- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Rising Star Games
- Developer: Toybox
- Release Date: July 10, 2020
- Pricing: $49.99
- Rating: M
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Survival Horror
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.risingstargames.com/games/deadly-premonition-2
Deadly Premonition 2 - Release Date Trailer Extended Cut | Rising Star Games
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Although small, we have an open world, so you'll be running around the fictional town of Le Carré in search of clues to solve a murder mystery. Hope you like paranormal stuff, though. Expect dark alternate realities, cults, sacrifices, and lots of bad jokes! Oh, and did we say Deadly Premonition 2 makes nothing to look like a graphically polished game?
Most of the time, you'll be looking at blurry texts, lo-fi textures, weird animations, jagged edges, and the like. For this reason, we can't but say that Deadly Premonition 2 is a technical disaster, although, at this point, it's hard to tell whether these performance issues are the result of poorly trained developers or just a fashion statement. Yeah, it's awful to look at, but old Kaiju movies wouldn't be the same with top-notch CGI effects, right?
The dialogues, on the other hand, are the very best of any Deadly Premonition game. Full of weird turns, awkward silences, cheesy jokes, and movie references, the voice acting is exactly what you would expect from such a peculiar video game. One of our problems with Deadly Premonition 2, though, is that some jokes get old really fast, and soon you'll note how annoying all of York's inner monologues are, for example. Just skate and be quiet!
In 2005, York and his partner Zach were in a town called Le Carré when they ended up unintentionally involved in a mysterious murder case. A beautiful girl has been killed in what looks like a sacrifice, and now the body of this dismembered young girl is kept in a block of ice. Who could do such a thing, and what's the story behind this gruesome event?
Although small, Le Carré is full of odd people, and so we instantly make both friends and enemies. Or is it because it's hard not to attract people's attention as an eccentric FBI agent with multiple personalities? Whatever the case, one of our new allies is Patricia Woods, the teenage daughter of the Sheriff, who acts as both our Le Carré guide and a trustworthy source of advice.
Once you get to specific places related to the crime or the suspects, you need to find evidence. These portions of the game are all about highlighting some items and triggering dialogues that move the plot forward, but please note that some places and stores only open at certain times, for example, so you're pretty much forced to sleep, smoke, play minigames, or do some sidequests to pass the time. As part of the main missions, you'll have to visit the Otherworld sooner or later, so you better spend some time crafting voodoo items to improve your stats, too!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Tons of cheesy dialogues and surrealist situations, like every cult game needs.
- If you’re able to turn a blind eye to all the technical problems (which at this point, we can’t tell if they are mistakes or something intentional), it’s a great mystery game in its own way.
- This prequel/sequel perfectly complements the first game.
- Blurry texts, jagged edges, fps drops, and other performance issues. If you’re a graphics person, you’ll hate it.
- This game/franchise makes nothing at all to lure you in if you're not its target audience.