[PlayStation 5] OXENFREE II: Lost Signals Review

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Sequel OXENFREE II: Lost Signals from Night School Studio, a Netflix game studio, is ready for you on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our OXENFREE II: Lost Signals review!

Sequel OXENFREE II: Lost Signals from Night School Studio, a Netflix game studio, is ready for you on PlayStation 5. It’s an adventure game that takes place after the events of prequel OXENFREE, which needs to be mentioned since that’s not always the case. You’ll take on the role of Riley Poverly, who returns to her hometown, the small coastal town of Camena, to investigate the unnaturally occurring electromagnetic waves that are affecting everything. Planes can’t use radar. Radio stations can’t broadcast through all of the static. All electronic equipment is having an issue.

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While the game is a direct sequel to OXENFREE, you don’t need to play that game to be able to enjoy OXENFREE II: Lost Signals – but playing it before this one certainly wouldn’t hurt! Since this is an adventure game, that means that the choices you make along the way will matter. There are three different endings for you to reach, so the dialogue choices and interactions you have will send you down specific story branching paths. You can use your walkie-talkie to strike up a conversation with your contacts. This is not mandatory, so you can ignore some requests or not interact with some characters, but don’t forget this could lock you out of some future interactions – or trophies! Yes, yes, more on trophies in a bit.

What you do need to know is that given the game’s content and its nature, this is not going to be an experience for all gamers out there. Night School Studio makes this very clear with its content warning for OXENFREE II: Lost Signals, which you can check out below:

Player choice is a central feature of OXENFREE II: Lost Signals. The game contains scenarios which may cause mental and emotional discomfort.

While that content warning is not as specific, it does mention that you can visit the content warning page on the studio’s website for a list of potentially sensitive game content.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you interact with objects and other characters by pressing the X button. Since this one is a narrative-driven experience, you’ll be doing a lot of talking, which will be mapped to the Square, Triangle, and Circle buttons for the responses you can give. To give you an idea of where you are and where it is you might be going, you can press the Touchpad on the DualSense.

You’ll have a walkie-talkie to use with the L2 button, which is very useful for checking in on other characters as you progress further and further in the story for OXENFREE II: Lost Signals. You can switch between channels with the right analog stick to talk to different characters. As mentioned before, something is messing up signals in Camena, and you can use this to your advantage by making the most of your radio. By using the right analog stick, you’ll be able to tune the radio receiver as needed. Doing this will, in turn, allow you to create time tears that can transport you to another time in that place, manipulate the world around you, and allow you to interact with supernatural elements, which makes for a bit of a trippy experience!

OXENFREE II: Lost Signals has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, and since it’s a Cross-Buy title, if you own a PlayStation 5 console, you can download the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game at no extra cost. Each list includes 9 Bronze trophies, 13 Silver trophies, and 5 Gold trophies. Since there are three different endings in the game, you’ll need to play this one at least three times to work on adding a new Platinum trophy to your collection. There are also many trophies to get along the way as you aim to get this or that ending. Because of this, if you need some extra help, you can check out his OXENFREE II: Lost Signals Trophy Guide.

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Sequel OXENFREE II: Lost Signals is a solid narrative-driven adventure through time and space. As Riley Poverly explores her hometown of Camena alongside her partner Jacob, weird things start to happen, dark entities go bump in the night, and the power of the peculiar radio that Jacob shares with Riley starts to open up tears that can act as a window to a time long gone. The game is fully voice acted and has a solid performance by all of those involved, which is always a bonus for narrative-driven games like this one. OXENFREE II: Lost Signals is available as a Cross-Buy title, so your $19.99 purchase will give you access to both the PS4 and PS5 versions at no extra cost.

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This OXENFREE II: Lost Signals review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Night School Studio.

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