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POSTED 15/10/17


THE EVIL WITHIN 2

Tango Gameworks/Bethesda



You don't get me, I'm part of the Union, ítil the day I die.

Which may very well be today.

Ex-cop Sebastian Castellanos is back, bringing his really-rather-good-actually John Wick impersonation to a new round of psychological freak-out survival horror. The first was directed by Resident Evil supremo Shinji Mikami. This one isnít. But donít let that put you off, as the franchise appears to be in capable hands.

So, back to old Seb. Heís looking through life via the blunt end of a whiskey bottle, as we likely would too if we felt responsible for the death of our young daughter. But the thing is, his daughterís still alive Ė well, according to Kidman (the non-BMX Bandit variety). Curiosity naturally piqued, Seb agrees to get all Matrix with more STEM research and enter the virtual town of Union in order to find young Lily and, well, stuff.

It is a tad confusing. But weíre easily confused by horror tropes, and this thing is bulging with them. Plus it features more truly ick-hideous mutants than a wheelchair-bound Patrick Stewart could ever imagine, even if his cuppa was dosed with LSD while he munched upon magic mushies.

While youíll-go-here-because-we-want-you-to bits abound, there are also free-to-explore open world parts, with added side missiony goodness. It soon becomes abundantly clear that Union ainít no normal Podunk town. Likely because itís a simulation, but anyway.

As per the seriesí previous entry, stealth is the desired approach, while dealing blasts to hideous, malformed heads are actually a fuckload more fun. Sneak softly and carry a big boomstick? Nah, just blammo it baby Ė although at times youíll likely regret it. But you will have had fun pre-corpsification.

Really, our only major bugbear is that the camera ISTOOFUCKINGCLOSETOYOUANDREALLYINHIBITING!

A larger game this time around, and oozing with genuinely horrorific moments, The Evil Within 2 is just as messed up as the first one. We mean that in the best possible way.

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