Costume Quest 2 review

The story of Costume Quest 2 is about Wren and Reynold trying to save the future of Halloween after the crazed tooth obsessed dentist Dr. Orel White has altered the future into a twisted perfect tooth dystopia with the help of the powerful time wizards!

Now, don’t get me wrong the story was great; I loved the ideas behind it and this isn’t where my disappointment with Costume Quest 2 lies.

Scenery wise Costume Quest 2 was lovely, the towns reflected the mood brilliantly and I really enjoyed it although I would have enjoyed it more if it weren’t for the character designs. It’s not that they were bad; they just felt disjointed from what was going on in the game and reminded me of Nintendo’s Miis way too much. Maybe it’s just me but seriously… look at them!

Moving on to the combat, I just couldn’t get into the simple turn-based combat, which included the ability to do more damage if you time the button presses right. It’s not like it was too hard but the enemies did seem a bit… ‘spongy’ which caused me to get a bit fed up with fighting and instead I just wanted to crack on with the story. One thing I did enjoy about the combat was the Creepy Treat Cards that could be used for special attacks, like when an enemy attacks any damage would reflect onto them. It added freedom to the combat and felt like a trading card game.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed this title more; the potential is there for a really enjoyable game but I just could not get on with it. I think if there was a faster combat system and a bigger sense of urgency it could have been a game that I could have got into.

The scripting was okay, but I do find that characters without a voice leave me feeling bondless to them and that bond is something that I want to feel when I’m playing through a story – on the other hand, I did find Candy Corn’s comments during each battle rather amusing and they did cause me to chuckle to myself more than a few times.

Like most reviews, these are only my opinions on a game that I’ve struggled to bond with; I’ve heard great things from several friends about Costume Quest 2 but for now I just don’t feel drawn into it enough despite desperately wanting to play more.

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