Tuesday, 31 October 2017 16:17

REVIEW: The Evil Within 2 (Xbox One)

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The Evil Within 2 takes place three years after the first game where Sebastian Castellanos is approached by a mysterious organization called Mobius and thrown back into the “STEM” world. Castellanos is more then happy to lend a hand as this time as he has a more personal agenda. His daughter Lily, who he believed died in a tragic fire years ago, is actually alive and trapped in the STEM world.

The Evil Within 2 starts out by pretty much immediately throwing you into a corrupted small town simulation, known as Union. And unlike the first The Evil Within game, this sequel has moved away from funnelling you through an expertly built house of horrors, to a North American style suburb overrun by zombies in which you can roam around freely.

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While Stealth was a big part of the gameplay in the first game, it isn’t as important this time around. Now, that’s not saying being stealthy doesn’t play a role at all, it still does, and if you collect enough green slim and upgrades, it’s still a very satisfying process. In face, you’ll be collecting a lot of stuff. Picking up weapon parts, collecting slim from enemies’ you’ve killed,collecting steel pipes, harvesting herbs are all things required to unlock even more of your character and weapon upgrade tree. You can spend hours exploring every little inch of Union and feel rewarded for it.

Things don’t stop there. The Evil Within 2 even has optional quests. These can be found by pinpointing stray frequencies using your “communicator,” that Castellanos carries with him. These optional quests can range from your run of the mill resource drops where you’ll find Mobius soldier corpses with a lot of ammo and pouches which can increase your carrying capacity, to quests that lead you to completely new areas and have fully fleshed-out mini stories. After you’ve collected a bunch of resources, you’re able to head over to a workbench at any of the safe houses to then upgrade your gear.

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Now, while the pace of the game is a little slower this time around, The Evil Within 2’s simulated areas are large and poorly lit, the physical threats are still very real. Some monsters can easily finish you off with a single blow. Even the levels and tight corridors have it in for you, changing behind your back while you weren’t looking.

As for the combat, while it’s pretty easy to get a grip on, it’s not perfect. First off, there’s a system that alerts you when an enemy has noticed you or is suspicious of you by the sounds you’re making. Controls are fairly easy to use when needing to duck under cover, but Sebastian himself just doesn’t handle very well and feels little cumbersome to control. As you play, you can upgrade how sneaky you are or your stamina bar using that green goo you’ve been collecting, which I recommend so that you can get out of tricky situations.

So, is The Evil Within 2 worth your time? Well, it is a fairly long game, particularly if you go around and do all the side missions. The constant tension the game had me in definitely makes this title one of my favourite survival horror experiences alongside Resident Evil 7.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Tango Gameworks
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Genre: Action / Adventure