Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods review

Get greased up for some hot god-on-god action

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    The new powers are a blast to use

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    Armies of cool skeleton warriors

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    Evil turtle creature looks awesome


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    No multiplayer? Why

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    Creatures can't always find their way

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    Precious few entertaining side quests

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Black & White 2 concluded with the defeated Aztecs conjuring up their own god. Now that god, charged up with the power of thousands of human sacrifices, is coming to convert your followers and snuff you out of existence with his army of undead soldiers and creepy-ass voice.

Godly battle is waged across three lands that are challenging to beat, especially if you’re taking the military conquest route. But if you’re a fan of the B&W series’ charming humor and side quests, you’re out of luck - the atmosphere is dark and bleak, and you can count the number of side quests on one hand. It’s all very straightforward conquer-or-be-conquered action. Not that there isn’t something to be said for that.

You can either use the new Gamora-lookalike turtle creature or import your old one to go up against the Aztec god’s undead beast, which looks like a giant zombie monkey. The creature doesn’t have any new tricks up his sleeve, but at least he can start out buffed up.

The new miracles at your disposal are Life, which can resurrect dead villagers or wipe out skeleton platoons; Death, which raises a skeleton platoon for a short time; Lava Flow, which creates a bubbling pool of deadly lava that oozes downhill; and Verdant, which transforms enemy troops into livestock. They’re all fun and very useful - though we barely used the original set when we had these available. The shield miracle might as well be new, since it was useless in the original campaign where there was no opposing god. Now you’ll use it plenty to defend your villagers against the Aztec god’s wrath. No new epic miracles, though.

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DescriptionThe Aztecs are building a better God (by sacrificing your followers as it turns out), and there isn't enough room in Eden for the both of you.
US censor rating"Rating Pending"
UK censor rating""
Alternative names"Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)