Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Dec 12, 2017
    A gripping, well-told horror story held back by occasionally awkward handling.
  2. Nov 8, 2017
    From one of the minds that brought us the Resident Evil series, The Evil Within 2 serves as a survival horror delight. It’s a jolting, excellent tale of horror and mystery with a strong story and a driving narrative, plus a multitude of side quests and sub-plots to keep even the most seasoned players engaged and thrilled. It is not a perfectly executed game by any means, but, like the original game, the flaws tend to get buried under the bloody heap of viscera and terror players will experience should they decide to pick up a copy.
  3. Oct 24, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 doesn't reinvent the survival-horror genre but makes it work in more of an open world. Blending it with the tightly directed sections we have come to expect from the genre creates a fantastic horror setting that cranks up the tension only when it's needed. Players are rewarded for exploring and the scarce resources are distributed in a way that you often feel like there is only enough to scrape by, yet it never leaves you feeling under-prepared. Unfortunately, Sebastian's movement and animation often feel disconnected and some animations do seem clumsy in general, while some visual assets noticeably pop into view. Thankfully, these minor issues don't detract too much from the overall package and The Evil Within 2 delivers an interesting and memorable horror experience that is challenging yet fair.
  4. The Enemy Within 2 oughtn’t to disappoint genre fans. It’s a challenge to survive, and there are some good moments of both physical and mental horror. I’m not sure Tango Gameworks’ largely backward-looking franchise will ever be a mainstream giant within its category, but sometimes the best horror experiences are those geared for a subset of fans – especially if you happen to be a member of said subset.
  5. Oct 23, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is a huge step forward for the series that emphasizes exploration, stealth, and conserving resources for the more challenging encounters. Though the compelling plot is weighed down by poor writing and poorer voice performances, the game offers a great horror experience with a ton of content.
  6. Oct 23, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is highly recommended to anyone who loves a horror game, and you don’t have to play the first one to get an understanding of what is going on.
  7. Oct 22, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is a title that, despite the drawbacks, offers everything it promises: Terror, action and a good story. In conclusion, a Survival Horror worthy of a high budget production.
  8. Oct 21, 2017
    Technically speaking The Evil Within 2 is a lot better than its predecessor. The game is a lot more accessible for a greater audience, without forgetting about the die hard fans.
  9. Oct 20, 2017
    Although it tries a little too hard and fails to properly capture the best horror tropes, The Evil Within 2 is a great, imaginative game with enough tension that you probably won't mind the relative lack of horror.
  10. Oct 20, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 sports a less claustrophobic gameplay than its predecessor, but it still results in a thrilling experience with an intriguing story and noticeably improved graphics. Fans of the first game won't be disappointed by this sequel.
  11. Oct 18, 2017
    Evil Within 2 is how a sequel should be constructed. Everything about it feels like an improvement upon its predecessor. I had more fun digging into this 15-20 hour adventure, and would even consider replaying if not for so many other titles vying for my precious time. The genre is still poorly represented in the gaming community, so when a solid survival horror game emerges, it is best not to miss the opportunity to check it out.
  12. Oct 17, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 trumps its predecessor in every way, inevitably making this one of the best forms of survival horror in recent years. Dare I say? Evil Within 2 is Survival Horror, evolved.
  13. Oct 16, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is good old-fashioned survival horror with a little bit of an open-world bent, and it works beautifully. It’s tense, it’s scary, it’s exciting, it’s absorbing – it’s everything I hoped it would be and more.
  14. Oct 16, 2017
    The tension and intensity can be felt throughout both the open-world sections, where you can choose where to go, as well as those where you’re simply walking down a hallway filled with framed pictures highlighting truly chilling acts of violence. It’s a thrill ride quite unlike any other, and as a survival horror release it will leave you shaking or at the very least on the verge of needing a nice long vacation.
  15. Oct 15, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is every bit what a sequel should be - bigger, better and more pleasing than the original.
  16. Oct 14, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is a terror title that offers many more possibilities than its predecessor. It's survival horror in its pure state, and it's very well-implemented.
  17. Oct 13, 2017
    The fractured town of Union, which brings to mind the foggy setting of the original Silent Hill games, can be freely traversed. And yet, story levels must still be tackled in order and few of the open-world segments or side quests are compelling.
  18. Oct 13, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 will certainly hold your attention during its 17 chapters, with flashes of brilliance sandwiched in among the game's various flaws and less memorable sequences. Ultimately, as a sequel, it doesn't quite deliver, but nonetheless, The Evil Within 2 is a survival horror that's just about worth persevering with.
