Percentile Rank

The Evil Within 2 is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 149 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

72%

Critics Recommend

Based on 149 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Oct 13, 2017

Resident Evil 4 meets the Truman Show in an entertaining but unremarkable follow-up, held back by tepid stealth and warmed-over scares.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Oct 12, 2017
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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 20, 2017

When I finished the story, I had to stop myself from immediately starting a new game. That's partially because this is one of the best survival horror games I've played, but also because you unlock several snazzy new shirts for Sebastian, alongside other goodies to take with you into NG+.

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USgamer
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 12, 2017

From what I've played so far though, The Evil Within 2 is everything I wanted from the first game. Every major complaint I had about the first game is at least addressed in some manner, though the tweaks aren't always perfect. It's a unique psychological horror title with Resident Evil 4's action combat.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a mechanical step up from the first game in nearly every way, even if the narrative is just as disposable as ever. Buy it if that balance doesn't bother you.

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 14, 2017
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GuyLogicGaming
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 17, 2017
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Tech Advisor
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 18, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a game that wants to be a few different things: survival horror, mind-bending surrealism, action-adventure, and open-world exploration. It sounds like an unwieldy mix, but against the odds the game seems to hold it all together

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Fextralife
Unscored
Fextralife
Bob the Hollow

Top Critic

Unscored
Dec 1, 2017

Lazy horror: don't buy it until it's half price also, if the DLC really is in Beacon, just don't buy it at all.

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GameSoulz
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 11, 2017

Some of the initial vision, gameplay and appeal may be lost, exchanged for a more streamlined, smoother experience but that doesn´t mean its worse. No, Tango Gameworks delivered a game expanding on Mikami´s initial vision, mixing it with more western ideas into a damn good game, only held back by a too foreseeable story and some minor flaws.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 16, 2017

In an attempt to make The Evil Within more palatable to a mainstream audience, Tango and publisher Bethesda have muted its unique voice.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 20, 2017

The Evil Within 2 left me exhausted by the time the credits rolled; like I’d survived an ordeal – and I have. It cleverly provides you with just enough motivation to keep pushing forward, even when the odds seem to be stacked against you. Some of the narrative beats fall a little flat but the mind-bending style is mesmerizing and its open world sections with memorable short stories make it one of the more distinctive survival horror games you can get your hands on

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 feels like something of a departure from the first game, but also an extremely fitting follow-up.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpew
100%
100%
Oct 16, 2017

2017 has been a great year for games, but for me, The Evil Within 2 has been one of the most pleasant surprises. It's a fine example of how a sequel should be done; taking what worked and made the original such a memorable experience while building upon it and stripping out the fat.

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Suitably Bored
Nov 18, 2017

The game also dials back the gore aspect of the game the original had you literally swimming on blood most of the time. Instead, they went for the subtle approach and it worked. There were times when I was genuinely afraid to continue with the game. You would fight 4-5 creatures and move onto the next part of town where you would be met with a dark empty street that felt way too ominous and empty. It is extremely rare these days to play a sequel to a game which improved itself in every aspect graphics, sound, gameplay, story, and presentation. Every single aspect of the game was reworked to provide a better player experience. And with everything said and done I can say without a doubt that Evil Within 2 is easily one of the best survival horror games I played this year easily surpassing Resident Evil 7 and the best 25 hours I spent in recent memory.

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Gamelite
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is undoubtedly what we would like to see every time we refer to the genre of survival horror, a complete, intriguing, challenging game with a well structured plot. Simply The Evil Within 2 is the title many others would like to be: a title intended to be the backbone of the horror survival genre.

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Rely On Horror
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Strong pacing, rewarding progression, and innovative level design set a solid foundation for the franchise's future, and underneath a few layers of cheese and grit is a story worth experiencing for its creativity and strong emotional core. If The Evil Within was a modern take on classic survival horror, then The Evil Within 2 is the next step for the genre.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a game that uses stealth and atmosphere to create some great situations, but its use of sound elevates its scares well beyond those of lesser horror titles.

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Game Rant
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a significant step forward from the first game in the series, providing tighter controls, a more focused narrative, and no shortage of scares.

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Windows Central
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a frightening game, though perhaps not as pants-wettingly scary as the early portions of Resident Evil 7.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Since nobody really expected "The Evil Within" to get a sequel, expectations for "The Evil Within 2" were basically nonexistent. It was up to Tango Gameworks to show us why we should want this sequel, and they have accomplished this. It succeeds where the previous game failed, while adding more to the formula that could win over those who didn't care for the first game. For those looking for something creepy this October, or for those who want to give the series a second look, "The Evil Within 2" is worth your time.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a shining example of how to expand your game world while still having it remain a focused experience. Minor bugs cannot hinder what is ultimately a bloody (pun intended) good time.

