Hello Neighbor 2 is the most recent entry within the Hello Neighbor franchise, which continues the story after the occasions of the unique Hello Neighbor sport that got here out in 2017. You may marvel what’s new to this sport in comparison with different entries that make it worthwhile. Properly, the largest function the developer boasts about is the complicated Neighbors managed by superior AIs which might be speculated to make your time investigating the neighbors of Raven Brooks scary. Did the builders accomplish their objective, or does this function fizzle?
The Setting – Raven Brooks
Hello Neighbor 2 is about in a small American city known as Raven Brooks, Missouri. Not like earlier entries within the Hello Neighbor franchise, you’ll be able to totally discover Raven Brooks… type of. There are lots of enjoyable locations so that you can discover, however lots of the homes can’t be entered. As an illustration, you will note lots of primary home fashions with a generic inside and haven’t any capacity to discover them.
Ravens Brooks’ fascinating historical past dates again to the Sixties in Hello Neighbor lore. Should you’ve by no means performed the earlier entries or learn the books, you may need to test them out to fill within the gaps of the Mr. Peterson story, the city, and its residents.
The Forged – The Neighbors
Mr. Peterson, the antagonist from the unique sport, returns, and several other of his neighbors function within the sequel. Mr. Peterson’s neighbors embrace Gerda, the city’s baker, who makes probably the most scrumptious croissants (trace, trace). A taxidermist named Mr. Otto who carries a shotgun however can’t hit the broad facet of a barn. The Raven Brooks Mayor who has apparently received extra awards than Michael Jackson.
With this in thoughts, each neighbor has a residence that brings a singular atmosphere so that you can clear up puzzles. Nonetheless, I didn’t really feel like I used to be discovering any scandalous secrets and techniques of the Raven Brooks neighbors, which was a bit disappointing. With that mentioned, it was enjoyable to see into the lives of the residents and work together with their houses in humorous methods.
The Story – Resolve the Case of Mr. Peterson
When you don’t must play the opposite entries within the franchise, it does assist to know the bits and items of the story you study Mr. Peterson, his son Aaron, and the residents of Raven Brooks throughout your investigations. The story continues after the occasions of the primary sport, the place Mr. Peterson flees together with his son from the basement of his home. In Hello Neighbor 2, he decides to cover within the city’s museum, and your objective is to determine why so you’ll be able to deliver him to justice.
Hello Neighbor 2 begins with a brief cutscene the place Quentin, an investigative journalist, is staking out Mr. Peterson’s house. This seems to be the worst stakeout within the historical past of stakeouts as a result of Mr. Peterson sees him instantly and chases him off. After the cutscene, you achieve management of Quentin, who seems to be Hello Neighbor 2’s protagonist. As Quentin, your complete objective is to analyze the homes in Raven Brooks to seek out clues to resolve the case of Mr. Peterson.
Each home you examine will deliver you one step nearer to fixing the case… or will it? I truthfully don’t know why neighbors of Mr. Peterson would have keys to the museum and proof we are able to use towards him, however we’ve seen weirder storylines in video games earlier than. The extra proof you uncover, the extra you notice that this case isn’t only a run-of-the-mill kidnapping however a heart-wrenching story involving his deceased household and his son Aaron.
Major Sport Mechanics – Stealth and Puzzle Fixing
Based mostly on the sport’s description, I performed Day 1 like a stealth horror sport and have become extraordinarily pissed off with how the AI-controlled Neighbors acted. As an illustration, every Neighbor is meant to be managed by a number of AIs making them sensible, however my expertise was precisely the alternative. The sample by which they’d patrol the home didn’t make sense, making my sneaking round the home laborious.
One other instance is being trapped in a room because the AI stand within the doorway although I used to be hidden and never noticed. In spite of everything this, I lastly determined to take management of the home. In the event that they noticed me, I might simply run out of the home a technique, enter one other, and proceed my enterprise. Rinse and repeat for about eight extra ranges, and you may see why it broke the immersion of what the sport was attempting to perform.
