Youtubers Life 2 Review

A huge step up from Youtubers Life – OMG Edition, Youtubers Life 2 takes away the point and click system and instead adds an open world free to explore. Every day is filled with new hashtags and trends to join in on, New videos and pictures to upload and neighborhoods filled with different activities and shops. Youtubers Life 2 is a constant grind for internet stardom but in the end, does it really matter?

NewTube City is where you kick off your Youtube career. You may have guessed it but in NewTube city everybody is constantly talking about upcoming stars or new trends being implemented. You start with 3 neighborhoods of your choice to move in. Downtown, The Port, or City Hall. Choosing which neighborhood to live in essentially doesn’t matter. If you want to move to a different place you can do so in-game. The story of the game itself is a bit rocky and can get confusing at times. essentially you are given a place to live in NewTube city as you have the potential to become the top NewTube celebrity. That’s all there is to the story aspect of the game. As it makes sense for the type of game this is, the lack of objectives makes the game rather stale within the first hour of the game. As you progress through Youtubers Life 2 you unlock commissions, an app that allows you to complete quick tasks to earn money for yourself. Don’t be surprised if you stop using commissions somewhere down the line. Most of them have you running errands or posting trends for people and take less than 5 minutes to complete. There are also loyalty missions for certain characters if you talk to them enough. Do enough and you could potentially date and even marry them as well. While some characters’ missions make sense there are some that throw you in with no context whatsoever that will leave you feeling like “What the heck am I doing? Why am I doing this?”

Youtubers Life 2 has way more to offer than its predecessor. With its new interest in open-world exploration, the game feels a lot like games such as Stardew Valley or one could even say animal crossing. What this game lacks however is variety. The blueprint for Youtubers Life 2 is to Record, edit, sleep, and repeat, day after day. It’s a constant grind that will get repetitive and tedious after time goes by. Certain areas and events will be blocked off from you if you don’t reach a certain standing on your channel. You’ll spend most of your time within the first 2 hours trying to unlock the first spot you can go to. When I tell you it takes a lot of work to be a Youtuber in this game, believe me, you have no idea. The dialogue in this game is without a doubt cheesy and in most situations may come off as “Cringey”. (That’s a trendy word right?). This can be seen frequently when talking to the various cameos by popular youtube celebrities like PewDiePie, Crainer, Rubius, InoxTag, and GermanLetsPlay. I will admit the only one who I recognize is PewdiePie but nonetheless, it’s nice to see them all make a special appearance.

It’s the small things in Youtubers Life 2 that made me appreciate it so much. There are a ton of references in the game that gives it a cute and unique touch. From knock-off gaming systems, movies, and pop culture references it’s nice to play the game and see a product the game is imitating. There are different ways you can record the videos you wish to upload. Which can include interviews, gameplay videos, and other methods at your disposal, some even come with minigames. There are an assortment of shops and outlets you can go to for a fresh new fit or items that can help you with your videos

Conclusion

While the open-world transition was a welcomed concept it wasn’t utilized to the best of its ability. YouTubers Life 2 is exactly what it is. A YouTuber simulator. A constant grind to fame. Day in and day out it’s the same thing only a different trend than yesterday. It’s the smaller things that give this game life while the major elements such as the story end up lacking in the end.

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This game was tested and reviewed on Xbox One. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by publisher.
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Good
  • References and Cameos
  • Open World Concept
Bad
  • Constant repetition
  • Confusing Story
4.9
Poor
Gameplay - 4
Graphics - 6
Audio - 5
Longevity - 4.5
Written by
My name is Varno Harris II. I currently attend school at Miami University double majoring in journalism and professional writing. My dream is to create and develop a popular video game media company and shape the future of journalism.

1 Comment

  1. Video game sucks so much ass. They throw you into a whole new experience without telling you how to do ANYTHING. I never in my life had a video game frustrate me this much. They give you missions but don’t tell you HOW TO DO THE MISSIONS. “Craimer needs to fix his boat! Help him out!” Okay, where is the boat? What do I need for the boat?? How do I FIX the boat? “Stream #Marquee”. How do I stream?? There’s no prompts to do so when I am around the location. Developers, you really need to get this fixed and make the game legible. I am so mad that I paid money for this game when it’s hardly even playable.

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