Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:44

REVIEW: Unravel Two (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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2016 was when gamers were first introduced to Unravel, and it was enjoyed by a lot of people. I always hoped for a sequel and I really didn’t see it coming at E3 2018 but EA pulled the rabbit out of the hat and it was released that very day on both PS4 and Xbox platforms.

Unravel Two breaths new life into what was already a solid game, the only true difference is the fact it’s no longer branded a single player only game. That’s right, couch co-op is how Unravel Two was intended to be played but it’s nothing like No Way Out where it was co-op or nothing as you can still play Unravel Two solo, you’ll just control both yarn characters. Something else that’s new is the ability to change the colour of both yarns from the pause menu and the first time doing so unlocks an achievement/trophy.

Unravel Two takes place on an island and each level is somewhat different. The very first level is the games tutorial which teaches you the mechanics of how Unravel Two is played. It does a great job on explaining it all, but after that if you do get stuck there's a hint system that can be used with a press of a button.

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Being in the puzzle/platformer genre it can be difficult at times, you’ll just need to manipulate the world around you, such as swinging both yarns from one spot to the next, or using objects near you. Some parts can seem impossible but my only advice is to look around and try everything, it's sometimes the most simple thing required to move forward in the game. The biggest challenge can be timing, one example being running from a chicken, parkcoreing up trees and having to jump from one post to another those moments can require a few tries.

No matter if your playing solo or co-op you can always conjoin together and have just one character control the movement for both, this saves some time as both characters are moving in the exact same direction. Aside from the story levels there's also separate challenge levels that are shorter but far more difficult they’ll require serious patience.

Now, there isn’t much to hurt you in Unravel Two, except what I can only describe as small smokey entities that if they touch either yarn it will cause death and put you back to your last checkpoint.

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When Unravel released in 2016 only base hardware was around at the time and still Unravel looked highly detailed and the graphics were ahead of their time, most indies won't go to that length to make their games look so good. But times have changed in just a couple of years now we have the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X and I can say for certain that the One X supports a 4K resolutionl though sadly HDR is absent across all platforms, personally I think that both games really could benefit from that feature. Unravel Two is a huge step from the first title especially when played on the One X, all environments are truly realistic looking.

There is nothing worse than playing a game, enjoying it and for you to hope it gets a sequel and it just isn’t as good as the first, well Unravel was a gem, and Unravel Two is on the level of a pure cut diamond that just saw your bet and raised it! The choice of playing co-op just opens the door to be able to share the experience together with someone else. I highly recommend both Unravel titles that are on PS4 and Xbox One.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: ColdWood Interactive
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action / Adventure