I thoroughly enjoyed the first Party Hard game, so when I heard the sequel was coming to Xbox One, for me it was a definite must play! WHEN IT’S TIME TO PARTY, WE WILL PARTY HARD! (Now that’s stuck in my head for the rest of the day, thanks – Ed)
Just like the original, you get to play as a serial killer hell bent on crashing parties and murdering party-goers. He gets waken up by his neighbours at 3am who are having a massive party so he decides to go on a killing spree to quieten things down.
Party Hard 2 plays out in a fashion similar to Hitman and Hotline Miami. It’s a top-down stealth format where you’ll have to rely on your creativity to take people out unseen.
After quickly going back to the first instalment to remind myself of the set-up, I noticed a huge improvement. The levels are bigger and the graphics are dramatically upgraded. The level layout is developed with several ways to reach a goal.
The main difference is that in the original game you could see the whole map and everyone around, but now the camera moves around with you. This is most likely because the maps are bigger, although I’m still not sure if I like the fact I can’t see everything at once. The music makes you feel the groove of the scene and gives a vibe that you are a mad lunatic always hanging around dance clubs. I love it! It fits the theme of the game perfectly and it’s my kind of music.
Party Hard 2 is a smarter sequel. Unlike the first game where your goal is simply to kill everyone, Party Hard 2 differs in some major ways. You can still kill everyone OR you can discover and complete a couple of objectives. These objectives are quite simple and do make things easier, for example, kill 4 bodyguards or rescue hostages. You can even get secret, optional objectives that can help you make the level simpler. However, many of the hidden objectives are hard to find without a guide, they’re very well hidden. This might be because I was rushing too much to do them, but just a little warning there.
Pinokl Games have added in a crafting system to the sequel. As an example, you can pick up a can of gasoline and simply pour it out or you can get a bottle of drink to make someone drunk, but if you want to get creative you can combine them to make a Molotov.
We are also introduced to boss battles, which is where you have to kill just one person. I won’t spoil too much but it’s definitely fun to do, adding an extra feature that involves bringing everything you have learned together to try and defeat them.
There is also now local co-op play available. I haven’t tried it out much but it’s nice to have this feature if you wish to play with a friend. Both your characters look the same, so I guess you can now say you are twins causing carnage.
It’s not an easy game to play, some levels taking a few attempts to complete. The police are way too overpowered too; once they know you have committed the crime they are much quicker than you, catching you easily and you can’t knock them out either. It’s the same with some of the unique bodyguards (who are signified by eye above their head), they take you out before you can take them out, or sometimes you find you killed each other. But after all, this game is about being stealthy and not getting caught!
Like I said you will find yourself having to restart a few times, particularly when you first start playing as there is no tutorial, but this series has never held your hand. You pretty much have to find out on your own through trial and error, but I actually found that quite satisfying as most games like to spoon feed you, so it’s a nice change of pace.
Party Hard 2 is a brilliant sequel. Pinokl Games have improved things significantly, from the graphics and play style, to the objectives that can be completed as an alternative to killing everyone. The pace is much faster and offering multiple ways to finish a stage makes it far more enjoyable. But hey, you can still go crazy and kill everyone, just don’t forget to DANCE!
This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by the publisher.Want to keep up to date with the latest Xt reviews, Xt opinions and Xt content? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.