The Climb 2 Review

“The Climb 2” is a VR game that lets you explore and conquer beautiful, yet dangerous environments. The game has been designed with the sole purpose of giving players an adrenaline rush.

The the climb quest 2 is a game that takes you through an adventure in virtual reality. This is the second installment of the series, and it has been improved with more environments to explore.

The Climb 2 has improved on what made the previous game in the series so enjoyable. It offers more intriguing and difficult climbs in more exotic locations than the original, and it does it with a few new touches that will keep you returning levels and leaving nothing to hate about Crytek’s acrophobia-inducing sequel.

Details about The Climb 2:

Price: $30 Developer: Crytek Reviewed On: Quest 2 Available On: Oculus Quest Release Date: March 4th, 2021 Release Date: March 4th, 2021 Release Date: March 4th, 2021 Release Date: March 4th, 2021 Release Date: March 4th, 2021 Release Date:



Here’s some backstory: I originally played The Climb in 2016 when it was released on Oculus Rift; it was a technically amazing game, but it lacked motion controls, which hindered the whole experience. That was before Oculus introduced Touch to the public, and early Rifts were still sold with an Xbox One controller. It’s incredible to see how far standalone VR headsets have progressed in the meanwhile, and as a consequence, The Climb 2 seems a world apart from its predecessor.

Of course, I’ve since played The Climb the way it was intended to be played: with full motion controls so you can literally stretch and grasp your way through each level’s twisting handholds, and wirelessly so you can truly let loose. And The Climb 2 follows the same formula as its predecessor, but there are a few noticeable changes that make the sequel a more pleasant experience altogether.

The Climb 2 may seem to be fairly identical on the surface, but it really provides a more varied selection of climbing options than the original. That isn’t to say I don’t wish it had gone farther conceptually in certain areas, but it is a worthy successor all the same.

The Climb 2’s level design excels, offering you a variety of ways to amble up each of the game’s distinct mountain formations. Along the journey, you’ll come across harder and easier paths, allowing you to climb in the manner that suits you best. Long leaps with deteriorating handholds are excellent shortcuts, but they’re also fairly apparent deathtraps. You may opt to go through even more irritating handholds, such as those that need you to dust off first or those that feature spikes that deplete your virtual stamina. You must pick carefully since things like dangerous ladders and loose monkey bars are everywhere.


Because the frequent checkpoint mechanism allows for automated restarts, it’s simple to toss caution to the wind. You have two supernatural abilities (apart from amazing arm strength) that I never utilized, just as in the original. If you need to retrace, you can rewind to your last checkpoint once every climb, and you can miraculously reveal alternative routes if you become lost. I had a habit of looking about for apparent paths first, so I never used either.

The amount of levels is the same as the first—both have 15—but the new game has a wider variety of places to climb about in. You return to the first three areas (Alps, Bay, and Canyon) in The Climb 2, which feel very much like rejiggered versions of the first game, but you’re also given two entirely new areas: City, which looks like it belongs in Mirror’s Edge, and North, which is basically rural Iceland, complete with polar bears and puffins.


The City section, which included a variety of interesting devices and one-of-a-kind climbing experiences, was by far my favorite. Shimmying from exposed brick to a crane ladder, then to a zipline across the building tops, is an adrenaline rush.


On the other hand, I’ve come across construction scaffolding that causes you to fall a level if you don’t watch which pipe you grab. My only wish is that Crytek spend more effort creating distinct cityscapes, since they provided such a diverse range of climbing opportunities. Basically, I’d play a fictitious The Climb: City Edition nonstop.

The numerous flipping billboard walls that provide temporary handholds, making it a timed workout, are one of the most perplexing technologies. If I could, I would do all I could to go beyond them.


All three difficulty levels are available in each section, which took me around 15 minutes to finish on my initial run, totaling just under four hours of gaming. That’s assuming you just play each level once and don’t compete with other players on the leaderboard, which adds a ghostly pair of hands to your ascent up the cliff.

One small point worth noting is that chalking has improved in recent years. Although you must still depress the secondary trigger and shake your hands for chalk, the procedure is approximately half as quick, making it less irritating. You don’t need chalk if you can handle the ‘just right’ grip technique, exactly as in the previous game, but it’s good to know that it’s a little less onerous operation.

Finally, the topic of leaderboards is one of my least favorite topics to discuss. Although others may disagree, I believe the game is interesting enough that it is unnecessary to concentrate on leaderboards. Similarly, you may get points by combining grips, which is accomplished by moving quickly enough to avoid breaking the combo chain. The better your score, the quicker you run. The greater the score, the more difficult the grips are. If you like worrying over points, The Climb 2 is the game for you.


The Climb 2 has the potential to be stunningly gorgeous. That said, it appears that the game is hitting Quest 2’s modest compute overhead, necessitating some lower res textures and what I assume is a heavy use of FFR (fixed foveated rendering), as you can clearly see the border between higher resolution sections in the center of your field of view and those ‘feathered out’ in the periphery, at least in my prerelease version.

That may just be a case of the game needing further optimization, since even with these small niggles, it’s a well-executed game in terms of not only the static graphics, but also the game’s moving components, such as the world’s animals.


When you glance over your shoulder, you’ll almost always find an inquisitive tiny beast gazing down at you, making you feel a bit less alone in your quest. Some, on the other hand, aren’t so nice.

You’ll also come across physics-based objects like as hanging bags, ropes, and climbing tents that may be used as grips, making the environment seem more alive. The Climb 2 also makes a better job of blending hand grips into the climbing environment, so they aren’t as noticeable as the original’s harsh white lines.


Climbing in VR is a very immersive, but yet quite pleasant, method of moving about. It’s something about changing your point of view artificially with a direct 1:1 hand movement that makes you feel in command. I could play for hours without feeling dizzy or sick.


Here’s some VR advise from a seasoned veteran: keep an eye on your neck.

It’s recommended to play The Climb 2 while standing up or in a chair that can recline somewhat. It’s not because you’ll need your whole body to play; all you’ll need is enough room in front of you to swing your arms. Rather, as someone who has frequently played virtual reality games for the last six years, I can confidently state that the pressure your VR headgear may place on your neck is not insignificant. Inclining your head at a 90-degree angle with just your neck as the fulcrum and without compensating with your body’s physical posture (standing or sitting) is a recipe for aches and stiffness that may last long after you’ve finished playing.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the climb two worth it?

I am unable to answer this question, as it is too complex.

Is the climb 2 fun?

The climb is a fun and challenging obstacle in Beat Saber.

How long does the climb 2 take?

It takes about 20 minutes to get up the mountain.

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