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Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam #510848
06/12/09 11:22 AM
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Flotsam rejoins Victoria McPherson in this elaborately plotted detective mystery. Find out if the sequel lives up to the high standards set by the original Still Life.

Still Life 2

Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Becky] #510850
06/12/09 11:29 AM
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Thank you Flotsam, I love your witty reviews, after reading it I think I will play Still Life 2 following MaG's walkthrough in step-by-step mode!
bravo


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Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Becky] #510894
06/12/09 01:39 PM
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Thanks Becky for the link, & Flotsam for a very interesting review. I am intending to buy the game when it comes out boxed & it's good to have some warning of all the negative points! thumbsup

Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: chrissie] #510914
06/12/09 02:57 PM
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Thank you for your (as always) very "honest" review, flotsam.

Much appreciated thumbsup


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Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Becky] #510973
06/12/09 06:21 PM
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Thank you Becky and flotsam. I know the first game received rave reviews.


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Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Space Quest Fan] #511068
06/12/09 11:56 PM
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Thank you Becky and Flotsam for the review! After finishing the game i have to say i agree with flotsam 100% on everything (s)he said.


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Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Butcher] #511080
06/13/09 02:54 AM
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Thank you Becky and Flotsam for the review. I haven't played the game yet, because I'm waiting for the box version. thanks


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Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Paola Croft] #511164
06/13/09 09:31 AM
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Thank you for the detailed review, Flotsam.
I'd heard that the inventory was inconvenient, but I hadn't heard about this
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Things are even worse if you find yourself inside one of the timed elements without the necessary item, and there is rarely any indication that such an event is coming.

Nor had I heard about the camera angles that turn "up" into "down" between one scene and the next.
Or this...
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If you don’t save the victim, you cannot restore and try again. All earlier save games will only ever generate the “wrong” ending.

Your one single chance is also timed, and whilst there are a few paths to success, and none are terribly long, it will likely infuriate anyone who fails and cannot try again.

I wonder who thought that would be a good idea.
I'll bet 99.9% of players will never discover this on their own...
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What you aren’t told (and it isn’t in the manual) is that you can get a second chance by going back to the main menu, clicking a not previously available menu item, and then solving an additional puzzle. I can’t tell you how that works because I didn’t know about it.

And apparently you can't rely on the autosave because
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...there are several involving traps which will likely kill you before you realise you are even in one. Victoria does get a “life,” meaning she can survive one “attack” and then be healed with medicine which you can find. The game autosaves before the timed sequences, but not the traps. So save often.

Long and frequent load screens don't help matters.
I can't see paying full price for a game with so many aggravations.

Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Jenny100] #511809
06/15/09 07:43 AM
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Thanks, flotsam

A very Good review..!


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Re: Still Life 2 -- A Review by Flotsam [Re: Darleen03] #511993
06/15/09 03:50 PM
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Thanks, flotsam and Becky! Very helpful review. Like Carla, I think I will play this one with the walkthrough in hand. grin


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