Disciples II: Rise of the Elves PC

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 62
  2. Negative: 4 out of 62
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  1. MikeG.
    Jan 27, 2004
    6
    While the games is alike Heroes series, it lacks some useful options Heroes did. It will take AGES here upgrading your heroes and units, before they'd become powerful enough to beat enemies. And alomst no chances to caputer capital city guarded by "super-hero". Just expected more of this title:-(
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    7
    Fantastic HoMM-style turn-based strategy RPG built around Norse mythology marred by some poor game design choices. There's great variety between the races and each has their own campaign, with each faction having a distinct style. The combat is unique and feels like Ogre Battle but this is also one of it's biggest problems; similarly to Ogre Battle, if all of your units in a party die,Fantastic HoMM-style turn-based strategy RPG built around Norse mythology marred by some poor game design choices. There's great variety between the races and each has their own campaign, with each faction having a distinct style. The combat is unique and feels like Ogre Battle but this is also one of it's biggest problems; similarly to Ogre Battle, if all of your units in a party die, they are gone forever. Your favorite hero and his units will transfer between missions so this means if one of your super-units dies you can potentially throw the campaign. The terrain control mechanic is a great visual representation of your area control but I find it downplayed in many missions because of a turn limit or boss rush. Hero customization is diverse and has more options than HoMM but they are slower to level up. Although it has aged poorly, this is a great HoMM alternative that is worth checking out if you're a fan of strategy games. Expand
  3. JonV.
    Mar 9, 2004
    6
    Disciples II has a unique and well-rendered visual style. While the portraits and animations look great, the main map screen is cluttered, making it difficult to discern units from background objects. The main problem with the game, though, is that it becomes repetitious and tedious. Since level progression is so slow, you end up running back to town to heal too often. Despite the variety Disciples II has a unique and well-rendered visual style. While the portraits and animations look great, the main map screen is cluttered, making it difficult to discern units from background objects. The main problem with the game, though, is that it becomes repetitious and tedious. Since level progression is so slow, you end up running back to town to heal too often. Despite the variety of units, the races all play abut the same, except for a few wildly unbalanced units like the werewolf and the elven rod planter. Items are extremely expensive considering how rarely they are useful. The game's an interesting diversion for a week or so, but strategy fans will quickly find it lacking. Expand
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 85
    Whenever you add a new race into an already established game, the question of game balance becomes an important issue. Rise of the Elves does an excellent job in this regard, as the Elf retinue is not overly powerful nor are they fodder for the other four races.
  2. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    Perhaps the biggest plus is that these Elves aren't fey forest pansies like the usual Tolien-influenced woodland folk. They're as dark and pissed-off as everyone else in the Disciples world. [Mar 2004, p.71]
  3. If you are a veteran of the D2 series, Rise of the Elves adds in a cool new army to play with and hours of gameplay for the new missions, and while there’s nothing new or revolutionary that really seemed to go on, that can be a good thing.