After what feels like an eternity, Double Fine's Psychonauts 2 is finally releasing for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S with Xbox Game Pass on Wednesday, August 25. It's been a long wait!
Fortunately, it's also been worth the wait, as it's been getting superb reviews across the board, including here at Pure Xbox where we gave it our coveted 10/10 ("outstanding") rating for only the second time this year.
Here's what the critics are saying about Psychonauts 2 so far:
Pure Xbox (10/10)
"Psychonauts 2 is an extraordinary achievement in both its gameplay and storytelling, balancing heavy themes of mental health with its whimsical world. In lesser hands, it could have been a disaster, but the team has taken every aspect of the original game, built upon it and respected the fanbase in the process. Psychonauts 2 is the best game of 2021 so far and one of the greatest sequels ever made."
"It's an emotional, hilarious, and, at times, devastating story, but a story about forgiveness and second chances. It's an astonishing achievement in nearly every regard and the quintessential display of Double Fine's mastery in story, gameplay, and distinct direction, making it the studio's best game to date."
Trusted Reviews (4.5/5)
"Psychonauts 2 is a fun, endearing puzzle platformer full of quirky challenges and entertaining dialogue. If you’re a fan of the original, or just enjoy platformers, Psychonauts 2 is a great purchase. The only downside is that its graphics and combat mechanics can feel a little outdated."
"Psychonauts 2’s weird and wonderfully written story is full of interesting, nuanced characters that I instantly fell in love with. Most of its fresh ideas go a long way toward elevating the Psychonauts formula into the modern era, though its enticing new equippable pin system can be a little too stingy."
"It’s always a risk creating a sequel to a cult classic so long after the original, but in Psychonauts 2, Double Fine haven’t only made a game that respects the original and takes it’s characters to new heights, they’ve set themselves, and new owners Microsoft, up with a platforming franchise that can thrive for years to come."
Psychonauts 2's average review score is still being calculated on Metacritic at the time of writing, but it looks like it'll sit somewhere around the 85-90 mark. Meanwhile, it currently has a top critic average of 87 on OpenCritic.
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