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Stevivor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

It's a solid, emotional romp filled with challenge and scares alike. It's certainly recommended.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

TEW2 is a great game, tempered a bit by combat woes but nonetheless a game I gladly recommend to fans of the first or newcomers to the series (or genre, for that matter).

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NEOsite
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

If you consider yourselves horror fans, especially when it comes to survival horror genre, The Evil Within 2 was made for you. There are great atmosphere, engaging gameplay in semi-open world and story that can make you cry. If only Sebastian could move a little faster…

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GameZone
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 addresses concerns that players had with the first game and goes above and beyond with its gameplay, story, and characters.

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Cheat Code Central
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Oct 13, 2017

If you are considering getting The Evil Within 2, be prepared for some slightly clunky movement and somewhat repetitive walking simulator sections. Past that, it's a wonderful sequel to a game that was originally sort of a miss, rather than a hit. You'll become just as invested as Sebastian is when trying to find his daughter and walk away from the experience feeling like you got your money's worth. The Evil Within 2 is well worth the purchase, but especially those who enjoyed the first game and want something more.

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Polygon
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

It's a brilliant horror game, one that understands when to ratchet up tension and when to pull back and let you collect yourself. If the first game was a failed attempt to capture the spirit of Shinji Mikami's classic Resident Evil 4, the sequel is a successful attempt at something much better: finding a chilling, exhilarating voice of its own.

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ThisGenGaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is up there with some of my favorite games of 2017, an absolute must play for anyone who liked Resident Evil 4 or Dead Space. Now can we get a sequel to Shadows of the Damned already, Shinji?

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Saudi Gamer
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 23, 2017

One of the best survival games currently available, and one of the most improved sequels. The game packs a myriad of features and improvements to create the perfect blend for horror fans. Some issues mar the experience, but don't stop it from being a must play.

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SA Gamer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a worthy and deserving sequel. You don't often want to visit a horror game, but I want to visit Union and fight alongside Sebastian Castellanos. If this game is sign for future games, it's in safe hands.

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TheXboxHub
Oct 22, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is highly recommended to anyone who loves a horror game, and you don’t have to play the first one to get an understanding of what is going on

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

It may have made some design concessions that could dissuade fans of the original, but The Evil Within 2 is a far more engrossing nightmare that you won't want to wake up from.

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Sirus Gaming
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

In general, the macabre that The Evil Within 2 brings is spectacular that times you can’t help it but admire the ‘artwork’ it supposedly brings. The adverse perception of this game: portraits coming to life, a door that wasn’t there in the first place, walking on stairs that you didn’t realize was there – messing up your sense of directions gives a foreboding horror while you explore.

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Real Game Media
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2017

When it comes to gaming, this is by far the most welcome surprise I’ve had all year. Practically every issue I had with the first Evil Within is addressed here in some shape or form. The horror is ramped up, the storyline intriguing, the leads interesting and the gameplay fantastic. The Evil Within 2 takes the premise of a ‘single player, linear, story-driven game’ and proves that it can be done without placing too much emphasis on the ‘linear’ part of the equation. What Tango Gameworks has accomplished here is nothing short of fantastic. Well done!

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Easy Allies
Oct 16, 2017
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GameWatcher
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is an excellent game and a wonderful survival horror, perfectly mixing Silent Hill and Resident Evil 4 while correcting all the flaws of the original.

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Digiato
89 / 100
89 / 100
Nov 14, 2017

The whole point of The Evil Within 2 is its most serious problem. the game is more stressful than fearsome. it doesn't even try to scare you. but as a whole, it could be a worthwhile experience and it brings up some interesting ideas.

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NZGamer
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

Ambitious design elevates it, creating one of the most unique survival horror experiences out there.

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GamePro
88 / 100
88 / 100
Oct 12, 2017

Excellently playable survival horror, that combines his fascinating (linear) action with an open world.

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GameCrate
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 improves on the sequel in every way, while retaining the core of what made the first one special. Better gameplay, better story, and more options make this an all around excellent survival horror experience.

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Video Chums
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a tense and challenging game that still manages to remain accessible.

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PushStartPlay
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is one of my favourite games this year, it’s not only a worthy sequel, but a must for fans of survival horror.

