Etherlords II PC

Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. A wonderfully visual game that is bogged down by a bad dialogue delivered with equally bad vocal acting.
  2. The premise of Etherlords II can be diluted down to a simple card game concept; one person plays their cards and then the other until somebody wins. By nature, it is a repetitive game and I think the game designers overestimated the fun factor.
  3. 70
    You have to sort of force yourself to play in the beginning. Putting in that time pays off in the end, though, much like some of those art-house flicks that go from head scratcher to heartstring tugger in just a couple of hours.
  4. PC Gamer
    74
    Good for fans of collectible card games, bad for fans of anything else. [Jan 2004, p.94]
  5. Etherlords II, on the one hand, benefits from having an excellent combat mechanism lying within the game. Unfortunately it takes a nose-dive because the game that surrounds it isn’t worth a toss.
  6. At first glance, Etherlords II looks pretty much like an RPG title, but take a few moments to play and you’ll soon discover an absorbing turn based strategy game similar to "Magic: The Gathering."
  7. Computer Gaming World
    70
    I really enjoyed this game. The string of battle after battle can get a little tedious after a while, and the lack of any compelling story line keeps you from getting completely sucked into the game. But it's a great antidote for those who were disenchanted by "Magic." [Dec 2003, p.130]
  8. Cheat Code Central
    70
    With an eight-player tournament mode to look forward to after the single-player mode you're bound to get your money's worth out of this sequel.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    9
    This is one of my favorite games. You can say the campaign is too linear, you can say the story is not interesting, I would agree with that.This is one of my favorite games. You can say the campaign is too linear, you can say the story is not interesting, I would agree with that. But those become small details in front of the graphics and game concepts behind them. This is a real card game like MTG could be, with the benefit of great graphics during battles. It could seem difficult to play and learn... well, it is. I've played this at the time of its first release and still now I desire to play it again. Once you finish the campaign you still have to master your deckbuildng skills, and THERE is where the game really shines. So many possibilities, so many strategies, so many level of customization. I've enjoyed playing so many styles with this game I hardly found similar games with the same level of diversification between decks. I've to admit there are a couple of "unbeatable" decks, but by the time you discover them you'll have played (and enjoyed) a ton of hours. Full Review »
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    0
    You know there's a problem when even walkthroughs list some of the starting battles as "impossible without cheats". Simply put, this is anYou know there's a problem when even walkthroughs list some of the starting battles as "impossible without cheats". Simply put, this is an obvious cash-in with 0 effort put towards balance, story, characters, etc. Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2015
    9
    In my opinion, the best card-game on the PC, because it actually has a LONG and GOOD campaign mode where you gather ingredients and fightIn my opinion, the best card-game on the PC, because it actually has a LONG and GOOD campaign mode where you gather ingredients and fight enemies. It is basically a mix of a strategy game and a card-battle simulator (the closest game I can think of to this game is King's Bounty)
    The only problem I have with this game is that at the beginning of each campaign, the game is really hard until you get more cards. After that, it's a great fun from start to finish!
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