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The Talos Principle 2 Review

The long-awaited sequel to "The Talos Principle" has finally arrived, and it's been well worth the wait. "The Talos Principle II" takes the philosophical exploration of the first game to new heights, immersing players in a world where robots have established a civilization in the city of New Jerusalem. Humans are no more, and the city is home to a plethora of robots, each with their own unique personalities and perspectives on what it means to exist.

In a world where artificial intelligence-driven robots bear the collective wisdom, history, and consciousness of humanity, they receive a strange invitation. This unexpected call brings them to an island veiled in secrecy, where huge perplexing technological structures stand. This sets the stage for an immersive adventure entailing a staggering 132 puzzles of diverse intricacy. They serve as both a test and a quest, as the robots endeavour to unlock the island's hidden mysteries and purpose.

Compared to the first game, the shift from solitary lone wanderer to interacting with a multitude of characters can be a bit of an adjustment. However, it's a change that many players may come to appreciate, as it brings a sense of company, and I felt these interactions added a rich layer of depth to the game's narrative and elevate the experience beyond mere puzzle-solving.

Speaking of, "The Talos Principle II" doesn't skimp on challenging puzzles. Each location in the game presents players with eight main puzzles to solve, and for those moments when the primary challenges prove a bit too tough, there are “keys” that unlock the puzzle for you, and two extra puzzles are included as well. These options can provide a welcome respite for players who might find themselves stuck on a particular puzzle. I have seen plenty of chat online about issues trying to solve some of the harder puzzles, but I personally found most I came across quite engaging and enjoyable, and a fair challenge.

The game's visual prowess is nothing short of breath taking, especially when experienced on a high-end PC. Croteam has done an exceptional job creating a world that's not only visually stunning but also deeply immersive. The game has some beautiful scenery, and the level designs are great, each intricately designed with an attention to detail that makes the world come alive. There was plenty of time spent just soaking in the visuals and appreciating the environment.

My personal experience with the game’s performance was smooth and reliable, with next to no stuttering or glitches. I would recommend a pretty decent rig to play it on though, as it is graphically demanding, and you would be doing yourself a disservice not playing it on high settings.

Overall "The Talos Principle II" is a remarkable achievement in the puzzle/mystery genre. It maintains the series' reputation for challenging puzzles while introducing a narrative that explores profound philosophical themes. The stunning graphics and well-optimized performance make it a truly immersive experience. I would confidently rate this game 9/10, making it a must-play for anyone who enjoys puzzle games. "The Talos Principle II" is an intellectual adventure that will captivate and challenge players, setting a new standard in the world of gaming.

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