Layers of Fear 2 Xbox One Review
FILM REFERENCES, ALL OF THE FILM REFERENCES:
Yes, developed Bloober Team and published by Gun Media comes the epicly absurd psychological first person horror game Layers of Fear 2. Essentially based around the premise of first game, instead of being a painter and creating your magnum opus, you are a Hollywood film actor, trying to create a character set in a film shot on a an old Steam Liner. On your journey, you will encounter many, many horrors….
The first thing you’ll notice about Layers of Fear 2 is the attention to detail with pretty much every room you’ll be in. Just like the previous game, Layers of Fear 2 will have you looking around at almost every little thing, trying to find certain objects and items. There’s a lot to be invested in with Layers of Fear 2 and it really tries it’s best to create a believable, yet absurd atmosphere.
This atmosphere is so much more amplified with the use of sound. They recommend that you play this game with headphones, and I can certainly say: you really should. Using headphones in a dimly lit room, is something all players should try to do when playing this, as it enhances the experience no end. The different amount of sounds and stings, used to jump you in specific moments, are really effective and you can tell a lot of work has gone into building Layers of Fear 2 as an immersive thrill ride.
The level design in Layers of Fear 2 is, put simply: beautiful. There’ll be a lot of times where you go down a corridor to then turn around to a completely different room, I love those moments so much as it highlights the insanity and madness of it all. The game is also laced with many different references to movies in pop culture. From the Wizard of Oz to Metropolis, to Journey to the Moon: it’s so pleasing to see all of these different references, tied in with the main story.
The graphics are frankly, outstanding. The attention to detail, I mentioned earlier, is perfectly coupled with the high resolution of the graphics and performance. I had no issues with performance and found the graphics of the game to be disturbingly realistic, especially with the levels in the Steam Liner.
A big change of Layers of Fear 2 in comparison to the original, is that this game has an enemy. In certain parts of the game, a certain creature will make itself known to you and in moments you least expect, will chase you ferociously. These moments of intense action and suspense are frequent in Layers of Fear 2 and will have you scouring behind the sofa at least a few times before finishing.
Overall, Layers of Fear 2 was an enjoyably terrifying experience. Picking out all of the different film references led me to really enjoy the game and continue playing to see if I could pick out any other references. The addition of a creature in certain levels also places you on your toes and really makes you think. The narrative was gripping and led me to finish the game in one playthrough. The game isn’t long to finish, but there are a lot of collectibles you can keep a lookout for. I would definitely recommend this game to both veterans and newbies of the horror genre as the world creation and atmosphere is just spot on. The atmosphere of the entire game lures you in and keeps you playing.
Price – £24.99