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‘Watch_Dogs 2’ Review – Zero-Day Tolerance Policy

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Watch_Dogs 2 is Ubisoft’s latest infliction upon the world of gaming, a sequel (although crucially not a spiritual successor) to the widely disappointing Watch_Dogs. Gloomy Aiden Pearce has been exchanged for young, hip Marcus Holloway, hacker at large and lover of retro pop-culture, hence his hacker handle ‘Retr0’.

Full disclosure, Watch_Dogs 2 is such a sprawling mess in terms of game design that there’s a lot to deal with, and considering this game’s budget could have fed all of San Francisco’s homeless for a month, whether that expenditure is justified needs to be scrupulously analysed. After all, if the game world is anything to go by, clearly there’s a massive homelessness problem in the Golden City. If you want a critique of the game’s writing in terms of both character and narrative, click here. TLDR: The writing is abysmal.

Jack-Sh*t at All Trades, Master of None

Watch_Dogs 2 doesn’t strictly have ‘central’ gameplay, because no one of the gameplay facets, be that hacking, controlling your RC or aerial drone, sneaking, driving, shooting or puzzling, is being done more than 50% of the time. Furthermore, each element is too distinct aside from the sneaking and some parts of the hacking to really be considered different facets of the same gameplay. Perhaps more importantly, each facet is also too underdeveloped to be central too the game. Ubisoft pulled itself in far too many directions this time.

Regardless, the general process of the game is that Marcus is given a mission by DedSec or discovers one peering at people’s private lives. The mission will require you to get to some objective or objectives and either personally interact with (usually, hack by sticking in a USB or holding your phone up to it) or destroy them, within an area patrolled by hostile guards or behind one of the game’s puzzles. After running, fast-travelling or driving to the location, you scout the area for guards, layout, hackable objects and so on using your aerial drone and the world’s most useless security cameras, then you get to the objective through stealth, hacking objects to create distractions or take out guards, or murdering everyone in your path. Should you get noticed you’ll need to make a getaway by stealing a vehicle and hacking more objects to throw pursuers off. Completing a mission nets you followers, this game’s equivalent of experience points (which is pretty smart actually) and cash. Enough followers earns you research points which can be spent to grant new hacking powers and upgrade old ones, and cash can be used primarily to buy new guns.
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Can I Hack it? No you can’t.

The hacking is very lacking in polish for the supposed unique selling point of the game. Too often movable hackable objects such as the swing stages are put in only as a means to access the mission area, rather than something you can really use to clear the mission. On the other hand, the hack that makes a guard’s cellphone ring is far too over-used due to its effectiveness. It’s one of the starting hacks, yet distracts a guard completely for a long duration with easy, quick use that even distracts them when they’re in the process of spotting you. Some parts of the game you can simply forget about stealth if there are a low enough number of guards, by making sure you hack in a distracting phone call just before they end up spotting you. The late game ‘mass-hack’ that turns of the lights goes beyond overpowered, however. This hack is so powerful, essentially making Marcus invisible for a generous period, that after using it twice allowed me to clear a massive mission with no difficulty nor skill, I banned myself from using it.

The hacks that call in either the police or a gang hit don’t seem to actually do anything of benefit. The police only arrest the one guy you target, with no shoot-out ensuing, and cause the remaining guards to begin moving erratically, doing nothing for you if you were trying to stealth, and if you’re being more violent in your approach and get spotted the police actually will shoot you while letting their arrest target flee. Calling in gang hits is even worse – it gets rid of the one you called the hit on, but in exchange the thugs who show up to do the hit stick around (that must be a bug, right?), and again the remaining guards start moving erratically.

Far too many missions, including some quite a few late-game story missions, can be brute-forced with the RC hopper. A lot of the game’s mission objectives can be hacked by RC rather than Marcus in person, and should it be destroyed by a guard, Marcus will infinitely respawn a new one after a few minutes. This all means, for many missions, even if you’re incompetent with the RC hopper (which isn’t hard to use), you can clear the objective without ever incurring risk. You can achieve something similar for missions requiring you to destroy objectives by attaching explosives to your aerial drone, all of the while sitting Marcus out of sight and away from danger. These piloted tools, supposedly facilitators to the central challenge of getting Marcus to hack the thing, are instead more bricks in the firewall blocking the player from a worthwhile experience, and reduce it all to just a glorified timer.

