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    dkirschner's Syberia II (PC)

    [June 5, 2013 06:44:37 AM]
    Started & finished Syberia II in a short time, 6.3 hours according to Steam. I spent at least twice that on the first one, probably 3x because I played a lot of it without a walkthrough and struggled some. This one I just played it right alongside a walkthrough. Whenever I didn't get something within a couple minutes, I checked it. Totally the way to play. The story and setting are way better than pixel hunting and trial and erroring everything to death.

    Syberia II is a direct sequel to Syberia. Still beautiful, still enchanting. It didn't begin as great as the first one though I guess because I'd already been sensitized to the fantastic story. Also in the first one you get dropped into the bizarre little French Alps town of Valadilene, and in this one the game begins when your train stops at a relatively dull outpost on the edge of the Siberian waste, the last civilized place before snow is all you see forever. This outpost was at least 1/3 of the game.

    In the outpost you meet the 'bad guys,' who are really cheesy and definitely the one drawback to the game. Not a huge drawback mind you, but just they felt out of place. They are two brothers, one of whom is mentally challenged, so you just kind of feel bad for him, and the other of which is a perverted jerk. At one point he tries to kill you with a whale bone and keeps calling Kate a whore. It's discomforting, which I guess is good because it made me dislike him all the more, but it's a bit out of place too. Their names are Igor and Ivan, by the way. Ivan, the not mentally challenged one, decides that he should hijack the train and claim all the ivory from Syberia for himself and get rich from it. OK...that's a terrible plan and really makes no sense. But I'll go along with it. Train ends up stalling, Igor leaves and Ivan, well, I thought Ivan died or was stranded somewhere or something after I escaped from him trying to kill Kate with the whale bone.

    Fastforward to 30 minutes from the end of the game. Kate and Hans are sailing to Syberia on a ship that's been frozen in ice for centuries. Who should appear on that ship? Ivan! Where the hell did he come from? There is no way on earth that he could have gotten there. Like, it is utterly impossible. And the whole sequence there with him is also utterly pointless. The ship briefly runs aground, and as you go try to free it, he appears. So the whole point of the sequence, which was really short, was just to unstuck the boat and shoo him off again, when he shouldn't have been there in the first place.

    HOWEVER, Ivan meets his demise. He gets attacked and killed by penguins. Yes, I shit you not. The ice shelf that the boat got stuck on had hundreds of big penguins on it. Kate knocks Ivan off the boat with the mast of the ship, and he falls onto the ice shelf. He picks up a penguin egg and...shakes it at Kate as she sails off (OK...)...and the penguins swarm around him and he yells, "! NO!!" and screams and you hear clothes ripping and the mad squawking of penguins, and Kate goes "Ugh" and covers her eyes and turns away, and then the scene ends with a penguin like triumphantly looking insane and holding a piece of Ivan's tattered jacket in its mouth.


    Then the game pretty much ends.
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    dkirschner's Syberia II (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Saturday 1 June, 2013

    GameLog closed on: Wednesday 5 June, 2013

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Still cool, maybe less enchanting than the first so far. --------- Nice game, was a bit less interesting story, but still turned out beautifully. And a man gets killed by penguins.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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