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Save Your Money!,
This review is from: Still Life 2 [Old Version] (Video Game)
The first Still Life was vastly superior to this one, which is a jumbled mess that focuses more on cashing in on (or blatantly ripping off) the "Saw" craze of the last several years than delivering a quality game with a solid storyline. The huge "Who was the killer?" cliffhanger of the original Still Life is finally resolved here, but the big reveal (during a flashback, no less) was only done as an afterthought, and it felt like a slap in the face to the fans of SL1 who waited years for it (myself included).
No insane cookie puzzles here, but the ones that SL2 utilizes aren't much better since, like the "Saw" movies, there's a time limit and every decision you make could lead to a terrible death like getting shot into Swiss cheese, dismemberment, poisoning, explosion, electrocution, etc. Also like the "Saw" movies, the game suddenly goes into a flurry of plot twists & turns near the end that it rivals the Cirque du Soleil, and it personally left me with a bad case of whiplash.
With the exception of dear Victoria (who is annoyingly called "Vic" throughout the game - pet peeve, sorry - I kept expecting her to turn into an 85 year old lounge singer), I didn't care about any of the characters. The character of Paloma Hernandez (and her voice actress, ay ay ay!) grated on my nerves with her over-the-topness and overall uselessness to the story. The killer... *sigh* Musical chairs, anyone? That's all I can say without spoiling.
Bottom line: The hours I spent on this game, I will never get back. If you have hours to kill and want to give it a try, go for it. However, if you want to save yourself time and money but you're still curious about what happens, then I strongly suggest watching any number of gameplay videos (YouTube) that you'll be free to stop watching at any time (and you'll be tempted, believe me). Don't buy this game, or at least hold out until you can get it on the CHEAP.