Psychonauts 2 Sets a New Bar for Adventure Games | Best Games of 2021

With personality and charm seeping from every pore of its characters, levels, sound design, and even loading screens, a series of fantastically designed 3D platforming gauntlets succeed in shining a light on mental health through captivating writing, stellar platforming, and theming unlike anything seen since the first Psychonauts.

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darkrider47d ago

Not really. It doesn't set a bar in any aspect, much less a platform game in 2021. It's a good platform, but setting the bar is a tottaly diferent thing. Maybe if they had more resources.

Atom66647d ago

It's going to win many GOTY awards, and rightfully so. It sets many bars. From art design, voice work, and just the sheer creativity of its levels' interplay with the mental health of the "hosts,", it is something very special.

I am assuming "more resources" was just some console war dig, but I would have loved to see what they would have accomplished with deeper pockets from the start.

As it is, they made one of the best platformers we've seen despite almost being another failed kickstarter.

Orchard46d ago

So if it didn’t set a bar in 2021 for platforming, what did?

It’s currently the highest rated platformer of the year, and one of the best reviewed games of the year overall too.

darthv7246d ago

dark will likely say Rift Apart is better. It's good... but I had more fun with Psychonauts 2 myself.

mark_parch46d ago

It definitely set the bar when combining so many elements together. Very few platformers have I ever played where the gameplay, art style, music, story, voice acting and world design are all at such a high level. It's actually very unique for a platformer as it deals with mental health issues and very well I might add, the only other platformer I've played that even comes close in that regard is the original psychonauts.

HansyJ47d ago

Maybe it’s just me but I started playing this game and I beat a few biomes but overall I kind of got bored of it and stop playing. The premise is interesting but overall I didn’t really care for the moment to moment gameplay.

RedDevils46d ago (Edited 46d ago )

I don't like the game as the media hype portrayed it, but it not that bad. If I were to rate it, I would give it a 7/10.

zacfoldor47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

I didn't buy up front for full price because there was no PS5 version. Is there a PS5 version now? ...because I woulda purchased based on those reviews. I understand if they want to keep the best version on Xbox, but that isn't my priority. I don't want to feel like I'm paying full price for a last gen version when I own a ps5, so despite loving the idea of this game, I ignored it, no matter how many goty it gets.

Darkborn47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

Nope. They didn't want to make one, although everyone wants to mention that without Microsofts funding, the game would have never come out. I thought Microsoft had the biggest pockets, but they said they didn't have the money for a native ps5 game. Sounds like Phil just told them not to do it, but it's ok, he's all about inclusiveness and not gate keeping. He wants everyone to enjoy his games while he buys a major publisher and gate keeps.

Orchard46d ago

Microsoft have been pretty clear that anything new / not tied to an existing deal or agreement would be Xbox + PC exclusive. The original publishing agreement and Kickstarter included PS4, but no PS5/XSX - so Microsoft added the XSX version and skipped on PS5. Nothing secretive or deceptive there.

Not sure what’s hard to understand about that.

TheRealTedCruz46d ago (Edited 46d ago )

You really never stop.

My neighbor accidentally ran over a cat on the way to work. I'm pretty sure the only realistic cause of this was Phil Spencer hacked the car, meanwhile Microsoft was spiking the drinking water of the local orphanage with arsenic.


"Not sure what’s hard to understand about that"

Probably the part where you spent any moment of your life not playing mental gymnastics to link anything even relatively negative in the world to Microsoft and Xbox existing

That's just a guess though.

instantstupor47d ago

I don't disagree that it stinks to know you aren't playing a game in its best form, but at least with this game it isn't a massive difference. I think you could just wait for a deep sale & pick it up to sort of counteract the lack of native PS5 option.

I understand if you still don't want to support the practice in general, but also consider Double Fine's new situation. At this point, their games will likely be only on Xbox/PC, so voting with your wallet - in this instance - would basically be casting that vote into the ether; that vote will not change future PS5 support for DF titles since they won't be coming to PS at all. At least worth considering so you don't miss out on a game you might ultimately love.

Orchard46d ago

Just wait for it to be on sale - it’s a great game worth playing through, and while it’s a bummer there’s no PS5 native, it still runs and looks great in PS4 mode.

jukins46d ago

Not a native ps5 version but its now "enchanced" better resolution and stability

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slowgamer47d ago

It was ok and good enough time but I think first one was much funnier and it was a big part of why I liked the first one. They didn't really nail the jokes or they toned it down on purpose.

rlow147d ago

I played it and it trumped it predecessor by miles. Great humor, original art and funky levels. I enjoyed it immensely and would recommend it to anyone.

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