Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise

Game Information

Game Title: Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise



Developer: TOYBOX inc.

Publisher: Nintendo

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 65 average – 33% recommended – 31 reviews

Critic Reviews

33bits – Diego Sierra – Spanish – 55 / 100

Deadly Premonition 2 is a failed sequel that completely loses perspective on those elements that made the first installment special. Its history and high doses of fan service still retain enough charm to satisfy many of its staunchest followers, but many others will be disappointed to have waited ten years to receive a product that is not only inferior to its predecessor, but in large part a betrayal of its spirit.

CGMagazine – Preston Dozsa – 7 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is messy, bizarre, and ultimately exactly what it needs to be: A great sequel to a cult classic.

COGconnected – Jaz Sagoo – 73 / 100

A diamond in the rough which rightfully will deter some gamers. Fans of the original will not be disappointed with a trip to Le Carre whereas newcomers may feel like the game is not only set in 2005, but created then, too.

Critical Hit – Brad Lang – 4 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise wants to revel and self-praise its own absurdist nature, but at the end of the day the actual game attached to all the strange dialogue, mechanics and gameplay is painfully frustrating.

Destructoid – Chris Carter – 8 / 10

It’s a weird game to review because so many people are going to expect drastically different things. How many games force you to shave and send your clothes up for dry cleaning? How many times can you say that you hexed an old widow so that you could go bowling in the past…oh say decade or so? Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is another trip. You’ve been warned.

DualShockers – Ricky Frech – 9 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2 marks the return of Francis York Morgan and his brand of weirdness. He can also skateboard now. It’s rad.

Game Informer – Jeff Cork – 5 / 10

Revisiting Deadly Premonition’s unique sensibility is fun, but aggressively poor production values and shallow gameplay make it tough to stick around

GameByte – Lara Jackson – 8 / 10

Though it’s about as far from a technical masterpiece as you can get in 2020, it has more style and heart than most of the AAA experiences on the market right now, with genuine laugh-out-loud moments.

GameSpot – Kurt Indovina – 5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is a welcoming return to its strange and absurd world, but feels diluted and missing many of the flavor notes that defined its predecessor.

GameXplain – Mixed

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Gameblog – Jonathan Bushle – French – 5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2 : A Blessing In Disguise is a sequel for to the fans of the first game and them only. They endure the toughness of this episode to discover the true story behind it.

God is a Geek – Lyle Carr – 8.5 / 10

A worthy sequel to the 2010 cult classic, Deadly Premonition 2 retains the series trademark charm with its oddball characters and outlandish story. The open world frame-rate isn’t good enough, but if you can overlook that there’s plenty of intrigue and laughs to be found in Le Carre.

Hardcore Gamer – Kyle LeClair – 3.5 / 5

In the end, a traditional review may be rather pointless, since the Deadly Premonition games operate on the same level as a film such as The Return of Captain Invincible (possibly the lone cult ’80s film that York shockingly doesn’t reference): something that operates on a completely different plane of reality than the rest of us, one where the mere notions of “good” and “bad” don’t really apply.

Hobby Consolas – Alberto Lloret – Spanish – 85 / 100

An adventure that, like the original, you won’t know if it’s a joke. You’ll love it, or hate it. Unpolish, rough around edges… but still an adventure unique on its own ways. If you connect with it, you’ll enjoy it till the end, with a delightful script, crazy situations that will hook you on and all the crazyness you can hope from Francis York.

IGN – Tristan Ogilvie – 5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise isn’t so bad that it’s good, it’s just average and technically rough.

IGN Italy – Biagio Etna – Italian – 7 / 10

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IGN Spain – Victor Sánchez – Spanish – 8 / 10

The sequel to Hidetaka “Swery65” Suehiro’s most memorable creation rests entirely on the same things that made the former a cult game. For better and for worse.

Nintendo Enthusiast – Dan Thompson – 5.5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is charmingly awful and will stand out as a morbid curiosity among the pantheon of Nintendo Switch exclusives. As a sequel, it stays true to the original by accidentally inheriting its almost exact flaws. In certain aspects it’s better, and in others it’s much worse. I found the combat to be more palatable while the performance and glitches were difficult to stomach.

