Name: Layers of Fear 2
Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Gun Media
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Reviewed on: PC
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided by a publisher for review purpose
I’d never heard about Layers of Fear before I got the opportunity to review Layers of Fear 2. Little did I know that I was going to regret my decision to voluntary review this game.
Layers of Fear 2’s (from now on LoF2) story is incredibly scary, we play as a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard on a huge ocean liner. The only things we can hear is the waves outside of the ship, cameras shifting positions towards you and a very commanding voice telling you to “Act”. This means, for those who played the first game (I did my research), we won’t be playing as Tony Todd, instead, we’re playing the actor in his film. This is a key feature to try to explain the story in LoF2. Because is not that simple to talk about this story without spoiling it.
There is a huge reason why I can’t talk much about the story because I need to give exact examples to explain it, and this will ruin your LoF2 experience. To give a short summary, some film geeks might even notice this method. LoF2 is based on the acting method that is now manifested similar to madness. Actors were asked to search for their emotional truth in order to embody their role, “Build the character”.
The sound design is incredible in LoF2, especially if you play with a headset. Every single tone will hit your inner nerves to give you the creeps, and it doesn’t exactly help that the graphics are almost one hundred percent photorealistic.
The 3D designs of almost every single object are created so well, that I actually have to start poking around into the minor details, such as textures of meaningless objects? Or are they?
Talking about textures, some of the textures aren’t 8K quality, but in terms of this reference, I would say that the textures are at Full HD quality. And that’s a minor personal thing that I noticed and not an issue.
Every single scene, or as I might think are scenes, is building towards the stories intentional goal. Everything that happens while you exploring the ship is intentional, such as hallways changing the layout, lights blinking, every single moment you might think has a pattern, do have a patter, confused? Me too.
The gameplay is confusing at first, what do I do? Where do I go? There are a lot of questions, but there’s a reason for that, these questions are needed to be answered by you. What I can tell you though, is that you can expect satisfying puzzle solving, adrenaline filled chases and lots of jump scares. This game is scary as hell, and the best/worst part of this game is that all the creepy chases and jump scares are actually the least/worst scary parts of this game. (Yeah, you think about that for a second before reading any further.)
If you are a bit familiar with old movies, you will notice very quickly what type of a genre and theme you will enter. Not only do the developers hit that genre perfectly, but you will also find a lot of references/easter eggs to familiar movies (I will not give you examples, because of this is a spoiler free review).
Controls work smoothly and efficiently, schematics are typical “standard PC setup” with Keyboard & mouse. I didn’t test if the game is compatible with a controller. I honestly can’t say if the option to customize the buttons are there, as I’d never had any reason to change it up.
I can’t say that the replay value is high on this title. However, this is a game you should experience because of the story and it is worth the one playthrough, you might even manage to fool some friends or family members to play through this scary as shit game as well?
Story - 8/10
Graphics - 10/10
Gameplay - 9/10
Controls - 10/10
Replay Value - 7/10
So I might not regret playing Layers of Fear 2, I’m just a wuss who loves playing horror games. I do love videogames that can deliver a terrifying game, that makes me feel the creeps, using more than just jump scares. This is something the Blooper Team has done successfully.
This is the end of my review, and now I have to go and change my underpants, I actually think I have to change my pants as well…
- Scary as Sh**
- Great atmospheric graphics and sound design
- Gameplay and controls are fluid
- The story can be confusing if not familiar with the genre