Bring A Friend Along for Shank 2's Brand of Shooting, Stabbing and Slicing

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Last year's side-scrolling slice 'em up Shank is getting a sequel, EA and Klei Entertainment announced today. They're calling it Shank 2 and it's coming to PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and PC early next year.

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Shank 2 will add online co-op play—"multiplayer co-op survival" actually—and a revamped combat system. New weapons, new dudes to kill... the works, apparently.

"What we did was rip the game apart and reconstruct it to allow us to have more responsive controls and better graphics," said Klei Entertainment founder Jamie Cheng. "We tore our combat system apart... and created new controls to be able to use the enemies' weapons against themselves."

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Your first look at Shank 2—in single-player and co-op—is in the gallery above. More to come.


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Hope it's better, I was excited for the game, and it demo'd well to me....but the demo sums up what you do the whole time. It's a repetitive beat'em up game with a small array of enemy types, so I got bored before I could even finish the co-op on a friends copy.