Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 by Blini Games
I used to be actually impressed by 2019’s Lovecraft’s Untold Stories; regardless of its Rogue-like framework and propensity to cram in each H.P. Lovecraft reference however the tentacled kitchen sink, it was really a bit extra compelling than the official Call of Cthulhu online game adaptation launched across the similar time.
Naturally I used to be excited to strive the sequel.
More Eldritch, More Squamous, More Vivid
At first look, Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 is spectacular. It’s bought a well-recognized look – and even loads of acquainted faces, as your first three out there participant characters are from the primary sport – however much less blocky and pixellated, extra like hand-drawn and dripping with ambiance, from the eerie city of Arkham to fog-drenched graveyards to the sickly green-blue hues of the asylum.
The artwork throughout cut-scenes is particularly nice, with thickly drawn black strains and an illustrative fashion that’s attracts on period-accurate illustration and the grim, gritty drawing fashion of Mike Mignola (or for that matter, the Mignola-influenced Darkest Dungeon).
It sounds nice, as nicely, with a languid, dreary piano-driven rating that builds dread with out counting on screeches or jump-scare noises.
More Mundane Horrors
Unfortunately, a brand new and improved look isn’t sufficient to avoid wasting issues. Where the unique sport was mild on its toes regardless of some actual moments of problem, Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 feels awkward and clunky. It’s not a lot that it’s tough (though it’s), however that between awkward motion, impediment placement that’s powerful to learn from the sport’s fastened 2.5D perspective, and an inclination for enemies to mob up and pin you in place, it feels random and unfair.
Some of that problem might be mitigated by way of a crafting system, however that too solely conjures solely weariness slightly than eldritch inspiration and even cosmic dread. Some of the substances might need evocative names – “Lust of Shub-Niggurath,” anybody? – however that doesn’t change that accumulating them and placing them to make use of seems like an enormous grind.
Ordinary Randomness, Not Cosmic Chaos
The procedural technology is extra refined this time round, however once more, it doesn’t assist. There are extra components in play, however the best way they’re randomly thrown collectively in a given run makes little narrative or visible sense (to not point out the aforementioned problem of being pinned between randomly positioned houseplants, desks, barrels, or different environmental components).
Blini Games went by way of a variety of turmoil in the course of the crowd-funding and growth of this sport – and a few promised options, like cooperative multi-player, ended up being dropped – and I really feel for the builders, as a result of they clearly put a variety of coronary heart into this.
Unfortunately, although, Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 is every thing the primary sport wasn’t: heavy and plodding as a substitute of sunshine on its toes, ponderous and overly difficult as a substitute of goofy, pulp-inspired motion, and atypical irritation as a substitute of creeping cosmic dread.
Lovecraft’s Untold Stories 2 is out there through Steam.
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