This game is very nice and a good continuation picking up from the extended end of Costume Quest.
Emphasis on "nice
' and "Good
", not outstanding (like the original).
If you liked the first game, you will probably find this one good too...
Having played the first for the first time soon before playing Costume Quest 2, I can say that the first game had a lot more charm and better writing and attention to detail. The story seems less Halloween-centric even though it says it is, it loses some spirit trying to add scale. The sequel also relies on hints, tells, and story elements that are very dependent on the first game making it feel like it cant stand on its own.
Costume Quest 2 feels like the DLC for Costume Quest 1 did, sorta tacked together in the same world but not as much heart or attention put in it, its the little things that seemed to be missed or stand out, unlike the original (I'm not talking graphics persee)
I truly feel something was lost, I chuckled or smiled a bit in Costume Quest 2, but I played Costume Quest not a week before, and I was smiling and laughing my butt off. It just felt drawn out after a while, and a great example of this, compared to the last fights of Costume Quest 1, which were awesome and funny and sorta epic, the last fight, heck most of the boss fights in 2 were sorta boring, leaving me pining for more.
That isn't to say Costume Quest 2 isn't good, they try to shake up the combat a bit and have different ways to power up your characters and it has many many many nods to the original game, almost to the point of head scratching at times. I think the game sorta took itself too seriously, even though it was also being ridiculous. Also, I can see they were trying to make the game "more rewarding through skill" but in so doing, they made the game dismally easy in the process.
I have a feeling, and this is my opinion, that this game may have been DLC for the original, based on the content (aka, the excessive reuse) I witnessed.All in all, the style and shading and detail has changed a little bit, subjectively to its detrement or benefit, and the game plays in a more active fashion than before, making the player react more during turns than the original. Engine wise and concept wise it actually has not greatly progressed from the original and I beat the game with a feeling that this was "expanded DLC" of the original, it uses and relies on the original too much to consider it as it's own game, really.
Costume Quest is a game that revels in Halloween, the sequel does not, and though it is not bad, it doesn't fufil my cravings like the original did.