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The Talos Principle 2 (2023) is a puzzle game where you explore and unravel the mystery of a futuristic robot society. You move between zones and solve puzzles by guiding beams of light, manipulating gravity, and switching between robot bodies. It stands out not only for its mind-bending challenges but also for its thought-provoking and nuanced story where you must sift between truth and different points of view.

In the far-flung future, where humans have wiped themselves out, our society and culture live on in a city of super-advanced humanoid robots. You play one such robot and set out on an adventure to uncover the nature of the universe and the reasons for living. As you play, you solve puzzles and unlock new areas, slowly progressing towards an ancient relic of mysterious power as your ideas and beliefs shape the world around you.

As you progress and see more of the world you find equipment you can use to guide and deflect beams of light, walk on walls and alter gravity to move objects. You can even transfer your consciousness between robots to access different areas. But as much as these abilities, the most important factor is deciding how to respond to what the game asks of you. How you respond, and how much you trust what is presented to you, determines the way the game ends.

The result is a game that challenges you not only through complex and intricate puzzles but also through its philosophical narrative. Thinking outside the box to come up with unexpected solutions to the problems you face is hugely rewarding and makes for an engaging experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked The Talos Principle 2 a year ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle game with Adventure and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for use of bad language. The game contains frequent use of bad language, including 'bloody', '*!@?*' and the abbreviation 'WTF'. Some sections require the player to explore mysterious, dark areas. There are some ominous undertones here, as well as a mildly spooky soundtrack that features a thudding heartbeat. Younger players may find this scary. The player's character can die if it falls from bridges or walks into deep water, although this only results in the screen glitching and the player respawning. There is no violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Language. Players search ruins and ancient temples while using various objects (e.g., cubes, fans, jammers) to bypass obstacles. The dialogue contains some references to alcohol (e.g., “all the wine in the world"; "And I can drink margaritas.”). The words “a*s” and “*!@?*” are heard in the game.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Some of the puzzles can be very difficult and require lots of thought and experimentation. Patience and clever thinking, as well as determination and persistence, are needed rather than quick reflexes and precise controls.

CostsCosts

The Talos Principle 2 usually costs £24.99.
 

The Talos Principle 2

Steam Store PC £24.99
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/11/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle (Adventure and Narrative)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Croteam (@Croteam)


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