The Evil Within 2: Not My Cup of Tea

The spooky month is here. The world is ending. Just kidding! Looking through my blog, I thought why not revive an old blog post? I remember I was so excited to play this game that I published a review without finishing it. To my disappointment, I spoke too soon. So I revised the entire blog post a couple of times and re-published it. The game has potential, but unfortunately, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. 

I am a stickler when it comes to survival horror games since it is my favorite video game genre. I believe the concept more than the scare factor plays the most important role in developing an engaging horror game. For instance, Silent Hill 2 will always be my favorite survival horror game because the developers know exactly how to define horror and create a game that still haunts me to this day. When I see fog, I think of Silent Hill. The game is that memorable. All thanks to the game’s art direction and the superb original soundtrack (The people behind the game are quite talented). There are so many juicy symbolisms I got to get my hands on. But this post is not going to be about me ranting and analyzing the Silent Hill franchise and what makes it great. I’ve seen a couple of those insightful articles and videos about the game, so I don’t need to provide further input, or should I? This is about The Evil Within 2 and my thoughts about it. Please keep in my mind, I am not a fan of cinematic games (oddly most games are inspired by movies). So, of course, there are going to be some biases.

With any artistic medium (I think some video games are a form of art), it’s wise not to imitate even if you are under the spell of nostalgia. I am not a fan of imitation, but I am okay with inspiration. You can admire a classic game that haunts people after they are done with the game, but reinventing the same thing doesn’t frighten people or set the game apart. Why? Because the player already walked the same path before.

“If there is no suspense, there’s no horror.”

I quote myself, Halsdoll, a survival horror junkie

The Evil Within 2 feels like a confused horror, amusement park. It cannot decide whether it wanted to be an action or horror game. What disappointed me about the game was its strong opening. The game introduction was atmospherically scary. Yes, there was a little chase here and there. Fun for a bit, but then it got sloppy as soon as all the suspense got dispersed, and the story reached its climax. From there on, I found myself playing a cheap thrill. If the gameplay is lacking then I expect a decent story, but this game has neither of them. The Evil Within 2 felt like someone was forced to make a horror game. He knows all the ingredients for making a horror game but doesn’t know how to improvise it to make it uniquely his signature dish. Why recycle boss enemies once it has been defeated? Why do I need to level up my skill trees to make the game a bit more fluid? What purpose does it serve? Why is the black man evil? Oh no, I hope this game is not racist. I started asking myself, “Why am I playing this game? Let’s just hold our breath and just beat the game already.”

I would have enjoyed the game more if Juli Kidman was the protagonist but then the game would not appeal to gamers who are dads themselves or to the large gaming male demographic.

Juli Kidman, posing in white blouse
Juli Kidman-pic source

The story about trying to save the daughter is a classic tale. But I wonder, aren’t there enough survival horror games with a similar plot? Why didn’t they just make a movie instead of making a game? I would have enjoyed it as a movie. Well, at least the trailer is enjoyable to watch:

9 thoughts on “The Evil Within 2: Not My Cup of Tea

  1. Adam Meadows December 30, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    How would you compare this series to the older Resident Evils? Which do you prefer?

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    • halsdoll December 30, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      To be honest, that’s a hard question. I see older Resident Evil games separate from Evil Within. I would say Evil Within lacks a bit of originality as it tries to be its own thing but it’s obvious that it borrowed a lot of ideas from all the major popular horror themes. I am okay with that. I appreciate the effort and it is still enjoyable. Have you played the game? Thank you for reading by the way.

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      • Adam Meadows December 31, 2017 / 3:05 am

        I’ve yet to play TEW2. Played TEW a few weeks ago – seemed solid enough until the last level or so… just seems to totally fall apart! Looking forward to reading that review!

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      • halsdoll December 31, 2017 / 4:51 am

        Thank you! I’m curious about what you think when you do play The Evil Within 2. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!


  2. sleipnirx January 3, 2018 / 11:43 am

    I have noticed TEW2 was dropping in price quite rapidly and I was wondering if it ended up being a bad game (haven’t read any thoughts/reviews till now). Your post makes me want to try it out though. It sounds like the kind of horror game I would love to play, I am bored with action packed semi-horror games — they can be plenty fun but I feel like I really need to be in the mood to be playing action-packed games that require you blowing enemies’ brains out rather than stealth and story focus, which is something I don’t feel very often these days!

    However, I have yet to finish the first game. For some reason, each time I attempt it I get distracted but I have a lot of interest in it. I planned on restarting it but the first chapter gives me anxiety haha. Which is better, in your opinion. The first or the second game??

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    • halsdoll January 3, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      Regretfully, the game started off strong and I enjoyed it, but somehow it turned action packed midway. I haven’t finished the game yet to give it a fair review. The series is not a masterpiece like Silent Hill. I enjoyed the first game. For me personally, I really begin to like the game playing the DLC as Juli Kidman.

      I will get back to you to let you know which is better, the first or second game once I finish which is not too far off. Thank you for reading. 🙂


    • halsdoll January 3, 2018 / 3:04 pm

      Oh I forgot to mention, you should give the first game a try again. Like you, my brother had the same experience with the game. I told him to keep playing. Eventually the game grew on him. I guess with most games, we just got to finish it to determine whether we like it or not.


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