A-Men 2 is a very interesting mixture of puzzle and action platformer gaming in which players see themselves through a number of stages that are meant to challenge the mind as well as skill of the player. Not only must the puzzle-like layout of each stage be solved but along the way the traditional gameplay mechanics of the platforming and side-scroller genres must also be mastered. For example falling from great heights will get the player killed and there are enemies actively patrolling who must be dealt with, sometimes fatally. The stages will even get so tricky that they allow saving mid-way at select points with kiosks made for such a task, you’ll be rewarded with extra experience points for not using these though.
All in all this game is not for the weak-hearted. Difficulty lies in both being quick to respond to unexpected events as well as forward-looking strategic planning which gets harder and harder across the game’s various stages (over 40 in total) which employ different playable characters along the way (each with their own skills and disadvantages).
For example, some characters resemble a spy or secret agent while others dress up like the enemy or act as a construction worker taking apart and building structures. There’s also a soldier of course who’s main objective is usually to fire at targets that will help progress the game forwards, though shooting enemies can also be a choice – just not a highly ammunition-efficient one depending on the level. Players switch between characters who each must work together to solve the puzzling level before them.
Graphically the game takes an art direction that feels classic somehow even though it is not based on retro art styles such as 8-bit and 16-bit but rather goes for a more refined look with hand-drawn set pieces that have been well polished and are easy on the eyes. The controls and gameplay in this game feels tight and always reacts the way players expect it to. There seems to be no glitches at all based on our play-through of the game and the frame rate never skips a beat either. The artificial intelligence is not exactly brain-dead, but it doesn’t need to be smart since the game acts as a puzzle rather than an action title. If you aren’t really into the puzzle genre, this could be the game that gets you back into it with a great mix of platforming thrown in.
Conclusively speaking A-Men 2 is a PlayStation 3 title that offers great puzzling level design alongside interesting ways to outsmart your enemies. If you aren’t really into the puzzle genre, this could be the game that gets you back into it with a great mix of platforming thrown in. Overall, there’s not much to hate about this game and it has earned itself a solid 8 out of 10 making it one of RGN’s Silver Games.
Overall Score: 8 / 10
RGN Rating: Silver Game
Developer / Publisher: Bloober Team
Available On: PS3 | Vita
Played On: Sony PlayStation 3
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review
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