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 perfect example of what happens when the core of the game overweighs the plot, and quickly takes over it in importance.
  2. 80
    If you like "Magic: The Gathering" and "Heroes of Might and Magic", then you should get a kick out of this - if you're willing to devote serious time to an occasional, nonsensically difficult battle.
  3. Sound effects and music are well done as is the extra environmental samples that play during combat and as you travel around the map.
  4. Easily recommendable not only to anyone with an interest in collectible card games, including fans of the original, but also to those who enjoy turn-based strategy games with a twist.
  5. Too bad its strategic and RPG elements fizzle out.
  6. 75
    It has all of the trappings of a bad RPG: extremely linear gameplay, over-the-top voice acting, frustrating camera angles, and a ho-hum storyline. What saves it, and what ultimately makes it a fun game to play, is the terrific combat model combined with stellar graphics.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    The animations are superb, despite the great quantity of creatures and heroes that appear during the campaign. The sound effects augment the animations perfectly. [Jan 2004, p.73]
  8. Basically the same as the first game, but with enough improvements to warrant a second outing.
  9. Play Magazine
    100
    With crisp graphics and addictive turn-based gameplay, Etherlords II is an unexpectedly strong adventure/RPG/strategy title. [Dec 2003, p.92]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 39 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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