Like its predecessor, The Evil Within 2 sticks to the survival horror genre, which means you have to constantly be mindful of your resource management and overall performance. The game can be tough for newbies, especially if you’re new to the specific level of combat skills and observation habits it requires.
Unlike the first game, The Evil Within 2 focuses more on exploration. As a result, there are more opportunities to branch out and find supplies, the open structure also allows you to explore more narrative details about the world at large. Take the time to explore; Whether it’s to get a better piece of land or to satisfy any curiosity you may have, finding an area for whatever it has to offer is always in your favor.
Quick Turn – The Evil Within 2
A key element of PS1-era survival horror games is the handy “spin” feature, which allows you to quickly rotate your character 180 degrees. You can do this mistimed maneuver in the game by pressing back and R1/RB. This is a great move to quickly get rid of an oncoming enemy or turn towards anything that might be approaching from behind. If you notice that it doesn’t work, make sure to allow its use in the options menu.
Utilize Environmental Traps
New to the game are traps that you can trigger by firing certain crossbow pins at specific environmental surfaces. Lead an enemy through an oil slick and then shoot it with an explosive beam to inflict devastating flames or stun enemies standing in stagnant water using Lightning. When facing a swarm of enemies, be on the lookout for ways to trigger environmental traps, as they can easily end the encounter in an instant.
If you can jump on a group of enemies, try setting up your own trap with the blast beam by placing it between two adjacent surfaces. Once placed, simply lead your unsuspecting enemies over to blow them up, but be careful not to trigger your own traps – unless you want to take away a significant portion of your health.
Get Bottle Break – The Evil Within 2
Bottles can be used for more than just a distraction to lure enemies in. With the Bottle Break skill, you can instantly break the bottle on top of your enemies when they grab you. Make it a priority to acquire this skill as soon as possible, as it is an extremely useful way to push enemies away from you without taking damage in the process. Remember that Bottle Smashing only works against the Lost Ones, not the bigger, more grotesque enemies you encounter.
Break All Boxes
While the game told you pretty early on, we can’t stress this out: Break every tile you see. You never know what kind of items might come out of a broken box. If luck is on your side, you may only get a pack of shotgun ammo or a bunch of exploding crossbow pistols.
Surprise Traps – The Evil Within 2
During your desperate search for supplies, be sure to keep an eye out for any lurking enemies or environmental traps. There’s nothing worse than losing a third of your health because an enemy suddenly lunges at you. Pay attention to your environment and root out threats before they can outperform you.