The Evil Within 2 Review

The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2
7.5

The Evil Within 2

8/10

Pros

  • Easy to get into, even if you've never played the original
  • Tense, third person gameplay with a decent story.

Cons

  • Some voice acting is pretty awkward
  • Graphically unimpressive

It can be hard to motivate yourself to play a sequel to an original that you’ve not played.  It can be tricky to get to grips with the characters, story and sometimes the controls.  The Evil Within 2 does an amazing job of welcoming new players to the series.  I haven’t a clue about the plot of the original Evil Within but I quickly got to grips with and thoroughly enjoyed this sequel.

What is the story of The Evil Within 2?

Sebastian Castellanos is a Dad who lost his young daughter in a hideous fire.  Within minutes of starting though this is revealed to not be true and you are given a chance to save the daughter whom you believed to have been lost.  

Your daughter, Lilly, is now trapped within a machine.  The setup is similar in style to the Assassin’s Creed games.  A device allows you to enter a shared consciousness with others.  Lilly is trapped within a digitally constructed town and you move go in to save her.

This setup allows The Evil Within 2 great artistic licence to produce all sorts of scares and creepy goings on within a world that is almost, but not quite real.  It is a clever way of producing a landscape rife for all sorts of horrible beasts to lurk in.  

I won’t spoil the story beyond this point but I will say it moves at a good pace, aside from some back tracking sequences and is enjoyable.  Sebastian begins as a mentally damaged man but has to continuously descend further and further into darkness for his lost little girl.

What is the gameplay like in The Evil Within 2?

The Evil Within 2 is a third person shooter with strong survival horror influences.  Players must explore the world to move the game’s generally linear story forwards.  Time is spent looking around environments for clues and resources that will allow you to continue to live.  

Enemies are varied and challenging in The Evil Within 2.  They do an good job of intimidating the player.  This can make for some very memorable encounters that are intense and enjoyable to successfully overcome.  

Stealth plays a large part in the combat.  If you are not a fan of survival horror or stealth games The Evil Within 2 is definitely best avoided.  If however you love tense, third person games that are full of creepy setups then The Evil Within 2 is well worth a look.  

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