Night in the Woods is a sobering yet hopeful story-driven adventure with a surprising amount of heart. Playing as college dropout Mae Borowski as she re-adjusts to life in her sleepy hometown, you’ll find there’s a lot more to Possum Springs than first meets the eye.
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You’ll have a choice between which of Bea’s childhood friends you hang out with each day: the gloomy and terse Bea, or energetic yet flighty Gregg. The story will change slightly depending upon who you choose to spend more time with, so here’s a guide to help you decide which path to take.
If you are looking for an emotional journey through friendship, loss, and finding hope in the hopeless, you’ll want to opt to hang out with Bea each day.
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Bea Santello is Mae’s childhood best friend whom she sadly grew apart from after seventh grade. When Mae returns to Possum Springs after packing it in at university, the girls start off highly awkward with each other. Bea craves the opportunities for further education that she accuses Mae of having carelessly discarded, while Mae admires Bea’s fierce loyalty and her seemingly clear-cut career path.
Even though they don’t see eye to eye at first, hanging out with Bea over the four in-game days will see the girls working out their differences. Their respective struggles with mental health, desperation, and loneliness offer a poignant framework for the game’s overarching mystery storylines, making their teamwork all the more rewarding for having seen how far they both have come as individuals and friends.
In order to get locked into Bea’s storyline, you’ll need to hang out with Bea for at least three of the four initial hangouts and always choose to go to the party with her.
All Bea Events In Night In The Woods
Mall Hangout: Bea will drive you to the mall where you used to hang out as kids, where Mae will steal something from a store to Bea’s utter horror. You can make her laugh by playing with the giant fish fountain and spraying the passers-by.
Home Visit: For this hangout, you’ll be accompanying Bea to one of her handyman jobs. You’ll have the chance to impress Bea with a magic trick here, but if you’re going to miss one of her hangouts in favour of Gregg’s, this might be the one to skip.
Dinner At Bea’s: This hangout sees Mae going grocery shopping with Bea to make dinner with her and her dad back at their house. The hangout ends with Bea and Mae having a huge argument over their respective beliefs that the other is wasting her life and her opportunities.
Graveyard (Mandatory Ghost Hunt): You’ll have to complete both the graveyard and abandoned house ghost hunts, but you can choose them in any order. You’ll research ghosts at the library with Bea before taking a trip to the graveyard to say hi to her mother and meet a grisly skeleton.
Proximity (The Party): You will be able to go to a party with Bea in another town instead of hanging with Angus and Gregg. Here you will meet a cute girl, have a dance, and monumentally annoy Bea yet again. The sequence ends favourably for both, however, and you’ll receive the Best Available Friends achievement if you’ve gone on all four hangouts.
If you hang out with Bea the most, you will control her briefly at the start of Chapter Four and will talk to her before your final band practice. It won’t impact the ending of your game, but it just signifies which of the friends Mae is closer to at this point.
Gregg’s Hangouts And Ending
If you’re into shenanigans and a touch of lighthearted teenage-era petty crime, Gregg should be your hangout partner of choice in Night in the Woods. Mae’s rambunctious best friend is now shacked up with his boyfriend Angus, but that doesn’t make him any less of a wildcard. The two get up to a lot of mischief together, with Mae bringing out Gregg’s messier side that he seems to have suppressed since she left for college.
Gregg’s storyline is a lot less sombre and serious in tone than Bea’s, changing your overall experience of the game itself and what you might take away from it. However, it still makes a lot of salient points about growing up, acting out, and moving on from adolescence when childish things no longer serve you.
Hanging out with Gregg over Bea does feel cruel though, especially when he has a loving partner and all Bea has is her father and a dead-end job. We won’t judge you for choosing crimes over cries, though; it’s your adventure.
Just as with Bea, you’ll have to hang out with Gregg three out of four times if you want to get his ending.
All Gregg Events In Night In The Woods
Abandoned Shop Hangout: Gregg’s first hangout opportunity takes you both to an abandoned store. You’ll muck about together, throwing and catching dumplings and playing a few minigames.
Robot For Angus: This hangout sees Gregg and Mae smashing up an abandoned car to remove the battery, later constructing a cute yet alarmingly-proportioned robot to gift to Angus. You’ll get electrocuted a lot, but it’s almost worth it for how much Angus likes his present — even if your combined antics are starting to concern him a little.
Knives Out: You’ll go on a bike ride with Gregg early in the morning before engaging in a bizarre knife fight. Gregg will also want to do some target practice with his crossbow, which will come in handy later on in the game.
Abandoned House (Mandatory Ghost Hunt): Whether you go to the graveyard with Bea first or choose to go directly to the abandoned house with Gregg, you’ll have to go on both ghost hunts. You’ll meet an angry owl and break into a spooky abandoned museum, but you won’t find any ghosts, unfortunately.
Road Trip: This hangout is rife with minigames, if those are your thing. It will end with Angus expressing his annoyance that Gregg has seemed to regress in the presence of Mae, turning into a reckless kid again rather than staying focussed on their plans to leave Possum Springs together and start their lives.
If you hung out with Gregg the most, you will control him at the start of Chapter Four and talk to him before band practice at the end of the game. The hangouts don’t change the ending as much as they do the events of the game, including what Mae discovers about herself and her chosen buddy.