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POSTED 2/1/14


TRINE 2: COMPLETE STORY

Frozenbyte
PS4/PSN (also on PC, Wii U/eShop)

A wizard, a knight and a thief walk into a forest...

Instead of resulting in a punchline, however, they’re summoned by a mysterious glowy doodad known as the Trine, and are tasked with an adventure. To this end, Amadeus, Pontius and Zoya obey, despite knowing little about what’s expected of them. Suckers! Having named our protagonists, we must take this opportunity to promise that we’ll keep Falco and Biggus Dickus gags to a Maximus – erm, minimum.

While Trine 2 has been around for a while, it’s never looked this gosh-darned purty. 1080p and 60fps (that’s really high-res and really smooth if you don’t talk tech dork) is the go, and the rich, fantastical palette suits the rich, fantastical worlds encountered. The ‘Complete’ of the titular thingy means that expansion packs are seamlessly added in, offering 20 levels (if you’re a thorough treasure hunter) and more hours of play than you’ve a right to expect from a download title. There’s even 3D if your teev supports it.

Back to the story, we’re talking serious fairytale stuff. Going solo you can flip between the three characters on the fly, utilising their various abilities such as levitating bits and bobs, brute force and Batman-esque grappling, or play co-op locally or online. While essentially a scrolly platformer, physicscentric puzzles are at the heart of proceedings, ranging from obvious to really bloody frustrating. The latter isn’t necessarily due so much by difficulty, more by the game’s regular insistence upon pixel-perfection of movement.

The enjoyment that you derive from Trine 2: Complete Story will depend upon your particular boiling point before hurling your DualShock in fitful frustration (glances furtively at boxful of dead PS3 ones). However, patient adventurers will find lots to admire, charm, engross, reward and be killed by.

...and now we can all get some sleep!

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