Syberia 2: Game Review

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The Syberia series is something that, for many people, could be considered a cult classic. With the arrival, after many years of rumors and waiting, of the new Syberia game, it’s even better than ever to take a look at the second part in the series.

In the first of the Syberia trilogy, we are introduced to Kate Walker, a young up and coming New York Lawyer sent to a remote town of Valadilene in the French Alps to acquire the signature of the heir to the automaton factory for her company, Marson and Lormont Associates. But soon she learns that not only did the heir die but there may be a new heir as well, Hans Voralberg. With this new revelation comes a journey and wonder that leaves Kate with a choice whether to go on a perilous and dangerous path toward discovery or to go back home to New York. This vast beautiful automaton world gives the players an immersive experience, one that’s created its own fanbase.

The game I am reviewing, the second in the trilogy, places the players on a continued journey where we last left off. Kate is on the train with Hans at the small remote town of Romansburg. Here is the start of the first stop in their long and perilous journey toward the fabled island of Syberia. Not only does Kate deal with a variety of characters, both of which are either friendly and willing the help or sketchy and are an obstacle, but she also has to deal with the deteriorating health of Hans Voralburg, the man behind the fantastical machines and the driving force for Kate’s journey to the unknown and fabled island.

The third of the trilogy is finally available on Steam. This one takes place after the events of the second game with Kate Walker found almost dead by the Youkel tribe. Old enemies and her past, most notably with her law firm, comes back into play. Syberia 3 was released in Late April of this year and has mixed reviews so far.

Immersive story line, older graphics and controls, unique characters, and beautiful locations; Syberia 2 is a classic 2004 game that players will enjoy repeatedly.

Graphics/Voice Acting/Characters:

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For a game developed in the early 2000s, the graphics are pretty good, outdated but still good. There are blaringly obvious bugs within the game in which the characters’ mouths are twitching but other than that there seems to be no other bugs or problems with the game. I was amazed by the background and the landscapes within the game; trudging from a cold desolate town of Romansburg to the stunning wintery landscapes of the Russian countryside and finally to the unique structures of the Youkel village.

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The voice acting within the game is good, again outdated and a little bit stiff especially with Kate Walker. Oscar’s voice is stiff for a reason as he is an automaton. The spirit woman’s voice was a little bit annoying and was strange to hear in my opinion.

Kate Walker is a greatly developed character. I really enjoy playing as Kate. Kate’s an intelligent, caring woman who is persistent on continuing the journey for Hans dreams. I do like the fact that Kate takes on Hans dreams’ as her own. It’s not just Hans who wants to find Syberia but it’s also Kate. It’s her curiosity that compelled her to jump on the train and join them. The same curiosity also compels her to continue on even though many people keep telling them that there is no such thing as Syberia and that it’s a myth. The relationship between Oscar, Kate, and Hans is something almost close to a family, if not an whimsical family.

I really like Hans as a character and the premise of the game which is following your dreams. Hans always dreamed of reaching Syberia and finding the mammoths that are supposedly dead. Hans has a childlike personality. Hans is an older man that’s on the verge of dying and the trip is all the more stressful on his health. This is apparent when he passes out in Romansburg and doesn’t recover fully. Oscar is a slightly funny automaton who manages to even crack a joke or two with a ting of sarcasm that’s unlike other robots, which makes him a unique character you work with.

The villains in my opinions were a little bit of a lackluster. Yes, they hindered Kate, Hans, and Oscar’s journey but it didn’t fit well with the game. The ones I am talking about, and the only ones within the game, are Kate’s old company and the Bourgoff brothers. The company was an omnipresence that didn’t do anything once the game is finished. Throughout the game, we see scenes with two, sometimes more, silhouette businessmen in an office overlooking New York City. Yet they didn’t play much of a role within the game. All we know is that they are looking for her especially since they hired a PI to go over to Russia. But even they have given up on Kate. The brothers on the other hand played a huge role as villains. They were your typical villains; stupid, greedy, and dirty. Which makes them not so much memorable.

Gameplay:

This is a point and click game. The game play is simple but the combat within the game is a combat of the mind. Point and click games or games tend to be more relaxing. The puzzles are long and complex. There isn’t a hint button but there are hints throughout the environment. The focus of the game is more so on the storyline. To me, this is the reason why this game is so enjoyable. The storyline of the game is so unique and very interesting. It’s one of the main reasons to play the game. It’s so immersive and complex.

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Overall, I really enjoyed playing this game. This game, along with one and three, are available in the Steam store as well as in the Origin store.

Pro:

  •  Unique, immersive and good story line
  • Interesting characters
  • Nice Background/graphics

Cons:

  •  Mouth Twitches
  • Long puzzles
  • The Villains
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