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PSX Brasil
88 / 100
88 / 100
Oct 19, 2017

The Evil Within 2 corrects many mistakes from the first game. It is an excellent survival horror title. However, there are some problems, like the story (it isn't as good as the first game), less memorable bosses than the original and some combat mechanics.

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Generación Xbox
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a title that, despite the drawbacks, offers everything it promises: Terror, action and a good story. In conclusion, a Survival Horror worthy of a high budget production.

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Bazimag
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a completely different title. It is nothing like either the first game or any other survival-horror. The game flows well and it benefits from good mechanics. However, generally, if players approach the game from an “open world” perspective, they will find it easy and less challenging. Nevertheless, The Evil Within 2 is definitely worth playing multiple times and it has such potential to become one of Bethesda’s popular titles.

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The Loot Gaming
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

This is definitely a must own game. The developers did the survival horror genre a great service with making this. They have listened to feedback from their first game and delivered. Not only did they listen, they also expanded on the ideas and they did so with great care. This is a great game for any survival horror fan and even an easy decision maker for those just looking for a single player game with a story you can get lost in. It balances out the weird, alter universe stuff with a good dose of combat and narrative scenes.

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SomHráč.sk
85%
85%
Oct 26, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is an intense, gory, brutal and most of all exhausting horror ride. Unforgettable sinister experience.

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IGN Spain
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is again an amazing chance to push ourselves into the darkness of fears and nightmares, a very psychological experience with an interesting plot and an incredible use of terrifying creatures.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2017

The Evil Within 2 get so much right that it's predecessor got wrong, and it's actually a great game on top of that. The initial chapters of the game start off slow, but then once things get rolling, this game is really hard to put down.

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Atomix
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 12, 2017

Its is said that sequels are usually the best games in a series and we can say that with The Evil Within II that happened. With a new world to explore in a non linear gameplay, detective Sebastian Castellanos is ready to fight in a new nightmare in order to save his beloved daughter. Survival Horror fans must try the new game.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a very solid and thrilling survival horror. Despite some not so good tension breaking sandbox sections, filled with unnecessary fetch quests, this sequel is better than its predecessor: better game rhythm, better story, no more frustration and a compelling skill system.

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TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2017

The Evil Within 2 combines a great open world with some fun gameplay and smart design to really improve upon the original game.

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GearNuke
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 can be genuinely terrifying at times. The game masterfully blends survival horror elements with plenty of action in between moments of silence. As a sequel, it is a bigger, better and ultimately more enjoyable experience.

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Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a sequel that hooks the player from the first minute. Even though the AI has some issues and some basic enemies, the gameplay quality, its amazing visual style and a great story make this game one of the best horror experiences nowadays.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a great Survival Horror game that made a perfect balance between it's tense and relaxing moments. Survival Horror elements work almost flawless and provides an engaging experience but poor dialogue writing and weak protagonist don't let the game reach it's full potential. in overall, if you are a fan of the genre, The Evil Within 2 is a must play.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Oct 20, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a huge step forward for the series that emphasizes exploration, stealth, and conserving resources for the more challenging encounters. Though the compelling plot is weighed down by poor writing and poorer voice performances, the game offers a great horror experience with a ton of content.

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PC Aficionado
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

Evil Within 2 is a fantastic game with a compelling story and engaging gameplay. I fully recommend it to any fans of the Horror genre.

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Expansive
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

A solid and serious thriller with a story that can punch you right in the soul

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

Tango Gameworks take another stab at creating a thrilling survival horror title, and defy expectation by applying open-world action philosophies with a great degree of success

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Respawning
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

Almost all my complaints from the first game have been addressed and handled better. And to top it off, the things that I adored about the first game have been improved to an extremely high degree of polish. I seriously recommend this for anyone looking for something spooky to play this Halloween.

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VGN
8.5 / 10.0
VGN

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is certainly one of the best horror games of this generation: a great experience that pays tribute to the most important classics of the genre, such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill, but a game that loses some of the charm of the first chapter due to a easier experience and a lower difficulty. Despite a few issues and technical flaws, the game is strongly advised, especially to horror lovers.

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VGProfessional
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a love letter to classic Japanese horror games, with a dose of new blood. It’s almost like a cover album of horror hits, and that cuts both ways – at times it can feel dated and derivative. However, for the most part Evil Within 2 manages to improve all the flaws from the first game and deliver a solid modern action horror title.

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Hobby Consolas
82 / 100
82 / 100
Oct 12, 2017

A remarkable adventure that offers a great atmosphere, story and a solid combat. Don't expect to be scared by it, though.

