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Psychonauts 2 Review

by Double Fine Productions

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A Mind-Bending Adventure

Psychonauts 2 is a platform game developed by Double Fine and published by Xbox Game Studios. The game was released on August 25, 2021 for PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, and on May 24, 2022 for Linux and macOS.

Gameplay 8

The gameplay of Psychonauts 2 has been praised for its creativity and uniqueness. Players control Raz, a young acrobat turned psychic spy, who uses his powers to enter the minds of other people to address their inner fears or conflicted memories. The game offers enjoyable exploration, great platforming, and lists of collectibles that are fun to track down and discover. However, some players have noted that certain gameplay mechanics can feel slightly dated.

Graphics 7

The graphics of Psychonauts 2 have been described as colorful, loud, jagged, and almost always holding a claymation-like aesthetic. These worlds dazzle with their creativity and double as excellent playgrounds for the platforming experience at hand. However, after years in development, some players have noted that the graphics can feel slightly dated.

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Storyline 9

The storyline of Psychonauts 2 has been highly praised for its cleverness, depth, and delightful nature. The game explores both Raz’s family and the history of the Psychonauts as a whole. The story roars out of the gate with silly excitement and never slows thanks to clever jokes and a wonderfully realized cast of characters.

Multiplayer - N/A

Psychonauts 2 is a single-player game, so it does not feature multiplayer gameplay.

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Issues 7

While Psychonauts 2 has been generally well-received, it's not without its issues. Some players have reported awkward jumps and minor camera issues. Additionally, some players have criticized the boss battles.

Conclusion 8

Psychonauts 2 is a brilliant, mind-bending adventure that offers a unique and creative gaming experience. Despite some minor issues, the game delivers a compelling narrative, enjoyable gameplay, and high production values. It's a game that pushes the boundaries of its genre, introducing innovative features and refining existing ones to near perfection. It's a game that's well worth the wait.

Player Quotes

"Psychonauts 2 is brilliant. It's one of the most creative experiences released in recent years, if not in the last console generation."

"Psychonauts 2 is a game with a beautiful heart, matched only by the beauty of its creativity and level design."

"Psychonauts 2 is a joyous rollercoaster ride from start to finish."

"Psychonauts 2 is pretty much everything I could have hoped for from this long-awaited sequel."

"Psychonauts 2 is a game that has 'perks' which actually stops you hurting enemies or lets you pet any passing wildlife, just because it's a nice thing to do."

"Psychonauts 2 is a game that's well worth the wait."

"Psychonauts 2 is a sensitive and splendid odyssey."

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Please note that this review is based on the feedback and sentiments of players on various Reddit threads and does not represent the views of all players.