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Review

On release, Psychonauts 2 received generally favorable reviews from critics, with some feeling it lived up to the quality of its predecessor.

Psychonauts 2

  • Greg Burn
  • Jan 09, 2022
Praised was directed at its platforming, level design, visuals, writing, and tone, while criticism fell on aspects of the gameplay and the boss battles. The game was rated 8.4/10 by IGN, 8.5/10 by GameSpot, and 8.3/10 by Game Informer. To uncover the mystery surrounding the kidnapping of their leader, the Psychonauts enter the minds of various characters to discover clues. Some of these abilities include a variety of new and returning psychic abilities that allow Raz to maneuver through the often-twisted minds and battle the mental creatures they produce.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Psychonauts 2 consists of three main types: platforming, puzzle-solving, and psychic battles. The player takes control of Raz, who is able to use the mental abilities of the other characters in his group, the Psychonauts. Raz can jump, along with double-jumping, wall-climb, crawl, and sprinting. The player can also slide down nets or tubes, by holding down the jump button for long enough. To combat the mental creatures, Raz uses various psychic abilities including clairvoyance, pyrokinesis, telekinesis, empathy, and levitation. Raz can use these abilities to solve puzzles within the environment in order to progress in the game.

Graphics

The graphics in Psychonauts 2 are well-received, with critics praising the game's visuals, in particular the character models. The game is built in the Unreal Engine 4. Critics praised the game's design, level design, and graphics, with GameSpot commenting, "The world of Psychonauts 2 is by far the most detailed and lively in the series." The game is a 3D platformer which allows the player to explore a variety of locations.

Multiplayer

Psychonauts 2 offers players multiple ways to play the game. There are four difficulty settings, which change the game's combat mechanics and puzzles. The player can also choose whether to use a Russian, English, French, or Spanish voiceover.

Conclusion

Overall, Psychonauts 2 is a platform game developed by Double Fine and published by Xbox Game Studios. The game is a sequel to the original Psychonauts, which was released in 2005. The game was announced at The Game Awards 2015 ceremony, and released on August 25, 2021 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

Pros:
  • New and returning psychic abilities
  • Better graphics
  • Variety of levels
  • Rewarding and challenging gameplay
  • Improved and fluid controls
  • Variety of mental creatures
Cons:
  • Long loading times
  • Lengthy boss battles
  • Lack of multiplayer
  • Limited replayability
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