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GameSpace
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Mikami’s new game may not compare to the horrific Resident Evil 7, but it doesn’t have to either. The Evil Within 2 is a memorable and compelling game all on its own, and one that deserves to be played by horror fans and action game fans alike. The frustrations of the first game (which have been documented by others) are non-existent here and instead, this sequel outshines its predecessor in almost every aspect. Next time, just give us a bit better story and dialog, and a more interesting protagonist.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 gives you more options to play your way in a much bigger survival-horror playground than the original. Although a disjointed plot and weak protagonist make it slow to get started, being pursued through an intriguingly bizarre world by plentiful and disturbing monsters kept my palms sweaty and my heart in my throat thanks to a strict adherence to the most important survival horror rule: you should always be on the back foot.

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PC Gamer
80 / 100
80 / 100
Oct 16, 2017

An intense and thrilling psychological survival horror sequel that improves on its forerunner in almost every way.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 12, 2017

The sequel to the mind-bending survival-horror game is a clever follow up that makes some big changes.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

With the original game having done so little to impress me, The Evil Within 2 has come as a massive surprise. Although the story still failed to hook me, clever gameplay changes and well-used horror tropes combine to create a vastly-improved sequel.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is definitely one step ahead of its predecessor: a rich, deep and long-lived horror survival. The level of difficulty has been considerably softened. If this makes the title more accessible, on the other hand, he denies that authoritative uniqueness of the title that inspired it.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

Tango Gameworks' sequel gives us a small but satisfyingly scary open world loaded with monsters and dread

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Telegraph
Oct 16, 2017

The game's greatest strength is avoiding the pitfalls of the first; removing frustrating boss fights and lessening the amount of forced stealth sections.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a great addition to the survival horror genre. It improves in a lot of aspects from its predecessor, but also makes some sacrifices that made the original so memorable from a horror standpoint. The Evil Within 2 is a damn good game and any fan of the genre should give it a shot.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Oct 18, 2017

Evil Within 2 is how a sequel should be constructed. Everything about it feels like an improvement upon its predecessor.

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M3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

The Evil Within 2 may not be the perfect horror game, but it manage to both feel as a unique experience and improve on the original in almost every detail.

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Daily Mirror
Oct 18, 2017

The addition of open levels is a mixed bag, but this terrifying follow-up is a worthy addition to the genre

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 24, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is one of the most great and emotional adventures of this year. Developers, sadly, did not have enough time for polishing of the game and expanding open areas, but we hope that all the problems will be solved in the third game, if it, of course, will be released.

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TrueAchievements
Oct 23, 2017

The Evil Within 2 doesn't reinvent the survival-horror genre but makes it work in more of an open world.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 12, 2017

As it stands, The Evil Within 2 is held back by a forgettable story and annoying AI issues that would probably put a serious damper on your gameplay experience if you were playing on Nightmare difficulty. And yet, it also does exactly what a horror game should do, and it does it well.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within improves the game mechanics by adding the exploration of a few open zones. A very good game for horror fans !

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 has arrived just in time for the spookiest holiday of the year. While the difficulty level has been ratcheted down noticeably in the name of accessibility, the harder modes should suffice for those looking for a challenge. Creepy environments are a staple of this series, and there are even a few jump scares thrown in for good measure. A much more focused story will drive you to want to play for “just one more chapter,” while a decent selection of side missions will also keep you occupied for the duration. Still, by incorporating a lot of the more traditional elements of open-world games, such as a regular map, waypoint system, and lengthy cutscenes, the game has lost some of the abstract charm seen in the original. This should not act as a deterrent, however; horror fans have found the best game to play this Halloween.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 returns with a world more open to exploration plus plenty of extra polish to the familiar Resident Evil formula. Admittedly, the familiar gameplay might give veterans of the genre a been-there, done-that feeling. The addition of more open-world elements, however, improves on the old RE-style approach and the third-person perspective will be welcome to folks who didn't quite like Resident Evil 7's first-person switch. If you love the first game or Shinji Mikami's Resident Evil titles, this is worth taking a stab at the old bathtub once more, pun so totally intended.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

At its core, The Evil Within 2 is still a survival horror experience, a modern take on the time-honoured suspense of having only one round but two deranged enemies lurching towards you.

