The Evil Within 2 Review
The Evil Within 2 Cover Art
System: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Dev: Tango Gameworks
Pub: Bethesda Softworks
Release: October 13, 2017
Players: 1 Player
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language

Crafting itself is pretty straightforward. You have a workbench inside your safe houses that you can use to create ammo, make health items, and upgrade your weapons. Using all the items you’ve found hidden throughout the world and won off of battles is pretty satisfying, because you know the items created will help you continue to survive. The safe houses also allow you to upgrade Sebastian by talking to Tatiana. You can view slides that you pick up throughout the world that reveal plot points via dialogue with Sebastian’s connection to the real world, Juli Kidman. There is also a shooting gallery which has a classic mode that gives you cardboard cutouts to aim and destroy. Here is a chain attack mode which was ironically one of the most entertaining parts of the game at first. You shoot at targets that are linked based on color. Destroy enough of them as time counts down, and Tatiana will reward you with consumable items.

The Evil Within 2 is reminiscent of more modern horror games like Resident Evil 7. I was stunned by the beautiful detail in the eyes of the characters. You can see the varying shades of color in the irises of their eyes. Animators haven’t seemed to fully figure out how to make teeth look natural in video games yet, so that’s one negative, but it isn’t super distracting. The sights to see within STEM are creepy, but also beautiful at times. If you have a moment, take a look up at the various pieces of the environment that have cracked off and are floating through space. It’s a sight to see, but easy to miss if you get caught up in the gameplay. There is also Stefano’s “art,” which show that blood and gore can be beautiful. Not to mention the monsters themselves. Their designs are fairly classic, but they’re still unique enough to surprise you.

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The Evil Within 2’s music is pretty standard. You’ll hear the constant “dun-duns” familiar to horror games. Probably the best part of the audio experience is the voice acting. It’s all realistic and compelling, especially in the more dramatic story moments. Some of the monsters make terrible screaming sounds that will chill you to your core. One little, tiny complaint I have has to do with one particular puzzle the game uses. On some doors, you’ll have to adjust and match sound frequencies to open them. The puzzle itself is fun to do, but the sounds are grating at best. My parent’s dog even howled an entire floor and a half above me while I was doing one of them.

If you are considering getting The Evil Within 2, be prepared for some slightly clunky movement and somewhat repetitive walking simulator sections. Past that, it’s a wonderful sequel to a game that was originally sort of a miss, rather than a hit. You’ll become just as invested as Sebastian is when trying to find his daughter and walk away from the experience feeling like you got your money’s worth. The Evil Within 2 is well worth the purchase, but especially those who enjoyed the first game and want something more.

April Marie
Contributing Writer
Date: 10/13/2017

There are beautifully horrific sights to see when you are able to take a moment and look.
Resident Evil trappings exist, but otherwise controls are pretty solid.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is basic and sound effects cliche at times, but voice overs are great.
Play Value
Pretty good bang for your buck, especially as far as a sequel is concerned.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • STORY OF REDEMPTION. Sebastian must descend into the nightmare to win back his life and family.
  • DISCOVER HORRIFYING DOMAINS. Explore as far or quickly as you dare through a world where nothing is quite what it seems, though be sure to prepare wisely.
  • CHOOSE HOW TO SURVIVE. Attack from the shadows with the crossbow, run like hell, or go in guns blazing with very limited ammo.
  • FACE DISTURBING ENEMIES. Survive encounters with sadistic enemies and meet characters who may lead - or mislead - you on your path to redemption.
  • VISCERAL HORROR AND SUSPENSE. Enter a twisted world filled with anxiety-inducing thrills and disturbing horrors around every corner.

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