White Noise 2 Review
If you used to own an Xbox 360, you may remember a section of the Xbox Store aimed at independent developers with low budgets where they could release their games for the price of a cheeseburger. One in particular was Milkstone Studio’s White Noise, which could be had for a couple of quid. Fast forward several years and they have now released the sequel to the cult hit – White Noise 2.
White Noise 2 is an asymmetrical horror title in the same vein as the likes of Friday the 13th or Dead by Daylight which pits four players (The investigators) against a lone player (The creature) in a series of maps that’s shrouded in complete darkness. Your best friend is your flashlight, which you’ll be needing a hell of a lot. Using it’s primary function: to light the way for you and your fellow investigators, but also using it for it’s secondary function, but the most important function of all: to shine it upon the creature that is following you, since light is their only weakness. However, just shining the light upon them isn’t good enough to defeat them. You will need to scout the map with your fellow investigators to hunt down and find clues to the location of a mysterious artifact and destroy sigils surrounding it to eliminate the creature in order to win.
Players can choose to either be an investigator or a creature. If you’re an investigator, the goal is to work with the other investigators in your team to find clues in defeating this unknown creature, whilst at the same time avoiding said creature. If you’re the creature, then your goal is to hunt down these investigators using your special abilities and perks, of which are unique to each individual creature. Once an investigator has been caught, the only way to escape is if your fellow investigators shines that magical light upon the creature, but if it catches you a third time, you’re devoured and become a ghost. Ghosts can help the investigators by placing a flame of light to help distract the creature, but the ghosts also have the unique ability of seeing everything brighter and therefore can assist the remaining investigators in finding those much needed clues.
White Noise 2 provides a lot more tension than that of something like Friday the 13th. As a fan of the increasingly popularity of the genre, it’s safe to say that this provides a more intense style of play similar to the feeling you would get from playing Alien: Isolation, only amplified seeing as the one you’re avoiding is an actual player controlling the creature.
Whilst this title provides numerous amounts of jump scares not seen in other multiplayer titles like these, it’s pivotal that you actually work together with other investigators. Without working as a team, you simply won’t last. Whilst the graphics aren’t state-of-the-art, for a title like this, it doesn’t exactly need to be since you’re spending most of your time in the dark. Although, White Noise 2 does provide a fine example of the quality of games to come out on our consoles, considering the extremely reasonable asking price, you can’t go wrong.
White Noise 2 is available to download from the Xbox Store, priced at £7.99.
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