Since Bethesda Softworks’ The Evil Within 2 is out as of last week, we wanted to make sure that we filled you in on this title a bit in preparation for Halloween!
This game is NOT for the faint of heart though and, even if you missed the first title in the series, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get spooked here. Let’s get you caught up!
This is the Red Band Trailer for The Evil Within 2, so if you’re a bit squeamish — avert thine eyes. However, if you’re ready for a few scares and buckets of blood – proceed onward!
The story takes place after the events of The Evil Within and poor Sebastian Castellanos is just not doing much better than the last go around. It’s been about three years since good ol’ Bassie was dealing with the events at the Beacon Mental Hospital. The guy dealt with some horrific nonsense and then a terrible disappearance of his wife coupled with the death of his daughter Lily. So, it’s easy to think that Sebastian just isn’t going to handle this very well.
A secret group called Mobius (not so secret now, eh?) has actually faked the death of his daughter but have been using her for a special experiment. That experiment has gone terribly awry, as most experiments of this kind do, and they need Sebastian’s help to find Lily.
If you’re curious about just what kind of drama the terminally-doomed Bassie has gotten himself into before, check out a couple of these videos to get you caught up on the drama so far. IGN did a wonderful job showcasing the entire game of The Evil Within plus it’s extended story DLC The Assignment and The Consequence. If you’re alright with having the first game spoiled and just want to get caught up so you can enjoy the beauty of The Evil Within 2, check this out.
However, if you want something a little less spoiler heavy and just want a little tasty-taste — check this trailer from GameSpot and get your whistle wet.
The Evil Within was directed by Shinji Mikami who is well known for being the creative force behind the Resident Evil series. Heck, within the first hour of The Evil Within, you get to see a lot of little nods to Resident Evil which made fans like me go absolutely nuts. The Evil Within 2 sees Mikami come back as a Producer with John Johanas coming in to Direct. This is pretty notable as Johanas directed the DLC for The Evil Within and Mikami felt compelled to let him take over the sequel as he felt Johanas really had a good understanding of what the sequel could offer players.
This isn’t your typical ‘These are zombies. Kill them all.‘ kind of game and is more akin to The Matrix meets Inception meets well… Resident Evil. It’s entirely possible to do runs of the game without battling a ton of the map-dwelling enemies if you use your stealth properly. Think of the level design being somewhere around a game like (I hate making this reference because it’s so overdone and memed) Dark Souls. Enemy placement is very much purposeful and if you end up dying, you can actually route yourself properly around them or find different paths. These guys aren’t free-roaming and mindless and so it’ll be important to plan your steps carefully.
Mikami didn’t want this game to feel like you could barrel through it with an over-saturation of ammo and weapons, so there’s very little of that going on here. Just as he planned that with The Evil Within, the sequel does very much the same thing. Resources are hard and heavy to come by after it makes sure you grasp the concept of finding them and then it leaves it to you to figure out what kind of Sebastian you’re trying to be.
The Evil Within 2 is ready and released now so grab your copy on PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and find out just what kind of madness is going to be the end of Sebastian Castellanos this time around. The perfect kind of horror to tweak your brain and get you ready for Halloween this month!