DO YOU GUYS EVEN!? Yo, let me tell you a story about a totally underrated PS2 game that I, personally, am in love with! Psychonauts! The addiction to that game was on par with Spyro the Dragon! Bruh, that is serious. Anywho, you know how we all have this idea of psychics and telekinetic powers etc.? Well, Double Fine Games did a full 3D version of our imaginations on the subject and put it in a platformer! You play as Razputin A.K.A. Raz, a young kid who sneaks into a psychic summer camp for children to learn to control their minds, run by the Psychonauts, a group of secret agents with special psychic powers.
Throughout the game, you do missions big and small to learn different psychic powers and techniques. These techniques help you move further along in the story AND in super secret special areas to unlock cool crap and camp badges! (Yes, I did go back a million times and yes, I completed it at 100%. Boom.) To do all of this, you have to go through the minds of the staff and other children. Their minds are CRAY! I mean there are bunnies, tanks, butchers, evil milk men, secret agents pretending to be housewives, and the list goes on! It’s a beautifully insane story with a ton of mini stories and character backgrounds that make you want to explore even more but when the game ends, it’s satisfying enough. (For me anyway, I was only 16…don’t judge.)
UNTIL FRIGGIN NOW! Double Fine is totally planning on doing a sequel! directly after the ending of the last game, after being made an official Psychonaut, Raz and crew, including the love interest from the previous game, Lilli, are called in to save the leader of the Psychonauts, who also happens to be Lilli’s father, Truman Zanotto. As before, you will wander the minds of quirky characters and find out which one is planning to do no good. Then, take out your awesome psychic powers and handle the situation.
This time, summer camp is long behind you, and you get the free range of a luxury cruise liner (and its passengers). There is someone on the boat that is plotting to kill Zanotto and they have to be found and stopped. As before, you can safely assume most of these people are CRAY, and their minds will be way out in left field. That’s what makes it so much fun! We don’t have access to a full character list, but I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun anyway. Just know you’ll wish for more characters to jump into. We even have combos and counters like never before! Next-Gen system controls make Raz’s skills go above and beyond (making you forget all about the struggle of that PS2 control scheme).
You already know that the PS4 and XBoxOne processors will be pushing this game into the next level! I honestly still enjoy the PS2 look, only because I prefer the play to the graphics BUT you can’t go wrong with purposely deformed characters and wild outfits anyway. The look can best be described as “crisp” almost like that fine definition you get when watching something in High Definition as opposed to Standard Definition. It’s noticeable and enjoyable. Aside from completely remodeling all of the characters, you can’t get better. Besides, the style is far too unique to implement that kind of change.
The music throughout just screams “whimsical”. Exactly the kind of background you’d expect in a dream. No harsh lyrics or hard stops where you know something is about to happen, just a general whimsy stroll type sound. Orchestrated in a way that makes you feel as though you’re in soy movie…think Austin Powers though, not James Bond. The voice actors know their dialogue all too well and will have you rolling in laughter with the hard to catch jokes and thought-provoking easter eggs. I haven’t had a game this education since Parasite Eve, and thankfully this one is just hilarious and not utterly terrifying.
The sequel is still in funding mode but I would never force anyone to go donate, but I WILL say, get your hands on the original Psychonauts. Double Fine had some serious issues with the first one so it’s become a sort of cult classic, but it was also their debut game. If they can get this sequel off to a running start, I bet they could dish out a ton of similar games. Not many companies can match the depth of the characters and their stories like this. It is absolutely something you must play, even if you don’t want to keep it and just be able to say you played it. Psychonauts 2 is absolutely worth the wait and I hope it goes far.
Worth Waiting For8
Gameplay score 8
Graphics score 9
Music & SFX score 7