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The Evil Within 2

Developed by http://www.tangogameworks.com and published by https://bethesda.net/en/dashboard the sequel of the 2014 game The Evil Within will be released on Friday the 13th of this year (10/13/17). The Evil Within 2 is a survival horror game played in third-person perspective. This game will be out for the following systems: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game retails for about $60, just like every game that is new.

Development:

The Evil Within 2 went into development in March 2015 after the DLC for the first game came out. Producers of the came focused on the storyline to make it easier for players to comprehend and understand. Responses from players about the first game was about the storyline at the end where it got too complicated. In the first game, it had a feature, shifting realities will be returning to the game according to Johanas (director). Due to the mixed responses the 2.5:1 aspect ratio that was in the first game will not be included in the second game. The game will still feature gore-horror just like the first game, the writing team is putting so much effort into creating the games psychological horror aspect. Pete Hines (an executive publisher) from Bethesda Softworks had revealed The Evil Within had sold enough copies to warrant a sequel but even though, he did decline to the comment whether to put another game under development. The game was first leaked in March of this year. Producers set the game to be released this year in October on the 13th.

Plot:

Three years after what happened at Beacon Mental Hospital, Sebastian Castellanos departed from the Crimson City Police Department but still, experiences haunted events from the hospital ever since his wife Myra disappeared and his daughter, Lily died in a house fire. Former partner and Mobius agent Juli Kidman approached Sebastian and reveals that Lily is still alive since Mobius faked her death. Now Mobius needs Sebastian’s help rescuing Lily. Sebastian agreed to help Mobius and find this town that has been turned into this haunted realm where the residents had either been killed or mutated into bloodthirsty creatures. Also Sebastian witnesses this photographer that has supernatural powers hunting down and murdering Mobius operatives. He manages to meet a surviving Mobius agent, Liam O’Neal. They track down Lily’s whereabouts. As he follows Lily’s tracks it turns out Lily had been kidnapped by the photographer who later on reveals his identity, Stephano Valentini. Stephano is classified as a psychopath that give him control over STEM, granting him great powers. When Sebastian kills Stephano he is shocked to see his wife Myra spirit Lily away. Sebastian meets Father Theodore Wallace who attempts to try to convince Sebastian to join him to seize Lily from Sebastian’s wife since Stephano betrayed him. Sebastian refuses and is banished to a forest outside of the Union where he meets Esmeralda Torres. Theodore and Myra broke Lily out of STEM and destroys Mobius. But Theodore kidnaps Lily for himself. Meanwhile, Sebastian had a vision of Myra, who assured that what happened wasn’t his fault and should focus on saving Lily. Sebastian wakes up to find out Esmeralda sacrificed herself to get him to safety. Sebastian fights and defeats Theodore, who is killed by Myra. However, Myra tells Sebastian to leave her and Lily alone. Confused but he does so. Then he follows her to a recreation of their home. He confronts Myra, whose desire to protect Lily has warped into a monster who determines to keep Lily locked up in the STEM. He then fought and defeated Myra. Now that she is back to her own senses she then tells Sebastian to take Lily out of the STEM and escape. Myra planning to sacrifice herself to take Lily’s place as the core in the STEM. While that is all happening back in the real world Kidman is ordered to eliminate Sebastian. Not following the order she helps Sebastian and Lily escape while Myra enacts her plan. Now free from Mobius since all of them were killed, Sebastian, Lily, and Kidman leave. Sebastian then parts ways from Kidman with Lily to have a new life.

 

 

What does The Evil Within 2 feature?

It’s a third person perspective survival horror game that has three difficulty modes. Casual, Survival, and Nightmare. Since the maps are larger players have multiple ways to advance in levels. Players are given an item called “The Communicator” the item helps players highlight objectives, resources, and enemies featured in the world. Players are also able to explore the map freely to do side objectives and look for resources. The game also features a crafting system, players gather resources and supplies to craft items, like ammo. The Green Gel is able to customize Sebastian’s abilities are divided into 5 trees. Health, stealth, combat, recovery, and athleticism.

 

Reviews

IGN rates the game an 8/10. Their thoughts on the game they say “Developer Tango Gameworks has done a good job at a cleaner set-up this time around by sending protagonist Sebastian Castellanos to rescue his thought-dead daughter from The Evil Within’s version of the Matrix, called STEM” The Verdict “The Evil Within 2 gives you more options to play your way in a much bigger survival-horror playground than the original. Although, a disjointed plot and weak protagonist make it slow to get started….” read more at http://www.ign.com/articles/2017/10/13/the-evil-within-2-review

Destructoid rates the game 7/10. Their thoughts on the game. They say “If you examine it from one angle, The Evil Within 2 is a strange mashup oh horror’s greatest hits held together by a leash of semi-open exploration. From another, it’s a remarkable….” read more at https://www.destructoid.com/review-the-evil-within-2-467292.phtml

Geek culture podcast rates the game an 8/10. Their thoughts and what they have to say about the game is “The Evil Within 2 is a collection of frightening, grotesque imagery wrapped up in a contemporary take on horror classics. The follow-up to Tango Gameworks’ linear horror title expands on the original’s ideas in some major ways, including smoother performance from the modified id Tech 5 engine, making for a notable push forward that maintains most of its momentum through….” read more at

The Evil Within 2 Review

 

Gamers heroes rate the game 79/100. Their thoughts and what they have to say about it is “The style of The Evil Within 2 is certainly unique in quite a terrifying way. Bloody corpses, disturbing paintings, and gruesome creatures litter the world. The whole time you play you will rarely feel at ease, either from noises or what you are seeing. The most freaky of the bunch is….” read more at http://www.gamersheroes.com/honest-game-reviews/evil-within-2-review-every-bullet-counts/

So according to the good reviews, this game should be selling pretty well.

Gameplay videos

Absolutely the best youtuber for watching any kinds of gameplays! For more of H2O Delirious’s videos go to his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/H2ODelirious/featured

For more TheRadBrad’s videos of this gameplay go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpqXJOEqGS-TCnazcHCo0rA

For more GameGrumps videos of this gameplay go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9CuvdOVfMPvKCiwdGKL3cQ

For more Pewdiepie videos of this gameplay go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-lHJZR3Gqxm24_Vd_AJ5Yw

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