The Evil Within 2

aka: Psycho Break 2
Moby ID: 97061
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From mastermind Shinji Mikami, The Evil Within 2 is the latest evolution of survival horror. Detective Sebastian Castellanos has lost it all. But when given a chance to save his daughter, he must descend once more into the nightmarish world of STEM. Horrifying threats emerge from every corner as the world twists and warps around him. Will Sebastian face adversity head on with weapons and traps, or sneak through the shadows to survive.

  • Story of Redemption

Return to the nightmare to win back your life and the ones you love. * ## Discover Horrifying Domains

Explore as far or quickly as you dare, but prepare wisely. * ## Face Disturbing Enemies

Survive the onslaught of horrifying creatures determined to rip you apart. * ## Choose How to Survive

Craft traps, sneak, run and hide, or try to battle the horror with limited ammo. * ## Visceral Horror and Suspense

Enter a frightening world filled with anxiety-inducing thrills and disturbing moments.

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  • ァむコブレむク2 - Japanese spelling

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  • Bethesda Softworks
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  • Tango Gameworks
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Average score: 82% (based on 22 ratings)

Players

Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 1 reviews)

Master of None - 4/10.

The Good
Ironically enough, the survival/horror genre's longevity seems to be drawing to a close, a reality difficult to portray through an optimist's lens as single-player campaigns suffer in quantity due to developers relocating interests outside of niche experiences in favor of more profitable ventures. So, even with its shortcomings, an experience like The Evil Within 2 is appreciated for its preserving the artistic vision of a genre. The follow-up to Shinji Mikami's original, sans his presence as director, relocates Sebastian Castellanos into suburbia with the Gothic themes of the previous entry occasionally resurfacing in its world design and art direction.

The Bad
And across the 14+ hours of Campaign, the love of the genre is saturated across each iota of Video Game, with continuous motifs borrowed and references to other games (Resident Evil 2 + 4, Dead Space 1 + 2, Silent Hill 2). But elements of other genres leak into the solution, muddling the experience. For example, there is a great emphasis placed on combat which contrasts the genre into an ugly light -- removing the tension of resource management and forcing the player into the occasionally clunky gun-play for most of the play-period. The game also, unfortunately, suffers from writing capable of rivaling The CW in awkwardness and emotional dissonance between actor and player.

The Bottom Line
PROS: - Fantastic Voice Acting, Great Art Direction.

CONS: - Bad Writing/Characters, Padded Campaign.

4/10.

PlayStation 4 · by PrinceAladdeen (5) · 2020

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Awards

  • Steam Awards
    • 2017 β€” The 'Mom's Spaghetti' Award β€” Nominated
    • 2017 β€” The 'Whoooaaaaaaa, Dude! 2.0' Award β€” Won

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Game added by Terok Nor.

Windows Apps added by Koterminus.

Additional contributors: Havoc Crow, Rik Hideto, Kam1Kaz3NL77.

Game added October 13, 2017. Last modified December 9, 2023.