The Evil Within 2 arrives three years after the original game launched to mixed reception. While some fans believe it to be the greatest horror game of all time, others felt it had awkward controls. It definitely suffered from bad performance, with frame rates tumbling into unplayable territory far more often than is acceptable. That looks to have been sorted in The Evil Within 2, so you can focus on playing. We’ve got a The Evil Within 2 guide for you, full of useful info so you can get the most out of your time playing.
The Evil Within 2 Guide
- The Evil Within 2 Collectibles Guide - File, Slide, and Residual Memory Locations - Check this out for the locations of every collectible in The Evil Within 2.
The Evil Wthin 2 Tips and Tricks to Survive
- Use the Communicator to Find Things - While the communicator can be used to find Resonance Points, it’s also useful for finding supplies such as ammo, medical syringes and craft items. These are all essential if you’re playing on higher difficulties.
- Collectibles Flesh out the Story - The Evil Within 2 tells the tale of Sebastian’s latest unfortunate adventure, but you can get a lot more detail on what’s going on by picking up and finding the collectible items, such as the files, slides, and residual memories.
- Give Locker Keys to Tania - By finding locker keys and giving them to Tania, you’ll get hold of some extra resources.
- Fighting Isn’t Always the Answer - Some areas in The Evil Within 2 are large, and while it might seem like guns are the only way out, you can often sneak around to avoid enemies completely - or at least get the drop to perform instant stealth kills.
- Guns Don’t Kill Monsters, Traps Do - Well, guns also work, but if you can use a trap, such as setting alight a pool of oil, you can take out numerous foes with far less ammo.
- Run for Your Life - If you fail to use stealth to sneak through an area and find yourself in the open and facing numerous enemies, it’s OK to just run. Find a house and shut the door for a breather.
- You can Craft Anywhere - Crafting is best done on a workbench as it uses fewer resources, but if you need something immediately you can do it there and then to get out of a tricky situation.
- Melee Boxes - It’s a tried and tested way to get extra resources, and thankfully boxes in The Evil Within 2 often contain resources. Use your melee attack to break them open. Don’t use valuable ammo.
- Easy Mode is Still fun - The easiest difficulty setting in The Evil Within 2 offers a very mild challenge so you can work your way through the game, enjoy the scares, but not hit a brick wall of difficulty.
At a later point within the game, you'll be prompted to head into the final encounter of The Evil Within 2. At this stage, you'll want to make sure all possible side quests are wrapped up, as you won't have the opportunity to come back to the open world and complete any leftover quests once you're done saving Lily. In particular, we'd strongly recommend completing Sykes' side quests whenever you come across them. These are the most time-sensative in The Evil Within 2, although the game never even tells you that.
In other areas like boss battles in The Evil Within 2, it pays to use your head. Sometimes you can't defeat a boss simply by shooting them a certain amount of times, and these rules especially apply to the Camera boss, a deformed creature with an old camera for a head and neck. Whenever you encounter this boss, you'll need to search your surroundings and figure out an alternate method to defeat it, as although bullets will temporarily slow it down, they will never outright kill the boss.
On top of this, do you remember the Guardian from the beginning of the game, that chases Sebastian out Stefano's opening area, and into Union? Well, get used to seeing that boss a lot more throughout the whole of The Evil Within 2. Be warned that whenever you see a pile of corpses scattered anywhere throughout Union, it means that the Guardian can spawn from this location at virtually any given time. In other words, if you see a pile of corpses, either turn back the other way, or make sure you've got a solid amount of bullets on you.
But, if you want to take down the Guardian temporarily, then you'll need to aim for any of her heads, with all the ammunition you can possibly muster. You'll have to gradually destroy all the Guardian's heads in order to take it down. Body shots don't work on this deformed creature, and once you've destroyed an area of heads, you'll need to move on to another area, until almost all the heads on the Guardian are gone. We should probably note that the Guardian doesn't even give out a deluge of items upon being killed, so unless you're really looking for a fight, it's probably best to avoid the mini boss altogether.
This might be the end of our complete Evil Within 2 guide, but make sure to check out our comprehensive collectibles guide near the top of the page, where we'll give you all the locations of every single collectible item in the game.