The Evil Within 2 – impressions
Shortly after the prequel, just a few days later in fact, I finished tEW2, so with both fresh in mind here’s my quick impressions
+, +, +, +, + maaan a bit of open worldness, that was mega cool! I mean sure, it wasn’t anywhere on the level of polish or variety of a Dying Light or Dead Island, nor the consistency of a Elder Scrolls, but hey, it was there, and it was great, some player choice, even some attempts at secondary quests for a few hours made exploring each train and house a thrill of my own making as I felt I didn’t HAVE to be there, and therefore felt responsibility
-, – unfortunately the commitment to this direction was not that great, with a world that was pretty empty, and most importantly badly chosen in being bland: contemporary environments make little in visual interest (where for example EW1 had some 18-19th century visuals which were great)
+, – the main story was pretty “meh” for me. Had some good parts, but also some boring parts, and a lot of missed opportunities for it to being genuinely interesting by trying to be super bland. “Father and daughter”… says it all unfortunately and this was stretched for player motivation, from introducing the daughter to the unreasonable coincidence that’s never satisfactorily explained as to why she’s also super important to “the evil corporation” (yeah, another one, how unoriginal and cowardly), as is he. Of all the people in the world, these two.
-, -, +, + the game has a lot of mediocrity. I mean the prequel had awesome parts and reeeally really bad parts, this one doesn’t have the bad parts, but is also mostly missing the excellent moments/locations
+, + much muuch less “instant death” moments. I mean they were still there so that’s a minus, but still MUCH better than the prequel.
-, -, +, +, – there’s a rather memorable antagonist as the photographer, which rather annoyed me being a typical serial killer policeman story with some gore, though there were also some memorable visuals. Still, because it was so linear it felt constraining.
+, + the game has some well done surrealist moments and scenes, locations with an Escher-esque feel and even interesting ideas such as micro time loops
+, +, +, +, -, + they made this SUPER huge move that I always wonder why more games don’t and that made a HUGE impact to my experience: they allowed me to play in first person 90% of the time. MAaaan that was greeeat! Contributed a lot to the enjoyment of the world, the open world and the memories in general. Sure, it didn’t feel AS beautiful visually as 3rd person but it was totally worth getting over the feeling that something is missing for the sake of the great immersive first person experience, even if it was a bit unpolished at times (breaking those huge boxes felt silly, the collision felt bad with the knife, as was with the little key statuettes… ). What a FANTASTIC move! This added a LOT to my game and was a main reason for me buying it and enjoying it as much as I did. I wish more games did this.
Overall I’d give this game a 1 on a -5 to 5 scale. It was a decent AAA game with some nice moments and some “meh” moments. It took us about 17h of gameplay to finish it, out of which I think about half were exciting, and the rest were linear so-so story. It was enjoyable enough to finish, and never as horrible as the prequel when I abandoned it for months. Would I super recommend this game? I guess not, but it’s okay.The Evil Within 2 - impressions, 3.0 out of 5 based on 5 ratings