I like to think of myself as an experienced horror player. Silent Hill, Alone in the Dark, Outlast…you name it, I played it all. Not to be bragging, but not too much can scare me. But Welcome to the Game II scared the hell out of me! This indie atmospheric horror is a sequel to the original entry released in 2016. Reflect Studios learned along the way, fixed the issues and implemented new features that led to the new game being impressive.
To Be or Not to Be…a Hacker
Just like in the first part, hacking is the focus of the storyline in Welcome to the Game II. You will be playing as Clint Edwards, an investigative reporter who is just a bit nosy (just like a reporter should be). You accidentally come across a video where a woman explains that masked men are after her. She is in hiding and safe (for now), but she pleads for help. You want to be her hero, but you don’t know her location. Fortunately, she explained how to discover it – locate eight hidden hashes throughout the deep web.
Now, you probably know that deep web is not a place for everyone. It is a mysterious (and evil) place, but you can’t let masked men get to the poor woman. You get up from the bed in your apartment and sit by your computer.
Always Cover Your Tracks
Your PC is a location that you will visit often. You will search websites and source codes looking for clues. Engaging puzzles and mini-games are there, but you will mostly focus on hunting for details. The important thing is to cover your tracks, and you are going to have to hide both from the police and the evil guys. Aside from deleting internet history, it is advisable to use your neighbors’ Wi-Fi.
The further you go into the dark web, the more protection you will need. Fortunately, you can use DOSCoin to purchase extra equipment. You earn this in-game currency by beating other hackers. As for the things you can buy, Wi-Fi boosters and concealing software and gadgets are on the list, as well as motion sensors.
You Can’t Fight Back…but You Can Hide
You are a reporter, not a fighter, which means you don’t have an option to fight back. However, you need to be brave and go to the building entrance to pick up packages that you ordered. Just be careful, the hackers or the police may be closing in. If they do get you, your best chance is to hide. And yes, locations such as the shower or under the bed are good ideas as long as you don’t forget to turn off the light.
WTGII looks great for an indie game. The sounds play a vital role, and you need to pay attention to them. But the atmosphere is the selling point of this release. I’m not ashamed to say that I was frightened on multiple occasions. The only downside is that the game can get too challenging and you need to be prepared to die often. Fortunately, the saving feature is included and I recommend using it.