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Improved from first, now playable!
posted by Disconude (SYRACUSE, NY) Jan 30, 2011
Member since Nov 2006
142 out of 157 gamers (90%) found this review helpful
-Voice acting - no more "foresooth" and "mayhap"! More modern, well translated voice acting that is on par with most games
-Combat - much easier to aim, block, attack, and blast enemies
-Glitches - although still present in cinematics, the game itself runs great
-Horse back riding - the Horse finally goes where you want it to. Although you have to keep tapping LT to keep it moving. Slightly annoying.
-Graphics are of mid/high quality (NOT LAST GEN)
-Side Quests are interesting and engaging
-Crafting is addicting, and a offers a new approach to equipping your character with good gear
-Combat is strategic and fun. Button mashing and spamming attack will get you rightfully killed. You have to use variable weapons and tactics to defeat different foes.
-Long tutorial - Most people give up after hour or two. You need to get over this hump to appreciate the gem this game is.
-talking sequences - the script is fine, but having to watch two people stare at each other for x minutes is boring
To compare this game to something from Bioware, Bethesda, or Square-Enix is excessive. This game cannot possibly compete with the RPG giants, but it's a very good rent to hold you over for the amazing Skyrim or TOR coming later this year.
If you complain about how it doesn't fit your screen. Shut up. Go to Options-Graphics-Safe Border. Fixed and Done.
Don't listen to most reviews of this game.
posted by lotw01 (PALMDALE, CA) Mar 22, 2011
Member since Nov 2003
74 out of 82 gamers (90%) found this review helpful
That being said the game does start slow, very slows and doesn't show what it can do until you leave the training area. Also you are needing to pay attention to the instructions(training).
Once you get past the training you can upgrade weapons, armor, spells, enchant items, create spells, potions, etc... The world so far seems to be pretty large. Exploring does sometimes get you some good stuff and can also end your life (I died several times exploring).
The crafting/creating part of the game will keep you playing for a long time, if you like that sort of thing.
Combat is a bit on the weak side, but battles are as they would be in real life, try to avoid if possible. I am playing on the easiest mode and have died quite a few times. As with any RPG the key is to grind and level up. If you don't you won't make it far in the game at all.
The graphics are probably as good as they could do without causing slow downs, not the best graphics engine but serviceable. At times the game looks beautiful and other times just ok.
If you are an old school RPG person I would recommend at least renting this game, but give it time.
What the first Two Worlds was supposed to be
posted by Twizlex (DAUPHIN, PA) Jan 24, 2011
Member since Jul 2006
145 out of 167 gamers (87%) found this review helpful
The single player is actually really good this time. It even goes as far as making fun of itself with little jabs at how bad the first game was. The story isn't all that great, but there is a TON of stuff to do. Even if you find the main quest pretty bland, there are some side quests that are pretty interesting to make up for it. The land is broken up into a bunch of islands that you can actually hop in a boat and sail around to.
The crafting mechanics are pretty awesome, too. Instead of always finding a new, more powerful sword, you can find a sword you like the looks of and just upgrade it. Everything you find can be broken down into raw materials, which you then use to upgrade your weapons and armor. Magic works in a similar way: you find magic cards that you stack together to form a spell. A "fire" card mixed with a "projectile" card equals a fireball spell. Pretty simple, but you can come up with some really crazy combos if you experiment.
The multiplayer is a mixed bag. It kind of plays like Red Dead Redemption in that your multiplayer character is completely separate from your single player game. There's a separate co-op story to run through, but it isn't all that long. The real prize here is "Village mode." This puts you in charge of your own multiplayer town with its own economy. You defend it and do quests for it with your online buddies, and the village grows. Earning money in multiplayer games to invest in your village gives more of an incentive to keep playing multiplayer.
Graphics are good, not great. Music is cool. Voice acting is terrible. Worth a try if you like RPGs.
posted by Arshus1 (INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Mar 12, 2012
Member since Apr 2010
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Not quite a diamond in the rough, but close
posted by KrispyD (YORK, PA) Jan 28, 2011
Member since Apr 2006
23 out of 27 gamers (85%) found this review helpful
The voice acting is bad. Not as bad as some games over the years, but these days gamers expect more from an RPG. Bioware and Bethesda have spoiled us rotten. The more harcore RPG players out there will probably hardly notice as horrible voice acting is probably still more of the norm for games than not, but if the only RPGs you play are AAA titles, than yeah, it'll bother you.
