Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. What’s not to like? A MMOG with fantastic production values, monthly episodic content, that’s playable over a 56k connection, you bet people will like it!
  2. Hardcore RPG players will probably hate AC2, deeming it too simple to be worth their while. It is simple, certainly far simpler than AC1 or EverQuest, but it’s not simplistic. Turbine has merely removed much of the annoying faff and limitations from the genre and concentrated on the game itself.
  3. An addictive game that has a good spawn rate, wonderful graphical elements and solid sound.
  4. Even if you are not floored when you first start playing, give the game a chance and explore some of the nuances and you will be hooked before you know it.
  5. 90
    What awaits everyone in Dereth is a world rich with lore, quests and beauty.
  6. Easy to get into, difficult to stop playing and always enjoyable.
  7. The rich, continuing back story is among the most fascinating found in the MMORPGs, and the fact that players can take part in the story truly adds to the experience.
  8. With a fabulous graphics engine, deep character development and excellent additions to come in the months ahead, AC2 sets a new standard.
  9. Game Informer
    85
    The combat animations and audio are good, but the severe lack of cities with NPCs to barter and interact with is a shame. [Feb 2003, p.107]
  10. One of the more organic MMORPG experience I've had in a long while, eschewing the sterility I usually get when I enter an online world. This game is changing and growing, even ex post facto of its release.
  11. With a beautiful game engine and elaborate quest system, the game doesn't disappoint.
  12. A highly streamlined, highly accessible online RPG. Yet the world of Dereth seems bare.
  13. GameNow
    83
    The collest part of AC2 is the monthly episode update. [Feb 2003, p.49]
  14. PC Gamer
    82
    A far simpler game than many veteran fans were hoping for. [Feb 2003, p.62]
  15. 80
    For the gamers who want a combat-heavy fantasy world to lose themselves in without the frustrations of the first generation of MMORPGs, Dereth is where you'll want to head.
  16. GMR Magazine
    80
    If Turbine can keep the quality content coming, AC2 deserves your hard drive, you Internet bandwith, and your $12.95 a month. [Feb 2003, p.71]
  17. Computer Gaming World
    80
    Despite all the cool tweaks and additions, the repetitive gameplay still nags at me. [Mar 2003, p.92]
  18. Its promise of new content every month with a changeable world affected by the players is very attractive, but the game itself can be laden with boredom, substandard equipment and obnoxious PvP (in the wrong zones).

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. BrodieP.
    Jan 10, 2003
    8
    I've tried Everquest and Camelot.. and while both offered some time wasting enjoyment.. i've never been hooked online by a game as I've tried Everquest and Camelot.. and while both offered some time wasting enjoyment.. i've never been hooked online by a game as i have with Asherons Call 2, its almost sad really....Theres quite a bit to do and its very accessible making it easy to jump into. It does have its problems, but the monthly updates will most likely smooth most of them out. As far as the nuance of having to pay to play this is honestly the first time i've played a game online, with plans to keep playing after the free month runs out. Its just really fun. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Dec 9, 2002
    10
    This is the sh.t.