As soon as I knew Windlands 2 was a thing, I knew it was a game I had to play. I thought that the first Windlands game was a great idea and one that was actually a lot of fun to play. With the sequel, I knew that they would expand on what they did and I was very excited to see just how they would do that. The first game was an early “must play” game for the Oculus Rift so that is cool too.
The first thing that surprised me about Windlands 2 was that it is much more story-driven this time around. There are more characters this time around and they are likable enough. The game does follow on from the first game. However, they do a great job in getting you up to speed with the world and lore so it is not a deal-breaker if you have not played the original game.
The original Windlands was all about the movement. You felt like you were Spider-Man as you grappled from area to area. That is still here and it feels even better now, just using the touch controllers, the game plays very well. I do wish there was a bit more to see in each area, but exploring and looking around thanks to how satisfying the movement feels is still a major highlight of the game. I can easily waste an hour just zipping from place to place.
The biggest inclusion in the game is the bow! That is right as well as zipping around like Spider-Man you can now shoot like Hawkeye from The Avengers too! I loved this mechanic and it works very well with the Touch controllers. The bow does take a while to get the hang of and even longer to get skilled at using it, but man once you do it is so satisfying. There are a few enemies in the levels, but for the most part, it is the bosses that you need to sharpen your bow skills for.
I liked the overall presentation of the game, as I said the story is fine and it does feature voice acting which is way better than I thought it would be. Overall, I feel the game looks great, it has a kind of cell-shaded look to it and while I wish the environments had a bit more “life” to them. I do like the art style and world that they have created here. I do hope that if they do make a third game in the series that they make the levels just a tad more “lived in” and alive if you know what I mean.
As well as the campaign, you have up to four-player co-op, speed runs, challenges and different settings to play with. I do feel that Windlands 2 is an Oculus Rift game that does offer you a lot of bang for your buck. It is well worth checking out. I think it is actually an essential pick up if you have played the first game. Even if you have not, you will have a lot of fun with this.
Using the bow is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it
Moving around each area is very satisfying
Epic boss battles
You can play with three other people
Plenty of different options to keep you busy
The bow does take some getting used to
Some parts of the levels feel very empty