After the disaster that Resident Evil 6 and spinoffs were, Shinki Mikami, decided to revive survival horror through Bethesda Softwork’s The Evil Within. Even with its flaws, the visual panache alone contributed so much to the overall experience.
Now, the sequel is here; The Evil Within 2 continues the story of ex-cop Sebastian Castellanos. The story is a mix of cheap horror flicks and some classic horror games we have played. A torn down cop at the end of his life is trying to coup with the loss of his daughter but now he finds out that she is alive. But she is trapped inside a supernatural town. It is a classic “father tries to save the daughter story.”
The Evil Within 2 Review
We have seen this tone before in the likes of The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, Taken, and more. What makes The Evil Within 2 a little typical is the fact that there is a band of egomaniacs called Mobius involved. A crazy town with a bunch of nuts in a cult is pretty vanilla for the franchise that wants to revive survival horror.
The events of The Evil Within 2 are set three years after our lead survived Ruvik’s twisted mindscape within Beacon Mental Hospital. Juli Kidman comes with news that Lily, Sebastian’s daughter, is alive and he must rescue her by delving to the shared consciousness of the STEM system.
It is difficult to wrap your head around the plot and make sense of anyone’s motivation. But at one point the plot and its cheesy dialogues don’t matter. You are focusing more on killing everything in your sight.
While the original game was pretty linear, The Evil Within 2 comes with a semi-open world. Once you are done with the opening chapter, which is pretty graphics by the way, and get a little background and a look into the future, you find yourself in the residential area of the Town.
The game doesn’t hold your hand after you reach the first safe house. Side quests are marked on the game along with other points of interest and you are free to pursue them in whichever way you like.
The Evil Within 2 tones town the psychologically disturbing premise and grungy aesthetic of the original game. But even with its shortcomings, the overall experience is highly enjoyable.
If you have played the original game you will feel right at home in terms of gameplay. Saving ammo, getting stealth kills, and occasional shoot em’ up action once you upgrade and have enough ammo. Unfortunately, the enemy AI remains pretty much the same, though, but dumb as a rock. It doesn’t challenge you to mix up your tactics.