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  • Summary: Is it a life simulation? Yes, it is! Is it an RPG? An action game? Most definitely so. And the best thing is...you are the main character. Go back to the dark middle ages and found a new dynasty. Take care of yourself, because your opponents never sleep. Marry a beautiful wife and make newIs it a life simulation? Yes, it is! Is it an RPG? An action game? Most definitely so. And the best thing is...you are the main character. Go back to the dark middle ages and found a new dynasty. Take care of yourself, because your opponents never sleep. Marry a beautiful wife and make new friends...control your life. Hand down your skills and your descendants will greatly appreciate it. Live your life as preacher, thief, craftsman, outcast or aristocrat...it's up to you. Everything's realtime. Walk around the streets and accidentally watch an execution of a prisoner or a rich merchant being robbed by one of your opponents. Build your own character. State-of-the-art role playing features allow you to create your own unique character and play in a party of up to 3 members with different strengths and weaknesses. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. A fairly solid economic strategy simulation where the player can utilize a number of varying tactics and maneuvers to gain an advantage in a well-designed medieval environment. Unfortunately, the impressive level of detail and the interesting gameplay options at your disposal take a backseat to the technical issues and repetitive micromanagement.
  2. Alchemy, brigands, gold management, and lots of trading [Christmas 2006, p.85]
  3. Sadly the AI almost cripples the game and leaves questionable balances between class professions.
  4. 60
    It doesn't help that The Guild 2 ships with technical issues: characters that disappear into walls, visual artifacts that take a restart to clear, buttons that don't work at all, and drop-sync issues with multiplayer games.
  5. 60
    While fans of the original and people who are intrigued by the ins-and-outs of rising in a social ladder will enjoy the game, there isn’t enough to grab newcomer’s attention, and everything does become quite overwhelming at times.
  6. Think of it as the medieval version of being an air traffic controller: hard to recommend to everyone, but if you're up for a challenge, and can handle all that micromanagement, give it a shot. Just be prepared to go take a long lie down in a darkened room when you're done.
  7. If it sounds a little like that other everyday-life game, "The Sims", that's because it is. But only a little. Both games are about your character's struggle to get ahead in the world, but The Guild 2 makes it a struggle for you as well. [Jan. 2007, p.70]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. JimmyJay
    Oct 9, 2006
    10
    Absolutely awesome and engrossing! A+
  2. egn
    Feb 20, 2014
    10
    This is a great game, overall. It is also a highly ambitious title that is and was, sadly, plagued by large amounts of bugs right from theThis is a great game, overall. It is also a highly ambitious title that is and was, sadly, plagued by large amounts of bugs right from the get-go. The bugs really really held the game back. But at the same time, there's a game there that wants to be loved. In its present state, as can be purchased on Steam, the game is well worth grabbing a copy of! Expand
  3. May 17, 2011
    9
    Extremely deep and intricate gameplay so probably not for the xbox crowd that may have an old pc tucked away. My friends 14 year old sonExtremely deep and intricate gameplay so probably not for the xbox crowd that may have an old pc tucked away. My friends 14 year old son hates it. But his father (my friend) and I, both keen gamers for many years and we love it. Its deep and you have total freedom to do as you would. Dont expect it to be easy or in anyway for lightweight. Its deep, you have to concerntrate (dont bother getting this if you have ADHD) and its doesnt have car chases or explosions. If you like games which actually reward you for playing strategically yet still ooze atmosphere and some graphical charm its still a good game. Expand
  4. Kyrandos
    Oct 24, 2006
    7
    Absolute agreement with "I would have been happy with less graphics and better gameplay. " The graphics are totally secondary to gameplay in Absolute agreement with "I would have been happy with less graphics and better gameplay. " The graphics are totally secondary to gameplay in a game like this, and bloated GFX that would look decent - below average in a FPS is simply overboard for this kind of game. Plus, the bugs effectively make it completely unplayable. I wish I could give it a higher score. Expand
  5. Aug 13, 2011
    5
    The Sims on steroids; The Guild 2 is a unique game in many ways but falls short of being a fun game. I have a hard time deciding whether orThe Sims on steroids; The Guild 2 is a unique game in many ways but falls short of being a fun game. I have a hard time deciding whether or not I like it. On one side, it's comes across as a relaxing simulator but on the other side, there's quite a bit of pressure on you to be omnipresent. You can automate some the production once you acquire property but I never had the feeling that the AI was doing a very good job given how I kept going bankrupt. Your accountants aren't doing a very good job either, they'd make grade-A embezzlers with the kind of books they keep. It is very difficult to tell exactly what certain expenses mean, leaving you often wondering why you're losing so much money and what you can do about it. Later on I learned to manage production myself but with several businesses, this turned into a micromanagement circus that made the game lose the appeal it had before. I can't honestly imagine someone owning an entire town and fighting a feud with 7 other families and still enjoying this game. The interface could be better. You will often run into buttons hidden underneath buttons hidden underneath yet more buttons. Some actions being context dependent, requiring your character to be in a certain place before you can issue the order, making giving orders a frustrating task at times. Information is spread all over the place and requires you to click a lot to find out what you want to know. Events often take place with you not being present partially because time moves by rather fast while your characters are very slow in comparison. They move at real-life speed while the game burns through a life time in less than a few hours.. Even after several hours of playing, it is not very clear to me how exactly time goes by in this game. It seems that each year is made up out of 4 seasons and once all 4 seasons have gone by, the turn ends. Once the turn ends, you're suddenly 4 years further into the game! . Once your character dies, hopefully you'll have fathered (or mothered) a heir by then which be a combination of both parents to continue your dynasty from where you'll start all over training your character until it's their time to produce a heir. Given how quickly characters age, it is easy to lose sight of what exactly you had in mind for your children when you're already working on the next generation of heirs, micromanaging several buildings, keeping track of politics, fighting feuds, attending church and clicking your way through inefficient menus with an inefficient control scheme. All in all, The Guild 2 has some very interesting ideas and the mixture of RPG, RTS and (building) simulator that will appeal to people who enjoy the idea of the Sims but would like to witness a few beheadings every now and then. Expand
  6. RobE.
    Oct 5, 2006
    5
    Not nearly as endearing as Europa 1400:The Guild. Significantly less classes to play as, a steep learning curve, annoying time compression. I Not nearly as endearing as Europa 1400:The Guild. Significantly less classes to play as, a steep learning curve, annoying time compression. I would have been happy with less graphics and better gameplay. But still, a unique game with a unique style. And all the people look ugly! maybe that was the 1400's. Expand
  7. MeestykL.
    May 28, 2008
    3
    3 for dragging me into this horrible game! OMG the lag for a single player mode! The creatures in this game give me goosebumps when they3 for dragging me into this horrible game! OMG the lag for a single player mode! The creatures in this game give me goosebumps when they utter "Marry me!" And the endless overantings of the NPC put me to sleep with my mouth open. Whoever created this monster truly succeeded in making the ultimate sleeping machine. Please, save me! Expand

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