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