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EGM
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

Though I never expected to ever see a sequel to The Evil Within, we've now gotten one, and I'm rather glad that we did. While The Evil Within 2 isn't without problems—and I'm not sure it's the kind of game I'll ever want to play through a second time—by the time the final credits rolled, I had legitimately enjoyed the adventure I'd just gone on, and the improvements that Tango Gameworks had tried to bring to the series.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

Its characters aren't much chop, but The Evil Within 2 coughs up some gruesome enemies and scares, while mostly justifying its shift to an open world design.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is an enjoyable, psychological and somewhat emotional trip that I probably won't forget. As a sequel to it's predecessor, it takes things in a rather different direction and tries several new things to mixed results. Nonetheless, The Evil Within 2 is a thrilling and tense experience that'll appeal to most fans of the original and newcomers looking for a harrowing experience they've probably not had before.

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The Outerhaven Productions
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 does a good job of finishing the original story. Seb gets reunited with his daughter and overcomes his guilt. That said, the game revisits multiple events from the first game. This assumes you've played it and if not, you're left following scraps of content from the game. Outside of the story, the game is quite different from the first. It's a good follow-up, even if the horror takes a back seat to the action. Thankfully the game also addresses the performance issues from the first game and it runs like a champ (if you have the hardware). A solid entry for those new to the survival horror genre. While veterans may be a bit disappointed as the game puts more focus on combat than providing the scares. Still, fans of the first game will eat this up and come back for seconds.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is quite the surprise, outperforming its predecessor in every category. The lengthy narrative kept me invested, while the open-world nature of Union and the supporting characters help create a much more realized environment. Even then, the game's tension is quite high, and there were a lot more scares than I was expected. The lack of PlayStation 4 Pro support is indeed an odd decision, but hopefully, Bethesda can patch the game sooner rather than later.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is horrifying delight, using a feeling of vulnerability to make players appreciate every moment they're still alive.

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AusGamers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

Because after playing through it, going to a real park or a real beach filled with real people has never sounded better.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 16, 2017

John Johanas has masterfully taken up the directorial reigns and given us a game that, while it shares many trace elements of DNA with its predecessor, has more than enough of a distinct identity in order to separate it from the pack.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

The Evil Within 2 isn't without flaws, but it manages to deliver a great blend of horror and action.

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DarkZero
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 8, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a grand follow up from a studio who has set out to fix the pacing issues with the first game, while offering a bigger, more coherent title that looks better and plays better with the reworked stealth and upgrade mechanics, but without forgetting the parts that made most of the original a solid action horror title.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2017

Superior to the original in almost every department, The Evil Within 2 will still divide opinion with its difficulty. Persevere though, and you'll find a gore-soaked diamond.

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Game Debate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is definitively better than the original. An already great horror game has been refined and expanded, offering just the right balance between overwhelming oppressiveness and a satisfying fight for survival. It's another love letter to fans of Resident Evil 4.

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GBAtemp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2017

The Evil Within 2 felt to me like a major improvement from the more awkward prequel, particularly on the storyline aspect by including emotional themes and being more coherent overall. The mashup of open-ended exploration, freedom of playstyle, skill tree and weapon crafting/upgrade system in a survival horror game might sound like an unusual combination but is executed surprisingly well in this title.

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Worth Playing
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a good survival horror game for genre fans to sink their teeth into. The story makes more sense this time around, and the atmosphere delivers the right amount of unease, which is what will keep players plugging away to the end. The gameplay has been tweaked to be easier, but it's not to the point where you can go through without much trouble. Despite the presence of a few technical issues, TEW2 looks and sounds great, and it's certainly worth your time, even in this incredibly packed gaming year.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

The Evil Within 2 took what The Evil Within did and improved it in every way. If you need to scratch the survival horror itch, The Evil Within 2 is an easy sell.

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GameSkinny
Oct 15, 2017

Bringing with it some of the best parts of ResidentEvil and Silent Hill, The Evil Within 2 does a lot of things right.

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Zoomg
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

The main problem of The Evil Within 2 is that as a horror game, it is not scary enough. but The game tells a great story and its gameplay, music, characterization and other features are good enough to make it an enjoyable game,

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a combination of all the other horror games and the first game of this series. The game has managed to stay fresh and it is very stunning. There are a lot of cool mechanics and interesting, but simple, puzzles in the game. The fighting system is well made as well but turning the game into an open world one just doesn't feel right; it wasn't a decent decision. The Evil Within 2 is all about fighting lots of tough enemies with very few weapons. This has made the game a little bit harder and you have to keep an eye on using the stealth mode now but the enemies are still not tough enough to make the game challenging. In total, TEW 2 is an amazing game. If you are still not satisfied with 2017 games this could be the start line for you. The Evil Within 2 can keep you entertained for a little while but if you want to buy the game I suggest that you wait for the first wave of discounts.

