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Psychonauts 2 review
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by xXWoodinatorXx

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Opening impressions from the first couple hours are I don’t get the praise. On the positive side, I’ve already chuckled a few times, and it has shown solid real life advice in clever ways. I can see why critics like the positive message for the kids. Now the negatives. I don’t like the movement or jumping which is a huge part of this game. It feels too slow? Or maybe it’s that it feels loose? The combat and gameplay in general is pretty boring. I get it’s a kids game but lots of games are kids games and they are fun to play. Next big complaint which I’m shocked about because I thought it was going to be good is the art style and graphics are pretty underwhelming. I guess it’s not a big AAA game which I thought it was going to be but the graphic fidelity is weak. The art side of it has been okay with the brain levels but I’m still very much underwhelmed. It must get better because I can’t believe this game got like 89 or whatever on opencritic. 

I don’t mind the story but I’m still not high on the gameplay.

Jack Blacks Brain level has been the best so far. That one actually looks pretty nice. The different style to it worked. The gameplay is still mostly boring.

I wish there was more combat sections and it was a bit more action and a bit less platforming. That being said I like the story and the world. They did a good job on that. I still don’t think it deserves the 9/10s it got but the story and world have been fun. They have done a good job with making unique creative levels.

By the last act I was bored and just wanted to see how it would end. The art style isn’t good enough to carry the boring gameplay. This game is over rated because it touches on a lot of good topics in regards to mental health and life in general. It delivers a positive message in an effective manner… but it’s boring.

Finished it. Happy to be done. By the end I was over it. Final review thoughts… this games over rated.

Final Score: B

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Completed: 2021-09-18
Playtime: 18h
Enjoyment: 7/10
Recommendation: If you like the first one, yes. If you never played the first one, maybe. If you didn't like the first one, no.
Platform: PC (Xbox Game Pass)

Playtime: 21h 37m

Completion Date: Sep 14, 2021

Popular Review: "I’ve rarely played anything that is so unashamedly itself. Each hour is different, each character distinct and memorable, each new psychic playground full of surprises. There are a few things here that belong back in 2005, such as an obsession with collectibles and a redundant tree of upgrades that only confuses the array of psychic powers. But this is a standout title that reminds us why 3D platformers were once gaming’s most popular genre." - Guardian

My Review: 16 years of waiting. And it's worth that! This game rocks, simple as that. The creativity in the theming and design of the levels is just jaw-dropping; the writing, story, and characters are streets ahead of the typical modern AAA driven, and the game looks and sounds gorgeous. But the combat and platforming can still be clunky at times. If you have Xbox Game Pass, you should try this. If you don't have Xbox Game Pass, but you're into platformers and/or like surrealism and games that do something different, you can't go wrong here.
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