Developed by Red Ego Games, Re:Turn 2 – Runaway is the long-awaited follow-up to their 2020 psychological horror adventure, Re:Turn – One Way Trip. In this sequel, we are again following the experience of the main character, Saki and her fiance, Sen, who were trapped on an abandoned train the last time we saw them. However, things have taken a turn for the worst as her fiance becomes psychotic and begins siding with the evil spirits in a delusional attempt to reunite with their missing friends. Anyways, Saki decides to run and confront the evil on her own terms and save her friends.
Re:Turn 2 – Runaway is actually a nice change of pace from the games I would normally play, meaning I’ve been playing a whole ton of Halo Infinite lately and I need to take a break from it. With this game, we are treated to some great artwork and 2D graphics that we are enjoying very much. While the atmosphere is dark and moody, it’s surprisingly detailed and I love the use of the flashlight here and how without it, it’s very hard to see, just like it would be in real life. It adds mystery while also adding a bit of nervousness as you don’t really know what might be lurking in the shadows.
Aside from the art, the audio in the game is really good. The soundtrack is fantastic and I’m loving that most of the game has full voiceovers and narrations. This is great in terms of immersiveness and really helps set the tone of the game.
In terms of the story, I’m actually playing this without ever playing the original Re:Turn game. Whether or not that’s a mistake remains to be seen, but to my understanding, this game continues off almost where the first game ends. It might be a good idea to play the first, but at this point, I’m too far along to go back. Anyways, I’m not going to talk about what happens in the game that much or divulge anything story-related because games like this need to be played fresh. I’d probably also skip that video I posted above unless you are really curious and can’t wait.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward too and isn’t too difficult to get the hang of. A lot of it is exploration and just you moving around the world and searching for clues and items. If you do happen across the enemy, you will mainly have to hide or run. Confrontation usually results in death. This is similar to the game The Coma 2. This is a horror game after all so it makes sense to make enemy encounters as tense and scary as possible.
I’m usually not a fan of horror games. I usually stay away despite the fact that I love horror movies. It’s one thing to watch a horror flick where you’re just along for the ride and it’s another to actually have to play one and be in the thick of it. However, I find that playing 2D horror is a bit less nerve-racking for me and these I can actually play without freaking myself out. Anyways, Re:Turn 2 – Runaway is a great horror game with some great storytelling. I am kicking myself a bit for not playing the first game first, but oh well. This is still a good game on its own without having had played the first game. Re:Turn 2 – Runaway has everything a horror fan needs – a great story, spooky setting, and a protagonist you actually care about.
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