Yesterday’s Future Games Show surprised me again towards the end with a real highlight that I didn’t expect at all. The survival horror secret Tormented Souls gets a sequel – and I’d like to go back out with Caroline Walker right now.
Tormented Souls 2 is the best surprise of gamescom for me
The big AAA hits could already be seen on Tuesday’s Opening Night Live at gamescom. There were a lot of great titles, but I already had them all on the list beforehand. Very different from Tormented Souls 2, which caught me off guard.
What was so good about the first part? The first installment in the series was heavily inspired by the early Resident Evil and Silent Hill games, and in short, it had everything I could want from retro survival horror – well-crafted puzzles, nail-gun thrills, more makeshift Shotgun and Co. and a really nice and disgusting creepy atmosphere in the old hospital.
Especially when I had to flee from enemies in dark rooms and light the candles before I could hit or shoot at them, the pump went to me. An Amnesia-like darkness mechanic is also integrated and ensures that Caroline has to go back into the light quickly in order not to completely freak out.
This is already known about part 2
In Tormented Souls 2 we slip back into Caroline’s boots, but we don’t return to the Wildberger Hospital, but to a new location. Even if there isn’t much to see in the trailer, the Steam description makes me really curious.
Here you can see the gamescom trailer, which doesn’t reveal too much yet:
Tormented Souls 2 – Sequel to the fantastic Resident Evil alternative announced
New setting: This time it takes us to South America, more precisely to a lonely town called Puerto Miller. However, the developers have not revealed whether we will see more locations outside this time. So far we have been talking about spooky monasteries.
Religion also plays a big role for the mysterious group of people Caroline meets locally. The “Ismuit” live secluded from the outside world and guard “unspeakable terrors”. But the heroine faces them anyway to find a salvation for her sister, who is stricken with a mysterious illness.
In terms of gameplay, we can probably assume the same mix that the first part relies on. Tormented Souls 2 is out 2024 for Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC. The date has not yet been narrowed down more precisely.
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As a horror fan, I can only recommend you to have Tormented Souls 2 on your screen and catch up on Part 1 if you haven’t played it yet – at least if your heart beats for retro horror. You have to like the fixed camera perspective and manual save mechanics.
The story of the first part, well, that’s not exactly one of the strengths of the game for me, but I was able to overlook that thanks to the successful atmosphere. I expect the same from the sequel: a really nice, lousy, creepy atmosphere and entertaining gameplay.
I hope that the South American setting is well presented and that it differs more from Part 1 than was apparent in the first mini-trailer. Everything else remains to be seen, because there wasn’t much to see yet.
What about you: have you played Tormented Souls and are you looking forward to the second part or are you not into retro horror?