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#88090 - 09/11/04 12:54 PM Syberia 2
bigmamma1 Offline
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Last winter I finally played Syberia 1, and was so moved by the ending, played it 2 or 3 times.
Kept wondering and wondering about where Kate finally went and what happened to her there. Did she ever get to the fabled land of Syberia?

Syberia 2 picks up exactly where Syberia 1 ends and off you go with Kate into another incredible adventure. These 2 games are really one game and to get the full favor of it you really need to play Syberia 1 first, although there is a short cinematic summary of the first game story you can play before launching into Syberia 2.

Gameplay is point and click and worked smoothly thruout the game.It reccommends 128MB RAM and 32MB video.

As in the first game, the graphics are fabulous, with the same muted colors; browns, greys and dark reds and purples. The sounds of feet crunching on frozen ground and sloshing through icy puddles are a perfect compliment to the wintery envoronments, ranging from northern siberian Russia to the deep arctic wastelands, penguins and all.Feathery white snowflakes fall through the grey overcast sky.

The cast of characters is interesting and varied, just as in the first one, although I felt not as fresh and uniquely surprising to me as the first game. Of course Kate's automaton friend, Oscar is important in the story, in fact she can now contact him by cell phone and(sometimes)he is helpful. Her relationship with him becomes more personal in this story.
Her other traveling companion, Hans Voralburg, is almost as distant in this story as in the first, only this time he is physically present, except when he is...er indisposed, or shall we say-lost. However, Kate does find out more about the sad facts of his boyhood in a haunting dream sequence.
Also, as in the first story Kate befriends a lonely child named Malka who helps her cope with the first strange town she lands in: Romansburg, on the edge of the siberian wastelands of post-communist Russia. Another military cast-off from the soviet era, Col. Meliov is in charge of this long forgotten outpost.
Later on, Kate meets up with another character from Syberia 1-the ex fighter pilot who shot himself up in a rocket-wait 'till you see where he landed!
Unlike the first part, she meets up with some nefarious villains-and you have to figure out how to outwit them.
Adding to the suspense is the occasional clips showing what is happening back in New York as Kate's boss Mr Marsden has hired a detective to find her and he is always somewhere behind her, lurking in the background. Her mother is also pressuring him to rescue her long lost daughter.

The puzzles are neatly intergrated with the story and are for the most part very logical and quite easy for the experienced gamer to figure out. Even I could figure out most of them. However the beauty of this game is just the rollicking good story as it moves you along across the incredible wonder of the arctic lands, both realistic and purely fanciful, like the Yukol village made entirely from the gigantic bones of the great mammoths long thought to be extinct.
If you play this game, your favorite imaginary pet will be the adorable white Youki, a sort of bear-like creature with big brown eyes that is also a big help to Kate. The Yukol people are also endearing and and will provide Kate with her most amazing form of transportation...well, you'll find out.

My only complaint about this game is: Too short bravo thumbsup
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#88091 - 09/11/04 04:28 PM Re: Syberia 2
Melanie1 Offline
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Registered: 01/11/04
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Great review, BigMamma. I loved this game also. smile I hope there's a Syberia 3 so we can continue to follow Kate & Oscar's adventures.

Becky, you have a lot to look forward to with this one. It's a lot of fun. smile

Melanie
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#88092 - 09/14/04 07:01 AM Re: Syberia 2
karvic Offline
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Terrific review BigMamma. This is definitely my favourite game of this year (closely followed by TLJ), even if I did have a cry at the end... happydance
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#476302 - 03/15/09 10:18 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: karvic]
judy D Offline
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Registered: 09/27/08
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Loc: same
Syberia I and 2 are my all time favorites. I am hoping there is a #3! Judy D

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#476324 - 03/15/09 11:34 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: judy D]
Cathy1 Offline
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There will never be a number 3. That has already been established.
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#476435 - 03/16/09 08:34 AM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: Cathy1]
Becky Offline
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Hi judy D -- the developers of Syberia keep saying over and over that there won't be a Syberia 3. People can change their minds, of course, but so far they have been, well adamant.

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#476533 - 03/16/09 12:36 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: Becky]
chrissie Offline
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I'm not really sure how you could follow the Syberia games with a third - the story was to me so complete. Possibly a different game featuring the adventures of Kate Walker? smile

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#476554 - 03/16/09 01:25 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: Becky]
judy D Offline
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Hi Becky; Well darn, I guess I'LL JUST HAVE TO PLAY THE GAMES OVER. By the way
Click to reveal..
how did Kate get off the iceberg. My game ended with Kate standing watching the boat sail away.
The game is like reading a great book and wanting it to not end. I am not a seasoned gamer and have just found how I like some of the adventure games. Is there anything similar to Syberia? Thank you for answering. Judy D.

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#476584 - 03/16/09 02:18 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: judy D]
looney4labs Offline
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Hi Judy, and welcome to GameBoomers wave puppy
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#476598 - 03/16/09 02:54 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: looney4labs]
Becky Offline
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Hi Judy -- I'm afraid I don't know the answer to your question!

Games like Syberia. Well, there's The Longest Journey -- you'll want the updated version (published by Aspyr) that runs well on Win XP. Also, you might want to check out Keepsake and Secret Files: Tunguska, Journey to the Center of the Earth. If you would enjoy a game that's a bit darker, you could also check out Culpa Innata.

You also might want to try Amerzone -- it's an earlier game by the makers of Syberia. It doesn't have third person perspective like Syberia does, but it does have similar themes of exploration in unusual "real-life" landscapes.

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#476607 - 03/16/09 03:07 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: Becky]
judy D Offline
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Registered: 09/27/08
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Loc: same
Becky: Well I hope
Click to reveal..
Kate wasn't stranded on the iceberg!
Anyway I have ordered Secret Files after reading your review. I'm trying to figure out how to get Amerzone. Thank you for your info. I am a nurse practitioner/therapist and these games take me away from the troubles of this world. I read much of gameboomers and am slowly learning about this world of gaming. Judy D

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#476617 - 03/16/09 03:28 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: judy D]
misslilo Offline
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I so wish I was in your shoes Judy D laugh
So many wonderful games and moments to look forward to!
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#476650 - 03/16/09 05:13 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: misslilo]
judy D Offline
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Registered: 09/27/08
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Loc: same
Hi: Thanks for seeing my notes. By the way what does "spoiler" mean? I am going to watch "2" again,
Click to reveal..
since I guess Kate wasn't left on an iceberg.
I must have missed something.. It must be great to understand all the language of gaming. It is like medicine: all have own short cuts in conversing. This is the first time I have ever chatted on a web site.Well, here's to the coming of spring. Judy D


Edited by looney4labs (03/16/09 05:38 PM)

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#476658 - 03/16/09 05:37 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: judy D]
looney4labs Offline
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Judy you picked a great game and a great site for your first experience. I came late to gaming too, and GB was my first site too wave

Whenever information is given that may "spoil" the game for someone who has yet to play it, we enclose it in "spoiler" tags. You can do that by clicking on the "Switch to Full Reply Screen" button on the bottom of the "Reply" box, and then selecting the megaphone button. It will put some spoiler tags in your reply, and you put the info that might spoil the game for someone else between those tags.

That gives you the Spoiler button. If someone chooses to click on the Spoiler button and sees information that ruins the game for them, that is their choice.

I always look--just can't stop myself rotfl wave
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#476799 - 03/16/09 11:09 PM Re: Syberia 2 [Re: looney4labs]
Becky Offline
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Registered: 02/16/00
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The younger generation has no self-discipline. lol

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