Travel to new lands, meet unusual beasts, and then kill them.
Showcasing some excellent visual designs, the wide and varied locations you roam through make the game a much more compelling adventure. You'll actually want to push onward to see where you wind up and what freaky stuff you encounter next. Both the environments and creatures exhibit a greater level of detail. While the 3D audio was a nice touch in the original, it's not quite as exciting this time around. Every time you enter a room with vile creatures waiting to carve up your flesh, the audio switches over to grating, campy horror music that gives them away, stealing much of their spooky thunder. Dementium II isn't outright scary as much as it's pleasantly gory and gruesome. If you play in a dark room with headphones on, then expect to get sweaty palms.
The generally functional yet unexciting medley of typical weaponry like the police baton, pistol, machine gun, and sniper rifle from the first game have been replaced with an arsenal of more interesting and satisfying equipment. Aside from a few basic carryovers, you wield fun but straightforward items like a prison shank, sledgehammer, and assault rifle. You also have weirder stuff like a DIY flamethrower, a mystical boomerang thing, and a nail gun. Smaller weapons can be wielded at the same time as your flashlight to provide illumination and killing prowess, which is something that was lacking in the original. Some intriguing and downright bizarre new monsters round out the bestiary next to returning veteran creatures like the screeching maggots and chest-maw zombies. These snarling adversaries make great fodder for your weapons, though it's the game's clever boss battles that introduce the mightiest (and nastiest) encounters.
Beyond a few lock combination tasks, puzzles mainly amount to hunting down the right key items needed to open up a specific door leading to different areas. It's the exploration and creature-slaying action set in a slew of grim, atmospheric settings that keep you eager to push onward to hunt down unspeakable horrors. Unfortunately, Dementium II burns brightly but then fizzles out a little too soon. The campaign only last about five to six hours, and there's pretty much zero replay value. You can unlock a challenging Survival mode that lets you battle against waves of creatures in arena-style encounters, which is a cool extra feature that gives you more opportunities to use the strange weapons you've unlocked in the main game. Even with its short length, there are a lot of thrills packed in to Dementium II.