Pathologic 2 is a remake of the original Pathologic, bringing with it some modern updates. Does it hold up against other games in the same genre, or should it have stayed in the past? Check out our review and find out.
Pathologic 2 Review
Pathologic 2 starts the player at the end of the line. Your hometown has been lost to the Sand Plague, and you can do nothing to prevent it from being bombed by the military. A man appears to tell you that you are already in the second act of this play, and asks if you’d like to try the first scene again. Now that you have seen the end, it is your job to do everything you can do to prevent it. After a very bizarre dream sequence tutorial, you end up in town and find out it has already begun to go to the wolves. You hop off a train, take out some thugs, and the race against time begins.
You play as Artemy Burakh, a surgeon who left his hometown to go to medical school. Your father asks you to return home and help him out, as he is one of the only doctors still in town. Unfortunately, you arrive too late and learn that your father was killed last night. So now you want to find his killer, and you know that a Plague will come. To top it off, you have 12 days to sort this whole mess out. What could go wrong?
Pathologic 2 isn’t really about winning in the modern sense of the word. Rather, it’s more about making tough choices in a game where everything is falling apart around you. As one of the only doctors in the town, you have to try to keep as many people alive as possible. Failing to act on certain quests or events can get people killed, or even infect an entire city block with the Sand Plague. For every victory you achieve by helping out a friend, there are two or three things that are going wrong. There isn’t enough time in the day to help everyone, meaning you have to pick a choose who you aid. There might be a 100% run where you help everyone, but you would need a very detailed guide to pull it off.
On top of all of this, you have to worry about your hunger, fatigue, thirst, and stamina. Survival elements are usually an afterthought in games, but it proves to be front and center here. Your hunger meter drops extremely quickly, and food is not cheap. If you don’t get enough sleep, you start to lose HP. However, if you sleep too long, and you miss out on events. When the Sand Plague finally hits the city, water becomes scarce, so you need to stock up. My daily run would have me complete events for people I liked, scavenge for supplies to either sell or eat, and then get a couple of hours of sleep. Even having a decent routine still has me stretched too thin multiple times.
Here is my biggest issue with the game. The entire first playthrough feels like a tutorial. There are things you cannot know until later in the …