If Outlast, Amnesia, P.T., Resident Evil 7, and co, have taught me anything, it’s that everything is ALWAYS scarier when it’s in first-person. Six months after The Evil Within 2’s launch, Tango Gameworks has duly obliged to this way of thinking.
The Evil Within 2 has now been updated with a first-person mode via a free update, allowing players to switch between first and third-person via a toggle in the menu. This provides an unforeseen opportunity to really get up close and personal with The Evil Within 2’s disgustingly horrific entities.
“A lot of players like playing horror games in first-person, so for those who want to see some of the game’s situations through Sebastian’s eyes, it’s a really neat experience,” said Tango Gameworks’ producer, Shinsaku Ohara. “I think exploring Union in first-person makes the scale feel even bigger than it does when you’re in third-person. Also, being able to see our environments and enemies up close allows players to get an even better look at how much effort went into their designs.”
While I certainly enjoyed The Evil Within 2, it was lacking in the scares department compared to some of the competition. A lot of this is down to being third-person, which automatically pulls the player slightly out of the experience. You’re the audience to someone else’s misery, rather than an active participant. This first-person mode looks to flip The Evil Within 2 on its head and, while the zombie filler enemies lack the scare factor, the absolutely warped boss enemies definitely deliver in first-person.
Is anyone planning to give The Evil Within 2 another run through in first-person? Does this encourage you to pick the game up for the first time? What’s scarier, first or third-person? Let us know in the comments!