By Joel Couture
We have a lovely time with some eggy folks, putting together a balanced breakfast before we get to some emotional vacuuming work in this week’s IGP First Look.
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust follows Nova, a Nano Cleaner with the power to enter people’s minds and clear them of sinister, emotionally-damaging dust. You’ll find those troubled, dusty folks throughout the world of New Theland, meeting a variety of alien characters both funny and deeply thoughtful. Even at a glance, this world feels lived-in and full of interesting people to meet. It was highly enjoyable just to talk to people and learn about their troubles and the silly things in their lives.
The look of the place created this sense of scope within it as well. The PSX-styled visuals set the imagination wild with surreal structures and plant life, calling you to distant shores at sunset and stunning cities filled with unique beings. It’s all quite lovely, and especially when accompanied by the stirring, yet soothing soundtrack.
Exploring was wonderful, but so was the vacuum-based combat (how do Analgesic keep making cleaning products into fun battle tools?). You can use the vacuum to suck up enemies and objects as you delve into the …read more