The Biggest Differences Between Psychonauts 2 And 1


16 years is lots of time by any metric, however particularly on the planet of video video games. The trade has dramatically modified for the reason that unique launch of Psychonauts and our requirements for platforming in video games together with it. But concern not, for developer Double Fine has been laborious at work making an attempt to make sure Psychonauts 2 shall be as much as the problem of competing with 2021’s modern platforming experiences. Here’s how Raz’s new journey will take the most effective components of the unique expertise and modernize them for a brand new period of video games.

One of the methods Double Fine needs to make an affect with Psychonauts 2 is within the sport’s fight. While there’s lots to like about how the unique title dealt with fights between Raz and The Censors, the event crew needs to create a extra fluid expertise with psi-abilities on the focus.

“So we have a really dedicated combat team and a really dedicated player powers, like psychic powers, team, and they’re pretty autonomous, in a way,” Tim Schafer tells us. “They pretty much are playing and iterating and testing the game and making a lot of improvements. The goals that we set were, we want to have psychic powers be more useful in battle, [and] combat. In the first game, you mostly punched everything, I think.”

He provides, “But on this sport, each psychic energy has some enjoyable means to make use of it in battle, and perhaps some enemy who’s actually prone to it. So there’s much more, like, adapting your battle type to the enemy that we wished to do within the first sport. In the primary sport, we put a bunch of psychic powers in, and among the individuals simply forgot about, as a result of you did not have to make use of them. Even although they have been cool and so they solved lots of issues for you, individuals would overlook about them. So we attempt to make it so all of the psychic powers are helpful on a regular basis and also you just about have to change them out as you method a distinct stage. You can see lots of that.”

Combat isn’t the one facet of the sport that’s receiving a facelift, nevertheless. There are loads of small design tweaks that may preserve gamers within the motion as an alternative of scrolling by menus to pick psi-abilities and objects. With the sport’s renewed onus on pushing gamers to prioritize powers, the short choose wheel shall be available however will as an alternative help you map 4 powers to the triggers and bumpers as an alternative of the unique three. Likewise, objects such because the cobweb duster gained’t be included within the sport, that means gamers will be capable of deal with the enemy Bad Ideas and enjoyable platforming ranges in entrance of them.

The improve system can also be getting a spherical of optimistic tweaks with the inclusion of Intern Credits. Instead of mechanically receiving boosts to your talents like in Psychonauts 1, our physic hero will be capable of choose and select what powers get upgraded. If gamers choose an influence comparable to Psi-Blast over Mental Connection, they’ll have the autonomy to spend their credit to max out that potential’s energy. But how does one acquire these credit? Raz will rise by the ranks of the Intern program by aiding his friends, accumulating Nuggets of Wisdom inside brains, monitoring down Psi problem markers or playing cards, and extra. 

16 years is a very long time to attend for a sport. And whereas Psychonauts 2 nonetheless has lots to indicate, our endurance will pay off when the sport lastly releases later this 12 months.


Hey buddies, Alex Stadnik from GI right here. Thank you a lot for watching this video. This shall be our final unique video on Psychonauts 2, however don’t fear! There’s lots on the positioning to get caught up on, together with seems on the new stage and powers of the sport, Tim Shafer’s Rubik’s Cube assortment, and extra!


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