If there's one thing that Layers 2 gets very, very right, it's the audio. Tony Todd is a menacing presence as the director, and music is rolled out at the right moments to enhance the atmosphere. Voice acting for the most part is strong.
The corridors and other parts of the cruise liner proves an evocative and interesting environment, albeit one that soon becomes a little samey. Offshoots into the surreal inject variety, but they're invariably sludgy, dull sequences. Occasional glitches and laggy frame rate don't help either.
There's little fundamentally wrong with how the game plays per se, but having to wait at a door as it loads in the next area, the constant running from that amorphous lumpy lad, and the some ham-fisted puzzles don't leave a particularly pleasant taste in the mouth.
Longer than the first game, Layers of Fear 2 spreads itself far too thin, and as such, repetition inevitably creeps in. Narrative intrigue helps drive the game to a point, but annoying trial and error sequences leech away the horror, replacing it with abject boredom.
A serviceable list that optimistically hopes to coax you in for a second playthrough, and while a New Game+ might be tempting, it's doubtful you'll want to return to Layers of Fear 2 in a hurry. Collectibles flesh things out a bit.