Sixteen years after the original game, Psychonauts 2 finally released on August 25 on Game Pass, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Once again, you play as Razputin “Raz” Aquato as the game immerses you in the colorful and sometimes nightmarish minds of the NPCs. As Raz, you help them defeat their inner demons so they can help you face an ancient threat.
Psychonauts 2 has seen critical and commercial success, and is even nominated for Game of the Year at the 2021 Game Awards. It’s also nominated for Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, and Best Action/Adventure. Just looking at that list, it’s clear there’s a lot going on in this game, so don’t worry if you feel a little overwhelmed by diving in. We have all the tips and tricks you will need to play. Psychonauts 2 in EZ mode.
Psychonauts 2 is also included in Xbox Game Pass from Microsoft, and if you have a Windows 11 computer, the Xbox app is already built into your operating system, which means you can play Xbox games in the cloud on your PC and Xbox, provided you have a compatible Xbox controller. That means you can still play exclusive Xbox games and new releases on almost any Windows 11 device, even without a high-performance gaming PC.
As you play, you will unlock various psychic powers for Raz, such as telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and levitation. There are nine psychic powers in total, although not all of them can be used in combat. Mental Connection lets you wrestle between thoughts to form connections in the minds of NPCs, and Clairvoyance gives you the power to see through the eyes of other characters and animals to reveal new details about the world.
You can have four powers equipped at once, but you can change them on the fly if you realize you don’t have the right ability for the situation you’re currently in.
Each psychic power has three enhancements that make it stronger or change its effect. PSI Blast, for example, fires concentrated bolts of psychic energy from your mind to damage opponents when you first unlock it. As you upgrade it, you’ll learn how to supercharge your PSI Blast to cause a bigger blast for extra blasts. The final upgrade unlocks Chain Brain, which causes your PSI Blast to explode on impact into smaller projectiles.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Raz starts with 12 health, which is represented in-game by purple brain icons and is called Mental Health. Each mental health bar has four health points, which disappear as you take damage. You can increase your total amount of mental health, up to 72 health points, by completing an NPC’s mental world and collecting Jarred Brains.
Early in the game, you’ll want to dodge as much as you can to preserve your sanity. Keep an eye out for health deposits scattered around the map to heal up, and try using your Time Bubble ability to slow down enemies for a chance to heal up in the middle of a fight.
FACE YOUR FEARS
Each level in Psychonauts 2 focuses on the mental world of a different character; think of it as a physical representation of your worst fears. When you’re inside a character’s mental world, your goal is to help them overcome their mental trauma so they can move on with their lives. To do that, you’ll first need to understand what trauma is affecting them, which will influence the type of puzzles and challenges you face.
Due to this unique environment, each level of Psychonauts 2 is very different from the previous one. They all have a different theme brought to life by the game’s quirky art direction and Raz’s snappy dialogue. Much of the fun of the game comes from discovering the mental world of each character and literally seeing how their mind works.
COLLECT THEM ALL
Whether you’re exploring the real world or diving into someone’s mental world, be sure to search every corner. There are collectibles hidden throughout Psychonauts 2, such as Figments, Emotional Baggage, Nuggets of Wisdom, Half-A-Minds, and more, all of which reward you for your efforts.
Fictions are shiny 2D drawings of objects that raise your rank and allow you to level up your psychic powers. There can be dozens or even hundreds of Figments in a given level, so keep an eye out for them on the ground, in dark corners, and in the air. In order to collect Emotional Baggage, you will first need to find the right baggage tag to go with it. Memory Vaults give you a backstory for the person whose mind you’re in, and finding two Half-A-Minds gives you some extra mental health.
If you don’t find all the collectibles in a level the first time, don’t worry. Psychonauts 2 allows you to revisit areas so you can find things you missed or maybe couldn’t reach when you first played a level.
HOW CAN YOU PLAY PSYCHONAUTS 2?
Psychonauts 2 is available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. If you play on PC or Xbox, the game is available on Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming. Fortunately, the Xbox app comes pre-installed on Windows 11, so you can jump right into the action if you have a Game Pass subscription.
Although Psychonauts 2 is not a very demanding game, it is wonderful and you will want to play it on the highest settings you can. However, don’t worry if you don’t have a new PC or console. Xbox Cloud Gaming allows you to stream games through your browser or the Xbox app. All you need is a Game Pass Ultimate subscription and a compatible controller, and then you can play Psychonauts 2 (and over a hundred other games) without a high-performance gaming PC, now you can get a great experience with the cloud.
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