Moving Out 2 Review
When we heard that Moving Out 2, developed by Team17, was being offered, we jumped for the chance to review it. My daughter (who is 10 years old) and I wanted to give it a go, so we redeemed the code and downloaded it. Of course, my daughter couldn't stop laughing at the letters F.A.R.T. It’s an acronym for Furniture Arrangement and Relocation Technicians, your job title in the game.
Once the game had loaded, we had the option of whether or not to enable Crossplay, though, at the time of writing, we still don’t know what that entails other than being able to play with people on other platforms. I didn’t get to play with people online, as this was pre-release. Then my daughter joined in; we selected the Co-worker option (for multiplayer) and chose our characters from the selection of pre-built ones. Her favourite one had a toaster pizza for a head, but there are plenty more unlockable throughout the game.
When starting the level or the tutorial part, it showed us how to move boxes and other things, as you do. But once it told us about being able to slap things, my daughter and I got too distracted by slapping each other. You need the slapping to get things out of the way; it’s not just for knocking each other into swimming pools.
Like Moving Out, you still move things from one place to another, but then things escalate. I won’t spoil how! You still get to drive the little truck around the map and earn F.A.R.T levels by obtaining stars in stages to unlock more to play. Of course, you get stars for finishing in a set time, but also for things such as smashing every window. It all depends on the stage! In some, there are also crates you can collect called Style Crates which unlock different looks to a character, and the Character Crates unlock a new character to use. You can also find arcade cartridges which will unlock a new arcade game, which are extra mini-games to play outside of levels.
Moving Out 2 is full of bright colours and runs smoothly on PlayStation 5. I did not encounter any glitches or bugs; however, from time to time, playing alone, I found it a little boring. But it’s a lot of fun to play with my daughter, who also enjoyed it. I can only imagine how fun it would be with a full four players slapping each other — I mean getting in the way of each other.
I also wanted to mention the accessibility features of the game. Like with the original, you can turn on Assist Mode and customise your gameplay. Finding it too hard to coordinate two players to pick up one sofa? Activate the mode to let one player pick it up. Are the timers too constrictive? Make them longer. You can also choose to have your character sitting in a wheelchair, which I thought was a nice touch in the first game and I’m glad it returned.
I enjoyed Moving Out 2, just like the first game, it’s got some fun levels that, on your own or with a friend/team, can be challenging, but you can get some laughs going. Honestly, the only thing that I don’t like is how much it would spoil things if I gave more details about how much I enjoy this game.
Moving Out 2 (Reviewed on PlayStation 5)
Excellent. Look out for this one.
Moving Out 2 is an enjoyable game with friends or family, but it can sometimes get a little frustrating. Playing alone can get boring.