Worse though, the overall pace is positively glacial - it simply takes forever to accumulate any capital or influence. And it doesn't help that the interface is rather twitchy, using odd sequences of right clicks, left clicks, and button holds that never quite seem to do what they logically should. You get used to the controls eventually, kinda, but the initial learning curve is mostly spent fighting with the game to accomplish even simple tasks like getting a cart to go from here to there.
In the end, although it may keep you interested for a while, and some of the classes offer some interesting challenges, The Guild 2 is even more rough around the edges than the original Europa, and not nearly as deep or even as interesting. It's nicer to look at, but that's about it.