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Beholder 2

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Every citizen of our great State dreams of working at the Prime Ministry! You are lucky, intern – your dream has come true! While you are at the bottom of the career ladder, that is more than many of your fellow citizens will ever achieve! Have you already decided what you're going to become? Will you become a diligent and responsible officer decorated by the Wise Leader himself? Or will you become a hardline careerist capable of destroying anyone who stands between you and the Prime Minister's seat? Or maybe you are just a whistle-blower? If so, who sent you? And why? Whatever the case, you are now part of the Ministry! From this moment on, no one beyond these walls has ascendance over you! You are free to shape your own future!
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

After framing all my coworkers, I made a simple mistake and walked through the scanner with a foriegn watch. I was never seen again. :(

Review from Steam

If you liked the original Beholder's world and its dark, gritty story, then good news: Beholder 2 delivers a similar experience. However, it's worth noting that the world is definitely expanded with new mechanics, different characters, and is a very different game from a gameplay perspective.
In contrast to Beholder 1, where the entire game takes place at one apartment building and you are a more distant part of the Ministry government, Beholder 2 places you directly in the bureaucratic nightmare that is the capital. If you want Beholder lore about the Ministry and about the canon ending to Beholder 1, this game is for you. Expect canon-typical violence, drug use, torture, and anything else you could imagine that fits within the Beholder universe.
Pros:
-The game's "time" function is more like currency than an automatic clock as it was in Beholder 1, allowing you to take a step back and consider your actions more carefully
-Liked searching tenant's items? You can still do that with your coworkers, just as you can report them for misconduct and frame them to get an edge in workplace competition
-You can feed a cat. That's right, devs know what you want, you can feed a cat
-New save mechanics allow you to safely save and quit whenever you would like, as opposed to completing/finishing tasks in Beholder 1
-Easily accessible information summaries in the menu based on information Evan has gathered on coworkers and bosses (as someone very interested in Beholder characters and lore, this was a lifesaver)
-3D character models and animations
Cons:
-I highly recommend you look up a guide for some of the work mechanics. Floor 27's clone making mechanics were a nightmare to figure out at first
-Evan can't adopt the cat. This is the most tragic part of the game
-Less linear than Beholder. It can be difficult to figure out where you need to go and what you need to do next
-It's very easy to get backed into dead ends through your actions, cutting out entire endings or quests (Highly recommend using many save files)
-Butterfly effect is in full swing here (if you like this kind of thing, then this is a pro). Seemingly small choices can add up to very big ones. While I usually like this, like I mentioned earlier, it can be very easy to back yourself into a dead end by messing up a certain quest
Overall:
Beholder was a very difficult game, Beholder 2 is far easier once you adjust to the new mechanics and environment. At some points it can feel as though the story or dialogue is weak, but the game more than makes up for it in atmosphere, characters, and worldbuilding. Generally a very fun title, worth the money.

Review from Steam

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Review from Steam

WHY isnt it in portuguese as the first one? cause sometimes its very complicated to work on politics :( and the game starts to be a bit unfair on it..

Review from Steam

best of 3 beholder games... epic all 3 of them

Review from Steam

Authoritarian and totalitarian simulator version 2.0. If you liked the 1st one this one is a huge upgrade and you're sure to enjoy it. See what the world looks like when you live in an autocratic nationalistic totalitarian dystopia.

Review from Steam

A little less stressful than the first, but still has the strain of decisions have consequences, consequences are permanent, and sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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