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Syberia 2
(hx) 11:26 AM EDT - Apr,26 2004

Syberia 2 is the second and final installment of Kate Walker's joint adventures with Hans Voralberg, the French automaton-designer. If I remember well, in the first game, Hans Voralberg was almost a myth since you only met him at the very end of the game. In Syberia 2, Hans becomes the main reason for Kate's journey. She's decided to leave everything behind not only to follow him, but also to support his dream of reaching Syberia again. Hans is old and sick, so he needs Kate. They are both deliriously obsessed with finding Syberia, a sacred island where Mammoths supposedly still roam. Of course, the automaton Oscar will also be accompanying them in their journey.

Syberia 2 plays much like the original game, so you will be able to benefit the same interface and controls. You control Kate using the mouse, left clicking wherever you want her to go. By right-clicking you can access the inventory screen to either use or view items. Everything is completely point & click, with hotspots indicating when an item can be picked up or manipulated.

If I have any complaints, it would be the short playing time and lack of challenging puzzles. Most of puzzles consist of multiple steps, leading the player from point A to point B to point C in a logical order. There's some button and switch manipulation stuff, but it's fairly easy to see what needs to be done. You just have to figure out how to do it. There aren't many, push-random button, pull-random lever puzzles or something like that. But Syberia is not really about the puzzles, this is no Myst, and it won't play like that.

Needless to say, the sequels are almost always harder to produce than original products, as people are expecting much more in terms of production values. But I guess Syberia 2 is a worthy sequel to a great game. The story that makes you think and feel that you are there. If you like point&click adventure games, Syberia II is definitely a game you should pick up.

Related links:  demo (85MB), Syberia review

System Requirements
Minimum: Pentium II 350 MHz processor,  64 MB RAM, 16 MB Direct3D (DirectX 8.1) compatible 3D video card, 400 MB available space on hard drive, 16x CD-ROM drive, DirectX 7 compatible sound card
Recommended: Pentium III 800 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 32 MB Direct3D (DirectX 8.1) compatible 3D video card, 24x CD-ROM drive

snd: 4/5 - solid, nice ambient sounds, fairly good voice-acting, great music score
gfx: 5/5 - the same as Syberia, still impressive, richly detailed, beautiful cutscenes, some minor improvements
playability: 4/5 - great "old school" gameplay, great story, unique atmosphere, well done interface, some good puzzles (some illogical puzzles mixed in with the good ones), a couple of minor problems in the dialog trees, short playing time
genre: adventure
release: March 2004
developer: Microids
publisher: Microids (homepage)
Overall: 80%

last 10 comments:

FX5900posted - Apr, 26 2004 - 11:40
HX is reviewing games with specs for a PII-350,64MB RAM, 16MB Video card?!!?!?!! HX man, it's time for an upgrade... :-) I can recommend a good video card...

hxposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 11:47
fx5900: Well, the adventure games usually don't need the latest and greatest hardware...Anyway, I'm waiting for nVidia GeForce 6800 :)

FX5900posted - Apr, 26 2004 - 12:02
Me too. Both of us will own everyone. :-) HX Rules. :-)

FX5900posted - Apr, 26 2004 - 12:05
One question HX... if you get the 6800, will you be still called HX or FX??? :-)

furyposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 12:43
hx, you also should get personal (nuclear) powerplant with that 6800 :p PS FX5900 is really funny, i never knew that the most important thing in the world is a videocard. Important enough to use its name... lol.

NVIDIA GeForce 4 MMXposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 14:15
Why is everybody talk about the video card??????? Just talk about the game man...... Anyway, the game is great and i will have one!!!!

1982posted - Apr, 26 2004 - 15:08
Hans Voralberg is French?, I thought He's German.

Gazposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 15:09
I finished this game and i loved If you liked the first one you will enjoy. A little bit more easy to finish :)

Constantinosposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 18:17
Syberia I rules, and so does II. i finished them both this year. i love them.

El_Coyoteposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 19:41
"Hans Voralberg is French?, I thought He's German." well the name is certainly not french :P perhaps he's french, but his family gave him a german name? :P

dedidonkposted - Apr, 26 2004 - 22:43
Nice game, I've only played the sequel, the only thing cons. is syberia II is too short to play!

VooDooposted - Apr, 27 2004 - 01:33
If you think the first Syberia was weard, this one is way of limit!

old_manposted - Apr, 28 2004 - 06:53
The are parts of France, for instance southeastern part, which are inhabited with Germans.

boring!!!posted - Apr, 30 2004 - 13:07
this game comments are getting a little stale. any female nudity worth talking about?

baby pieposted - May, 10 2004 - 09:58
are there any patches or updates for this friggin' game? It keeps cashing @ the monastery after talking to that monk....over and over and over.....

jeff brdigesposted - May, 30 2004 - 02:46
Is there a fix for the game not running with Nero or Clone CD installed?

Greece-Portugal 2-0posted - Jun, 15 2004 - 05:05
I like that game!However I would like to ask how I can fish in order to feed the bear?I mean the orange salmon?

Ivailo Iankovposted - Jun, 29 2004 - 12:31
Syberia 2 is the very beautifle and long game. I like this game and i will wait Syberia 3

babakposted - Jul, 24 2004 - 07:21
I just can say that "Must wait for SyberiaIII"

safa'aposted - Aug, 22 2004 - 07:42
i love this game so much please try to make sybeiraIII....ican't wait along time

voodoo dickposted - Sep, 19 2004 - 19:44
i like this game coz u have to think at the first to the end its a great game.

soledadposted - Sep, 26 2004 - 13:48
I love this game ........iam wait syberia III....

Darkness Heroposted - Oct, 03 2004 - 11:16
is nice to see some company still doing quality games that dosent need top notch systems(actually i have a g-force fx-5900,and not all in life is graphics,i can say this game own some recent games whit greath graphics cuz his game play and art,so people,stop jerking about video cards and enjoy this wonderfull game =)

Jayposted - Nov, 06 2004 - 06:51
Absolutely amazing, Syberia I & II !!! I love the fact that its a great game, doesnt need the best hardware (like i.e. Beyond good&evil which wont work:( ) - Anybody whos anybody is goona plany this game :) 10/10 grade :)

Rumperstilzkin69posted - Feb, 25 2006 - 14:48
I loved this game! I've played it over and over such a wonderful intriguing storyline and plot. I hope their will be a Syberia 3, maybe Kate Walker will find her true love, perhaps as the detective sent to find her traces her path he , like her finds new meaning to his life!

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