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After the release of the first game Still Life became one of my favorite quests. If you never played it – don't miss it. If you did play it however, you remember its disturbing finale.
In Still Life 2, the well known psychopath is back, but this time the game reveals a different case. This time however, you don't just play two characters with separate tasks like in the first Still Life game. The authors's goal was to show you the same story from two perspectives - the one of the investigating agent and the one of the investigated victim. While Paloma has to escape the traps set by the killer, Victoria McPherson, the agent from the first game, is trying to find out what happened for real.
The labyrinth where Paloma is trapped is very well designed, you can see the mind of the psyochopath within its structure. You follow the path of the condemned to death – from the cell, to the electrical chair room and then to the morgue. The killer actually promises you freedom, but you have no idea for what kind of freedom he is talking about.
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Just like in the previous title the puzzles are once more close to perfection. The difficulty is good, neither too hard or too easy, but just right. There are no mind blowing puzzles except the ones where you are close to your death – finding an antidote for the poison in your body for example. Don't worry though, the quest designers are obviously good people and the answer is more simple than you think.
A strange feature of the game is the new suitcase with gadgets and three types of analysis that Victoria receives. They will of course help you during the game. If you have troubles remember it's important to follow the logical path to the solution, even when there is no clear information the answer suddenly becomes obvious to yo.
The problems I had with puzzles were mostly based on the environment, maybe I thought of extraordinary solutions too much.
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Graphics and Sound
The only objection I had for Still Life 2 is a small one: the graphics could be better. They have a somewhat dated look and don't quite do justice to the games' storyline. If they were a little bit better, this game could approach game of the year territory in the genre.
Even with this objection, the graphics are still well done in term of atmosphere and feeling. Rusty and dark tones prevail over light ones. The music fits perfectly and it's something I could listen to outside of the game.
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Still Life 2 just rocks. For some time I haven't seen an interesting game with a deep storyline. When you play it – everything becomes more and more interesting. I don't want to spoil everything for you, because it would kill the thrill.
There is no excuse to miss Still Life 2 if you are a fan of the aventure horror and remember - you really have to reach the end of the story to enjoy it fully.
- CPU: Intel Pentium IV 1.5GHz or AMD Athlon 1800+
- Graphics card: Nvidia FX 5200 or ATI Radeon 9600+
- HDD Space: 5 GB
- Memory: 512 MB of RAM