Horror games are not really my thing, but once in a while I’ll come across one that catches my attention. That’s how I came upon Headup and Devespresso Games’ latest, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters. This is a survival horror adventure game that has won numerous awards worldwide. Of course that’s not what drew me to the game and instead, it was the authentic hand-illustrated manhwa (Korean manga) and what appeared to be deep, story-driven gameplay.
As a small disclaimer, I never played the first game in the series so this is my first experience with The Coma series. The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters continues the dark story introduced in The Coma: Recut with a new protagonist, Mina Park, a side-character from the first game. Players unfamiliar with the first game’s story will have no trouble diving in to explore the sinister shadow realm while eluding the clutches of a relentless, psychotic slasher. Distinctly Korean with lore going back for decades, the players must balance exploration and dangerous encounters to survive the night that concludes in multiple endings and possible perma-damage.
So with these types of games that are heavily story driven, I find it best not to really tell you anything about it because a massive part of the experience is the story. What I will say though is that it is very deep and aside from what is presented to you through means of gameplay, you can also collect torn pages that you find throughout the games. These are extra bits of story detail that you can read through so you can get a better understanding of world. Also for the most part, it doesn’t seem like you need to have played through the first game to enjoy The Coma 2.
Like mentioned above, The Coma 2 is a survival-horror game. The survival part means you don’t get regenerating health and instead must manage your health via consumables. These can be readily found through rummaging through loot as well as purchased through dedicated vending machines. You just have to make sure you have space in your backpack and also make sure your bag is thoroughly filled in case of emergencies.
And why would you need health filling supplies? Well, the world of The Coma 2 is filled with supernatural dangers, such as poisonous gas, ghosts that grab you from the ceilings or floors, and the most fun of all, actual “monsters” that chase you unless you can escape their gaze. The best you can hope for early on is to find a good hiding spot and hope they pass you unnoticed. Of course that’s easier said than done as you’ll also need to complete some quick time elements while hiding to 100% shake them from your tail. It’s not until later in the game where you’ll find a means to fight back.
Gameplay is fairly simple and isn’t too far off from other horror-themed games. You’ll need to explore each area thoroughly for clues and items as well as vital items needed to unlock certain areas to continue. You’ll be doing a lot of back and forth traveling so use of your map as well as item management is critical. Avoiding enemies if possible is also critical so try to remember where certain hiding spots are so you can make a break for it if you are spotted.
That also brings me the games save points. I suggest saving often and use multiple saves. Remember, the amount of damage to have taken is permanent so the last thing you want to do is have a save file where you pretty much instantly die from lack of health.
With that said, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is a very well made survival-horror adventure game. This isn’t a combat heavy game and I think the stealth and cunning aspect of the game makes it unique. Also the fact that the story really keeps you engrossed and invested where you honestly want to finish the game and see what happens next. The gameplay however can get a little tedious with the back and forth aspect, but it’s not bad enough where it affects the game negatively. But aside from that, The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is a very, very good game and I can see why it won so many awards. This is definitely one indie game everyone should check out. The good thing here too is that while I am reviewing this on Nintendo Switch, it’s also available on PC and PlayStation 4.
For those who want it on Nintendo Switch, you can pick it up on the eShop here.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes. (Disclosure Policy)
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