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Explosion Network
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 27, 2017

The Evil Within 2 did something not a lot of games have been able to do -- it won me over after a disappointing start. I went from hating the main character to being fully invested in his journey. At its core, this is a creepy survival horror game with tight gameplay and enough scares to keep you on edge. Unfortunately, while improving some aspects of the original, it has lost a lot of the charm that the first game absolutely nailed in its environments and enemies. Much like its predecessor, a few minor issues have stopped it from being a masterpiece, so I guess we'll just have to settle for a great game.

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Rectify Gaming
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2018

The Evil Within 2 is a solid horror title that has been keeping fans occupied as there are very few of them in the genre.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Oct 31, 2017

Play it if you dig a spooky atmosphere and don’t play it if you’re tired of “The Cat’s in the Cradle” in video game form

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Cerealkillerz
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

The Evil Within 2 delivers a solid horror performance that suffers a bit because of poorly designed open world spaces. Psycho-Horror Fans and people that like abstract art will still get what they came for but it doesn't feel like an improvement over the first title.

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Geek Culture Podcast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 19, 2017

The Evil Within 2 offers plenty of variety and freedom within its horror-filled town of Union. Sebastian Castellanos’ second outing is a much more fulfilling affair, filled to the brim with some truly inspired design. In a lot of ways, The Evil Within 2 feels like a spiritual successor to Resident Evil 4, giving us the horror experience that other developers had forgotten for a while. An unrefined stealth system and stiff voice over from the rough-around-the-edges ex-cop do little to diminish this terrifying treat, leaving it on the precipice of being something truly outstanding.

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PowerUp!
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

The story is very meaty in The Evil Within 2 (no pun intended) which will keep players engaged for a good many hours. It’s not a game with a simple blow through narrative though. It takes time to see it to completion.

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Continue-Magazin
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 18, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a solid horror experience but doesn't live up to the expectations after playing the first game. However, it is polished in every single aspect and provides an entertaining plot with some shocker moments. Sadly, Shinji Mikami can't fear me like the last time which was what I hoped for.

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Hu3br
Oct 25, 2017

While the main narrative can feel off at times, a move to more open-ended areas and sidequests makes sure that The Evil Within 2 remains a chilling, but rewarding experience.

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CDavis_Games
Oct 29, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a better game than its predecessor; however, it’s also a less interesting one. The first game was fascinating and yet hard to recommend due to problems with pacing, sloppy storytelling, and plenty of bugs and glitches. The sequel corrects most of those problems and, to use a term I hate, is a far more polished experience as a result. I just wish Tango Gameworks hadn’t abandoned everything special about the original in the process.

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Readers Gambit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2017

The Evil Within 2 plays out more like an action game than a survival horror. All the elements that it has in place take away from the restrictive close confines of traditional horror games and broadens the spectrum but lessens the atmosphere and impact a survival horror game should have.

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Invision Community
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 13, 2017

Overall, The Evil Within 2 is a huge turn around from its original outing and for some, they will love all the changes, and for some, they will hate it, for me though it was a great outing in a horrific world, that I certainly would not like to visit anytime soon.

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Wccftech
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

Although it tries a little too hard and fails to capture of the horror tropes, The Evil Within 2 is a great, imaginative game with enough tension that you won't mind the lack of horror.

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TeamNerd
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

Ultimately, we can say that The Evil Within 2 is a very interesting title that certainly opens new streets in Bethesda. Surely the plot is interesting and engaging, much less cryptic and actually more linear; although you lose a little at the level of "contortion" of events, in truth it gains a level on the narrative general front. Again, we are surrounded by a dull, intriguing atmosphere that challenges our every move and keeps us constantly in anxiety and alert. An atmosphere that once again joins the atmosphere of the 90s Survival horror. The design level remains well-studied and well-managed. Even at the technical level we are in front of a enjoyable title, both in terms of gameplay, level of texture and fluidity. FPSs are stable and we do not see any particular bugs. Additionally, texture care is quite enjoyable and although we still have some improvements, overall we are. Movements have also improved since the past, although some situations are slightly woody and animations are not always the best in the market. In general we recommend the title to all lovers of the horror Survival genre, you will not regret the choice.

