The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time is the sequel to The Journeyman Project. Nearly every phase of the game has been enhanced, updated and improved upon since the initial foray into the time traveling universe introduced in the first game. The storyline is vastly improved this time around and your character, Gage Blackwood, is fighting not only to unravel a conspiracy that has endangered his freedom but must also tackle a problem which threatens Earth itself. Like the original, character movement is accomplished from a first-person perspective and the 3D graphics implemented in the surrounding environment are absolutely stunning. There is a small downside to this visual masterpiece, namely the noticeable lag time encountered as the scenes load from the CD. The designers have improved the engine that runs The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time but even so the game runs much better on a Pentium class computer with a minimum quad-speed CD-ROM drive rather than the 486/33 minimum requirement indicated on the game box. This is one case where faster is much better.
The puzzles and conundrums contained in The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time are as challenging and rewarding as those in the initial game. The number of worlds (times) you can visit have been increased and some of the locations are absolutely breathtaking. The beginning of the game is a bit sluggish but the adventure that lies beyond that point is well worth the minor frustrations encountered early on in the game. For those who played the original, the good news is that very little in the mechanics of the interface, game play and character movement has changed which allows for a familiar and quick immersion into the story. Many of the hints and clues you'll need to help solve the various puzzles once again, as in the original, are found through the use of BioChips. Speaking of clues, the designers have included an entity, Arthur, a sort of helpful AI found early in the game whose "program" can be downloaded to one of your blank BioChips. On the really tough spots in the game, he'll give you three increasingly helpful hints and eventually will provide the solution. For novice gamers, this is a great tool but veterans no doubt will want to stay clear. The game awards points for tasks and goals completed (e.g., research, evidence gathered, etc.) and a perfect score is 15,000. Fortunately, time spent solving or exploring a specific area is no longer counted against you as it was in the first game so you don't feel rushed. Two modes of playing, adventure and walkthrough, are available which allow a choice of difficulty. The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time is designed to be complex and significant time must be spent on researching, exploring, perusing data on the BioChips, and generally searching for screen hot spots (can be difficult to find on the 3D rendered screens) for hidden interactions. Be prepared to expend some time and effort to achieve the final solution.
Graphics: Beautifully rendered 3-D environments. The game has a crisp, fresh feel to it and the graphics make the lagging load times worth the effort.
Sound: Wonderful mix of sound effects and an original soundtrack which enhances the game to an extent not found in the majority of games. Voices are of professional quality.
Enjoyment: Frustration early in the game mars an otherwise top notch game playing experience. Patience is needed to get through the beginning but is rewarded as the game develops. Rich, interesting storyline.
Replay Value: With a goal of 15,000 points for a perfect score, purists will want to replay the game to achieve perfection although obviously the game can be completed without it. Simply revisiting some of the locations to enjoy the stunning visual artwork could entice a replay.
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