A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Monstrum 2 does not have any messages. It's an online survival horror game between "humans" and "monsters" -- and you can play as either side.
Positive Role Models
You play as nameless humans or one of three monster types, but there isn't any information known about whom you play as, why, and where they fit into the story.
The character models for humans aren't very detailed, but there's some diversity in skin color and gender.
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Ease of Play
The game has a tutorial, which you can play at any time. It's not difficult to learn the mechanics of walking and using tools, with the keyboard and mouse controls, plus there is support for a controller, if desired.
Violence & Scariness
The game's violent and scary. As a monster, when you find a human, you can crush their face or stomp on their corpse, and the gruesome sound effects match the violence. There's blood and gore.
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Products & Purchases
This is a sequel to 2020's Monstrum.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monstrum 2 is a downloadable survival horror game for Windows PC (with console versions in the works). A sequel to 2020's scare-packed title set on a cargo ship, Monstrum 2 carries on the randomly generated rooms, items (and now puzzles) as its predecessor, so there's no benefit to memorizing the levels, reducing the predictability factor and upping the tension during games. This is a multiplayer-focused horror game for 2 to 5 players. Players can choose to be the monster or the humans in this game, but as the monster, they'll attempt to kill the humans in brutal ways, with blood and gore resulting from their attacks.
Is It Any Good?
This monster-focused title's good, but it's not a great multiplayer-centric game, mainly because of the lack of combat tension. In Monstrum 2, when you're playing against some friends online, with the lights are off, you can fall into the groove and soak up the dark ambience and tense hide-and-seek setting. But the actual "payoff" isn't as memorable as the build up to these action sequences, since it doesn't have any real combat mechanics. That is, humans don't fight back against the monsters, but they can get away if quick enough or use something like a flashlight to blind them. But Monstrum 2 is still a fun game that won't break the bank, and has considerably more polish than when it entered its open beta last year.
All monsters can see the location of the prisoners, which gives them an edge, plus "Monster Rage" kicks in to make them even more vicious. They don't sustain damage from, say, a fall, as prisoners, too. But humans have safety in numbers, can hide in lockers and other areas, and can work together to outwit the monsters and increase the odds of escaping. Monstrum 2 carries on the procedurally generated rooms, items (and now puzzles) as Monstrum, so there's no benefit to memorizing the levels. The game offers decent -- but not extraordinary -- character models and locations, and with dynamic lighting, which adds to the ambience (and fear factor). After a few online playthroughs, there isn't much to bring you back to the game. It's a solid survival horror game, but don't expect much more than that.
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