The Guild 2: Renaissance PC

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7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36

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  1. Jul 9, 2011
    7
    After some patches this is a brilliant game. There are some bugs with npc not obtaining offices, but before you run into one really game-breaking bug you may spend days and days building your dynasty's empire. The gameplay is unique, there is no other title that could compete with this mix of rpg economy simulation. Awesome idea for a game witch some flaws in executions, but overall it isAfter some patches this is a brilliant game. There are some bugs with npc not obtaining offices, but before you run into one really game-breaking bug you may spend days and days building your dynasty's empire. The gameplay is unique, there is no other title that could compete with this mix of rpg economy simulation. Awesome idea for a game witch some flaws in executions, but overall it is a decent title, significantly better then previous instalment of this title.ââ Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2012
    5
    The Guild 2: Renaissance does everything The Guild 2 does. Same graphics, same game mechanics and the same interface. It adds some new building types and some new maps to play on but there are still the game-breaking bugs that make you just want to just start over and hope the hospital's queue doesn't break this time around or that you won't be firebombed while the guard is stuck behindThe Guild 2: Renaissance does everything The Guild 2 does. Same graphics, same game mechanics and the same interface. It adds some new building types and some new maps to play on but there are still the game-breaking bugs that make you just want to just start over and hope the hospital's queue doesn't break this time around or that you won't be firebombed while the guard is stuck behind your property with no way of getting him loose. It still features the same tedious way of generating an income and the developer still prioritizes everything the AI does and shows over the user's input. Everything The Guild 2 does, save the graphics, could be executed as a text-only game and I think it'd be better off that way. As it stands, The Guild 2: Renaissance is a mildly entertaining but frustrating and often tedious The Sims knock-off. As one reviewer puts it; "The Guild II is a game which really emphasises the mundane realism of medieval life, almost down to the stench of the peasants."
    The Guild 2: Renaissance does not change any of that. Still, if you're new to The Guild Series you might as well start out with The Guild 2: Renaissance and never look back because it is the best of the worst.
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  3. Nov 11, 2013
    7
    This game had so much potential.

    Great mix of RTS and RPG, undeniable charm but as the game lets you taste real fun it suddenly stops expanding on its fun concepts. Numerous bugs and just rough shape of the game did not throw me off. Nevertheless i was disappointed... not in the game but in its failure to reach its failure to realize its potential. The franchise is worthy of
    This game had so much potential.

    Great mix of RTS and RPG, undeniable charm but as the game lets you taste real fun it suddenly stops expanding on its fun concepts. Numerous bugs and just rough shape of the game did not throw me off. Nevertheless i was disappointed... not in the game but in its failure to reach its failure to realize its potential.

    The franchise is worthy of existence and deserves to be remade by such developers as Paradox interactive. (as suggested by the fun base)

    Be sure if you are willing to forgive the game its shortcomings you are going to spend numerous hours building your empire! It is truly a unique experience!
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  4. Sep 9, 2013
    7
    A game which is very confusing. It is extremely buggy, quite small and clearly appealing to a very niche group of people............

    BUT

    I honestly find it brilliant. It's addictive mix of a Sims-esque game with medieval bite and political and economical career building makes this a hidden and quirky gem.

    Well worth a Steam purchase if you can forgive the bugs.
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    6
    This game and this series has massive potential that will probably never be realized by the industry. Fully patched with the latest Beta Patch and modded with the Legacy Mod it's a great game and a unique experience.

    Unfortunately if you don't already know what you're looking for it's difficult to find what you need and the vanilla version of the game is practically unplayable and
    This game and this series has massive potential that will probably never be realized by the industry. Fully patched with the latest Beta Patch and modded with the Legacy Mod it's a great game and a unique experience.

    Unfortunately if you don't already know what you're looking for it's difficult to find what you need and the vanilla version of the game is practically unplayable and extremely buggy.

    The original publisher and developers pretty much just abandoned the game in an almost unplayable state after releasing several expansions that didn't fix the bulk of what was wrong with it, and it seems Runeforge was just a fan driven mod team that decided to try to salvage the game and became the new official devs. They've done a pretty good job but it's not exactly made obvious where to get the Beta Patch and the Legacy Mod is also essential because there's a lot of stuff the Beta Patch doesn't solve.
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Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. The Guild 2: Renaissance retains the good features of previous editions and includes a few improvements without justifying the existence of this new version. It is still a fun title that does not require the original version to be installed, but should only be considered if you are a true follower of the series. Otherwise, you may have to wait for a collector's edition that may include all the previous titles.
  2. "Expansions" like this one should be released as patches or included as bonus in reprints of the original game.
  3. Although far from perfect, this stand-alone add-on delivers at least a thoroughly playable The Guild 2-experience. It adds some new professions and maps to the game that fit perfectly into the system. But most of all, the young developers have managed to eradicate most of the bugs of the main game and the horrible expansion Venice. Plus, the network code now actually works! There are still typical errors like trade carts being stuck or graphical glitches. But the developers have succeeded in carving out the core game experience of The Guild 2 under all of the bugs and design flaws of recent years.