It’s strange to think that my review of The Fall was all the way back in August 2015. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the story would continue in The Fall Part 2: Unbound from Over The Moon.
Firstly, if you have not played the first title, you need to do that first because there are spoilers for it ahead. You have been warned. Besides, why would you look at ‘part 2’ before ‘part 1’ anyway?
ARID is back, the AI embedded in a human space suit is now aware that she no longer is tasked with saving the ‘pilot’ but instead, she is being attacked via an unknown person, simply known as the “User.” In order to stop the attack and save herself, she must set her own goals and rules.
The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a platform, action-adventure puzzle game that is loaded with a great story, characters and world.
The thing that became apparent to me quite early is that this game is less ‘action-packed’ however it has much more puzzles to solve and things for you to discover that will allow you to progress on your mission.
During the game, you will have to possess three completely different AI robots and assist them with their issues in order for them to assist ARID with her quest. Each of these robots are stuck within their own rules and routines, ARID will need to explore their environment within these rules and figure out what is required to complete their destined goal, complete it and release them so she can utilise their abilities.
I was happy to see that The Fall Part 2: Unbound continued a familiar base but advanced in so many ways in comparison to the first game. There is much less gunfire this time with some hand-to-hand combat mixed in. The puzzles were really good, some I struggled with for some time but that is something I really enjoy about the series.
It was interesting that you are given a choice to play the game with or without the action sequences. The base mode includes everything, or you can choose to play in “Easy Mode” which is more focused on the puzzles and story. Of course, I chose to experience the game in its entirety. To be honest, I don’t think that the action sequences were really that difficult or excessive.
Audio & Visuals
Similar to The Fall, this title continues to be quite dark but some areas are considerably brighter. The first was very dark and required a torch to find objects and see details to the environment. Some areas still require a light source but most do not. I feel this title has gone a step above the original by adding more detail to the world with considerable detail which adds personality to the game.
The voice acting of the characters as great as usual. They really give life to the characters and are a true credit to the success of this game.
The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a great addition to the series. The puzzles and story along with the size of the game is a big step up from the first, which was great on its own. The exploration throughout the world is enhanced by the detail of the environments themselves. It is a joy to play and I recommend that puzzle and action-adventure game fans play these games.
Thank you to Over The Moon for providing a copy of The Fall Part 2: Unbound for review.