Night School Studio’s much-awaited sequel, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, is finally here, and the initial impressions from critics has been a positive one.


Releasing for the PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and mobile platforms, the Netflix-published title follows the story of Riley and Jacob, two employees of an environmental research group that are tasked with placing transmitters at various locations in the mountainous town of Camena. They soon discover something dark and mysterious – a bunch of teenagers that may or may not have travelled through time, stranded ghosts stuck between the reality of space and time, and other secrets the duo must team up to uncover.

Based on the reviews, Oxenfree II doesn’t stray away from the formula of the first game but still manages to pack in a few surprises. The reviews praise the narrative, the quality of the voice acting and the watercolour-inspired artwork. However, they also say that the lack of fresh worldbuilding and lacklustre use of the new puzzle mechanic brings the game down, if ever so slightly.


Oxenfree II: Lost Signals Review Roundup

Here are some reviews and first-look articles for Oxenfree II: Lost Signals from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 80 at Opencritic and 84 on Metacritic.

IGN

While the similarities with its predecessor can make Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals feel too familiar, highlighting a few missed opportunities for expansion of its puzzle mechanics and for fresh worldbuilding, it still creates an intimate but epic adventure. The world is built out just enough to feel fresh and to lead you to some unexpected and surprising places.

IGN rating: 7/10

Gamespot

Oxenfree II is a strong sequel to the original game. A particular secondary character and antagonist drag the experience down a bit but the overall storyline is a satisfying foray into an adult woman’s tenuous grasp on reality and her ultimate decision to cut through the static and strive for something better with the help of the friendships forged whilst speaking over a simple walkie-talkie.

Gamespot rating: 7/10

Shacknews

Night School’s writing can’t be praised enough, because the team is able to be whatever it needs to be in the moment. It can be a supernatural thriller when the time calls for it. It can be a coming-of-age tale when the moment is right. It can go from buddy comedy to buddy drama in an instant. All of it works, and it’s a credit to the writers and the voice actors. Oxenfree 2’s story will put players through the emotional wringer, but it’s a ride that’s worth taking.

Shacknews rating: 9/10


PushSquare

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is a fairly safe sequel that allows its narrative and new cast of characters to do the heavy lifting. Through constant chit-chat between Riley and Jacob, gameplay remains enjoyable enough to keep you engaged, allowing the story to always be at the forefront of your mind.

PushSquare rating: 7/10

Hardcore Gamer

While Oxenfree II: Lost Signals doesn’t hit the same heights as the original game, it still delivers another enjoyable adventure, once again serving up another unique ghost story that uses haunted technology to great effect, which succeeds thanks to terrific dialogue and well-crafted characters. 

Hardcore Gamer rating: 4/5

WorthPlaying

As a sequel, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is at least on par with the first title. The game strikes a good balance of platforming and puzzle-solving, while also giving you the freedom to figure out things without much hand-holding. The art style may present small characters, but the graphics still shine, and the music is haunting enough to maintain a feeling of unease throughout the adventure. 

WorthPlaying rating: 8.5/10

Nintendo Life

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals is an excellent sequel that takes the story in a significantly different direction without losing what made the original such an essential piece of storytelling. The sharper focus on fewer characters makes for a much better-paced experience without the need to juggle multiple relationships. Pacing issues do crop up if you happen to take a wrong turn but, in spite of that, Oxenfree II still provides an intriguing, suspenseful mystery that fans and newcomers will both adore.

Nintendo Life rating: 9/10
Mufaddal Fakhruddin
Mufaddal Fakhruddin

Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.

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