Still Life 2

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Still Life 2
Still Life 2
European cover art
Developer(s) Gameco Studios
Publisher(s) Microïds
Encore (North America)
cdv Software Entertainment (France)[1]
Iceberg Interactive (UK and Holland)
Series Still Life
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X
Release date(s)
  • GER 3 April 2009
  • EU 14 May 2009
  • UK 19 February 2010
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player

Still Life 2 is a 2009 computer adventure game by Microïds. It is a sequel to the 2005 game Still Life, and follows on from the characters and themes of 2003's Post Mortem.

Gameplay[edit]

McPherson walking around the room in which the killer locks Hernandez in

Plot[edit]

The game follows FBI Agent Victoria McPherson in tracking down and stopping a serial killer. Gameplay has moved with the killer, known as the East Coast Killer, to Maine. The game uses the same storytelling device of switching back and forth between two player characters as its predecessor. The second character is one of the killer's victims, journalist Paloma Hernandez, who has been covering the East Coast Killer's crimes, making the game switch between investigation and survival.

A short introduction to the game was posted on August 31, which covers the dates of October 2 and 3, 2008 in the game. It states that on the evening of October 2 the body of a missing person was found on the side of Highway 201, near Jackman. The video which had been sent to the police and the media identifies the killer as the East Coast Killer. McPherson sees Hernandez reporting on the killing on TV and later arranges a meeting. Hernandez is abducted and she wakes up on October 3 in the killer's dilapidated house.[3]

The East Coast Killer allowed Hernandez to call McPherson with clues to the location of the house to trap and kill her, a plan he formed with an ex-marine and former FBI agent Hawker who had been dismissed when McPherson refused to back his claim that killing an innocent person had been justified at the time. Despite being successfully ambushed, McPherson managed to turn the tables and saved herself and Hernandez, but not before nearly a dozen police officers and a rookie FBI agent were killed. Through a series of flashbacks, it was revealed that the Chicago Killer was Richard Valdes who turned out to be the grandson of the man Gus was following through Prague.

Development[edit]

There was controversy surrounding the first Still Life in its lack of an ending. Still Life ended without revealing the villain, setting up a finalé which, for some time, was not made. However, on 6 December 2007, Microïds announced the development of this game, which was released in April 2009.[4] Development was started in June 2007 by Gameco Studios. The game is also being developed for Apple Macintosh computers.[5]

In June 2008, a teaser video and screenshots were posted online. The video explores an abandoned mansion with a woman screaming in the distance. The end of the video showed a then-tentative release date of Fall 2008.[6][7] In November 2008 a second trailer was released.

On August 31, another set of screenshots of the cinematic and in-game views were released.[3] The official game series website opened on 19 September, on the same day the release was pushed back from November 2008 to the first quarter of 2009.[8] In late October some high resolution images of Vic McPherson and some in-game screen shots were posted.

On December 8, Microïds and GameCo launched a machinima contest, where fans created their own trailer for Still Life 2, using exclusive supplied material. The winner, out of over 120 entries, was announced on January 15, and the winner's and the runners up's trailers were posted on the Still Life website.[9] The winner will also have their name listed in the game credits.[10]

In February and March 2009 more screenshots, an introduction video, and in game footage of the game were released.[11] The website also features videos of some of the makers of the game speculating on the identity of the killer.

Release[edit]

A demo version of the game was released. This contained sections from early in the game in the killer's house.

The game was first released as an online download to Germany in early April 2009. Further releases to Europe and North America followed. Encore is publishing the game in North America, and cdv Software Entertainment is in France. In the UK and Benelux it is published by Iceberg Interactive.

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Microïds confie à CDV MDARICS MEDIA la distribution de ses jeux en France" (in French). Microïds. 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Still Life 2". Mystery Adventure Games (Encore). Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  3. ^ a b "Microïds unveils new Still Life 2 visuals". Microïds. 2008-08-31. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ "Microïds announces Still Life 2". Microïds. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  5. ^ "Microïds announces its games for Macintosh". Microïds. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Still Life 2 Teaser". GamePlanets. 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Killer trailer for Still Life 2 released". Adventure Gamers. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  8. ^ "Microïds opens its Still Life series official website". Microïds. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Microïds and GameCo unveil the Still Life 2 trailer contest winners’ names". Microïds. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Machinima contest : Let your imagination live, design the best Still Life 2 trailer!". Microïds. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  11. ^ "Microïds unveil the video of Paloma’s kidnapping". Microïds. 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 

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