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A psychologically intriguing masterpiece

  • Apr 17, 2004
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I have already written a review under my user name of threecrosses, but after writing the piece I realized that I had not mentioned the richness of character representation of people who appear in Syberia 2. The most enigmatic person, the person around whom both Syberia and the Sequel evolve, is Hans Voralberg. It is apparent that Hans was so devastated by the cruelty of his insensitive father that he barricaded himself emotionally from the world, becoming like one of his own automatons. He cannot emote. Kate Walker moves heaven and earth to get Hans to the only place that means anything to him -Syberia- and does she get one word of thanks? No.Does he ever throw his arms around her in a bear hug? He does not. Even Oscar, Hans' automoton creation, appears to have more feelings. There are other unique characterizations, as well: Malka, the tart-tongued, smart little girl; Mr. Cirkos, the ringmaster with a soft spot for everybody; the hypocritical monks; the crusty-seeming colonel; the funny, pudgy Youkols; even the free-wheeling dog -like creature Youki- a very rich broth indeed of characters you will not forget. So although I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty of this game, it is perhaps the characters that had the biggest impact on me. Especially Hans Voralberg.

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review by . April 15, 2004
Syberia 2 is an experience of great power. The graphics are gorgeous and the story can bring you close to tears, one gets so involved. There are very few games that can manipulate your feelings, but this one can and does. The puzzles are apt and interesting, but since I always use a walkthrough, being a total klutz at games, the degree of difficulty does not apply to me; but I am sure the puzzles are of a design to please just about everybody. It is strongly recommended that you play Syberia before …
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Embarking on a desperate search for Hans Voralberg, Kate Walker crosses Europe from West to East. She has left behind all her worldly possessions with the express purpose of joining the heir of the Voralberg family on his journey. Together, through mystical and enchanting lands, they will find their way to the mythical Syberia, land of the forgotten mammoths.

The train leaves Aralbad under a quiet snowfall. Kate, Hans, and Oscar , the loyal, humorous automaton, are heading to Romansbourg, the first of the four worlds to be explored in Syberia II.

The motley crew will clear the last bastions of Russian civilization followed by the Frozen North before arriving at Youkol Village, from where they will try to reach their final destination: Syberia. Along the way, they will have to overcome many obstacles and deal with shady characters to uncover clues vital to the continuation of their quest. Kate's timeless journey through Valadilene, Barrockstadt, Komkolzgrad and Aralbad has sparked an evolution in her character, from an ambitious lawyer to a curious and tenacious adventuress.

Kate's role has undergone a remarkable change. From being the pursuant, she becomes Han's main acolyte, his support in attaining the forgotten realm of the mammoths.

How will she react to this new situation? Can she live up to the choices she made?

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