The wackiest game of the year 2021

The wackiest game of the year 2021

According to Art Director Lisette Titre-Montgomery, who previously worked on South Park: The Fractured But Whole at Ubisoft, the development team at Double Fine refers to this visual style as “wonk.” LucasArts alumnus Tim Schafer seemingly founded the studio with that design in mind.

Psychonauts is a 3D platformer series where players explore physical manifestations of people’s minds. Environments are tied to a character’s emotional state, so Psychonauts 2 embraces an uneven design aesthetic full of curves and disproportionate shapes.

“From a visual standpoint, the amount of wonk and surrealness was just a joy to work and play in,” Titre-Montgomery tells Inverse. “I would say that this is probably the most stylized game I’ve worked on, and I have a history of working on stylized games.”

Inverse went hands-on with six of Psychonauts 2’s levels. Each shared this iconically wonky style while maintaining its own distinct feel. If you worried the Microsoft acquisition would tone down the wackiness in Psychonauts 2, fear not. It will still be one of the weirdest games Microsoft has ever published.

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After a brief video recapping the events of Psychonauts and Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, Psychonauts 2 jumps right into the action. Raz and his fellow Psychonaut compatriots of the first game are investigating the mind of the insane Dr. Loboto. The goal: Find out who hired this dentist to kidnap Truman Zanotto, leader of the Psychonauts and father to Raz’s girlfriend Lili.

Dr. Loboto’s mind is a mix of a boring office and the inside of a mouth.

One minute, Raz is platforming off office cubicles, and the next he’s grossly jumping on teeth and unzipping a closed mouth to progress further into Loboto’s mind. It’s a bold start that demonstrates how Psychonauts 2 isn’t afraid to get weird, so it’s the perfect setting to get accustomed to the game’s wonk works.

Teeth are curvy and seem unnatural in this context. They stand out against the sterility of an office. Every level of Psychonauts 2 finds unexpected combinations that play off each other well like this. After this level, Raz discovers there’s a mole within the Psychonauts, but he’s relegated to just being an intern at the organization.

Eventually, he learns the mental connection skill from interim Psychonauts leader Hollis Forsythe and delves inside her mind. Raz successfully messes with her mind so he and the other interns can go on a high-risk mission to find the mole at a casino. But in the process, Forsythe becomes unhinged and begins gambling instead of helping. So they have to dive into Forsythe’s mind to navigate a disturbingly perfect mashup of a hospital with a casino. Psychonauts 2 fully embraces the macabre humor of this combination, giving players a giant roulette determining if people get a child in the maternity ward, horse races where the heart constantly fails in Cardiology, and more.

While these first two worlds are gross and dark as they dabble in some intense mental health topics, Psychonauts 2 remains approachable and fun. Things can get serious, but Tim Schafer’s hilarious writing and unique visual style keep you entertained, even when the game is at its most grim. This second level also differs greatly from Dr. Loboto’s mind, but still contains that trademark Psychonauts wonk for a good reason.

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