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The Evil Within 2 Review – Spoiler Free

The Evil Within 2 is the sequel to The Evil Within which launched right at the beginning of the current console cycle as one of the main horror games out in the first year. The Evil Within 2 comes developed by Tango Gameworks and is published by Bethesda Softworks. It’s a survival horror game where you will play as Sebastian Castellanos who is still struggling with what happened to him during the horrible circumstances in the first game and is still working on investigating the dodgy organisation known as Mobius.

With The Evil Within 2, I wasn’t sure whether the game would be good or not. I spent some time with the first in the series as I do like survival horror games, but just couldn’t get into it at all. Something about that one just wasn’t right to me and as much as I tried to play through it all and finish, I just couldn’t and ended up hating that one. But with the second game, I started to see a few trailers for it and for some reason it got my interest. Having spent some time now with The Evil Within 2, I’m happy to say that actually I do think this one is a substantial improvement on the first game in the series.

I don’t want to go into too much of the plot or spoil it. But for the most part it’s fairly simple. Mobius, which is the dodgy company that Sebastian is investigating for some reason decides to fake the death of his daughter and put her in the town of Union, which is filled with lost souls, zombie creatures and all sorts of horrible things. Mobius of course wants Sebastian to investigate this place as they’ve lost control of it. From there, once you go in, it’s a bit of a survival journey where you are constantly investigating what’s going on in the town, while trying to stay alive.

Much of the game’s tone is dark and gloomy. Everything in it seems to happen at night and the sounds of the wailing undead all about the place does create a spooky atmosphere all throughout the duration of the game. While walking around and exploring Union, which is an open world environment, there’s always a feeling that there’s probably something lurking about to the left, right, or behind you. As a player, I always felt quite vulnerable when I did wander about out in the open and this was especially the case when I didn’t know where I was. This feeling of vulnerability I felt was exacerbated by the gameplay.

The Evil Within 2’s gameplay is quite restrictive in that you cannot run very fast or even run away for very long, your ammunition is always quite low and your ability to fight with knives and axes is limited to only a couple of swings which won’t save you against two or more enemies. All of these put together creates a sense of vulnerability, you need to aim well with your gun if you want to take down dangerous enemies quickly and also so you don’t run out of bullets and die. Or if you’re bad at aiming in a particular section and happen to pass it, but you wasted a lot of ammunition doing so, you’ll not have much to work with in the next stage of the game, which might have more dangerous opponents, or none at all, it’s like that, you don’t know what could come next.

The Evil Within 2 Review

The Evil Within 2 Review

Luckily for the player there is an upgrade tier system. Throughout the game as you kill more and more of the undead creatures you will pick up a sort of green goo, collect a lot of it and you can buy upgrades at the safe houses, which act as sort of save points.  In here some things are quite valuable such as more health, increased stamina, increased strength and the best of all when it comes to ammunition, a reduced swing rate when trying to aim your gun. Speaking of weapons, there’s various work benches scattered throughout the map which you can use to craft ammunition or upgrade your weapons so that they’re more powerful, you can do this through collecting weapon parts as you explore Union.

The vulnerability aspect of the game was well done and plays well into the horror aspects the game is going for. But as a player, even though I had gone through and survived for some time. I had collected all the goo, got all the weapon parts and bought all the upgrades. I never really felt unstoppable. For me this is a little bit of an issue because I didn’t feel like I was progressing through the game easier in the later sections with all my upgrades, no matter what I did to Sebastian or what I bought him, he was always weak and the enemies were always way too strong. Having scarce ammunition at times when I needed it and then couldn’t find it anywhere in the world did make me frustrated as I couldn’t go through certain levels easily. At times like these you need stealth and the game does lean at times on its stealth mechanics, which are good and will get you through a lot of areas, but some enemies can’t be killed like that, which is even more annoying.

I played the game on the medium difficulty settings and while all sections were certainly not impossible to do, they did take me some time and left me frustrated more than scared or horrified most of the time. I was more in it for the story and should have went for the casual easy setting, but the long time gamer in me won’t let me do it. I imagine the harder difficultly would truly be difficult for me to complete, but survival horror veterans might love the challenge.

The Evil Within 2 does have a few quirks to it. I found that even though the tone is dark, gloomy and spooky, there’s little jokes littered throughout the game. Some of the text descriptions of items like the photographic slides have an almost care free light comedy tone to them and this helps to lighten up the game every now and then. Surprisingly there’s also a mini game which you can reach somewhere in the middle of a play through where Sebastian can participate in a shooting gallery of sorts and if he does well, he can win prizes. It’s funny to see such a serious character act in a fun way all of sudden and this was a welcome change of pace that I had a good time with.

As far as the graphics go, I thought they were decent. I played the game mostly on the PS4 and was impressed with the look of everything. Sebastian is well animated and the cut scenes are all enjoyable. The art style in this game leans towards being gruesome and while I wouldn’t say it was beautiful in any way, it was effective when it came to creating an uncomfortable environment for the player to explore and survive in. Monsters were all interesting and their designs were all creative and disgusting at the same time.

Overall The Evil Within 2 is an interesting survival horror game. It is an improvement on the first game in the series and will give survival horror players quite the challenge. The game nails it when it comes to the uncomfortable feeling you get when you are in a wide open world environement, but at the same time are completley vulnerable at any moment. While the difficulty can be frustrating at times and the upgrades I felt weren’t as effective towards the end as I would have liked, I thought the challenge was more than enough. If you like survival horror games, this one might be worth taking a look at some time soon.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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