Twelve years ago I discovered a PS2 platformer that would embed itself in my imagination for years to come. This game was called Psychonauts. Psychonauts follows Raz, a young boy who goes to camp with hopes of becoming the next mind bending superstar secret agent when hi-jinks ensue. Psychonauts was’t just an excellent platformer, it was also one of the funniest games I have ever played. Every cut-scene had hilarious dialog and every level had sight gags and wit, it was glorious. I have been hoping, nay, praying for a sequel since I initially beat the game for the first time. I am happy to say that after a long 13 year wait Psychonauts 2 will be coming back in 2018!
Tim Schafer founded Double Fine Studios after leaving LucasArts where he worked on the Monkey Island series. Of course this was all before I really knew who Tim Schafer was. Double Fine also released Brutal Legend which, while not a perfect game, is one near and dear to my heart based on the soundtrack alone. Double Fine has most recently released several independent games which sadly to say I haven’t had time to check out but have been on my list for awhile.
Like I mentioned earlier, Psychonauts is about a boy named Raz whose dream is to join an elite squad of psychic power wielding secret agents. Raz sneaks into a summer camp for psychic hopefuls, and after being caught is allowed to stay until his parents come and pick him up. I really don’t want to give away too many plot details in case you have yet to play this amazing game, but essentially Raz enters the minds of several people to help fix their emotional baggage and to uncover an evil plot against the Psychonauts. The platforming is challenging and for all you completionists there are plenty of side quests and collections to complete.
Psychonauts 2 looks to follow in the same vein as the original. Raz returns on a new mission that only the Psychonauts can complete! Much like the original game there will be a central hub world from which Raz will be able to explore the minds of characters both old and new. Plot details are currently thin on the ground but rest assured I will be following this closely as a release date comes closer.
If you couldn’t tell I am incredibly excited about this game. I am going to replay through the first Psychonauts as soon as I get some time. Many of Double Fine Studios games are currently on Steam and I would highly recommend checking them out. All of Tim Schafer’s games feature a great sense of humor and engrossing game play. You will be doing yourself a favor to pick up a few!