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  • Summary: Layers of Fear 2 is a first-person psychological horror game with an emphasis on exploration and story. Players control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner. Beware, for all may not truly be what it seems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. May 28, 2019
    90
    The jump scares are a bit overdone, same as the original Layers of Fear, and there’s an abysmal chase sequence in the second act that could’ve been cut completely. Still, Bloober Team’s rapidly proved itself as a master of psychological horror, using symbolism in ways most games don’t even attempt, let alone achieve. So what if it’s not very scary? There’s more important work to be done. Great work.
  2. Jun 14, 2019
    85
    Layers of Fear 2 narrates an unnerving and dramatic story about the struggle of the actor to attain the perfect character on a path strewn with abhorrently masked imperfections. It may not be the scariest game ever made, but it's certainly one of the most introspective.
  3. May 27, 2019
    80
    Bloober respects the formula created in the original for this sequel, changing the scenario, but keeping its horror approach. That means a lot of linearity, repetitive resources and jump scares, but also a few lessons learned.
  4. May 28, 2019
    72
    The end result is a measured but elaborate experience, full of tension and atmosphere.
  5. May 26, 2019
    70
    The game’s first few acts are its finest, particularly for their strong sense of physicality and connection to filmmaking methods and aesthetics.
  6. Jun 13, 2019
    65
    For better or worse Layers of Fear 2 follows very closely the steps of its predecessor. Alas, compared with the first Layers of Fear, its story is less integral to the paranormal events that are happening in front of our eyes, leading to a sense of disconnect between our character and the events unfolding around us. Also, the environment of the cruise ship is not quite as atmospheric as the isolated mansion of a deranged painter.
  7. May 24, 2019
    50
    The disconnect that the overly convoluted plotline produces mixed with the detachment I felt with the world because of the continually shifting environment left made the whole thing feel hollow to me. I can’t recommend Layers of Fear 2 unless you just absolutely love the genre and have played everything else out there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Jun 2, 2019
    10
    I've played this game 2 times and I am now on my 3rd playthrough, and FOR ME Layers of Fear 2 is a masterpiece just like the first one was.I've played this game 2 times and I am now on my 3rd playthrough, and FOR ME Layers of Fear 2 is a masterpiece just like the first one was.

    Layers of Fear is a very personal experience, so the best advice I can give is that you don't take in account the opinion of others. It is a game that you need to experience for yourself.

    Also, this is not a game for everyone. To fully enjoy you need to have in mind that this is a game very different than any other game out there.
    To enjoy it you need to have patience, to pay attention to every detail, to take your time, and to play it more than once.

    Just as the name says, the experience is made by more than one layer, and the more times you play it more you discover and it makes more sense.

    The first time I finished this game I felt a bit disappointed. That's because this time Bloober was more ambitious and experimented a major variety of ambiences and a even more abstract aproach to the storytelling. But then I just took some time to think about the game and writed down some ideas about what I saw in it. I created some theories. And this was the part when the fun began.

    I felt like the game was finally taking form in my mind.
    Then I started to play a second time and every detail was making way more sense this time. That was the point when I felt that this really was something that came out from Bloober Team's minds.

    Now I am loving the game just as I loved the first one.

    I already started my 3rd playthrough as I said before, and I am really enjoying the game a lot more than when I played it for the first time.

    So my advice is:

    - This is not a game for everyone.
    - This is not totally equal to the first one, so take your time to put the pieces of the story together and play more than once.
    - Don't be so hard on trying to figure out everything on the story. There's no right or wrong version. That's the beauty of it. The truth is what you believe it is and what makes more sense to YOU.

    Thank you for reading.
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  2. May 28, 2019
    10
    Excellent work. Layers of Fear 2 is an improvement over the original is pretty much every way: It's longer, has a stronger story with aExcellent work. Layers of Fear 2 is an improvement over the original is pretty much every way: It's longer, has a stronger story with a well-crafted slow-burn and looks better than ever. Expand
  3. May 28, 2019
    10
    Great and unforgettable experience. LOF 2 is even better than LOF! BT knows how to make scary games! Must have for any horror fan!
  4. May 28, 2019
    7
    Great horror, very philosophical, it's follow three for first look independent stories, who eventually turn into... you will see, greatGreat horror, very philosophical, it's follow three for first look independent stories, who eventually turn into... you will see, great atmosphere, idea, voice acting, very confusing at start and clear as forest water at the .. mid and for someone not even at the end, outlast 2 is still rightful king, but this one is take it's piece, at the end great horror game and shows how to make true psychological horror instead of fan fictional Jap craps, what are always WAY overated, unintersting and boring to the bones. Expand
  5. Jun 8, 2019
    6
    Apart from nice graphics, Layers of Fear 2 was a boring game that went on a bit too long. From cheap scenes in which you are being hunted by aApart from nice graphics, Layers of Fear 2 was a boring game that went on a bit too long. From cheap scenes in which you are being hunted by a monster to locked doors that spawn new corridors behind you, nothing really feels new. It is basically the first game but a bit longer.

    Story was pretty weak compared to the first one also and it did not scare me much.

    Other "walking simulators" do it better. Bloober Team needs to come up with something new, the formula has lost its spark.
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  6. May 28, 2019
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Layers of weird.

    The game starts out slow with minor chills and creeps you slowly by slowly. My favorite type of beginning of a thrilling experience, until you actually notice you are getting no where with the story line. Randomly added pop-up scares every other second until you get tired of the most significant horror of monster mannequins that simply just try to grab and kill you, giving you the one and only exact death scene every time they do. The devs tried so hard to add weirdness poetry into the game every room you get into, you realize you are not having fun with the game at all. Positive points were the graphics and voice acting. Would definitely not play again, and not interested in a sequel. There are many better low-budget horror games out there with better story lines. Pass
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  7. Jun 3, 2019
    0
    It was all a dream!... nope... any game that uses that ending in any way is a 0... it renders either that ending or all endings for a gameIt was all a dream!... nope... any game that uses that ending in any way is a 0... it renders either that ending or all endings for a game meaningless since it either dont tie into other possible endings or is meaningless to the story itself. Expand

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