THE ESCAPIST 2 REVIEW FOR PC | SINGAPORE



ESCAPE ARTIST

Team 17 Digital, the team behind Escapist 2 loves to get your brain up and running. Escapist 2 is one of those games that let you explore your creativity in order to beat the game. You have a slew of tools at your disposal to help you escape the prisons. But in order to use these tools, you need to craft them. 

In this 3rd installment Indie game, you have 10 maps to try out, 11 if you pre-order the game. Each map's difficulty increases as you progress, which makes it all more fun. 




ADAPT AND OVERCOME



You have the option to start a tutorial map, following mandatory instructions to learn the basics of the game. What I noticed is, the tutorial doesn't really cover everything. The hand holding is very light and much of the features, you need to explore and figure out yourselves. This can be a little intimidating for newcomers. Veterans to the series will find things familiar quickly. 

Your day to day consists of some compulsory schedules that you need to keep up. You need to attend or be present during roll calls, meal times, shower, exercise, jobs and be in your cell during lights out. Failing to be present in any of these, your heat level will increase. When your heat level is at max, the prison will go into a lockdown and all the guards will be hot on your butt, looking for you at every nook and cranny and when they find you, they will beat the living crap outta you. Exercise sessions and reading books are especially useful as you too need to increase your strength and your intelligence stats. 

In between those mandatory schedules, you are also granted free time, where you can do some gallivanting of your own. Item hunting, doing quests, executing escapes, reading to increase your intelligence, usually fall during this window. 


CRAFTY PRISONER



Crafting is the key to escape in Escapist 2. As you browse through the crafting menu, you will take note of the required items that you need to gather, before being able to craft into special items. These required items are littered everywhere in the map and one of your daily things to do is to hunt for them. You can also buy items from other inmates who have a revolving golden coin icons on top of their heads. These icons symbolize that they have items to sell. So go up to anyone of them and if you have the luck of the Irish, who knows, items that you are looking for, might be on sale.




NO CONVICTED-MAN IS AN ISLAND



This is the first in the Escapist series to bring about online multiplayer. Coop, one of the 2 online modes, lets you team up with 3 other friends as you plan the most bizarre escape in prison escape history. You can go guns blazing, shoot everything down and walk out from the main entrance. You can strategize in a way where each person takes up a role to execute, heist style. Or you can even combine your numbers and take turns to dig a tunnel out of prison. Similar to the single-player campaign, the possibilities of how to escape, are endless. The other online mode is 1 vs 1, you pit yourself against another player, trying your best to outsmart and outmaneuver each other, to be the fastest to escape. The adrenaline of this kind of race is just too frantic. Please refrain from getting a cardiac arrest. 




Verdict

When the game was released, it was buggy as heck. But the developers were fast to come up with updates to clean up the mess. They rolled out updates in as many days as when the game was out. I like games that allow you multiple ways of beating a scenario. That just shows effort from the developers to encourage replayability. 

I also love that although the map design is linear, the placements of base items, the identity of the quest givers/black market seller are totally procedural. This means that every time you start a map, the items, the quest givers and the black market sellers are randomized. 

The maps, although fun to play, are generally tough to crack. It will require some planning ahead from you and makes you think out of the box for the solutions. Take the Central Precinct 2.0 for example. You can actually craft a fake boom mic, put on a civilian clothes to act as part of the film crew who are going around the prison to video document prison life. If you have those items on you, all you need to do, is walk out through the front door to escape. 

The game elements are fun and when you do break out of a prison, you will get his overwhelming emotion of deep feeling of satisfaction. Now we know what freedom feels like. Please appreciate that #stayoutofprison 

Game rating : 8/10


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