The game does have a solid electronic soundtrack to set the hacking vibe (although if you choose a more violent play style the music often clashes). However, the majority of the songs are not original tracks, and how hard is to make an electronic playlist?

An Unclean Bill of Stealth

The stealth is boorishly basic, following the pattern of parking up behind something chest-high, hacking to create distractions for the one or few guards that would see you, then moving on to the next piece of cover. There are some stupid bugs however that can seriously muck up the stealth. Security sensors and guards can, depending on the kind of wall, actually see you through it, but only sometimes, adding a frustrating element of random chance if the artist decided to design a wall with a few holes in it. Furthermore, when attempting to stealthily move your RC hopper through an area, it’s too easy to move quickly enough to simply never give anyone enough time to spot you.

Garbage Shoot

Shooting in Watch_Dogs 2 is, surprise surprise, also underdeveloped. The mechanics are your basic stop-and-pop. Enemies hang around outside of cover for generous periods and hesitate to shoot. Health recovers extremely quickly. The initial guns are fairly weak, but in the early game the free stun gun with infinite ammo is perfectly adequate, and actually not that useful – shooting an enemy will alert others nearby, so you’re better off using the melee takedown – which renders the assailed dead, despite looking like it should knock them out. However as soon as you earn enough money, which doesn’t take long, and buy one of the heftier guns, rampaging through the levels becomes if anything too viable. Make use of the lethal hackable objects in the mission area and use a hack to call a gang hit at the right time, and things can become a blood bath. So long as you take down anyone before they call reinforcements, you can flee from the destruction very easily too.

The shooting in Watch_Dogs 2 is problematic. It’s too easy. The whole stealth element to the game is redundant from an optimal-strategy point of view, and the shooting element of the game is redundant from a challenging point of view. Furthermore, the game’s narrative grates excruciatingly against this play style. Shooting is made even more unappealing by the vomit-inducing names the guns have been given, like ‘4N00bs Pistol’.

Watch_Driver: San Francisco

Driving takes a backseat in Watch_Dogs 2. Cars accelerate furiously and stop on a dime, giving this awkward, staccato sense of motion that you need to come over at first, and removes much of the momentum that makes tearing through the city streets in a hijacked sports car fun in other sandboxes, and that’s just one of the issues with the game’s driving. There’s a lack of consistency in what is and isn’t breakable; giant, cast iron street lamps can be taken down by a slow moped, yet piles of wooden planks are immovable. The AI for civilians avoiding speeding objects is terrible; more often than not pedestrians will jump in front of a moving vehicle rather than away from it.

However the staccato driving does make sense given how small the world map is. If it only takes minutes to go from one destination to another, you don’t want to overshoot when you hit the brakes. Overall the driving is the aspect of Watch_Dogs 2 with the highest level of polish, because it’s not strictly another direction the game attempts to go in, but instead there to facilitate other gameplay aspects. Still, casual driving can be fun in games with open worlds, and it’s a shame it isn’t much in Watch_Dogs 2.

Stick a Puzzle on that Dog

Most facets of Watch_Dogs 2’s gameplay are be poor, but the puzzles sink to another level of shoddy. Puzzles come in two forms in the game. One set are an adaption of the Far Cry tower puzzles, where you have to use the environment and available tools to get to the prize atop the San Francisco rooftop, and the other set are Network Bypass puzzles. Both puzzles are a flop.

The rooftop puzzles are far, far too rarely a challenge, instead typically being solved by simply having progressed enough to have the right available hacking tools, going through the obvious steps presented, or by brute-forcing the puzzle by finding one of the cherry pickers scattered about the city to carry you to the roof. On top of this the rewards (either cash, upgrade points, or objectives for the most boring side mission in the game) are never significant enough to really encourage players to undertake them. Cash is plentiful, and more importantly redundant once the aerial drone and a decent weapon have been bought. You only get one upgrade point per reward, whereas missions give you far more, making progressing with missions a much more worthwhile time investment. At no point are the puzzles really puzzling, unless you’re missing the hacking upgrade necessary, in which case you can’t actually solve the puzzle!