The graphics, while a huge improvement over the original game are still not up to the standards of what gamers these days expect. It certainly does some things quite well, but there are some weird pop-ins and the like. The animations, especially during dialog are really bad. There seems to be only four bodily emotes the main character for dialog scenes, so he just keeps doing those same ones over and over.
The multiplayer has a lot of potential, as long as it can avoid the duping problems and the like that pretty much destroyed the enjoyment of the original. The most innovative aspect seems to be the building and maintaining of your own village, but that can take some time to even start up since you have to have starting capital to even go into that option on the multiplayer screen.
As far as the complaints about not being able to see the ui, there is a setting for that under graphics that says something about having the UI in the "safe zone," which will move all your ui things away from the edges of the screen. I think it's important that people realize that as a lot of reviews have taken points away for that and it's easily fixable. You just have to take the time to look through the options screen, but I know that's almost as hard as reading through a manual or watching a tutorial.
Anyway, if you liked the original at all, you're a more old school/hardcore RPG fan, or you just aren't too worried about every game you play having a triple A budget behind it, than Two Worlds 2 can be a lot of fun.
An unbiased, experienced gamer reviews.
posted by Bizzybeast (VINELAND, NJ) Jan 31, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
47 out of 61 gamers (77%) found this review helpful
ANYWAY, I gave this game a 9, mostly to help balance it out. Its honestly a solid 7.5! Its a very entertaining game, both single player and multiplayer.
The melee combat is a little choppy and repetitive, but is saved by class-free equipment setups (3 preset equipment layout) and the archery an magic in the game is delightfully entertaining. You build your magic through a series of 'magic craft' cards, combining different types for different effects. Eventually youll make spells like a lightening bolt, that on contact rains debris (crates, anvils, mace heads, ect) down on a foe, and summons a large wasp.
Alchemy is great too, there are several dozen ingredients to pick up (or loot) and combining them results in near endless combinations of results.
Items can be upgraded (including dyed and enchanted) or broken down for their base materials. This makes for a fun mini-game, aside for armor (fabric) which seems difficult to obtain as armor rarely drops. But its not really that big of a deal.
Multiplayer also has a VILLAGE mode, where you build and manage a village. Its addictively fun and complexe. It even carries over to (and from- like selling equipment in your village, gives more profit as your villagers buy and use it) normal multiplayer, so its a great way to make money.
Overall this game is 100% worth a rent and I think most of the people that hate on it.. Are just being kinda tedious and dumb. As if the first 2worlds was their weird uncle who made them sit on its lap when they were little. Get over it and stop hating on a good game.
Not Bad, But Not Great.
posted by gutz701 (COLUMBIA, CT) Jan 27, 2011
Member since Jun 2010
14 out of 19 gamers (74%) found this review helpful
The grahpics are vastly improved over the original. The world is lush and full of life. You could easily get caught up in the scenery in between slashing up the creatures trying to rip you apart. The character models range from well detailed (like your character to most of the creatures) to bland (like most of the NPCs you encounter).
The story is mostly forgettable. It's your typical save the world from evil affair. You won't find the drive to complete the game since it doesn't really pull you in. The side quests however, are more enjoyable and can easily distract you for hours. That is if you could oversee the combat system.
The combat system is one of the worse attributes of the game. For a game which has a heavy emphasis on combat, it falls short. The animations are stiff and doesn't give you the sense of full contact. I found myself using more ranged attacks and assassinations because it was more satisfying than the standard melee combat. The spells portion of the combat seems very lack luster as most attacks seem to fizzle rather than explode. So if you're looking for a satisfying combat system, you won't find it here.
The in-game menu is another issue. It's tedious and cumbersome. It really takes away from the immersion. It's a pain to navigate, and definitely detracts from the overall enjoyment. There are also a good amount of glitches which plague the game. Not as many as the first, but enough to annoy you.
The game as a whole is fairly enjoyable, but if you're looking for a epic adventure rpg you're better off trying Oblivion (which the game seems to model itself off of) or Fallout 3. But if you want to give it a run, it's a good way to explore this new world and have some guiltless fun for a few days or a few weeks.
Great while waiting for Skyrim
posted by Verkpunk (BATON ROUGE, LA) May 4, 2011
Member since Dec 2010
5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful
1)It is mountains better than the first one.
