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Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

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  • Summary: Enter thirteenth century England! Lords of the Realm II immerses you in this harsh world where life is held cheap and conflict is epic. In this world reality is harsh, peace rare and combat brutal! Rise to become king ? brutally defeating your enemies, conquering neighboring realms and building your empire on their remains. Building on the success of Lords of the Realm, Impressions brings you more of what you demanded: multiplayer experience, fully animated real time battles and incredible replayability. [Sierra] Expand
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  1. Immense fun for both the empire-builder and the medieval combatant with all the intrigue and bloodletting you could want. [Feb 1997, p.148]
  2. Lords of the Realm was one of the best selling historical simulations ever but there was room for improvement. Lords 2 takes all the elements of the original and embellishes them, with added graphics, sound and gameplay.
  3. And challenging it is: The Middle Ages were tough times and similarly, Lords of the Realm II is a tough game.
  4. A solid game, but it isn't terribly original.
  5. I did however find the resource maps and graphics to be confusing. When looking at the resource map you can't tell right away which industries are on or off. You can get this info from the map legend but think the map could have been a bit clearer.
  6. The AI in this game failed to impress me. It was not bad, but I thought it would have presented more of a challenge.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Feb 2, 2012
    Simply way ahead of its time, a defining piece of the Grand Strategy Genre, feature more polished and complex gameplay than titles from the Total War series offer 15 years later, with enough personality and flavor to make you smile while conquering the world. Expand
  2. JVrodgers
    Mar 30, 2004
    WOW! this game is a medieval freak's wet dream come true!!! Sweeeeeeet!
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    one of the best games I have played on a computer!!!
    one of the best games I have played on a computer!!!
    one of the best games I have played
    on a computer!!! Expand
  4. GlennP.
    Oct 2, 2006
    I have been playing computer games over 20 years. This rates as one of the best games of all time, period.
  5. Jul 22, 2012
    Ahhh.... This game has a lot of history for me, being one of the first I played on Windows (95), back in 1997. I got the demo off of a PC Gamer disc, if I recall, and intensely hungered for more. Fast forward to today, and I still play it now and then. The AI is terrible by today's standards; you can trick the enemies into funneling into meaty jaws of arrowdeath pretty easily once you get the hang of it. But it's still fun. Game is a blast in multiplayer, if you can get past the fact that modern computers make it behave like a tweaker with 10 cups of coffee. Grab it, try it, and enjoy it. Expand
  6. May 5, 2014
    The scope of the game is fairly unrealistic. Despite the atmosphere looking and feeling real, the counties in Lords 2 have 500 to 1500 people in them. The smallest counties of medieval England had 40,000; the largest around 250,000. That’s easy to get over. The broken AI is not. The computer becomes easy to predict and beat. Even with the difficulty set at Impossible, the game is easy to win once you get the hang of it. Diplomacy is meaningless. Even if you have a perfect relationship with your ally, he/she won’t help you and will actually even attack you unexpectedly. The computer players will send random marauders attack you for no reason. If you kill an enemy army attacking your land, diplomatic relationships drop, even though you were defending yourself. Food production is limited to growing wheat because the cattle in the game demand too much attention. County management becomes tedious past a certain. All in all, the game is fun until you know what you're doing. Expand