Psychonauts debuted over a decade ago and were rather unique in their day. The same is true for the sequel, Psychonauts 2, making it rather hard to just pick up and play. Since critics agree the title is absolutely worth your time, we wanted to make a beginner’s guide to help players not waste their time.
Here’s our Beginners guide to Psychonauts 2:
Figments are collectibles found in Psychonauts 2. Every mental world has a total of 100 and gives ranks to Raz. Not only is this helpful for progression, but there is also a trophy/achievement associated with reaching rank 100 of the 102 total ranks.
Expand your Psitanium Space
Psitanium is an in-game currency in Psychonauts 2 that allows Raz to buy consumable items and upgrades of his abilities. As soon as you are able to use Ottomatic in The Motherlobe, immediately buy the upgrade so that you can collect up to 1,000 Psitanium to prevent wasting Psitanium.
Explore and Collect PSI Challenge Cards
Similar to the first game, collecting PSI cards is one of the factors that allows Raz to rank up. Being able to collect a specific amount plus a PSI Challenge Marker gives Raz one rank.
Know your Enemies
Just like as we’ve mentioned in our review, not knowing the enemies you fight can lead to defeat. Knowing what type of enemies you face and what attacks you use will help in the long run. An example of this is; if Guilt, the aerial monster is the enemy that you are fighting, using a PSI Blast would be effective.
Don’t Forget to Exploer the Motherlobe
Psychonaut Headquarters aka The Motherlobe has a lot of secret areas that you can explore. As soon as you are given access to explore the locked doors, take the time to explore as you will be able to uncover a plethora of PSI Challenge Cards and Markers.
Upgrade your Abilities
As you progress through the game, enemies increase in power. Collect as much Psitanium as you can as the upgrade Pins that are available in Ottomatic will help Raz along the way. Not to mention the higher rank you are, the more abilities Raz can unlock.
Use Clairvoyance on NPCs
One of the psychic powers that I’m sure everyone would love is the ability to read minds. In Psychonauts 2, Raz has Clairvoyance power, giving players a wide variety of interesting things.
Miss a collectible in a Mental World?
If you miss a collectible when exploring someone’s psychosis, don’t worry about it. At a later part of the game, you will be given access to revisit any of these worlds.
Take your time in doing sidequests
There are a lot of sidequests that open up as soon as you are able to go out of The Motherlobe. While we suggest not getting overwhelmed, many of them are worth the effort for one reason or another.
Pay attention to the lore
One of the great things about Psychonauts 2 is the great script and storytelling. If you are one of those that loves lore in games and want to know more, listen to the conversations even NPCs as they will give out a lot of information about the world.