The Evil Within 2


Shayna Mangal, Fall Editor

The Evil Within 2 is a sequel to the original game, The Evil Within, developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The game was released in October 2017, and the first game was published in 2014. It is a third person survival horror game. You play as the main character, Sebastian Castellanos, a detective for Krimson City. In the first game, he goes to Beacon Mental Hospital to investigate with his two partners Juli Kidman and Joseph Oda. He then finds himself stuck in a machine called STEM, taken over by a company called Mobius.

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In this game, he receives the task of rescuing his daughter, Lily (who he thought had died in a house fire, but was actually taken by Mobius) from a new STEM machine that went awry. While searching the town of Union, he is met with many challenges. When he’s trying to find his daughter, there are other members of Mobius that he has to locate for extra help.

Like the first game, it is filled with terrifying enemies. This one has more of a free roaming environment and has side objectives. You are able to play the game at your own pace and go around the town to collect supplies.

There are three difficulties that you can play in, casual, survival, and nightmare. You are given an item called “the communicator” which highlights objectives, resources, and enemies, and allows you to communicate with Kidman who is outside of STEM, along with the other members of Mobius inside with you. It will also reveal resonance points that provide hints as to what happened in Union.

I think they greatly improved the graphics since the first game. There is more detail in the enemies and there are more buildings that you are able to enter just for supplies. There are also boss enemies that can appear anywhere you are, which I think makes it even more scary. There is a crafting and upgrade system, which helps a lot in the gameplay.

Aside from everything positive, there are also many glitches and bugs in the game. The glitches are pretty funny to be honest, and it doesn’t happen every second. The good thing is they don’t take away from the gameplay, but they are to be noted.

I recommend this game to anyone who played the first one, or who likes horror or psychological games in general.