The East Coast Killer is no ordinary adversary. He first appeared in 2006, and vanished soon thereafter, leaving a dozen murders in his wake… only to resume his killing ways in January 2008. Since the case began, he has been careful not to leave any clues behind that might help the FBI's investigation.
Agent McPherson also has to deal with pressure from the media, whipped into a frenzy by messages from the East Coast Killer. Journalist Paloma Hernandez is the main recipient and bombards Victoria every day with questions and general criticism about the slow going FBI investigation.
One evening, Paloma asks Victoria for a one-on-one interview. In exchange for exclusive reporting on Victoria's investigation, Paloma is willing to share vitally important information that she has gathered on the serial killer. Victoria, however, decides not to show and moments later Paloma ends up kidnapped by the East Coast Killer…
October 2, 2008, evening
On this late evening, Vic is resting after an exhausting day. The horrifically tortured body of Audrey Dunnigan was found on the side of Highway 201, a few hundred meters south of Jackman. Audrey Dunnigan had disappeared some 10 days earlier. Having rejoined the FBI in 2005, Vic spent the entire day collecting evidence with her team. The modus operandi and the video sent to the police and the media remove any ambiguity regarding the identity of the killer. The East Coast Killer has added a new victim to his table. No clues... As usual, the body was carefully washed with several products. Once again the serial killer was flawless.
Vic turns her TV on and stumbles upon a report in Jackman itself by Paloma Hernandez, the journalist who covers the East Coast Killer's crimes for a national TV channel. Once again, Paloma openly criticizes the FBI's competence, including that of Vic! That does not prevent the journalist from calling Vic to express the desire to meet with her the same evening in order to reach an agreement whereby she would offer her so-called clues on the killer, clues obtained from a former FBI agent who investigated this case, in exchange for exclusive reporting on her investigation. Vic refuses dryly.
But a few minutes later, Paloma is abducted by the Killer in her own motel room.
October 3, 2008, night
Paloma wakes up in front of the East Coast Killer, who is filming her calmly. She is in the killer's dilapidated house, she lost her shoes and has a collar that emits regular beeps placed around her neck... The Killer begins to talk to her. He confides to her that he abducted her not for an interview, but to make her pay for her ill-thought words... She will meet the fate of his previous victims... The Killer advises Paloma to take advantage of her last moments of respite. He must leave her to finish a few small preparations before starting the big game, the game of life and death, the game of the victim and the executioner...
Still Life 2 remains true to the spirit of its first installment and continues to allow gamers to play and manage two characters bound by the same fate. This time, the aim is for gamers to control two heroines, see the game from two complementary viewpoints and experience two different gameplays. Depending on whether they are playing the victim (Paloma Hernandez) being hunted by the killer or the FBI agent (Victoria McPherson) tracking him down, gamers can alternate between survival and investigation.
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