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  • Summary: 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 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... Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. The Guild 2 - Renaissance is a standalone-add-on for the game The Guild 2. It contains new professions, maps, buildings and countless new possibilities as well as ambiance improvements.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. "Expansions" like this one should be released as patches or included as bonus in reprints of the original game.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    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.
  2. May 14, 2013
    I really love this game.because it shows the past people life and you can do a lot of things in this game.I recommend this game to every one
  3. Aug 11, 2011
    Yes, 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!
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    A 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.
  5. Jul 9, 2011
    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 is a decent title, significantly better then previous instalment of this title.ââ Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2013
    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!
  7. Aug 5, 2013
    Hi this is my first review, The Guild 2: Renaissance is a standalone expansion and adds many things from buildings to maps and classes such as grave digger. I would not recommend this expansion as it's very buggy sometimes game breaking. I am a huge Guild 2 fan and love the game play, sadly The Guild 2: Renaissance has so many bugs if it's not some random audio freeze it's your player ends up stuck in some hospital bed glitched and can't more, the irony, on top of that your avartar will sometimes start shouting for the guards when the event related could be on the other side of the map, other times the avartar will start trying to attack another person who is not in the area making the avartar uncontrollable, if you are looking to play online you will be disappointing to find the servers are no longer running, something that was not mentioned when i paid for the game. Expand

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