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Game Volt
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

The Evil Within 2 continued where we left first part but on a wider scale, allowing the player to navigate freely for the first time in a semi-open world, using tools and elements and weapons are more sophisticated and versatile and serve the method of playing in more than one way and having exciting side quests and rewarding for anyone who prefers to roam and explore, but the game shifting to action more than the last part and the beginning of the weak story that the player has to wait until the second part of events to interact with, but at the level of atmosphere and Stage Design also enemies you will inevitably feel terrified.

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Marooners' Rock
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2017

If you were a fan of The Evil Within, you will enjoy The Evil Within 2. Scares are scarier, disturbing imagery is more disturbing, and, overall, the game builds on what was already established in the first one. It’s not a perfect game, but for being the Halloween season it’s the perfect game to help set a spooky mood.

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Game Informer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 offers some enjoyable scares, but it never transcends or deviates from the many works it draws from

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Nexus
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2017

The Evil Within 2 will probably please horror gaming enthusiasts hoping for a refreshing new, more freeform approach to survival horror, but fans of Shinji Mikami’s first triumphant game might leave underwhelmed.

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Oyungezer Online
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

Although it doesn't have the masterfully crafted levels and heart-attack inducing battles from the first game, The Evil Within 2 manages to stand on it's own legs.

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GamesBeat
75 / 100
75 / 100
Oct 16, 2017

If you're a horror buff, you'll likely be disappointed because there aren't that many unique monsters in the game. It's not even scary, to be honest; most of the tension and fear comes from the lack of ammo. All in all, it's not a bad game, but it's not a great game either. You'll probably have fun shooting the zombies and checking out the occasionally cool surreal locales, but that's it.

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IGN Middle East
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a good horror survival game in itself, but it is considered a backward step for the series at all levels except the technical aspect. The first section of the game presented a similar experience to the open world in a very excellent way, but soon the game returns to the linear method and here show the disadvantages and most important semi-random confrontations with the enemies and the battles of leaders without creativity and this are the points that made the first game a genius one. The story-telling was not good and the level of writing was bad, and the dialogues were flat and shallow. Despite all this, the game certainly good and you must play it, but we were hoping for a game that surpassed the first one and not the other way round. Mikami's departure seemed to have had a big impact on the game.

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DualShockers
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

Coming into its release, it would have been easy to give The Evil Within 2 a pass based on the reception of the previous game, and I don't necessarily blame those that might have been let down by The Evil Within for not entirely living up to its lofty expectations. And yet, though The Evil Within 2 might be a different flavor of survival horror this time around, I hope that those willing to give it a chance will be more likely to enjoy its taste.

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GameGrin
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 26, 2017

Tense, terrifying, and a significant improvement on its predecessor, The Evil Within 2 capitalises on the potential the franchise clearly shows.

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The Game is a Lie
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2017

Despite its negative aspects, The Evil Within 2 shows what it came for. Its experience is incredible and challenging, and in certain moments you can forget about all the incomplete story plots to just have fun.

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Goomba Stomp
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

A decent enough action game trying, and failing, to be a horror game. Enjoyable, but fails to deliver the experience fans were craving.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Oct 17, 2017

Speaking of annoying, the movement and combat in The Evil Within 2 are largely a source of frustration.

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GamesRadar+
Oct 12, 2017

Though it doesn't outdo its predecessor, The Evil Within 2 delivers another fun, challenging, tense horror headtrip that should delight fans of the first game.

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Game Revolution
Oct 12, 2017

There's plenty tucked away in The Evil Within 2 that will both appeal to both fans of the original and new players, with it presenting a mix of Mikami's best ideas and John Johanas' new direction. It's certainly not what I was expecting, but in a good way.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2017

The Evil Within 2 often feels uneven, but that's probably the point. Even if it isn't, there's enough blood, guts, and horror to keep your heart racing.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

The Evil Within 2 has fine-tuned its solid mechanical base and visuals, and even crafted some big improvements to areas such as exploration and character direction. Yet it lacks creativity and diversity with its level design and bosses. The game may be more presentable and refined than its predecessor, but it's also lost some substance in the process.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 19, 2017

Mixing open-world and linear survival horror is a brave experiment that largely pays off for this enjoyable, schlocky stealth-action horror title.

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We Got This Covered
Oct 15, 2017

When compared to other games in the horror genre, The Evil Within 2 seems a few steps behind its contemporaries, both in terms of storytelling and execution. However, what it lacks in genuine scares and creepiness it makes up for in atmosphere and gore, especially during the final chapters.

