STAFF REVIEW of Trine 2 (Xbox 360 Arcade)


Monday, February 6, 2012.
by Brent Roberts

Trine 2  Box art Tales of fellowships overcoming obstacles and adversaries in order to achieve a monumental goal has been the source of many popular forms of media. From video games, to movies, to books, and more, this is a time tested successful formula for producing amazing pieces of work and thankfully Trine 2 delivers on all accounts. With a bond between a wizard, a knight, and a thief gamers are whisked away to a beautiful magical realm and must combine the skills and traits of all three adventurers if they wish to solve the puzzles that lie ahead of them. It is time to see how the Trine has bound our three companions together for this quest and uncover the truth behind the mystery of Trine 2. Let us begin....

For those who have not enjoyed the original Trine, Trine 2 is a similar side scrolling puzzle adventure game where you must utilize the qualities and characteristics of each of your three companions to overcome obstacles and defeat your enemies. The wizard Amadeus can summon crates and boxes which can allow other companions to jump on top and access parts of a puzzle that were once unreachable. Zoya is the thief of the group and can launch a series of arrows towards enemies; however she can also use her grappling hook on certain surfaces to gain a better vantage point or even help unlock some very tricky puzzles. The last member of our group is Pontius the knight. This character is a master of combat and can wield a sword, shield, and hammer and stands as not only the best offensive weapon, but also allows attacks to be blocked with the shield and even fell some walls that stand in your path. While this collection of adventurers may be enough for the challenges ahead, Trine 2 doesn't stop there as it implements a character level up system that allows you to access new abilities such as flame and ice arrows, shield bashing, and more. The controls are fairly straight forward which allows you more time to focus on the puzzles and the overall game itself. Some of the puzzles are quite simple, yet some are very complex and all bring to life Trine 2's new physics engine which helps immerse you even deeper into platforming bliss.


While the original Trine was a success, a great new innovation to Trine 2 is the inclusion of local or online co-op. No longer are you subjected to overcoming these trials and tribulations alone for you and two other friends can venture your way through the complex levels that lie ahead. While this innovation is a blessing for this game, the same has to be said for its graphical prowess. Every level is beautifully detailed in stunning colors and provides endless hours of striking visual beauty. There is one level where you will witness the sunset on a tropical beach that not only will halt your gameplay but it will take your breath away due to the beauty you see on the screen. While these wonderful qualities are the strength of Trine 2, unfortunately the same cannot be said for its audio. While the characters themselves are voiced fairly well, the game leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the soundtrack. There are times where the music doesn't seem to fit the feel of the game and there are other times still that make your ears wanting more.

While the original Trine proved that a great side scrolling puzzle platformer can still be every bit as enjoyable as most games today, Trine 2 takes those wonderful qualities and injects new innovations and enhances the strengths of its predecessor. While this adventure comes to an end, we can only hope that this series will continue to develop and grow with the same high quality experience we now know to expect. If you are a fan of side scrolling, platforming, and puzzle solving, then without question Trine 2 is worth every MS point and then some. It's time for you to download this title and see what future and fate the stars in the heavens hold for you.





Overall: 8.8 / 10
Gameplay: 8.5 / 10
Visuals: 9.2 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10

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