Phantasmagoria 2 is one of the many full motion video computer games released by Sierra during their heyday the mid '90s. The first Phantasmagoria title sparked much controversy when it was released, and as a result was banned in many places. I assume that the same goes for it's sequel as the game is heavy in mature content; bad language, S&M, transvestites, homosexuality and adultery feature amongst many other things, one of the most memorable being a guy getting slit open with a box-cutter and then stapled to the wall with an industrial stapler - in what I'm sure has to be some of the most gory footage ever shot for a computer game. But gore and taboo subjects aside, Phantasmagoria 2 is an excellent game. The atmosphere is superb, it's a distressing, volatile environment full of enigmatic and unlikeable characters. There is a strong feeling of dread throughout the game, enhanced with eerie music and the use of semi-subliminal messages ("EAT THEIR EYES", "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID" etc). Gameplay is linear, but that's to be expected, it's an interactive movie after all. I recommend you play this one alone, with the light off.

A year after having been committed and released for psychological instability, Curtis Craig is back to his office job with a new, cynical lease on life. He has a loving (if overbearing) girlfriend, Jocelyn, a best friend and walking gay stereotype, Trevor, and a kinky stalker vaguely-German dominatrix side chick, Therese, all of whom happen to work in the same office. Also in the office is Tom, the well-meaning manager, Bob, Curtis' sworn blood enemy, and Mr. Paul Allen Warner, the company owner.

As the game progresses, Curtis begins having violent hallucinations-- hearing a voice telling him to kill himself and calling him a monster, images of blood and gore everywhere, hearing his pet rat Blob call him a freak, and emails from Hell offering him a job (provided he send in his resume and some goat's blood). Then his coworkers start getting murdered in gruesome and unlikely ways, the authorities suspect Curtis has something to do with the murders-- something not helped by Curtis' history of mental illness. All the while, the voice in his head is telling Curtis that he's the one who did it. And just what is Paul Warner up to in Wyntech's basement. . .

Phantasmagoria 2, released by Sierra On-Line in 1996, is a sci-fi/horror, interactive movie, point-and-click horror "puzzle" game following Curtis as he tries to discover the horrible secrets behind the company he works for, Wyntech. Despite the title, this game has nothing to do with the original Phantasmagoria. However, like the original, Puzzle of Flesh includes sex, drugs, gore, suicide, and other topics that got the game censored and banned back in the day.


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