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The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication review – A much-improved sequel

Let’s not beat around the bush – The Bridge Curse: Road to Salvation wasn’t very good. Between its frustrating chase sequences, awful voice acting and gameplay that sometimes focused too much on trial and error, the scariest thing about it was how it squandered its potential. Developer Softstar Entertainment is now back with a sequel, however. And we’re happy to report that it’s better in every single way.

The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication once again put players in control of multiple characters throughout its running time; a reporter investigating a missing persons case, and three young hopefuls creating a film. Unfortunately they’ve all made the same mistake: being on the campus of Wen Hua university near midnight. Needless to say, their lives are quickly thrown into turmoil, as each and every one of them finds themselves faced with evil entities and other obstacles to overcome.

A first-person horror game, The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication doesn’t stray far from its predecessor, but it just does everything so much better. There are still sequences where you’re pursued by a variety of grotesque and menacing creatures and apparitions, for example, but they’re now more dynamic and engaging, making them tense and actually enjoyable to complete. And while there are still some instances where trial and error are involved, they’re heavily reduced and much less frustrating.

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Once again, puzzles are the strong point of The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication. There are many of them as you work through the game, and they’re all perfectly pitched. They’re challenging but not obscure at all; as long as you observe your surroundings and put a bit of thought into things, any puzzle thrown at you can be solved without much fuss. Ultimately, what matters is that they’re rewarding. Upon solving them, you feel a genuine sense of achievement.

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Running noticeably longer than The Bridge Curse: Road to Salvation, you’ll probably be done with this sequel in around eight hours. The time flies by, though, thanks to excellent pacing. While the dark environments mean there’s always an atmosphere, there are distinct moments of you being in peril and not, allowing you to take a breather from time and time and just explore. And when you are in danger, The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication truly ups the tension with its often brilliant enemy designs — its Neckless Cohort and demonic dancer will forever haunt us.

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It helps that its presentation is so strong, too. While the voice acting in Road to Salvation was awful across the board, here it’s actually rather good — well, aside from one character who’s perhaps a little too over-the-top. Throw in some well-directed scenes with impressive animation work, and you have a game that feels high quality, which is a bit of a rarity in the horror space.

There’s a little room for improvement if Softstar Entertainment make another sequel, which we hope they do. A bit more freedom to explore would be nice, for example. Some of the chase sequences, as much improved as they are, could be tightened up just a smidge as well. On the whole though, outside a couple of technical issues playing the game on PC, our time with The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication has been a scary joy from beginning to end. If you enjoy cinematic horror games, make sure you check this out.

This review of The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication is based on the PC version, with a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available now on PC, and is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S later this year.

The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication review - GameSpew's score

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A massive improvement over its predecessor, The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication is an absolute treat for horror fans, combining tense exploration, enjoyable puzzles, and some effective scares.
A massive improvement over its predecessor, The Bridge Curse 2: The Extrication is an absolute treat for horror fans, combining tense exploration, enjoyable puzzles, and some effective scares.
8/10
Total Score

We like...

  • Impressive presentation
  • Some genuine scares
  • Enjoyable puzzles

We don't like...

  • Some technical hiccups on PC

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