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Still Life 2 (PC DVD)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2010
I absolutely loved the first instalment and looked forward to this one. Sadly it did not love up to its predecessor. The story is ok with a somewhat predicable out come (I knew who the killer was about half way through). The inventory is a nightmare to use as there are only 16 squares to hold items and you have storage areas where you can leave items. Knowing which items to leave, however,is the trick. Game play is the worst I have ever had the misfortune to use. The game is so slow I was constantly shouting at the pc for Vic to move. It could take a good few minutes for Vic to get anywhere or to do anything. And as for the 'hint' system I ask you, why bother. I was stuck and tried to use the hints, 'If I need to, I will look everywhere to find more clues' was the hint. So helpful. In the end the only way I could play this game was with a walkthrough. Without it I would never have completed this game. Such a sad rendition of an excellent series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I have played all the games in this series (Post Mortem and Still Life) and have to say that I found this much better than the first two. The game has an interesting spin on it in the way that you actually get to collect and analyse evidence regarding the killer when playing Vic, so if you're a CSI fan you'll enjoy that bit (although please be aware that it isn't quite as good as csi in anyway), and another great spin is that you actually get to play one of the killer's victims when playing Paloma which helps you out when you return to playing detective!

The gameplay itself is very very very slow and I have to agree with the previous review, I often found myself shouting at the screen for my character to 'move your butt before you die!' and sometimes the controls stuck and the character would just keep going around in circles at the most inconvienent of times (esp during timed sequences). But apart from that I didn't find the inventory system too much of a problem, it just meant that you had to be selective over what you carried and also that you might have to travel too and from storage points at times but it didn't affect gameplay enough for it to be an issue.

The storyline is good, yes predictable at times, but still something different and if you're a fan of Saw then you might appreciate some of the 'games' the killer forces you to play for survival. The characters are very cliched, you have your typical independent woman cop, her trusty new side kick who is so under the thumb, a seemingly dodgy ex-cop, an arrogant out-back cop who hates the FBI, a cut-throat journalist who gets knocked down a peg or two and your typical psycho killer who thinks they're untouchable.

The music really helps to add to the atmosphere of the game but i did find that sometimes the voices were out and that I would know what happened before the video had even played because I'd already heard it! That may just have been my computer though? The graphics are good but, as mention above, the gameplay is very trying on the patience at times.

Most of the puzzles are easy enough to figure out but there were a couple I needed help with. The help system wasn't much use to be honest so I didn't bother using it and instead used a walkthrough but, unlike some games I've played, I didn't have to use the walkthrough so often that it ruined the game.

Overall I thought this was a worthy addition to the series and I really enjoyed playing it. I'm a huge point 'n' click fan and having been playing games such as Broken Sword, CSI, Gabriel Knight, Syberia etc etc for years and I honestly would recommend this to fans. I brought it for under £10 and I thought it was well worth it, I probably wouldn't have been so happy if i'd have paid over £15 for it but I've paid a hell of a lot more for games a hell of a lot worse (Black Mirror springs to mind).

Hope this review helps potential buyers and you enjoy the game - it certainly beats playing solitare and spider!
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on 31 January 2012
This is not a terrible game, but it is definitely not a classic. I had to resort to a web walkthrough at least a dozen times, twice because bugs had allowed me to do things out of order so I found I had to replay a 'level,' and on a number of occasions (particularly with the many passwords) I was left thinking, 'I would never have worked that out in a million years!'

Most of the action all happens in one place, which is a brilliant bit of economising, if a little dull. At one point I had to search a huge area for clues - even on a large screen you miss so many tiny items it took me hours. I should have given up.

Also, if you are looking for a follow-up to Still Life, the original game, this is clearly an afterthought.. The solving of that particular mystery is told in flashback, with barely any relevance to the main story. It is a seriously lost opportunity.

Point and click adventures are having a hard time - it seems inconceivable that this game was released in the same year as Heavy Rain - so I feel duty bound to support what does still come out. But I will not be returning to this game in a hurry, unlike some of the classics from Lucasarts and Revolution.
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on 9 July 2012
AS WITH STILL LIFE THIS IS NOT A GAME FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WANT TO TEST THEIR BRAIN AND YOU WILL NOT BEAT IT AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS PLAYING. THE REASON I DID NOT ENJOY THIS AS MUCH AS STILL LIFE IS BECAUSE IT LOOSES DIRECTION AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME. THE TRUE GREAT POINT AND CLICK GAMES LIKE SYBERIA TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY AND ARE EASY TO FOLLOW IF NOT TO DO. WHAT I MEAN BY THIS IS THE SOLUTION TO ANY PUZZLE IS WITHIN A FEW SCREEN SHOTS BUT WITH THIS ONCE YOU REACH THE KILLERS HOUSE YOU START TO GO INTO ROOM AFTER ROOM AFTER ROOM & WHEN YOU HAVE NOT FOUND THE SOLUTION YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THEM ALL AGAIN. THAT SAID THE GAME HAS SOME NASTY & SUPRISING TWISTS NOT LEAST AT THE END. PLAYING THE TWO CHARACTERS (VIC & PALOMA) IS GOOD FUN AND I DID FIND THAT THE GAME DREW ME INTO IT SO MUCH THAT I STARTED TO BELIEVE I WAS NOT CONTROLING IT BUT THAT THE KILLER WAS.
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on 28 July 2012
enjoyed this game it was good value some of the timed pieces took several attempts but it saved before the attempt so nothing was lost
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2010
Being a fan of point and click adventure games and having played Still Life, I thought I'd try this sequel out and wasn't disappointed. The game plays like you are a CSI operative, but sometimes you also switch characters which is a nice twist. The game can become quite thrilling at some points, where it is a matter of life and death but after all you are trying to nail down a serial killer and you play the FBI agent and the kidnapped victim. There are also very nice cinematic cutscenes, clearly this is a well developed game and I enjoyed it a lot.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2010
Not as good as the 1st one, but really worth a go , the movie scenes are great ! all in all i enjoyed it .
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on 6 May 2015
love this game
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