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Xbox Achievements
70%
70%
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 will certainly hold your attention during its 17 chapters, with flashes of brilliance sandwiched in among the game's various flaws and less memorable sequences. Ultimately, as a sequel, it doesn't quite deliver, but nonetheless, The Evil Within 2 is a survival horror that's just about worth persevering with.

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Fandom
3.5 / 5.0
Fandom

Top Critic

3.5 / 5.0
Oct 17, 2017

Atmospheric, psychological horror requires new things to think about. Things for the player to ruminate on after turning the game off. Things that stay with you. The Evil Within 2 almost gets there.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Oct 13, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is a more coherent and purposeful journey, strengthened by its voyage into non-linear level design, while at the same time reinforcing the foundation with which the original's gameplay often shined through on.

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TrueGaming
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

Chapter 3 was our highlight with the game, but it failed to maintain the element of surprise and the joy of exploring the unknown to the end. also, the gameplay mechanics didn't improve as they should over the first game. there is special moments to be found, but it doesn't reach the brilliance of the first neither in art style nor game design.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
3DNews
Олег Москалёв

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Oct 21, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is not a step forward. On the contrary, if it were not for an open world and a prettier picture, it would be a step backwards. Nevertheless, that core basis, which was in the first game, is still working, and it's because of it you will not drop a sequel halfway.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 25, 2017

The real issue with The Evil Within 2 is that it has tried to marry too many foreign gameplay elements to the genre, whilst not addressing a lot of technical annoyances that, if remedied, would have provided enough refreshment to the third-person horror experience alone. Whereas Resident Evil 7 shifted the perspective into first-person, and re-discovered its core emphasis - much to its advantage - The Evil Within 2 has expanded mechanically without really acting on the criticism of the first game. The controls are sluggish, the camera doesn't react fast enough, and it has the habit of limiting player perspective in an obnoxious way. Even though this experience is quite different to the original, and far more compelling and successful, it's disappointing that the abstract mind games it pulls couldn't be left to speak for themselves. All the same, this is a solid survival horror title, although in the end it borrows just a bit too much from Resident Evil 4.

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The Game Fanatics
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 23, 2017

If you thoroughly enjoyed the first Evil Within, chances are you've already picked up this sequel. However, if you're like me and found the original to be a lot of bark with no bite, this installment is worth the ride. Just be ready for some cringe-inducing dialogue and some tonal whiplash along the way.

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Paste Magazine
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

One thing that The Evil Within has done right so far? Improved with its second game. Let's hope that's one element of the formula that repeats with the inevitable third installment.

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New Game Network
63 / 100
63 / 100
Oct 21, 2017

The Evil Within 2 doesn't have anything new to offer the franchise. It fails to be frightening, the narrative is a mess, and it only manages to keep its head above the blood water with some decent survival-action mechanics.

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Entertainment Buddha
6.1 / 10.0
6.1 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2017

"The Evil Within 2 is a pretty average horror game. It's just fine, it's not offensively bad, it's not earth-shatteringly original. It's just serviceable, though the dialogue and writing leaves a lot to be desired."

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 15, 2017

Castellanos pushes through the twisted world in the hunt for Lily, encountering new faces, old faces, disgusting nightmare faces, and a semen monster. By the end of it all, I couldn't remember half of what happened and had no desire to explore STEM for a second time on a higher difficulty. Reducing the amount of bullets is not going to make the experience more compelling.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Oct 12, 2017

The Evil Within 2 is just like its predecessor: a mixed bag. While it had the potential to be something absolutely brilliant, Tango Gameworks has attempted to both cram too much in and offer too little at the same time.

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Slant Magazine
Oct 13, 2017

There's no mystery to Union, which is grounded in exactly the way that the Beacon Mental Hospital was not.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 17, 2017

If it's possible to preserve a sense of tension and genuine horror in an open-world setting, The Evil Within 2 hasn't discovered how. In an attempt to introduce a more contemporary gameplay style than that of Shinji Mikami's classics, this game ends up diluting its best qualities by filling your time with tedious milling about and resource-gathering.

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FingerGuns
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 24, 2017

I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was surprised when Bethesda announced a sequel to the so-so Evil Within. But announce they did and here we have The Evil Within 2. Can it fix the flaws of the first? The FingerGuns review;

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VideoGamer
5 / 10
5 / 10
Oct 16, 2017

Some monstrously lovely set pieces are let down by a bit too much padding, some broken mechanics, and an overwrought story.

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

4 / 10
Oct 17, 2017

A worse game than the already flawed original, whose poorly crafted action is as ineffective as its clichéd attempts at horror.

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