Giant robot fight, HELL YEA!
The gameplay did get some changes, nothing too big, but do change an overall feel of the game. The first change is that you can get a super mode from a streak of hits, but this will drop down when you get hit around so block and dodge to keep it alive. When doing this you are invincible as you slash through many of your foes. For the hordes of men you will be fighting using this is very helpful, but for boss battles it can be tricky. Some bosses will dodge these attacks so you need to time these fast combos so you can land some major damage, then after using it your beam katana gets a full charge. Reminding me of beam katanas, there are even more new ones, but you don't get two from the original game. Here you get two new beam katanas. First you get the same original one and you get the last weapon from the first game, but lowered down to not be over-powered. Then there is the Peony and Rose Nasty. The first beam katana is your basic weapon as it is very balanced, but it does run out of juice quickly. The second beam katana is slightly a bit weaker than the first, but is much faster and great for combos. You can even send henchmen flying into the air and do more damage to them before they fall. I still use that one the most, but the other two are very good. The Peony is a heavy weapon and the more you get a streak going on the beam will extend to an amazing length. The Rose Nasty is a dual beam katana as it is fast and deadly, but it does run out of juice at a good speed, but they are easy to recharge as well. Then for the fights you actually get to play as two other characters, Shinobu and Henry. For Shinobu you get to play as her for two levels and two boss fights, she's okay to play as, but the game try to do some platforming which was bad for a boss fight. Also for her combos she will do a taunt after one and I got hurt or killed so many times because of that. For Henry you get to play as him for one boss fight, but it's so worth it. Henry was a character from the first game and was the secret boss from the first game and he is amazing to play as. He dashes around at a fast speed, he has a projectile attack, and his beam katana is great to look at. For the side jobs you get 8-bit minigames this time and they are so much more fun. Now some of these are puzzle games which I am not the best at so I ignored those, but there are great ones like Bug Out and Man the Meat. Then for the assassination missions you get Revenge Missions which are one time deals as there are ten as Travis gets revenge on the men who killed Bishop. Naomi's Lab and Area 51 are back as you can buy beam katanas and clothes. For the lab I am disappointed that there weren't parts to the weapons as you really only need to buy two beam katanas which made the place feel ignored. Then there is a new gym called Ryan's Gym as you have a Freddie Mercury look alike help Travis with his strength and vitality. These are 8-bit games like the side jobs and I can do the running one, but the sparring games are rhythm games and I suck at those, but I still did them even though I wasted way too much money on them. Also a big change was not having a free to roam map which is great, but I do miss driving around Santa Destroy. So with some big changes the action does stay very similar which is great to have and being able to switch beam katanas around in each level is very helpful since there are different enemies to face this time. Then the amount of collectables was lower since you didn't have to find balls in the city, but you do get a lot of items for Travis's motel which is nice. Now how about those boss battles, well there are some misses I will say, but there are still a lot of gems in this list.
Personally I would to see how Travis' story could continue, but if a new character does come for his place he/she better be a damn good replacement.