Just over a year ago now, I purchased Shelter. This game, which achieved a number of positive reviews, was interesting to me. I had absolutely no idea what was going on when I first started playing, but the game seemed interesting at least. As you may well know; Shelter put you in the position of a mother badger. Your job was to ensure that your children ate well and did not die. This was much harder than you may think. Sadly; the game was incredibly short and it was very linear. It was a good idea but it was not terrible well executed. You played through it once and you were done with the game.
Shelter 2 looks to expand upon the idea of the first Shelter. The graphical style is the same, and that is a plus. This time you play the role of a Lynx though. This means that you are both the hunter and the hunted. It adds a whole new dynamic to the game. The best part is that Shelter 2 is nowhere near as linear as the first Shelter. This time you have a huge open world at your disposal. In fact; the start of the game will send you out to look for food scraps to bring back to your offspring. The first time I played I spent so long exploring the world that I kind of forgot that I had children (R.I.P.).
The control scheme is simple, and that is great. You just need to memorize a couple of buttons. There is even a map this time to help you make a bit more sense of the world. The journey is pretty amazing too. Most of your time will involve you doing nothing more than stalking prey and feeding your cubs, but it is still a good amount of fun. The problem is; there is not a whole lot to do. Sure, the world is open but most of the time you are going to be nothing more than eating food. You will probably sniff around a couple of times to head to the next relevant area but that is it. In my opinion; Shelter 2 is nothing more than a glorified walking simulator which is interrupted every so often with a couple of button presses. I mean; when action does happen (the actual chasing of your prey), it can be an incredible amount of fun to play this game, but most of the time you are really not going to be doing anything. Later on in the game things do tend to get a bit more fun i.e. when you are dealing with being hunted whilst you hunt. Nothing is scarier than wolves in this game!
Shelter 2 is actually pretty cheap so I do recommend it if you enjoyed the first Shelter game. Do not expect something that you will be able to dive into for hours on end though. This is another ‘experience once and put it down’ game.
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