The Network Bypass puzzles are even worse, requiring you to rotate parts of a grid to make the flow of power get to an objective. The puzzles have no actual parts you need to intellectually solve, instead just requiring you to go through the steps of rotating the obvious parts. The best the game can muster are occasional time constraints, which anyone with half a brain-cell will be able to succeed within, and if not, only within one of these puzzles are you actually penalized. There is no solving a Network Bypass puzzle. You just go through the routine, mindless motions, and it’s done. That’s not a puzzle. That’s an insulting, artificial speed bump.
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If you’re Going to San Francisco…

The San Francisco sandbox the game’s set in isn’t much of a world to inhabit. Dozens of small visual failings deprive the world of an organic feel. The little internet bios that pop up on the populace are immersive at first, but the illusion is quickly broken once the first of far too many bios clearly doesn’t relate to the person you’re interacting with. There are too few random NPC dialogues, and each conversation is too unique, meaning you will notice the same dialogue, repeatedly, from different people. The supposedly nerdy board game store DedSec operates from under sells plain Monopoly. Grounded birds always appear in exact same formation of five. The small failings add up to a very plastic-feeling world.

This lack of organic immersion is only exacerbated by how the poor AI will often single out Marcus, pushing this plastic reality in to something like the Truman Show. When driving like any other vehicle, civilians will still leap away from your vehicle as it drives past them, and police will readily allow a criminal you’ve got them to arrest flee should you walk into their view, at which point they will immediately open fire on Marcus, regardless of surrounding civilians. It’s hard to enjoy yourself in this world when it constantly singles you out.

It’s also hard to enjoy the world visually. Ubisoft promised better graphics for Watch_Dogs 2 after the bait-and-switch Watch_Dogs 1 pulled. I can’t attest as to whether the graphics are improved between games, but there are a lot of visual cock-ups in Watch_Dogs 2, particularly with the graffiti that adds a splash of colour to San Francisco. Notably, a later side mission requires you to deface billboards and the sides of buildings with DedSec artwork, which when ballooned up to the appropriate size makes individual pixels become visible due to the low resolution of the images, resulting in some awful looking creations.

Lastly San Fran just seems a really unhappy place. Why set a fun game here? There’s a lot of trash strewn about, and almost all of the random NPC conversations are negative in tone. The place is swamped with criminal gangs you can’t actually get rid of. Cops have itchy trigger fingers. There’s a huge homelessness problem. It’s miserable.

Who Didn’t Let the Dogs Out?

Gravest of all of the game’s failings, you can’t even watch that many dogs in Watch_Dogs 2. In my travels around San Francisco, I only discovered three different breeds of dog to watch, meaning my interest in following the titular objective of the game was quickly limited when I ran out of new kinds of dog. While you can also pet dogs, something like Nintendogs will give a far more fruitful dog-watching experience.
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How to Play

As I mentioned before, the lethal approach to the game is way too easy, and also, as I discuss here, so discordant with the narrative it’s actively uncomfortable. Not to mention, I’m not a huge fan of murder anyway. So, I constrained myself to a non-lethal play through, in the hope of more challenge and a more comfortable time. When that became too easy (pretty much straight away), I also forced myself to have to stealth every mission that called for it perfectly.

At some point after I’d committed to this non-lethal perfect stealth play style, when I was distracting guards with phony phone calls and a fabricated police bust, having scouted the area with my aerial drone and gained the ability to unlock the electronic doors by infiltrating with my RC hopper, all set to electronic music, it became apparent there is the hint of solid game here (Although, how ‘apparent’ is it really if I had to place artificial constraints upon my play-style to see it?).

That is an interesting game concept, where the player’s successful stealth is determined more by their long-range interaction with an environment (such as triggering a guard’s smartphone as a distraction) than usage of personal tools and techniques (such as using the side roll to quickly get past an guard’s view), which was the method of Metal Gear Solid games. But a lack of development focus has left the experience in need of a preliminary polish just so it would be clear what is in need to further polish.

Conclusions

It’s my belief that this briefest glint of a worthwhile game must be the light that has blinded so many critics in to giving this game anything above 5/10. Unless they’re being bribed, blackmailed, or… gasp! Hacked! Or was the original Watch_Dogs just that abysmal? However I would argue strongly against finding positivity in this barest whisper of a hint of a ghost of a possibility that there might be a good game buried in Watch_Dogs 2. We must contextualize the merits of this and any game with what it took to get there, and Watch_Dogs 2 took far, far too much.

