The Guild 2 PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 8.0
Sound 6.5
Value 7.9
Developer: Auran
Review Date:
December 2006
Reviewer:
Tory Favro
Classification: PG

7.8


The Guild 2

This is a title that will fulfil the dreams of those who love micromanaging their RTS titles down to the final degree. As with other games in the series, The Guild 2 promises to deliver an experience that will keep you busy for a heck of a long time. 

Starting the adventure off in squalor you must build up your character by gradually working your way up the socio economic ladder by establishing businesses and generally looking after yourself and those other interests that you accumulate along the way. In doing so, your sphere of influence increases and affects everything around you. 

There is so much more to this game than just looking after a solitary character though. As you gain wealth or power, the game moves forward to encompass those things as well. So you will find yourself organising things to look after yourself on a personal level but then also have the concerns of cities, nations and other items under your control. 

This is a great looking game that thank goodness is reasonably easy to move around in whilst you respond to incidents on both a major and minor scale.The game world is incredibly realistic and you do feel like you are part of a living breathing world. Itís well realised and it does not take long to immerse yourself into the game. 

If there was anything to complain about itís that there is almost too much to manage when you are playing this title. Everything has to be taken care of and to an extreme that will make the experience quite frantic at times. Just imagine the Sims on crack and youíll begin to understand what I mean. 

There are some hokey times in the game where you have to get personal with other non player characters in the game and get married, bribe and coerce others etc. The ingame dialogue leaves a bit to be desired and you really canít see how some of the lines would convince anyway to spend time with you. 

I guess finally there is a heck of a lot of repetition that gets in the way in the game. Whilst you can chop and change roles, the title for the most part plays out in the same way and even though you may be doing different things and interacting with different groups of people they still do the same thing to achieve very similar results. And remember that youíll be there every step of the way with them as the game intends you to be the god of everything. 

Ultimately this title is fun to play however best suited to those who really are into controlling every last thing about the game and the way that it plays. If you are just wanting to rule over the armies or larger scale stuff, then give it a miss. But if you are into the whole ďI must control the world and everything damn thing in it!Ē, you are gonna love this.

 






 
 



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