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The sequel to 1989's Shadow of the Beast, Shadow of the Beast II is a side-scrolling action game developed by Reflections Interactive and published by Psygnosis in 1990. Although side-scrolling platformers were nothing new at this point, the game was considered revolutionary for its high production values, featuring lush graphics consisting of high-quality backdrops and animations never before seen in videogames, and a stunning, atmospheric soundtrack composed by David Whittaker and Tim Wright.

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In particular, the music for SOTB II's game over sequence was of such notable quality that some fans were known to die in-game for the sole purpose of hearing the backing track again. The game, much like its predecessor, is notoriously difficult, and has faced some criticisms of favoring style over substance.

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