Steath Inc 2: A Game of Clones
The highly anticipated sequel to Stealth Inc has finally arrived.
More… MORE… MORE! That must have been what the developers heard when they made Stealth Inc 2. Thankfully they were right. After playing Stealth Inc and the DLC, all I wanted was more. If it ain’t broke then don’t fix it. I must note that I like the games title pun. If you don’t get the pun well… I suggest youtubing Game of Thrones title theme. You are welcome for having that stuck in your head all week.
You can read my review for the original Stealth Inc HERE.
Content Warning: There is blood when your clone dies but nothing else that is worthy of noting.
Just like in the original Stealth Inc, your goal with each level is to simply move your clone through the obstacle course and get him/her/it to the exit safely. This sounds simple however, the obstacles get crazier and crazier as the game progresses. There is now a hub world that connects you between each level but I personally found it unnecessary as it interrupted the actual stages. Once again, this game truly shines when you reach a stage that has you asking yourself “How the heck am I supposed to get to the end” then has you feeling like a genius when the light-bulb turns on and you finish the stage. There were many times that I was on the edge of my seat as my clone barely made it past the nefarious traps to reach the exit. As the title implies, this is a game of clones. You have a computer (similar to Glados) guiding you and teasing you. You will be asked to help other clones to safety in the various stages and this angers the computer to no end. Shadows were the main component of how you progressed in the previous game. In Stealth Inc 2, you use shadows still but now you also use steam. Steam can also block cameras and turrets from seeing you and ending your fateful mission. This gets used in many useful ways as sometimes you will see steam and think “that looks useless” and then realize that a fan nearby can blow the steam in the way of a camera. Light-bulb moment! Despite not much being changed since the last game, I thoroughly enjoyed Stealth Inc 2 and did not find myself bored by repitition. The challenges of each stage are unique enough to make you forget that by this point you have played nearly 200 stages of the Stealth Inc. franchise. The best part, in my opinion, from Stealth Inc returns. That is right… it is the level editor! You can create your own levels, play them, and share them with the world. If you thought Skyrim or Fallout 3 sucked your life away then Stealth Inc 2 will make you forget that silly thing called free time. In other words, there is a boat load of content here.
Graphics and Sound
As I said when I reviewed Stealth Inc, “Visually, Stealth Inc won’t do anything that could not of been done on a lesser console. However, the graphical style is done fairly well and never had me thinking that the game needed more polish. Everything you see and hear adds to the overall atmosphere of the game. You are in a research center that seems to be rooting you on but also laughing at you when you fail. It reminds me of Glados from Portal but not so much that it feels too familiar. Overall there isn’t much to say since the gameplay is clearly the star in this game.” This remains true in Stealth Inc 2. A Game of Clones does not enhance the visuals nor does it improve the so-so soundtrack from the previous game. Kind of disappointing but, it is the same engine as the first game and it was already good to begin with.
Once again, I highly recommend Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones. If you enjoyed the first game then this is a no brainer. If you want to skip straight to this title then go for it. The first game was an enjoyable experience but Stealth Inc 2 is the original game improved and with more content. Easily a day one purchase on the Nintendo E-Shop.
Reviewed on Wii U. Review copy provided by Curve.
+ LOTS OF CONTENT... AGAIN!
+ Level editor is fantastic
+ Level design gets creative and challenging
+ Those light-bulb moments you will have
- Hub world feels unnecessary
- Computer is once again similar to Glados, but not as good
- Soundtrack has not improved
- Does nothing to push the Wii U's hardware