When I heard Korean Highschool students, manga 2D style design, and traumatic horror elements, I knew this was the game for me. The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is the direct sequel to The Coma: Cutting Class and even given that the game can be played enjoyably without playing its predecessor. This game stars a female protagonist named Mina Park who, for all intents and purposes, is an average high school student just trying to get good grades and balance her social life. The game begins with Mina reminiscing about her friend Youngho who has fallen into a mysterious coma and isn’t showing signs of recovering any time soon. Everything begins on a night where students are studying hard at Sehwa High School. Mina follows a classmate into an old school storage room where everything begins to unfold.
Mina finds a mysterious shrine located in the school and faints upon reading a mysterious note. When she recovers, Mina is still at Sehwa High…but something’s not quite right. She realizes her High School, which is now decorated with ghoulish wax-like figures and vine-like barriers, is in trouble. This is the Coma, and your job as the player is to avoid a bloodthirsty version of the teacher, Ms. Song, to survive and escape. As Mina, you must navigate the city with little to no help, exploring locations like the police station, an other-worldly string of stores called Dokkaebi Market, and a hospital filled with death and despair. While surviving is always the number one priority, you also have to collect key items to progress the game and help you in the long run. If you’re the type of gamer who wants to finish 100%, like me, this one will give you a run for your money.
Like any contemporary survival horror video game there will be A LOT of hiding. Luckily, Ms. Song wears obnoxiously loud high heels which signal her presence. Unlike most survival games, there are ways to fight against this scary lady when times get tough; pepper spray and dodge running are must-haves to survive. If a demon chasing you wasn’t enough, you also have falling bodies, ghosts that can chase and harm you, poisonous clouds, and mysterious characters giving you side quests left and right. This game also gives you a health gauge, where you can potentially lose permanent health bars if you fail to complete certain tasks. There is also a stamina bar that depletes while running, because why not right? Finding vending machines and scouring rooms is necessary to stock up on healing items like potato chips, granola bars, and burgers. And because this game loves you so much you also have to keep in mind the limited inventory Mina’s little school bag can hold. Given all this, Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is an immersive game that you can get very invested in. I know I did (there may have been lots of yelling at the TV).
My favorite thing about Coma 2 is the ability to play the game as you see fit. If you don’t want to do the extra side quests or go back and navigate past areas, that’s fine, but like in life, every choice you make affects you. There is more than one ending to this video game which makes the replayability of Coma 2: Vicious Sisters that much better. To play through this game at a comfortable pace it should take at least 6-8 hours. Even with this being a survival horror game Coma 2 has beautiful manga-like illustration and sharp colors that can’t help but liven the game’s mood. This K-Horror took the old tropes of survival games and turned it into something fun and invigorating to play. The lore and NPC characters build a beautiful story and world for the player to enjoy and again, get a little too emotionally invested in.
This k-horror survival game gives us a breath of fresh air by using contemporary survival play strategies while giving us the freedom to choose our own path. Having two endings in the game so drastically different just makes the replayability that much better. Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is a must buy for its unique gameplay and 2D design along with great character development.
coma 2: vicious sisters
This k-horror survival game gives us a breath of fresh air by using contemporary survival play strategies, while giving us the freedom to choose our own path. Having two endings in the game so drastically different just makes the gamer want to play over and over. Coma 2: Vicious Sisters is a must buy for its unique gameplay and 2D design along with great character development.