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access_time April 3, 2018 at 11:01 AM in Reviews by Charlie Grammer

Review | Q.U.B.E 2 (PS4)

We’ve had the chance to check out the sequel to the popular title Q.U.B.E., but how will Q.U.B.E. 2 hold up?

Story

You begin the game as an archeologist known as Amelia Cross, who has survived a crashed ship only to awaken with few memories of what happened and inside a huge alien structure. She is soon contacted by Emma Sutcliffe, another survivor who wishes to help Amelia reach a beacon to teleport them off of the strange vessel, as well as help out any other survivors she may locate.

The game features two different endings, adding to the replay value as you find out what happened in each.

Gameplay

You are equipped with odd gloves designed to manipulate the various building blocks in the cube-like fortress you are trapped within. These gloves serve a variety of functions to manipulate various blocks that make up the fortress. As you solve the various puzzles, more of the game’s story unfolds.

The gameplay is rather basic, as you can place one of three effects on various white tiles you will find through the game. The first is a blue tile, which launches you, or any other object, across the room. The second is a red tile, which causes a long red block to appear in place. Finally you have the green tile, which creates a smaller green block that can be moved by everything, except for yourself.

Aside from these blocks, you can manipulate various floor switches by standing on them or placing something heavy upon them. You can also activate special switches you can locate through each level, which can activate various effects, denoted by the icons with them.

This leads to a variety of interesting puzzles that can actually make you overthink things, only to find out that the solution was much simpler than you imagined. Combined with excellent pacing, you have a game that succeeds in challenging you through a variety of puzzles.

Graphics and Audio

Much like the gameplay, the graphics are rather simple, which is to be expected when you are simply surrounded by cubes. Once you get past that, however, you can see that it features excellent lighting and some complex structures, which really helps immerse you in the title.

The music is rather subtle, although the cast provides an excellent performance.

Final Thoughts

If you are a puzzle fan, then you definitely want to check out Q.U.B.E. 2.

Final Score: 4/5

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