Raze 2 by AddisonR and Juice-Tin is the latest in a long line of action arena shooters with spacey-marines and/or one-word non-indicative titles. Let's count them off: Doom, Quake, Halo, Descent, Unreal, and, uh... Haze. It's surprising there are any alien-demon-zombie menaces left to battle, considering how quickly we can deploy a near-endless supply of Master Chiefs. It's a good thing then that Raze 2 has the quality gameplay and presentation to distinguish itself from the competition.
Raze 2 tries for a fairly in-depth story mode, but it boils down to this: You're a human. Over there are alien-zombies. Get them. Using the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move around and the mouse to aim and shoot, you must outkill your opponents or reach your objective, with or without a partner by your side. Cycle through your weapons with [Q] and [E], or wield them directly with the [number keys]. Use various special abilities with the [F] key. Each round grants you credits to be used to purchase upgrades, new abilities and other items. Complete the first campaign, and you'll have a chance to take revenge on those slimy humans.
Raze 2 is fast, frenetic and fun... should your CPU be able to handle the load. Fans of the original will recognize this as the half-update/half-sequel that it is. That's not a bad thing, though: with streamlined gameplay, a host of new weapons maps and play-modes, and one of the best soundtracks heard so far this year, Raze 2 might seems a little generic to those not already sold on the concept of racing around maps blasting zombie-aliens. However, fans of the genre should enjoy the multitude of play options, the two-perspective campaign, and the touch of juvenile humor: letting the player know that they've succeeded in eliminating their foe with a shot to the butt may not be the most mature thing in the world, but hey, in a war-zone you have to make your own entertainment. It would have been better if teammates were more distinguishable from enemies, and the lack of online multiplayer is a sad omission, but for fans of arena shooters, Raze 2 raises the bar.