DISTRAINT 2 is the pixelated sequel horror game developed by Jesse Makkonen. Released first on Steam, November 13 2018. And is now available on Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch as of July 2020.
“You are Price, a man who sold his humanity to get a partnership from a leading company: McDade, Bruton & Moore. DISTRAINT 2 follows on from the events of the first game. It’s a sinister tale about restoring hope and finding your purpose.”
For sequels to really succeed and do justice for stories takes some time to accomplish, and I feel that’s exactly what Jesse Makkonen set out to do with Distraint (Read original review). Distraint 2 took roughly three years or so to fully be developed, polished, and achieve one of the more interesting darker and lighter side of the coins of reality.
Price (our main protagonist) is no stranger to what has happened to him previously as Jesse made sure that we remembered what has happened prior to what I call a well-made sequel. I mean let’s be honest, how often can we say that a sequel to anything is more or less better than the first or “original”. Especially when trying to continue the story that was already a very strong emotional ride of regret.
As much as the world is different and plays off more of what seems to be a psychological horror game within the mind of Price, there is still those happy thoughts. Reason, one of the new characters you meet is trying to help you overcome your emotions, one happy place at a time. Or as he would say “scenarios of what could come.”
Reason is just trying to make sure you don’t fall toward the Agony. Instead making sure that each poetic words from his tongues makes you (Price) push forward toward the light (Hope) that is waiting to be awaken inside of you. That is what Distraint 2 set’s out to do.
There is still the horror aspect as well, even though it seems less than what was in the original Distraint, it’s still enough to give you more game play rather than “speeding through” at first, while solving puzzles and learning more of what really happened with Price’s life that made him who he was to begin with, and how someone like Ms. Goodwin finally made him snap to actually see what kind of Monster he was himself, even though Price was just doing his job.
However at the end of the day, Distraint 2 answers so much. Back stories help understand so much of what happened to Price’s parents, you understand the purpose of the Elephant (oh yes, remember him?) and a little more of how one such as the player themselves should look at holding regret within.
Distraint 2, can’t be bashed in a way a sequel could be bashed. Instead Jesse set out to finish his story with Price, and help those who need the help to overcome and learn how to deal with such emotions. What to look out for, and what needs to be done in order to help awaken your inner Hope (light). Distraint series is a must play for any pixelated horror fans with a deep story to help understand the emotions that we all deal with, because if we tried to end it all. Maybe we won’t be able to find Love that is out there in the world just waiting for us to meet them.
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