Parents' Guide to

Layers of Fear 2

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Scary sequel explores the after-effects of trauma, abuse.

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my opinion of the its just mine of course 1- puzzle 1/10 2-horror 4/10 3-story there is no story exist > ;) thats my opinion of the game what do you think i think the first one is perfect than second game

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This survival-horror sequel does a fairly good job of walking the tightrope of familiarity and innovation, but lacking the surprise of its predecessor, could feel like “too much of the same.” There's something inherently spooky in Layers of Fear 2 about cruise ships, especially the Art Deco ships of the 1930's, and the claustrophobic hallways, moody lighting, and cage-style elevators set the stage for horror. As in the original Layers of Fear, the main character's got some issues that need working out. Clues to your outer and inner lives pop up in the form of messages from your agent and notes to yourself. The more doors you open and clues you find, the stranger things get. All too soon, it's hard to tell the difference between reality and nightmare.

While this kind of gameplay's expertly done, the problem is that scares aren't scary when you know they're coming. Fans of the first game will anticipate the jump scares fairly easily, and that lowers their impact. The story will feel like a bit of a re-tread too. Without spoiling anything, let's just say it involves a specific kind of disaster and the workings of a highly dysfunctional family. (Note: along with disturbing dialog, visuals suggest and show kids in serious peril. Add to that the prevalence of darkness, things jumping out from the dark, scary, sometimes moving mannequins, and sprays of blood, and this is not a game for younger kids.) Players on the Switch may also want to use the Pro controller instead of the analog nubs, which aren't the most precise when it comes to shooting sequences or the quick reflex moments were analog drift can result in restarting a section all over again. Still, despite covering some fairly familiar ground, horror fans will enjoy when the game makes them tip-toe. The prospect of being chased keeps tension high, dream sequences provide much-needed weirdness, and the gravelly narration by Tony Todd (of Candyman fame) is sure to get horror fans' hearts racing. These, along with references to classic horror movies and the use of all-too-adult themes regarding blame, regret, guilt, and shame make this a memorable psychological horror adventure that's well worth the experience.

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