Very few games let you charge into a battle with a chicken in one hand, and an axe in another while announcing at a loud volume that “I’ve soiled myself!” as I slice the arm off of my opponent. This certainly tells you the game’s tone. Chivalry 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the 2012 multiplayer hit Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, and this first-person melee medieval slasher has arrived in spectacular fashion. Equal parts comedy and gore, Chivalry 2 has dazzled me with its complex controls, deep systems, and ability to entertain in all forms; this is a crucial purchase wherever you play.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts took the series in a more focused direction back in 2019, and improvements were seen across the board from mission-based contracts to bigger maps with longer draw distances to an array of gadgets that were fun to use. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 adds a lot of new, such as a new protagonist, vision modes, and long-range sniping that has been requested for some time. It’s unfortunate then, that despite a greater focus on the extreme distances, there’s diminishing returns on the core gameplay. This results in a game that feels like a retread of familiar ground despite the new locale. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 is gorier and more satisfying in terms of successfully lining up that perfect shot, but remains a slight letdown as it hasn’t fixed or improved issues that have persisted over the years.