Review: Deadly Premonition 2 A Blessing in Disguise (Nintendo Switch)

Seeds sprout. Roots take hold. Trees grow, covering all around in shadow. But even when light shines on the ground below, the roots remain, tendrils spiraling deeper into the darkness…and the story begins anew.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 4.9gb download size.
  • Four controller layouts.
  • Japanese voice. (optional)
  • In-game cutscenes.
  • 3rd person action-adventure game.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Tool box-central storage unit. Anything you put in it can be got at from any toolbox.
  • Closet-change clothes but also send clothes to the dry cleaners as clothes get dirty over time.
  • Phones-save points.
  • Five save slots.
  • 3 quest types-story/side/free.
  • Open world.
  • Play how you want.
  • Map-shows points of interest, icons and you can set custom waypoints.
  • Hud has a mini-map and compass complete with icons.
  • Money can be lost by attacking innocent civilians.
  • A really good captivating story.
  • An assortment of mini-games to discover including bowling!

Cons:

  • Constantly dropping frames and screen tearing to the point it hurts your eyes.
  • The first half-hour is a conversation with little breaks to click a button.
  • No auto-advance button on dialogue.
  • Very slow starter.
  • Long loading times.
  • Random software closed because of error messages.
  • Creates a fresh autosave every time so you are greeted with a wall of saves.
  • Constant stop-start stop-start.
  • Clunky robotic animations.
  • No touchscreen support.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Deadly Premonition 2 is a game that is let down severely by performance. The game just does not play nicely with frames dropping, the choppiness making so much of it either horrible to look at or horrible to control, it just let’s all the hard work that clearly went I to the game go down the plughole. I persevered for many hours and real y did fall in love with the characters, the world and the story told but the performance is just killer. Indoors for me was so bad it just messed my eyes up and I would have to take a break, I wish I was overreacting, and I have played and enjoyed bad performing games before but I wanted this experience to be much more than it was. I can’t in good conscious say buy it or avoid it, the world that Swery has created is one that I want everyone to explore and be a part of but in its current state, it’s not a showpiece to show off as it were. If you can get over the issues mentioned then you are in for a treat, the wackiness you thought you would only see in the first game is back and whacker than ever! I love the game but hate the game at the same time but for completely different reasons. I will keep going and I will enjoy it but I will despise the disappointment of performance.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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