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The Guild 2 review

Getting medieval on your ass

For

  • Nicer looking than predecessor
  • Certain challenges
  • Good music and ambient sound

Against

  • Far too limited choice of classes
  • Badly thought out interface
  • No story

Some four years ago, Europa 1400: The Guild arrived, a combination of RPG and strategy game that enabled you to live a virtual life back in the middle ages, climbing the ladder of medieval wealth and politics. While the game was kind of rough around the edges - most of your time was spent staring at static screens of statistics and figures - it was still surprisingly unique and really deserved a lot more attention than it got.

Sorry to say, The Guild 2 isn't even that good. Admittedly, it's a lot more graphically interesting than the original, with fully 3D towns packed with virtual inhabitants scurrying to and fro as they busily go about their lives. The music is excellent, and there's a lot of digitized speech and ambient sound to set the mood.

There are also a lot of problems. For one, there really just aren't a whole lot of choices or options. You start by creating a character (oddly for a game set in the Middle Ages, whether you choose to play as a man or woman has zero effect, except in choice of marriage partners - no Massachusetts weddings here), limited to one of four basic classes: patron, craftsman, scholar, and rogue. Each class has its subdivisions - a scholar can choose being a priest or an alchemist, for example - and these are chosen mostly by which kind of buildings you buy and in which areas you concentrate your skills as you earn them.

More Info

GenreStrategy
DescriptionIn fact, every profession has an up side, accompanied by a thunker of a down side: it's fun beating the crap out of folks as a rogue, but then you spend half your time at trial...boring.
PlatformPC
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating
Release date:12 October 2006 (US), 12 October 2006 (UK)
Available platforms:PC
Genre:Strategy
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