Super Bunnyhop ventured that taking guns out of Watch_Dogs 2 would be a good idea. I whole-heartedly agree, but go one step further. Take as well the open world, take the characters, take the narrative, take the pseudo-puzzles, take the fully modeled genitalia, take the kart racing, and put those resources in to making a complete, polished stealth hacking game. Currently Watch_Dogs 2 gets vastly outdone at every turn as Ubisoft throws resources in every direction. You want to have fun driving recklessly through an open world? Play Just Cause. Stealth in an open world? MGSV:TPP. Shooting in an open world? Borderlands. Action-adventure stealth where you use magic (let’s be frank, the hacking in this game is basically that)? Dishonored.

I will not say there is nothing in Watch_Dogs 2. To do so would forget the corpulent decadence of Ubisoft. What there is, is a vast waste of resources, squandered all to create some barest speck of potential, screaming in pain as it struggles to grow in cramped, crushing conditions. Such cruelty should not be forgiven, and such wastage should not be highly scored.

Liam was created in 1994. At seven years old his friend passed on her Gameboy and copy of Pokémon Yellow. He never made it passed the first gym, but he did pass in to the magical world of video games, and has been trapped inside ever since. He also likes webcomics, regular comics, pen and paper rpgs, sculpting, drawing, scifi books, technology, politics, films, literally all music ever, and TV. He is trapped in a loveless marriage with manga. The kind of guy you call when need a Gramscist-hegemony-analysis on the purchasing format of PES, Liam does not get called very often. He hopes to fight evil, make video games a recognised field in its own right, and see the Bard class removed from Dungeons & Dragons.

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  1. John Cal McCormick

    November 27, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Most of the complaints seem overly nit picky, and the score seems outrageously, disproportionately low based on those complaints. Nobody enjoys a bit of snark more than me, but this comes across like someone at Ubisoft ran over your cat or something.

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‘Riverbond’ Review: Colorful Hack’n’Slash Chaos

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Sometimes a little bit of mindless smashing is just what people play video games for, and if some light sword-swinging, spear-stabbing, laser-shooting giant hand-slapping action that crumbles a destructible world into tiny blocks sounds like a pleasant way to spend a few hours, then Riverbond might just satisfy that urge. Though its short campaign can get a little repetitive by the end, colorful voxel levels and quirky characters generally make this rampaging romp a button-mashing good time, especially if you bring along a few friends.

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There really isn’t much of a story here outside something about some mystical leaders being imprisoned by a knight, and Riverbond lets players choose from its eight levels in Mega Man fashion, so don’t go in expecting some sort of narrative thread. Instead, each land has its own mini-situation going on, whether that involves eradicating some hostile pig warriors or reading library books or freeing numerous rabbit villagers scattered about, the narrative motivation is pretty light here. That doesn’t mean that these stages don’t each have their various charms, however, as several punnily named NPCs will blurt out humorous bits of dialogue that work well as breezy pit stops between all the cubic carnage.

Developer Cococucumber has also wisely created plenty of visual variety for their fantastical world, as players will find their polygonal hero traversing the lush greenery of grassy plains, the wooden piers of a ship’s dockyard, the surrounding battlements of a medieval castle, and the craggy outcroppings of a snowy mountain, among other locations, each with a distinct theme. Many of the trees or bridges or crates or whatever else happens to be lying around are completely destructible, able to be razed to the ground with enough brute force. Occasionally the physics involved in these crumbling structures helps gain access to jewels or other loot, but this mechanic mostly just their for the visual appeal one gets from cascading blocks; Riverbond isn’t exactly deep in its design.

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That shallowness also applies to the basic gameplay, which pretty much involves hacking or shooting enemies and environments to pieces, activating whatever task happens to be the main goal for each sub-stage, then moving on or scouring around a bit for treasure before finally arriving at a boss. Though there are plenty of different weapons to find, they generally fall into only a few categories: small swinging implements that allow for quick slashes, large swinging implements that are slow but deal heavier damage, spears that offer quick jabs, or guns that…shoot stuff. There are some variations among these in speed, power, and possible side effects (a gun that fired electricity is somewhat weak, but sticks to opponents and gives off an extra, devastating burst), but once an agreeable weapon is found, there is little reason to give it up outside experimentation.

