Wow! Never thought that I would see this. After Saw 1 I thought that the developers wouldn't of bothered with this but to be fair Saw 1 was decent but this. This is just total garbage compared to the first. It's laziness at its best and should definitely be avoided. If you loved the films then you will not love this so called Saw 2 game. Trust me.
The Saw franchise was a great series. It attracted a lot of blood thirsty fans and it ended with a BOOM! The game series however is not so much of a boom at all. It's more of a whimper and should stay that way. The series has only had two games and it already is a disaster and I think that this is the last Saw game due to its reviews from big time game websites like IGN who gave it a 4.5. Hell some game websites didn't even bother with reviewing this game.
In this game you play as two characters although you only play as one of them for the first chapter. The first character you play is called Campell who is a big time drug addict who also suffers from cancer. He is also looking for his son and according to Jig Saw he has him. Unlucky for Campell he is in a dangerous trap called the Venus Fly Trap. If you don't know what that trap is then watch the second Saw film. In order to escape he will have to cut beneath his right eye to retrieve the key. Its only been two minutes and you are already doing something a bit extreme but that was the point of the films so I guess you can say that the developers have captured the atmosphere of the films perfectly. Its just when you start playing the game then you will regret this purchase. I did any way. In fact withing the second week of its release I already managed to buy this game for £15. I can see why.
2 minutes in. This happens. 4 hours in. Sold.
After you have retrieved the key you will have to walk through a few corridors and watch a couple of people die in front of you. Then you will encounter the heavily repeated puzzles like lock picking and connecting some wires together to unlock the door. After all that you will have to make a decision to either sacrifice your life for another or escape the room.
After all that you will play as the main character called Michael Tapp who is the son of David Tapp (Main character from the first Saw game). Michael's story is basically finding out who killed his father. It's pretty obvious who did it though so Mike has to be a complete idiot. After investigating the scene Michael is kidnapped by the mysterious Pig Head. Michael will now have to escape Jig Saw's little house of terror and find out what really happened to his Dad.
To be fair though the story does has its moments. It's not the best written storyline around but it beats the horrifying gameplay mechanics. The game also has multiple endings two to be exact so it does make you wonder on how the game truly ends for the third title which will never ever happen. Before talking about the gameplay I will firstly talk about the graphics and the sound design.
For a game that uses Unreal Technology 3 you would of thought that this game would look like Gears of War. You are wrong unfortunately because some how the developers managed to make this game look old and bland. Saw 1 was decently good looking but this sequel decides to be even more lazier and goes for even more bland textures and stiffer animations. This game also has very limited colour palettes and you can tell because there is an over dose of grey textures. The only thing that is actually coloured is the character models and of course the gore. Surprisingly the game isn't actually all that gory. After cutting your eye you just mostly see faint stains of blood across the walls. There is never any gutty moments and whenever someone is about to die from a gruesome death the bloody camera just decides to cut away. When I say bloody I don't actually mean blood. It's just a word that us Brits say as a light curse word. Speaking of light the lighting is actually pretty decent. In fact the lighting actually covers up the horrible textures that are hidden away in the darkness. Just be sure that you don't shine your flash light on the walls or you'll regret it. Another good point is the atmosphere. The game does look like the films with the gruesome stuff that happens in the background and the look of the traps that you see are quite frightening but they're not as memorable as the ones that you see in the first game though. Still good sense of atmosphere.
Oh look TV's. Straight from the films. Rather watched the film than play this.
Moving on to sound design. Sound design is something that I always look forward too especially when it comes to the voice acting. Surprisingly the voice acting is actually pretty good. It's nothing to brag about but I am still amazed that this is the only thing that the game does right. That might be an over exaggeration but still I am amazed. I also appreciate the soundtrack in this game. Like OK it is taken from the films but still I do love the sound of the violins that created that memorable riff. However despite all that the sound effects aren't all that good. Its not bad but they sound pretty cheesy and feel like that the developers have borrowed some of the sound effects from older games and movies. Apart from that the sound design is the game's strongest point. Now onto the gameplay. Unfortunately.
The gameplay is definitely the worst thing about the game. The game feels lazier than the first game and I don't see how that can even be possible. They reused some elements from the first game and somehow made it worse. Everything is pretty much a step down. The puzzles are heavily repeated and sometimes they don't make sense. The game lacks explanation for the puzzles and you will eventually find yourself on youtube watching some other poor sod trying to figure out the same puzzle. Most of the time I ended up guessing and just hoped for the best.What the hell do I do!
Some of the puzzles are even very simple and are quite boring. Even the mini games are heavily reused and incredibly easy to complete. It was the same problem with the first game and the developers decided not to do anything about it. The only thing that the developers completely changed was the combat system. In the first game you would only have to push one button to perform an attack. It was rubbish cause it was just one repeated punch. No combo or anything. In this game though the developers added in Quick Time Events. It may seem like a step up from the first game but it is not because the Quick Time Events are poorly executed because it can be unresponsive. The only good thing about it is that it looks more flashy but I just prefer Falcon punching some guy in the face than hoping that the game accepts the input and hope for the best. I think it is safe to say that the gaming mechanics are completely broken.Most of the time this does not happen.
If there is any point of buying this game is for the achievements. They are incredibly easy and you can pretty much get 80% of them through the first play through. In fact the only ones that you actually need to play the game twice is basically completing the game in insane mode but do you really want to play the game again? it's not worth it I'm telling ya.Summary:
+ Great voice acting.
+ Easy achievements.
+ The atmosphere.
- Broken gameplay.
- Playing it.
- Trying to sell it but no one has bid for it in your auction on ebay.Score Summary:
Replay Value: (Don't make me laugh) 1/10
Achievements: 9/10 (If you are willing to play it again)
Overall: 2/10Is it your Cup of Tea?
Are you kidding? Hell no! Not even the most hardcore fan should play this. It's an absolute mess.
Overall this game should be forgotten and should be buried in a dessert along with E.T. the Atari game. I am not even joking.