The Evil Within 2 Đánh Giá

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Stalking shadows

In one of The Evil Within 2‘s early chapters, Sebastian Castellanos stumbles onto a familiar scene. As he wanders through darkened corridors, chasing leads in desperate hope of recovering his missing daughter, the former detective enters a room that’s best described as a stand-in for Twin Peak‘s Red Room. Rich, velvety curtains hang in front of him. Black and white patterned tiling spills out beneath his feet, not unlike the Room’s chevron flooring. This location is a far cry from his previous surroundings. It’s a transient place, existing somewhere between Sebastian’s waking world & the shared reality created by connected minds at the center of The Evil Within‘s fiction.

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This allusion defines one aspect of The Evil Within 2. Lượt thích its predecessor, the survival horror trò chơi can’t resist nodding và emulating elements of other franchises. Its DNA is muddy, mixing gameplay systems and tonal stylings with abandon. If you examine it from one angle, The Evil Within 2 is a strange mashup of horror’s greatest hits held together by a leash of semi-open exploration. From another, it’s a remarkable mood piece that draws players in with familiarity only to subtly shift attention towards something altogether new. There aren’t many games like this one, even though it sometimes feels lượt thích it’s all been done before.

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The Evil Within 2 (PC, PS4 , Xbox One)Developer: Tango GameworksPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksReleased: October 13, 2017MSRP: $59.99

The Evil Within 2 pulls Sebastian Castellanos back into chaos. He’s gone khổng lồ hell & back before, fighting the mental machinations of a psychopath during the events of the first game. This time around, Castellanos throws himself into STEM — a bathtub-like device that connects users’ minds to create something of a utopia — for the chance khổng lồ rescue his kidnapped daughter. He’s told, by the very people that took her, that she’s gone missing from the dream-like town of Union. Strange events coincide with her disappearance, & so Sebastian must enter Union, figure out what’s going on, & bring his daughter home once & for all.

It’s not the most novel setup. The Evil Within 2‘s story never reaches far. Instead, it’s a tool to lớn place Sebastian into a series of increasingly terrible situations for fifteen hours. But while the actual story is nothing new, it affords the main character room to lớn explore all the grief, guilt, & trauma that he’s buried since surviving the first game và losing his only child.

Despite its basic story structure, The Evil Within 2 has grand game play aspirations. Castellanos isn’t just stuck stalking through abandoned facilities & blood-soaked rooms this time around. Instead, he’s given free reign over swaths of Union’s suburban grime. It’s a shattered town, literally breaking apart as the trò chơi progresses, but the pieces that remain are open and littered with both shambling monsters & valuable resources.

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These mở cửa sections encourage exploration and careful planning. Sebastian can hold his own against an enemy or two, but many of Union’s poorly lit alleys hide multiple foes. Lớn survive, it’s best khổng lồ approach encounters stealthily. Castellanos can take cover behind objects và use a crossbow khổng lồ set environmental traps. In combining limited firepower with situational awareness, The Evil Within 2 mixes its horror roots with action chơi game that sometimes feels like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Controlling Sebastion feels flighty, especially in cover, & except for a great quick-turn, the grizzled detective moves with the grace of an overturned truck.

Traveling through Union starts as a welcome diversion, but transforms into a chore before too long. I alternated between digging the exploration and barrelling towards my next objective. Though it’s a great way lớn scrounge crafting components & extra ammunition, stalking between buildings feel more like The Last of Us than Silent Hill; tense rather than terrifying.

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Though the open-ended segments are a departure for The Evil Within 2, its narrative-focused chapters are similar to lớn those of the first game. They’re linear và claustrophobic; rife with arresting imagery và twisted creatures. One of the game’s villains, a tormented artist with a knack for dismemberment, creates installations of his kills. Each one is more shocking than the last, escalating from a soldier’s final breath khổng lồ intricate sculptures built from toàn thân parts và roses. They’re macabre and grotesque, but strangely intoxicating to behold. Compared khổng lồ the well-worn suburban settings seen in Union, these interior set pieces are what makes the game tick. Inside this weird mental world, anything seems possible.

And so it starts khổng lồ feel lượt thích The Evil Within 2 is a trò chơi divided. The open-world portion clashes with the linearity of its story missions. They’re two sides of a single experience that contrast more than they complement. It’s not unreasonable lớn assume that many will get a lot out of the game’s looser structure, but after a few hours, I found it tedious.

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Still, I can’t help but think that this might all be part of some master plan. Khổng lồ be inside STEM is to lớn bend to the will of a collected psyche. The jarring push & pull of two distinct identities — one a town overrun and ripe for scavenging, the other a frenzied descent into the wicked world of killers — ensures that Sebastian is never comfortable for too long. The Evil Within 2 often feels uneven, but that’s probably the point. Even if it isn’t, there’s enough blood, guts, và horror khổng lồ keep your heart racing.