Still, there is a rhythmic pleasure to be found in games like this when they are done right, and Riverbond mostly comes through with tight controls, hummable tunes, and twisting levels that do a good job of mixing in some verticality to mask the repetitiveness. It’s easy for up to four players to get in on the dungeon-crawling-like pixelated slaughter, and the amount of blocks exploding onscreen can make for some fun and frenzied fireworks, especially when whomping on one of the game’s giant bosses. A plethora of skins for the hero are also discoverable, with at least one or two tucked away in locations both obvious and less so around each sub-stage. These goofy characters exist purely for aesthetic reasons, but those who prefer wiping out legions of enemies dressed as Shovel Knight or a sentient watermelon slice will be able to fulfill that fantasy.

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By the end, the repetitive fights and quests can make Rivebond feel a little same-y, but the experience wraps up quickly without dragging things out. This may disappoint players looking for a more involved adventure, but those who sometimes find relaxation by going on autopilot — especially with some buddies on the couch — will appreciate how well the block-smashing basics are done here.

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‘Earthnight’ Review: Hit the Dragon Running

Between its lush visuals and its constantly evolving gameplay, Earthnight never gets old, from the first dragon you slay to the hundredth.

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In Earthnight, you do one thing: run. There’s not much more to do in this roguelike auto-runner but to dash across the backs of massive dragons to reach their heads and strike them down. This may be an extremely simple gameplay loop, but Earthnight pulls it off with such elegance and style. Between its lush comic book visuals and its constantly evolving gameplay, it creates an experience that never gets old, from the first dragon you slay to the hundredth.

Dragons have descended from space and are wreaking havoc upon humanity. No one is powerful enough to take them down – except for the two-player characters, Sydney and Stanley, of course. As the chosen ones to save the human race, they must board a spaceship and drop from the heavens while slaying as many dragons on your way down as they can. For every defeated creature, they’ll be rewarded with water – an extremely precious resource in the wake of the dragon apocalypse. This resource can be exchanged for upgrades that make the next run that much better.

This simple story forms the basis for a similarly basic, yet engaging gameplay loop. Each time you dive from your spaceship, you’ll see an assortment of dragons to land on. Once you make a landing, you’ll dash across its back and avoid the obstacles it throws at you before reaching its head, where you’ll strike the final blow. Earthnight is procedurally generated, so every time you leap down from your home base, there’s a different set of dragons to face, making each run feel unique. There are often special rewards for hunting specific breeds of dragon, so it’s always exciting to see the new set of creatures before you and hunt for the one you need at any given moment.

Earthnight is an acrobatic, dragon-hunting ballet that only becomes more beautifully extravagant with every run.”

Earthnight

Landing on the dragons is only the first step to slaying them. Entire hordes of monsters live on their backs, and in true auto-runner fashion, they’ll rush at you with reckless abandon from the very start. During the game’s first few runs, the onrush of enemies can feel overwhelming. Massive crowds of them will burst forth at once, and it can feel impossible to survive their onslaughts. However, this is where Earthnight begins to truly shine. The more dragons you slay, the more upgrade items become available, which are either given as rewards for slaying specific dragons or can be purchased with the water you’ve gained in each run. Many of these feel essentially vital for progression – some allow you to kill certain enemies just by touching them, whereas others can grant you an additional jump, both of which are much appreciated in the utter chaos of obstacles found on each dragon.

Procedural generation can often result in bland or repetitive level design, but it’s this item progression system that keeps Earthnight from ever feeling dry. It creates a constant sense of improvement: with more items in your arsenal after each new defeated dragon, you’ll be able to descend even further in the next run. This makes every level that much more exciting: with more power under your belt, there are greater possibilities for defeating enemies, stacking up combos, or climbing high above the dragons. It becomes an acrobatic, dragon-hunting ballet that only becomes more beautifully extravagant with every run.

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At its very best, Earthnight feels like a rhythm game. With the perfect upgrades for each level, it becomes only natural to bounce off of enemies’ heads and soar through the heavens with an almost musical flow. The vibrant chiptune soundtrack certainly helps with this. Packed full of driving beats and memorable melodies with a mixture of chiptune and modern instrumentation, the music makes it easy to charge forward through whatever each level will throw your way.

