I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar Review

Introduction

Put your government-trained brain to the test in this VR adventure that’s full of puzzles, exploding fruit, and a lot of champagne. 

Review

The mantras of “VR is dead” and “there are no good VR games” stops here with the sequel to the fan favorite, I Expect You To Die. You return as Secret Agent (♪ man ♪) after maybe blowing up the world earlier. Technically, no one can prove it was you, so you’re good to return back to work. Your mission here is simple: find out what Zoraxis is up to and stop them at all costs. What ensues are rescue missions, exploding planes, laser beams, and delicious pink frosted doughnuts. In other words, just another day at the office. 

IEY1 While the game being in VR only might be a turn off for some, I gotta say, I really don’t think it would transfer as well outside of VR. Being able to pick up and tinker with everything you can see only adds to the fun of this game, even if all of the items aren’t necessary. Sometimes it’s just fun to throw things across the room. The puzzles can be quite tricky and aren’t written out in the open, which as a puzzle lover, is always welcomed. You’ll spend more time trying to fit squares in circle holes than you will actually saving anyone, but it’s such a joy to have an entire VR world to just play in that figuring out the puzzles is just damn fun.

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While you’re physically by yourself on your missions, you’re never truly alone with your handler always just an earpiece away, ready to help you through your missions while definitely-not-fangirling over your celebrity encounters. He, along with just about everyone else you meet, add more than a spoonful of humor to the game through sarcastic dialogue, personality quirks, and outstanding voice acting. I really can’t emphasize that nearly enough. You rarely see the other characters and even when you do, it’s very minimal, so the voice acting is needed to carry this game through the story and it definitely does. Even when your handler learns that his idol is no more than an asshole, the emotion he carries is clear as his focus shifts from cocktails with the elite to the job at hand (no VR pun intended). 

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As you make your way through all 6 Missions, you start to pick up patterns of tools you can use, little oddities to look out for, and just how much stuff you can set on fire. They will of course start of easy and progressively get more difficult (as they should), but are always rewarding when you finally figure out what you need to do. There are in-game souvenirs you can collect by completing different tasks and finding little Movie Awards so even if you finish the game, there’s still additional gameplay available afterwards. Then of course you have the speedruns which are whole bunch of anxiety inducing panic runs as you do your best to not die. There’s no one absolute correct way to solve anything so you really can play around until you find something that works for you. The game is just so well done, it would be hard not to recommend to VR players. 

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Rating

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Genuine puzzles that actually make you feel better for completing
  • An incredible Voice Acting cast
  • The Missions offer a good variety, they don’t start to feel repetitive 
  • Room for replayability with in-game tasks
  • The music is fantastic (especially that opening number)

Cons:

  • You will get a VR imprint on your face from playing for so long

Summary

Overall, this is just a well put together VR game that has a place in all VR lovers libraries. It’s easy to pick up and go, or even if you just want to do a mission at a time, you can easily spread it out. I would be a fool to not recommend this game to others so yes, without a doubt, I do recommended picking up this game.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer Website: Schell Games
Developer Socials: https://twitter.com/schellgames
Publisher Website: Schell Games
Publisher Socials: https://twitter.com/schellgames
PSN Store Links: £19.99/€24.99 Europe / $24.99 North America
Trophy Information: 20. 40-platinum 1 / Gold 8 / Silver 6 / Bronze 5

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Published by 8bitsofvelvet

Content Creator, Game Reviewer, Guide writer.

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