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Review | Trine 2: Complete Story (PS4)

by on December 5, 2013
 

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The fact that one of the best looking launch games on PS4 is a port of a PC game from 2011 should come as something of a shock. Trine 2 has always looked handsome but now that it’s running in 1080p at 60 frames per second it looks even better. Some wonderfully realised locations will really surprise you, from the depths of the jungle to the sands of the desert. Stereoscopic 3D is also included, making it the first 3D compatible PS4 game.

Strictly speaking this is Trine 2: Complete Story which released on the Wii U last year. That means you get the full game, plus the Goblin Menace expansion and Dwarven Caverns extra level, which is quite the package. The game itself is a simple set up, you travel as Amadeus the Wizard, Zoya the Thief and Pontius the Knight to rescue a princess and fight off goblins. The story isn’t going to win any awards but it’s a nice simple tale with wonderful narration from Terry Wilton.

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Each of the characters has special abilities that need to be utilised to progress. Amadeus can conjure up and levitate objects, Zoya can use her grappling hook to travel around quickly and Pontius can knock down weak walls allowing passage to otherwise blocked areas. Each of these skills are fun and simple to use but the real tactical element of these is when you have to use more than one character to move past a puzzle.

The puzzles themselves are going to be what makes or breaks a 2D platformer. Here they are cleverly designed and never as simple as you first think. If we have one issue with them though, and we do, it’s that some are clearly designed to be solved using the drop in co-op play meaning that solo players will find the game far more difficult. At least once we found ourselves progressing onwards through luck rather than through skill which can be maddening.

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The combat feels quite basic with Pontius being your brawler and Zoya your ranged attacker. With the upgrades on offer you’ll find yourself having plenty of fun with it and the combat certainly doesn’t drag the game down. Skills such as a frost shield and flaming arrows offer enough variety to stop the repetition from ruining the fun. In fact the upgrade tree is one of the smartest points of the game. Each upgrade costs a certain number of skill points, gained from getting the required level of XP. If you ever need to reset the tree though you can do that for no penalty, which is quite handy when you need to conjure an extra box or a plank.

Overall then, Trine 2: Complete Story is a well thought out and great looking game. It may well be that it works better when you’re teaming up with friends rather than playing on your own but that’s a slight complaint.

Final Score: 3.5 out of 5

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