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Topic: The Evil Within 2 Review - True Survival Horror
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 2899
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

If there's one genre that can look to advances in technology as a way to improve an experience it's survival horror. Moody lighting, atmospheric surround sound, dynamic mist effects that can obscure and reveal exactly what the developers want, the genre has never been in a scarier or more frightening place. Which is to say that, The Evil Within 2 was not an easy game to review.

In that my time-honored tradition of playing survival horror titles at night with the lights out, meant a whole week of being afraid. Very afraid. Hold me.


Usually when we say that a game starts off slow, that means you’ll need to stick with it before it gets good. In the case of The Evil Within 2, the slow start is both memorable and quietly intense. Walking through strange dimly lit passageways, exploring an environment shrouded in mystery and shadow, and wondering what’s real or imagined. Staring at a wall at the end of a hallway only to turn around and find an entirely new environment in its place. That’s not where you came from, but that’s where you’ll need to head next.

Being able to create tension through lighting, art direction, and sound design, is probably more important in survival horror than just about any other genre. What you do or don’t see as you walk through an environment is generally more important than the eventual jump scare that comes from being confronted with an unexpected, or delayed, burst of terror. The Evil Within 2 has a clear grasp on what it takes to create a successful survival horror experience, which can be felt during the opening moments.


Click Here to Read Our Full The Evil Within 2 Review
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Psycho
Posts: 6318
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
My youngest has had himself locked in his room all weekend playing this...the screaming is hilarious. He slapped it out in 13hrs apparently and is going back for more. I'm not a fan of the genre and the trailer scared the s*** out of em anyways. :)
KostaAndreadis
Posts: 2901
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Dude... it's pretty messed up... but then again I think that horror is so much easier to handle when you're a teenager
notgreazy
Posts: 834
Location: Other International

Oh man I loved the first one. I really wanna play this but no current gen console :(

IMO the spiritual successor of resident evil game.
Psycho
Posts: 6319
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I certainly raised my kids right, the younger boy just sprang the $60 clams and bought the game on Steam for his older brother who's doing it a bit tough money wise at the mo. What a nice guy hey? *he sort of knows that dad's probably going to slip him the cash anyways, BUT it was a great thought I reckon. :)
infi
Posts: 23797
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

He slapped it out in 13hrs apparently and is going back for more.


He should apply some aloe vera first.

Sign me up for this one.
Psycho
Posts: 6320
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
He should apply some aloe vera first.

hahah yeh there is a LOT of slapping happening in that room let me tell ya! Filthy little bugger! :)
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