9 Minutes of ‘Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency’ Demo Gameplay


Gamescom 2019 is still in full swing, and while the massive halls at the Cologne-based gaming expo are predictably filled to the brim with non-VR games, there’s been a number of interesting VR titles to pop up here, including Neat Corporation and Fast Travel Games’ upcoming sequel to the humor-filled stealth assassin adventure Budget Cuts (2018), Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency.

At some point this year, Budget Cuts 2 is slated to toss PC VR users back into the guts of TransCorp, the faceless conglomerate made famous in the original. However this time around you’ve got a new piece of kit besides the hand-thrown knives—a bow and arrow for long-distance assassinations, complemented by larger environments where you can practice your ninja skills.

The full demo was around 15 minutes long, although for the sake of brevity I sped up a section where I forgot to properly arm myself with arrows, and also edited out one of my boring and senseless deaths.

Hands-on: 'Budget Cuts 2' Demo Brings a Bow and Arrow to a Knife Fight

You’ll also probably notice that I’m fuffing about with some of my tools too. The reason: the bow and arrow is the game’s first two-handed weapon. Up until now, you were able to teleport around using one hand, and have a knife ready in the other, although having a bow in one hand and a teleport gun in the other decidedly makes the old switcheroo a little more difficult at first blush.

If you’re looking for more impressions, make sure to check out our hands-on article too. There’s still plenty to peel back about Budget Cuts 2, and I personally can’t wait to get into a more expansive demo to see what new enemies, environments, and puzzles the team has in store.

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  • PJ

    Loved the 1st, but it took MONTHS to fix for Oculus users, and throwing knives still don’t feel right to use

  • Jarilo

    Budget Cuts 1 was awesome, but a massive CPU hog.

  • From the video it seems overly cool!