Review: Trepang 2
I have to admit that I knew nothing at all about Trepang2, so went into this not knowing what to expect…and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed the experience.
An amalgam of Max Payne, F.E.A.R, and the most ballsy and bloody all out action/sci-fi movie you could think of, Trepang2 had me laughing with delight at all the many ways I could despatch a relentless stream of antagonists, all accompanied by over the top blood splats that caked the floors and walls of everywhere I went.
Trepang2 is a first person run and gun shooter, with the option to play a little more stealthily should you so wish with the addition of a game mechanic that makes you temporarily invisible…though I mostly used this to sneak up on the 1st unsuspecting bad guy, before revealing myself to everyone and going full Rambo on them, then making use of the other game mechanic that slows down time and allows you to zero in on whatever target you want…anything explosive in the area always being a favourite.
The narrative is a fairly simple one: you play as Subject 106; a super soldier employed by the secret Task Force 27. You escape an Alaskan prison, then across various missions go after the bad guys of the Horizon Corporation.
These missions vary in environments, though you’ll spend a lot of time in multi-level buildings, shooting bad guys and monsters while finding hidden secrets that help you complete the missions and improve your weapons…I have to admit though that on more than one occasion I became a little lost and ended up going around in circles before figuring out where I needed to go next…which could involve ducking down and crawling through an air duct for example.
The NPC A.I. seemed decent enough, often flanking me and never letting me stay in one position for too long before they’d got me sussed and limited my means of escape. Thankfully you are given a good array of weapons to choose from and blast the hell out of everything.
Visually it looks very nice, with sparks and blood flying all over the screen, and when I played with headphones on, the immersion ramped up once again and I often found myself holding my breath during particularly tense firefights.
Trepang2 makes you feel like the baddest of badasses as you blast your way through all the missions, and its 10-12 hour(ish) main campaign never outstays its welcome.
A great game to let off some steam with.
Trepang2 is available on PC, Xbox Series and PS5.
Review by Dave.