That is not to say that Earthnight never feels too chaotic for its own good – rather, there are some points where its flood of enemies and obstacles can feel too random or overwhelming, to the point where it can be hard to keep track of your character or feel as if it’s impossible to avoid enemies. Sometimes the game can’t even keep up with itself, with the performance beginning to chug once enemies crowd the screen too much, at least in the Switch version. However, this is the exception, rather than the rule, and for the most part, simply making good use of its upgrades and reacting quickly to the challenges before you will serve you well in your dragon-slaying quest.

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Earthnight is a race that’s worth running time and time again.”

It certainly helps that Earthnight is a visual treat as well. It adopts a striking comic book style, in which nearly every frame of animation is lovingly hand-drawn and loaded with detail. Sometimes these details feel a bit excessive – some characters are almost grotesquely detailed, with the faces of the bobble-headed protagonists sometimes seeming too elaborate for comfort. However, in general, it’s a gorgeous game, with its luscious backdrops of deep space and high sky, along with creative monsters and dragon designs that only get more outlandish and spectacular the farther down you soar.

Earthnight is a competent auto-runner that might not revolutionize its genre, but it makes up for this simplicity by elegantly executing its core gameplay loop so that it constantly changes yet remains endlessly addictive. Its excellent visual and audio presentation helps to make it all the more engrossing, while it strikes the perfect balance between randomized level design and permanent progression thanks to its items and upgrades system. At times it may get too chaotic for its own good, but all told, Earthnight is a race that’s worth running time and time again.

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‘Life is Strange 2’ Episode 5 Review – “Wolves”: A Worthy Send-off

The final episode of Life is Strange 2 may take a while to get going but it does offer a solid conclusion to the Diaz brothers’ journey.

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Life is Strange 2 hasn’t made any bones about being a political game over the course of the last year. The 5th, and final episode, “Wolves”, doesn’t just continue with this message, it doubles down, and in a big way.

Set near the Arizona-Mexico border, “Wolves” follows the Diaz brothers on the final leg of their journey. Having escaped from the cult that held Daniel up as a messianic figure in the previous episode, Sean and Daniel are camping out in a sort of pop-up town filled with outsiders like themselves.

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The location provides Life is Strange 2 with its final breath of relaxation before the story enters its high tension endgame, and it’s a much needed reprieve. Unfortunately, it does seem to go on a bit longer than the player might like, and that makes things drag a smidge.

To give you some idea of how long you’ll be spending in the village, 4 of the 6 collectibles are found here. So, yes, this starting area is the main place you’ll be spending “Wolves” in. To be clear, the area isn’t bad per se. There’s a lot to see, a scavenger hunt to go on, and a few interesting characters to speak with, including a surprise cameo from the original game. The bummer of it all is that players will be feeling the time here more laboriously simply because there isn’t much of anything happening.

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In the 2nd or 3rd episode of this story it’s perfectly fine for an extended bit of down time. Episode 3, in particular, benefited greatly from allowing you to settle into the setting and get to know a diverse and likable new group of characters. However, by the 5th episode, players will be so eager to see how things are gonna settle up, they won’t be able to get out of this area fast enough.

On the upswing, once Sean and Daniel leave the village, the story moves at a pretty solid clip to the credits. As the key art and trailer for “Wolves” might suggest, the Diaz brothers do indeed challenge the border wall in the final leg of Life is Strange 2. Where things go from there, I won’t spoil, but rest assured that Daniel will absolutely go through the crisis as you’ve trained him to do.

By this I mean, you will see the final results of your choices throughout the game, and they’re pretty impressive. With 4 possible endings, and 3 possible variations on those endings, Life is Strange 2 can ultimately play out in a variety of ways. How yours plays out will, of course, depend on the choices you’ve made and how you’ve influenced your brother throughout your journey.

Either way, though, Life is Strange 2 closes off “Wolves” with an emotionally satisfying and generally fulfilling conclusion to your journey. It might be a necessary evil that the events can’t be intense the whole way through, being that this is not an action or combat-focused game, but the fact that things take so long to get going in the final episode is a bit of a problem.

Still, fans worried that Life is Strange 2 might fail to stick the landing can rest easy. “Wolves” might not be the best, or most satisfying, episode of the series but it does what it needs to do and it does it well, particularly in the back half.

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