Trine 2: Complete Story PS4 review: one of the most charming and accomplished adventure platformers in recent years

  • Posted December 5th, 2013 at 05:02 EDT by John-Paul Jones

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Trine 2: Complete Story

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9.0
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9.9

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Trine 2: Complete Story is a grand embellishment of one of the most charming and accomplished adventure platformers in recent years. Bolstered by a wealth of additional content, multiplayer modes and the gorgeous 1080p/60 fps veneer that PlayStation 4 allows, this should be the next game to find a home on your PlayStation 4.

We like

  • Compelling physics based puzzle gameplay with a well-judged difficulty curve.
  • Visually resplendent fairytale setting.
  • Additional content bolsters an already fair-sized experience.

We dislike

  • Skill upgrades don't always feel worthwhile.
  • Plot is throwaway fluff for the most part.

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Where Trine 2 Complete Story struggles to find surer footing though, is in relation to the skills that you can unlock for each character. The skills that you unlock for both Zoya and Pontius seem largely superfluous since they don’t really offer anything truly meaningful above and beyond the default skills that each begin with.

As you expand Amadeus’ arsenal of spells however, you find yourself able to ‘game’ the puzzles in a manner that perhaps the developers hadn’t planned for, as in many cases I was able to simply conjure up multiple boxes to reach areas that I was supposed to reach in a different fashion. So as you might reasonably guess, it pays to invest your skill points in the wizard’s box building talents since they provide the most tangible benefit to the gameplay.

In terms of content, Trine 2 Complete Story isn’t a trivial affair. Stuffed to the brim with content including a main single-player campaign which lasts between 8-12 hours, the seamlessly integrated Goblin Menace expansion pack which lasts between 3-5 hours and an additional secret level on top of that, Frozenbyte’s PlayStation 4 debut certainly doesn’t skip on value.

Brilliantly, you don’t have to embark on the adventure alone either, as Trine 2 Complete Story supports both online and local co-op modes. The inclusion of the latter is especially appreciated in this era where developers are seemingly keen to eschew the feature.



Boasting a visual veneer that would typically exceed the remit and budget of other independent studios, Frozenbyte’s game looks resplendent in its PlayStation 4 duds; boasting a liquid smooth, 60 frames per second screen update which neatly compliments the retina-searing 1080p visuals that Sony’s newest console permits.

The art direction is spot on too. Evoking a vivid yet dream-like fairy tale realm awash in an explosion of colour, life and near-flawless animation, it often feels as if your TV has transcended itself somehow into a looking-glass pointed at a fantastical world straight out of a fairy tale.

Elsewhere, complimented by a deft mixture of gentle serenades, haunting melodies and an appropriately rousing score where needed, the music of Trine 2 Complete Story duly impresses; setting the scene perfectly for the epic journey throughout with due aplomb.

Ably standing alongside triple-A efforts, Trine 2 Complete Story is the definitive version of one of the best adventures to come out in the last couple of years. More crucially than that, it’s just a great deal of fun to play. It’s time to give Resogun a break.

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With a body composition approaching near 90% caffeine, John-Paul Jones is
one of PSU's indie review team and when he isn't hopelessly swamped in his
software testing day job, he's knee deep in the latest PlayStation
hopefuls.  You can chase him down over on Twitter (@bitsnark) or in his
very own dark corner of the internet (www.bitsnark.com).
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