2) Magic system is best ever created
3)Tons of gear
4)tons of quests and exploring
5)Enough content to warrant purchase, even though i never purchase games for more than 10 bucks
1) too much dialogue(youll skip almost all of it)
2)Buying a house serves absolutely NO purpose
3)Sailboat useless and annoying to control
4)Spend all of your time building up your character only to have a final boss fight that requires you to harpoon the darn thing
An aquired taste.
posted by jeisenlee (BRANDON, FL) Feb 5, 2011
Member since Aug 2007
7 out of 11 gamers (64%) found this review helpful
To get started with, the character generation has been much improved. In the last iteration you were stuck choosing variations of a bald white dude that you could accessories with wigs. Now, what is strange is after you create your character and begin gameplay, the opening video shows your sister, whose complexion never adjusts to what you have chosen to appear as. The first few hours of this game will turn off quite a few players. It's a long tutorial, and as you play you begin to unlock various parts of combat. The main problem is that it takes you about an hour to an hour and a half to discover this. As you character gains experience the game much improves, and becomes more than tolerable.
I would recommend this game for those that like western style, open world RPGs. At least for those that have played The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion or Demons Soul's to death. This game should tide you over until at least the summer.
Worth it for Mutiplayer
posted by Blaise (NOVATO, CA) Feb 1, 2011
Member since Nov 2006
8 out of 13 gamers (62%) found this review helpful
However, this game is something I've been waiting for on console for several years. Multiplayer isn't the shiniest gem in the box, but it is the best online RPG I've ever played on a console.
You can invite up to 7 friends, or randoms, to a lobby. Lobbies can be Adventure (campaign style co-op), Deathmatch (4v4 PVP), Duel (1v1 PVP) and Village mode.
The Adventure MP is great. I've thoroughly enjoyed levelling up my Fire Mage and playing online with my sister and her Dual-Weild Warrior. Again, while the graphics may not be on par with Oblivion, the mutiplayer makes up for it by far. Nothing makes me happier when playing an RPG, than having friends with me.
Village mode is an option, once you have enough in-game currency (10000 Auras). This is where you can effectively grow and run your own village. You can do this by yourself, or go to Mutiplayer and invite friends to your Village. In Village mode, you can do quests and upgrade your structures (Farms, shops, forges, etc.) to build the economy.
All in all, this is the answer that all players of the original Two Worlds, on consoles, have been waiting for. No it's not perfect, but the core mechanic and FUN FACTOR are what make this game a must own for any true RPG fan. I only give it an 8 because Single Player is weak (forgot to mention, you can't be a woman in SP, so my sister did not appreciate that) and there are a handful of minor glitches that should have shown up in QA prior to release.
I would be a bit happier if they included a First Person option for gameplay, as I'm not the greatest fan of Third Person. Regardless, I will be sinking many hours into this worthy title.
posted by EmoChips (COLLEGE STATION, TX) Jan 26, 2011
Member since Aug 2007
16 out of 28 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
I am currently 7 hours in and STILL in chapter 1. If you're wondering why, it's because of all the side missions and armor/weapon customizations. There are also guilds and choices to make when playing missions. Once you reach the first major city [found in chapter 1], this is when the game gets beyond addicting.
Word to the wise, the problem with the HUD being too big for the tv screen is true, but an easy remedy can be found in the options menu [something along the lines of "turn safe border on" in the display or graphics options] which puts everything closer in the screen.
The game is, to put it lightly, a competent third person second cousin of The Elder Scrolls [not as brilliant, but still quite good]
Having said that, be warned. There are MANY glitches. Some I found may require you to restart the game or take the long route to an area. But I think the game is more than worth it.
posted by Supertes (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Jan 27, 2011
Member since Jul 2009
12 out of 21 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
Kind of weird, but other than that it is a great game
Successful Followup to a 'Diablo II' clone
posted by johnnyboy2 (NEW YORK, NY) Jan 31, 2011
Member since Nov 2007
7 out of 12 gamers (58%) found this review helpful
If your favorite RPG of all time is Diablo 2 and did not really enjoy games like w.o.w or oblivion there is a good chance you will love this game, it has an extremely familiar feel and presence, for me at least.
not even close
posted by TheSolly (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Jun 30, 2011
Member since May 2009
5 out of 9 gamers (56%) found this review helpful
Two Worlds isn't a horrible game, but you'll swear you stepped back in time when the clunky movement, weak animations, and sorry controls all add up to a less than stellar experience.
The fact is that if you have any other RPG in your library, you'll probably end up grabbing it to play rather than Two Worlds, to scratch that RPG itch.
I'd say it's worth a rental, but don't expect to be finishing this title before something better comes along to grab your attention. Or, save the space in your Q and just run thru one of the many better RPG's on the market.
