posted by MikeOckizard (KALAMAZOO, MI) Feb 20, 2011
Member since Feb 2011
gamers (98%) found this review helpful
I'm not going to tell you that this game is as good as an Elder Scrolls game or anything like that, but if you give it some time (takes about 5-6 hours to get good), then I think most people will find it really enjoyable. I honestly could not stand the game in the beginning. The tutorial was WAY too long, and the game started off really slow. Once the world opens up and you start exploring and doing quests though, the game really starts to shine.
Here are some of the positives and negatives I have found in the game:
High points: +Graphics can look really nice with the right tweaks.(use the console commands to remove fog, blur, and change the lighting, and you will be amazed!) I wish more console games would allow console commands! +The lockpicking and thieving aspects are some of the best I have seen in an RPG. +Crafting and upgrading of weapons and armor is amazing! TONS of variety in weapons and armor, and the ability to customize them adds a ton of depth. +Landscapes and enemies are quite varied. I love that there are normal animals like cheetahs, baboons, and rhinos, to go along with the mythical creatures and monsters. +Quests are varied, and most are actually quite good. +Leveling. Oblivion could learn a few things from this game. Higher level creatures are unlocked slowly, but lower level ones stick around. You actually start to feel real powerful later in the game.
Low points: -The game progression can feel a bit linear at times. It took me probably 20 hours before I could wear any heavy armor because no one would sell it before then. Also, many skills and weapons require much higher levels, so you are forced to level up skills you don't want to, and use equipment you don't like until you are higher level. -Voice acting. Ugghh, seriously the worst aspect of the game. -Animation and combat lacks punch. Feels like weapons don't hit.
Overall if you like RPG's, I think you will enjoy this game if you are willing to really give it a chance
gamers (84%) found this review helpful
This game is a real gem if you allow itself to reveal its qualities. To begin with the game is very slow. So slow that you begin to over analyze the graphics and character movements in anticipation that this will be how the game goes. I was in this boat, struck with disappointment that this was a potential bust. Choppy cut scenes, PS2 character movements and sensitive controls.
I trekked on and began to get into the story and figured out the lay of the land. Before long all that was disappointing went right out the window and I found myself sitting in front of a really good deep game. There is so much to do and so much to see/explore. The choppy cut scenes got less noticeable and the controls begin to click after a little experience grinding. Now I am flying through the land having a blast and having trouble fighting the urges to get back and play it.
The combat system is very enjoyable after you increase the particular style you will be using. You start off basic so the system seems basic and lackluster. Give it time. The scenery is wonderful. You can ride a horse (controls fine), sail (ditto) and play a violin for cash. This game has a ton to offer. Get through the first hour or so of the game laying out the scenario for you and you will be pleasantly surprised by what it has to offer. It has its flaws but everything does, learn to appreciate the good in things more than the bad in things and you will enjoy life more. Beneath these small flaws lies a game screaming for you to drift away from real world problems and enjoy your moment of peace. Enjoy…
gamers (76%) found this review helpful
I play almost every RPG available on the 360, and I have to say Two Worlds II is one of my favorites. Honestly I haven't been able to stop playing it. Yes, the first few hours were frustrating because the controls are relatively complicated, and out of the box the HUD elements were off the screen until I found the "safe area" setting. It certainly doesn't have the polish of more notable games, but the game play makes up for it. I think the #1 feature is the super fast load times. Games like Fallout and Oblivion were agonizing at time just due to slow loads. The loot / crafting system is also a big plus. Here's my litmus test - can I sit down and play a game for hours without getting bored? With Two Worlds II so far, yes.
I'm not giving this game a 9 on its technical merits, but on it's value as an RPG to a big RPG fan.