  19. Oct 13, 2017
    Be prepared for some slightly clunky movement and somewhat repetitive walking simulator sections. Past that, it’s a wonderful sequel to a game that was originally sort of a miss, rather than a hit. You’ll become just as invested as Sebastian is when trying to find his daughter and walk away from the experience feeling like you got your money’s worth. The Evil Within 2 is well worth the purchase, but especially (for) those who enjoyed the first game and want something more.
  20. Oct 13, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 gives you more options to play your way in a much bigger survival-horror playground than the original. Although a disjointed plot and weak protagonist make it slow to get started, being pursued through an intriguingly bizarre world by plentiful and disturbing monsters kept my palms sweaty and my heart in my throat thanks to a strict adherence to the most important survival horror rule: you should always be on the back foot.
  21. Oct 12, 2017
    There's a clear respect for the horror genre in The Evil Within 2, with a number of references to classic films and games. The game channels that style and tone into combat that feels brutal and raw, stealth that has an air of suspense, and unsettling confrontations with dangerous, otherworldly creatures. The Evil Within 2 doubles down on the core of what makes survival horror games great: the focus on disempowerment and obstacles, and the ensuing satisfaction that comes with surviving a harrowing assault.
  22. 60
    The Evil Within 2 is just like its predecessor: a mixed bag. While it had the potential to be something absolutely brilliant, Tango Gameworks has attempted to both cram too much in and offer too little at the same time.
  23. Oct 12, 2017
    The Evil Within 2 is a frightening game, though perhaps not as pants-wettingly scary as the early portions of Resident Evil 7. The game itself is improved nicely over the original, with a great open-world structure and lots of interesting missions to take on. The actual story is extremely compelling as we follow Sebastian's journey towards redemption amid a world filled with both human and inhuman monsters. If you're looking for a lengthy and frightening adventure this Halloween season, look no farther than The Evil Within 2.
  24. Oct 12, 2017
    The themes of The Evil Within 2 are redemption and forgiveness, though there’s nothing this iteration of the franchise needed to do to redeem itself and certainly has nothing to be forgiven for. It’s a solid, emotional romp filled with challenge and scares alike. It’s certainly recommended.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 812 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 69 out of 812
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    I was a big fan of the first Evil Within and the main reason for that is because it had a unique setting and it was accompanied with a uniqueI was a big fan of the first Evil Within and the main reason for that is because it had a unique setting and it was accompanied with a unique story. Thankfully The Evil Within 2 continues this trend and in some ways it improves on the original game. The enemies you face in the game have a decent amount of variety to them and the best thing is that they’re actually scary at times. The enemies also make the combat scary and this fear when in combat makes the game stand out for all the right reasons. I was however frustrated when it came to the camera because the awkwardness of it did hinder me at times, especially when I was in dire situations. I also wasn’t a big fan of the shooting mechanics in the game and the main reason for that is because it didn’t have much fluidity and when shooting it instead felt clunky. There is however a decent variety when it comes to the weapons so you don’t have to use a gun if you don’t want to because there’s plenty of things for you to craft. My favourite thing about the game is that it allows you a lot of freedom through exploration, and this is great because it stops the game from feeling linear. The presentation side of the game is awesome and can really create a scare or two. I was especially fond of the art design in the game because I thought the gore was done to perfection. At the end of the day while the few niggling problems the game has stops it from being a masterpiece there is still a very good game here. The main and most important thing The Evil Within 2 did is that it kept things interesting and exciting throughout, and with the added fear factor thrown in for good measure it made it difficult for me to put the game down. Fans of the first game will love The Evil Within 2 and if you’ve never tried an Evil Within game before then I suggest you check it out. Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2017
    Estou na parte 3 do game estou a precenciar alguns bugs, mas o jogo esta espetacular, a versão do xbox one está com alguns gargalos quedas deEstou na parte 3 do game estou a precenciar alguns bugs, mas o jogo esta espetacular, a versão do xbox one está com alguns gargalos quedas de fps, mas seria isso o minimo a se saber...! Full Review »
  3. Oct 17, 2017
    Great game and a great improvement over the original. The new monsters are scary, the new upgradable abilities are stronger and moreGreat game and a great improvement over the original. The new monsters are scary, the new upgradable abilities are stronger and more important, and the guns got a much needed boost (not that you'll have enough ammo to feel comfortable using them all the time) . The free roam style of game play gives this game a whole new style and way to play making stealth key and shot timing critical. You can see many nods to resident evil in this game which would make sense coming from the man that made the good ones. Pick this up and hunker down because this game is intense. My only problem with this game however is the noticeable drop in framerate when facing multiple enemies at once especially with a flashlight on. In a game where quickness and careful shot taking is so critical I got very frustrated when the game slowed down so often. Aside from that, pick this game up! Full Review »