Deserves More Credit
posted by Valryk (ZEPHYRHILLS, FL) Mar 3, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
5 out of 9 gamers (56%) found this review helpful
I played the demo of the original Two Worlds, and hated it with a passion. When I saw trailers for the sequel, I was, to my surprise, excited. Not only did the combat get better, but they added so many elements to this game that the first did not contain. Overall, it was a great experience.
posted by mofomatrix (BRONX, NY) Jan 30, 2011
Member since Jun 2009
6 out of 11 gamers (55%) found this review helpful
PEOPLE NEED TO STOP CRYING!!!!!!!
posted by soco86 (MESA, AZ) Feb 1, 2011
Member since Aug 2010
11 out of 21 gamers (52%) found this review helpful
-graphics get way better along with voice acting
-tons more missions, weapons, armor, bows, ect.
-missions are unique and a lot of fun
-basically a lot to do when your performing blacksmithing and alchemy, poisons, ect.
-a lot, a lot of personalization
I just feel that this game gets a lot better, and it offers a different way to play. Your actions will really affect this world.
Why better then the first!
posted by RudeNight (LOCKPORT, NY) Jan 29, 2011
Member since Mar 2005
8 out of 15 gamers (53%) found this review helpful
posted by Killar998 (LOWELL, MA) Jan 27, 2011
Member since Nov 2005
12 out of 24 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Multi-Player you get thrown right into the action pretty much. The play style is similar to the first one, but is improved.
The skills you get from leveling up, and how and where to spend them are much more in-depth and much easier to understand than the previous game.
Having your own Village online is a nice feature, being able to build buildings, maintain them, upgrade them all to keep your town's moral up and make a nice profit is a good addition.
A down-side if you really do need an HDTV to really play this game, without it you will struggle to see what is in an item, read, etc.
The people who degrade this game are the ones who bought it expecting it to be like Oblivion but 5 times better.. You can't expect it to be Oblivion (even though the first did advertise it like that). Two Worlds did not advertise is as Oblivion, you cannot expect it to be Oblivion, you have to expect it to be Two Worlds 2. Very Fun Game.
posted by Estend (OVIEDO, FL) Jan 27, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
11 out of 22 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by Tomcatguy (CHESAPEAKE, VA) Feb 9, 2011
Member since Nov 2010
8 out of 16 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
They made the default screen too big for almost any TV so you have to chop around in settings just to start it and then once you get that set it will take nearly an hour before you can really accept how TERRIBLE this game really is.
posted by Buzzsaw (WINTER HAVEN, FL) Jan 31, 2011
Member since Jul 2007
8 out of 16 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The issue I keep seeing with the display I didn't have for longer than a few minutes. Got to a part after the opening cutscenes to where I could play, noticed the HUD going off the screen, go to settings, and fixed it. Simple.
With all of that said - this is one really great game. My honest review of it would give it an 8 out of 10 but I couldn't live with folks giving it a 2 saying that they didn't honestly give it much of a chance.
I'm 11 hours into the single player campaign, the graphics have been completely great, especially the cutscenes. There has been one spot where it was sub-par, but not even that big of a deal as it was a short scene. The tutorial parts at the beginning of the game weren't all that long and did what it was meant to do - helps you learn to play the game before it unleashes you into this world on your own.
There are one or two things that bugged me about the game, which is why I would have given it an 8 - but nothing to stop the overall experience. The first Two Worlds was a laughable game - this one is miles better!
The game is not Oblivion guys, so don't go looking for it. If you want to enjoy a great RPG with great graphics and outstanding music and sound, then give this one a try.... and please for all our sakes give it an honest chance before judging it.
Worst Game I've ever played.
posted by johnnw (BILOXI, MS) Jan 29, 2011
Member since Apr 2006
7 out of 14 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
What's with the low scores
posted by StormyCat (PUEBLO, CO) Feb 10, 2011
Member since May 2007
6 out of 12 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The spell development is perfect. You choose an element and then decide how to deliver it. You can choose an element like fire and then you can create a trap spell, missile spell or area spell. That just scratches the surface. The world is huge and the graphics are great. I have to admit that the voice acting is stale but I can live with it. This game won't disappoint a true RPG gammer.
You upgrade your weapons and gear but smithing not just searching around for the next best thing. The archer character is a little strong for most creatures that you run into though. The fact that if you stay far enough away from them they will not pursue you. Hopefully they change the AI to be a little more aggressive in the future updates.
Down right disgusting
posted by Maxsorrow (ELMHURST, NY) Feb 7, 2011
Member since Feb 2011
9 out of 19 gamers (47%) found this review helpful