GOTY 2017 | Number 8 — The Evil Within 2

Tak­ing the for­mula set forth by the orig­i­nal entry and improv­ing on it in nearly every way, The Evil Within 2 is a stel­lar sec­ond entry in this horror-action series. Open­ing up the envi­ron­ments allows the player to dis­cover the scares it has in store at their own pace. The Evil Within 2 also makes some smart improve­ments to the com­bat, mak­ing encoun­ters feel more tense and requir­ing some smart plan­ning to get through. The story is a lot more cohe­sive this time around and has a clear arc that runs through the game and doesn’t over­stay its wel­come. The Evil Within 2 evokes the bet­ter parts of Res­i­dent Evil 4 in many ways and deserves the spot as the 8th best game of 2017.

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Wednesday Night Stream | The Evil Within 2

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ESH | ‘The Executioner’ Finishes It Off

The only thing I knew for sure about The Exe­cu­tioner before boot­ing it up was that it was going to fea­ture play­ing as the Keeper from the main game. After a brief open­ing cin­e­matic, the game faded into a first-person view. I paused for a moment expect­ing some more story before it panned out to third-person view like in the main cam­paign. As I thumbed the ana­log stick just to make sure, the Keeper responded to my input and I let out a sur­prised and excited cry as it dawned on me that this part of the game was going to be different.

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ESH | A Stealth ‘Assignment’

The story in the main cam­paign of The Evil Within was con­fus­ing. It jumped around quite a bit and was, at times, hard to fol­low. Per­son­ally, I kind of get into that sort of thing, but I could eas­ily see how it turned some peo­ple off. The first piece of DLC in the sea­son pass, The Assign­ment, cer­tainly doesn’t stray from this for­mula, but it does offer some answers regard­ing some of the ran­dom­ness found within the game’s for­mula. It also changes up the game­play in a mean­ing­ful way by tak­ing the focus off of com­bat and plac­ing it more on stealth. With each of these fea­tures, Tango Game­works makes a rea­son­ably strong argu­ment to come back to last year’s sur­vival hor­ror title for an extra scare.

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ESH | Shinji Mikami Returns to His “Evil” Roots

Aside from what I’d seen in a few trail­ers, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into The Evil Within for the first time. Since Res­i­dent Evil was the series that got me into hor­ror across all medi­ums and Shinji Mikami, the man behind that series, was at the helm for this game, I knew I would likely be on board. What I ended up with was a hor­ror expe­ri­ence that was rem­i­nis­cent of the past games that I loved, delight­fully atmos­pheric and occa­sion­ally frustrating.

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