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Aragami 2 Review: Not Quite the Master Assassin

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Aragami 2 is the sequel to the original stealth game, Aragami. The sequel has a new protagonist, with an all-new story that takes place in a different country and time period.

Aragami 2 is a stealth action-adventure video game developed by Lince Works. The game was released on March 29, 2018 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.

After seeing Aragami 2 in preview, I was really enthusiastic about it. You take on the role of a mysterious ninja entrusted with protecting their community from evil. You’re not just a dark name; you’re a supernatural assassin with the power to teleport, blend into the shadows, and ultimately cause opponents to burst in mist. Alternatively, you might just vanish. 

The option to battle your way past opponents if you weren’t stealthy enough provides for more interesting gameplay than simply failing outright, and Aragami 2 begins to feel like an immersive sim in terms of all the things you can do. That’s not even taking into account the skills you’ll be able to acquire as you go.

Basically, I thought Aragami 2 had a lot of promise, and that was before I even tried out the co-op mode, which is usually where games like this thrive. However, after playing through the final version for this review, I’m not as enthusiastic about the game, and I’m mainly torn about it. 

Not Quite the Master Assassin in Aragami 2

The storyline of Aragami 2 extends beyond just rescuing your community; you’ll also have to discover the terrible schemes that are developing against you. However, in between each task, the elder talks your ear off, giving exposition and background for the following objective while (maybe) disclosing additional tidbits about the universe.

I don’t mind it as a story-telling technique, but in certain parts, you’ll occasionally have to talk to several individuals, or even the same person multiple times. After the initial discussion, the same individual will teleport away to a different area of the town, resulting in a lot of time spent not stabbing people in a game where stabbing people is the enjoyable part. 

The missions themselves aren’t very interesting. In reality, you’ll either wind up with missions that need you to travel someplace and interact with something, missions that require you to murder someone (or several people) somewhere, or missions that require you to rescue someone… somewhere.

The mission structure in Aragami 2 isn’t very varied, and if I hadn’t been playing through the game with a buddy throughout the review, I would have become bored with it all. 

The Dream is Made by Working Together… ERROR

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Thankfully, I was able to track down another person who was playing Aragami 2 ahead of its release, and we made it a point to try out the co-op mode as much as possible. This is the kind of game that screams co-op to me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks so.

However, although co-op is a lot of fun, it doesn’t always work out. Hosts are unlikely to encounter anything more vexing than the occasional floating body. Those who join someone else’s game, on the other hand, face a slew of problems.

Because the animations don’t function as they should, combat is almost difficult. While you’re supposed to strike and parry your opponent until their health or stamina is exhausted, the latter of which makes them susceptible to an instakill or knockout assault, the online quirks get in the way.

For example, you may have to parry strikes from opponents that don’t seem to be hitting you or accept the risk of being struck by adversaries who don’t appear to be attacking. It implies that stealth is your only choice, which, although entertaining, negates the purpose of learning to fight in the first place. 

Review of Aragami 2 – The Bottom Line

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Pros

  • Gameplay and skills that are enjoyable
  • Despite its flaws, co-op is entertaining.

Cons

  • When playing online, the game is very buggy.
  • Story quests that repeat themselves
  • In the downtime, there are some frustrating times. 

Despite these flaws, Aragami 2 is still an enjoyable game to play, but only if you approach it as a playground rather than a serious game. Speedrunning is a lot of fun, and killing every single opponent without dying just before the finish may be a lot of fun.

I’d like to suggest Aragami 2 to anybody seeking for a new co-op game, but only if they’re willing to put up with jank (at least right out of the gate). This is probably not worth the trouble as a single-player game, or just for people who are irritated by silly bugs. 

[Note: Aragami 2 was given by Lince Works for this review.] 

Aragami 2 is a stealth-action game developed by Lince Works. The game has been released to the public on January 26, 2018 for PC and Xbox One. It received mixed reviews from critics with an average score of 69% on Metacritic. Reference: aragami metacritic.

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