Alternatively, the puzzle-solving was lots of enjoyable and stored me within the sport after the AI-controlled neighbors fizzled out. Just a few puzzles obtained me considering and took longer to determine than anticipated. As an illustration, discovering the final image piece on Day 1 was particularly difficult.
The vast majority of the puzzles, although, are hidden behind easy logic. It will be significant that you just don’t overthink them as a result of you’ll waste time and change into pissed off. There’s a puzzle within the first home the place it’s essential to work out the mix of the protected sitting on a desk. The sport doesn’t offer you any hints for this puzzle, however it’s fairly simple in the event you take note of your environment. Sitting subsequent to the protected is a lamp pointed upwards, with its gentle shining on a flag banner. This needs to be your first trace about what must be performed to resolve the puzzle.
After that, there are coloured kids’s blocks, every with a distinct quantity, that you just accumulate. All you must do is match up the block’s shade within the order of the flags to get your mixture. This sort of puzzle is mostly used all through the sport, so take note of your environment and don’t overthink them!
Are there Bugs or Sport Breaking Points?
Sure… That is the buggiest sport I’ve performed and reviewed in a very long time. The AI-controlled neighbors would typically glitch out and get caught, like a cop from Day 1 who continuously went out and in the identical door and give up responding to my presence, so I had free reign of the home. He was glitched so severely that he would exit the home going forwards and re-enter strolling backward. I felt like Rip Torn within the backward man scene from Freddy Acquired Fingered (look it up and thank me later). It was an expertise that took the stealth and horror out of stealth horror.
On Day 4, I obtained caught by The Mayor whereas climbing a ladder, and when the sport reset, I might fly across the map (see picture above). I had some enjoyable with this bug and flew round Raven Brooks till I obtained bored and reloaded my save file, which mounted the problem, however you’ll be doing this rather a lot, sadly.
The worst bug, although, was so nasty it broke my sport to the purpose that I couldn’t progress the story. I needed to reset my development and begin the sport over on a clear save file. Proper earlier than I hit the a part of the sport with the bug for the second time, I manually backed up my save file to drop it again into place if it occurred once more.
No participant ought to have to fret about that sort of bug or should again up their save file manually. Nonetheless, I did report the bug to tinyBuild, they usually talked about they had been effectively conscious of the problem and can hopefully have it patched out quickly. Nonetheless, the problem left a foul style in my mouth and made it laborious to suggest it to others. I’m hoping all the early entry and beta testers will assist tinyBuild and Eerie Visitor rapidly patch the bugs earlier than most of the people will get their fingers on the sport.
The featured picture on this evaluate was taken from one of many in-game cutscenes, which sums up my expertise with Hello Neighbor 2. I wished to get pleasure from this sport, and it stored telling me it could be okay, however deep down, I knew it was not. There have been so many bugs that it broke my immersion, and I used to be simply nervous about operating into extra bugs, which grew to become an exhausting expertise.
The stealth horror facet fell flat, and I had extra enjoyable simply free roaming at will and abusing the AI-controlled Neighbors, typically to a glitchy loss of life. When you notice that is attainable, it can make the sport much less irritating however unsatisfying. The sport’s solely saving grace is the puzzle-solving, which was a ton of enjoyable. I truthfully imagine if the builders tinyBuild and Eerie Visitor centered on a puzzle sport that doesn’t depend on the AI of the “Neighbors,” they’d have a far more profitable sport.
I went into Hello Neighbor 2 feeling like these delinquent youngsters in Don’t Breathe however as a substitute felt like I used to be visiting Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, which is an insult to Pee-Wee himself.
This sport was reviewed utilizing a duplicate of the sport offered by the sport’s writer,public relations firm, developer or different for the categorical goal of a evaluate.
– This text was up to date on December seventh, 2022