The Escapists 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and the Nintendo Switch. The Escapists was a hit with gamers around the world so Team 17 and Moldy Toof Studios decided to make a sequel. The sequel has new graphics, much more detailed than the first, new scenarios, new ways to play but is it worth the £20 price tag?
Storywise the premise is very basic, escape from prison by any means, if you want to dig out you’ll have to plan it right to not trigger a lockdown or the guards to chase you, you can roam around the vents if you’d like, these are two choices out of many and I have to say it gives it a lot of replayability. Another way to get help is to gain respect from other prisoners by completing little side quests and you’ll be able to buy special items of certain characters for a certain amount of money.
Gameplay was definitely a lot more fun than the first one, not saying that the first one was boring but The Escapists 2 felt like it was just so much more. In the prison you’ll live your daily life as the prisoner of your choosing due to the decent character customisation options, I always go for long beard and hair like myself and I named him after me obviously. You must always attend role calls otherwise a lockdown will be triggered then you go through the daily norms of breakfast, lunch, dinner, you have a bit of free time to weigh your options and figure out a plan of action and you’ll also be required to get a job and workout. In the game some crafting and jobs require certain stats to achieve so working out is a must and studying books is also a must. I enjoyed building my skills up as it added more to the games already wide range of things to do, I got to build my guy up really well attempted to dig outside and then got shot, stats don’t protect against bullets. The Escapists 2 I feel requires patience, I found it really hard to escape on my own accord, but if you hire another player whether it be online or offline the game is a lot more fun and the things you can do together I feel would be a fantastic hang out with friends due to the team work involved. I rarely ran into bugs during my review period, any issues that were in the preview stages were ironed out completely.
The Escapists 2 looks even better than 1 and it had a retro like feel to it. I loved walking around each prison they had and it definitely had a decent variety to cater to players tastes, there’s even a plane prison… Each room is littered with different items, each prison is fairly dirty and it really shows in the graphic design at how dingy it really is. The sound, unfortunately, lets it down a bit, there’s not much of a range of soundtracks in the game which is a shame as it can get fairly repetitive.
The Escapists 2 is a lot of fun and more so with a friend, I feel that Team 17 and Moldy Toof Studios did a good job at topping the last one with a sequel but it could have used a few more levels.