For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era
In the 14th Century the world order isFor centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era
In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself. Due to trade and commerce an increasing middle class obtains more and more power and wealth. Entire towns purchase their freedom and more privileges from the nobility. Reading and writing is no longer the domain of the nobility and the clergy and the invention of printing information may eventually be spread everywhere. This is the beginning of the renaissance...… Collapse
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.
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.
Standalone add-on to a popular merchant simulation suffers from obsolete visuals, technical issues and an overcomplicated user interface. Lack of tutorials discourages any newcomers. [Issue#195]
Jan 26, 2011Bottom-Line
I would only and very much recommend this game to anyone who looks for an RTS that isn't trendy. If your more into killing, returnBottom-Line
I would only and very much recommend this game to anyone who looks for an RTS that isn't trendy. If your more into killing, return to C&C or SC. It lightly delivers an RPG feel, has a great economic system, and unique way of going about the game from a military point of view. Not only does it provide objective based rules, there is a sandbox to try out new things for single and multiplayer. However, you have to weigh bugs, your patience, and an absent multiplayer(online) into playability of the game. However, the community has a way around the multiplayer through the use of third party programs that allow players to join games through their Lan. This is the first game I've tried of the series, so I can't compare/contrast of the others, but I have to say its a good play. I've played 75hours. I've paid sale price for this game and I definitely got my money's worth. Any game nearing 100 hours of enjoyable/challenging experience is no doubt in my opinion is something to definitely try out!
Tutorial on basics, quit whining about absent manual and enjoy gaming.… Expand
Aug 11, 2011Yes, The Game is Buggy and the Graphics don't compare to newer games, but I have bought this for myself and 6 other friends and we have lovedYes, The Game is Buggy and the Graphics don't compare to newer games, but I have bought this for myself and 6 other friends and we have loved playing multiplayer together, we have been playing for 50+ hours and when it bugs out of sync we load the last save and keep going (Q is quick save, regular quicksaves solve all problems along with the 4.17 beta patch)
Anyone who doesn't recognise the brilliance of this game doesn't deserve to play it. I think of it as 50% The Sims, 50% The Settlers with a multiplayer mode and a great sandbox mode. Great Game!… Expand
Sep 9, 2013A game which is very confusing. It is extremely buggy, quite small and clearly appealing to a very niche group of people............
BUTA game which is very confusing. It is extremely buggy, quite small and clearly appealing to a very niche group of people............
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.… Expand
Jul 9, 2011After some patches this is a brilliant game. There are some bugs with npc not obtaining offices, but before you run into one reallyAfter 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.Ã¢â… Expand
Nov 11, 2013This game had so much potential.
Great mix of RTS and RPG, undeniable charm but as the game lets you taste real fun it suddenly stopsThis 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!… Expand
Dec 23, 2014Bottom line, this game should never have been released.
It's a great idea; but the developers and programmers were/are incompetent. EvenBottom line, this game should never have been released.
It's a great idea; but the developers and programmers were/are incompetent. Even after nearly 10 years and the newest update (version 4.2, which supposedly fixed over 100 bugs), the game is crawling with gamebreaking bugs. Random crashes are still all too common, the AI management of businesses (necessary once you have more than a few) is still incompetent, your characters will randomly lose their attributes (which are VITAL to success in the game), spending experience to increase attributes will often spend the experience but not increase the attribute, NPCs will randomly disappear (which is annoying when you are trying to interact with them) and if you play as a rogue your pickpockets will randomly run back to base for no reason and then stay there but will still indicate that they are pickpocketing.
If you want to try the game, creatively acquire it. It's a total waste of money.… Expand