, in part, they are more sophisticated - you'll rely less on your reflexes and more on hard-core hand-eye coordination and your brain - at one point you'll have to complete math problems and shoot the correct answers. This game is just as addictive as Point Blank, yet it has greater difficulty and strategy elements, along with the new modes, making the experience one step beyond mesmerizing and quite an authentic challenge. Fans of Point Blank will certainly not be disappointed, and those who thought Point Blank was a bit too remedial will probably feel right at home.--Lauren Fielder--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crack Shot December 5, 1999
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Dr Dan and Dr Don, the evil gun toting geniuses of point blank are back and they just got loonier!Point Blank was the finest gun game ever to grace the Playstation, it had a sense of humour, it had tons of levels and above all it was extremely adictive. Well now its back bigger, bolder better and a lot more fun than before. Set in a theme park, Point Blank 2 offers you the chance to play head to head with a friend (the best option)by your self for points, a rather dull quest mode, party play and much more. There are more cute and cuddly things to shoot at, more tricky shots to make and more chances to out shoot your friends than you will probably ever need! This is the finest gun game on the playstation and should be played using the finest Playstation gun (the G-Con or Guncon,Depending on where you live!) and you should own this game, you really should, it is just a shame about the quest mode (although it is better than the one in point blank), which is both dull and pointless.
Keep the guns of the streets, play with them at home!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best PlayStation game ever! October 21, 2000
By Hawk
This game is THE BEST game for Playstation there is! I love it! There is four different things that you can do in the game. There is Party mode, Practice Mode, Point Blank Castle, and Theme Park mode. Practice mode is where you can play your chooice of any of the gun challenges there are. The challenges are seperated into categories such as defense, animal targets, brain teasers, and many more. This is a good way to compete with your friends if you have only one gun, because you can play for high scores. Point blank castle is a mode with three choices, versus, endurance, and arcade mode.In endurance mode, you must clear as many stages as you can with only 3 lives. In Arcade Mode, there are four different difficulty levels, practice, beginner, advanced, and the insane mode.In this mode you play sets of four games, usually with at least one insane thrown in. The last is versus mode, where, if you have two guns, you can compete just as if you were playing the arcade mode. Next, in the Party Mode, there are again three party modes that you can choose from, tournament, team battle, and turf war. In tournament, you and up to four friends can play against each other in a tournament type battle. You play random challenges and whoever scores bet goes on to compete with the other winner, and so on. In team battle, you split up into red and blue team to do the same as tournament mode, without the tournament. Turf war is where you and your friends take turns stealing each other's territory. Moving on, the theme park mode is where you a boy with a GunCon who is visiting a theme park and finds out that the princess has been kidnapped. You are given tickets to the four rides at the park, which you must beat to get clues on what the princess looks like. The GunCon is awesome, the came rocks, and if you are a parent there is no violence and if you are a kid you will still like it. I rate this as a 5 star, although i wish it was possible to rate it higher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Target shooting at its best! February 29, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's basically a virtual shooting gallery, but if you don't want your kids playing mature-rated shooting games, this is your best bet for keeping them happy. Plenty of superb challenges, tight gameplay with the GunCon, and a frantic two player mode. I love it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great game June 21, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game was great. It is not violent and it is great for parents that do not want thier kids playing violent video games. This is a fun game. I am a parent with a five year old boy and a eight year old boy. I love playing it with them. If you are a parent that does not like your children playing violent games this game is the game for you.
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