Nintendo Life – Gavin Lane – 7 / 10

Veterans of the first game won’t be expecting a technical tour-de-force, but Deadly Premonition 2 still manages to underwhelm in pure performance terms. However (and this is a big however), it’s a game with real character and it’s very tough to dislike, even as you stutter your way around Le Carré on your skateboard. If you’ve ever been intrigued by the original, we’d recommend giving this a go. It’s janky and derivative, yes, but it’s also irresistibly wonderful and strange, and there’s no other video game quite like it.

NintendoWorldReport – Joe Devader – 5.5 / 10

Well, except David, he’d fit in Greenvale pretty well. If you like the first Deadly Premonition you likely already know what you want and what you’re getting into, and you’ll likely be pretty happy with this sequel. Your everyday average player should probably weigh how much jank they’re willing to put up with before giving this game a shot, though.

Polygon – Dave Tach – Unscored

I’m going to tell you something that I can’t easily explain: When I advance the quest, I’m having fun. I barely know why, in the same way that it’s difficult to explain why paying off a mortgage in Animal Crossing is fun.

PowerUp! – James Wood – 4.5 / 10

The game is plagued by unavoidably problematic writing and character work which for others, like myself, is too high a barrier to overcome. Those representation issues are very real and paired with the distinct dip in overall quality from the first game makes me question if Deadly Premonition 2 was even in on its own joke.

Press Start – James Berich – 6.5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is an earnest attempt to conclude the story told in the original game ten years ago. It’s engaging, the characters are a joy to observe, and the trademark zaniness is as intact as ever. Unfortunately, it’s hard to deny that the game’s egregious performance issue hinders it from standing on the shoulders of it’s predecessor.

Rely On Horror – Steve Summers – 6 / 10

It’s a very hard task to follow up such an iconic cult classic as the original Deadly Premonition and satisfy the high-expectations by fans. Speaking as one of those fans, the sophomore slump hits pretty hard, even if there is a great story and immeasurable charm underneath all of Deadly Premonition 2’s issues.

Rocket Chainsaw – Andrew Cathie – 2 / 5 stars

Overall, Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is exactly the game you expected it would be. A largely broken and mechanically mediocre game that manages to somewhat redeem itself thanks to its quirky characters and engaging story. If you’re able to look past the game’s many faults, you’ll certainly find an interesting story to experience. Otherwise, you’re likely to be left totally underwhelmed.

TechRaptor – Tyler Chancey – 8 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2 is a great follow up to a beloved cult classic. It has an intriguing story and eccentric quirks, but feels safer on the gameplay side of things.

TheSixthAxis – Thomas Hughes – 7 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2 feels like a step forward from the first game. It still has the same quirky and unusual humour, but this sequel brings with it improved combat and better visuals. It’s a shame it’s held back by poor performance on Nintendo Switch, but fans of the original are going to love Deadly Premonition 2, the city of Le Carrè and the story it has to tell.

TrustedReviews – Jade King – 3 / 5 stars

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is a transcendant pile of garbage. It’s both strikingly ambitious and laughably imcompetent in every regard, which is somewhat fitting given the iconic status of its predecessor. But all the campy brilliance aside, it’s difficult to overlook its monolithic performance problems and decrepit approach to game design.

USgamer – Mathew Olson – 1 / 5 stars

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise is hard to love, even by the standards set by its predecessor. In leaving Greenvale behind for a style of prequel and sequel storytelling split across Louisiana and Boston, Deadly Premonition 2 jettisons the much of what made the original charming (along with some interesting mechanics and variety) in favor of an empty town and a story that serves up tropes and bits of lore that do little to enhance or build upon what made the original fascinating. All the while, terrible performance makes it more of a slog than its uninspired ideas and pacing do on their own.

Wccftech – Nathan Birch – 5.5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise is as bonkers as you’d expect and fans will no doubt enjoy catching up with Agent York, but a lack of atmosphere, dull action, serious technical issues, and the creeping sense that Swery is becoming a touch too self-aware conspire to kill the fun. Deadly Premonition 2 is for the hardcores – most other folks can safely close their investigation after finishing the first game.

WellPlayed – Aza Hudson – 8.5 / 10

Deadly Premonition 2 delivers exactly what fans have been craving for years

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