Excerpt: running for so long without any core changes to how they play, sometimes it's hard to notice that just how stagnant the genre has been. In some ways, it's simple: when the primary source of profit is monthly fees, developers do what's required, and sometimes little more, to get the largest number of people paying that fee for as long as possible.
Conclusion: The Guild 2: Pirates of the European Seas does justice to the franchise and certainly shows in the areas it has listened to the community. There are still issues with the AI and its wacky swings both economically and general path finding but I still can’t help but have a great fondness for it. Plus it’s a break from all those Caribbean pirates pillaging all the glory – let’s give our European brothers and sisters a chance for some swag!
Conclusion: The Guild 2 is an enjoyable game if you can get your head around what it offers, and fire up the latest patch. Sadly the AI almost cripples the game and leaves questionable balances between class professions. Still it’s got that desire to conquer in its heart and that will probably be enough for most who pick it up.
Excerpt: If, like me, you're a bit of a hopeless romantic then you'll probably have spent more afternoons than you'd care to admit pondering what life would have been like in the middle ages. It's the kind of escapism all geeks are guilty of while they stand in line at the supermarket. They ask themselves; Would I be a gallant knight of the realm? A powerful land baron, zealously milking his cash cow? A rugged outlaw with a heart of stone?
Excerpt: When I reviewed Europa 1400: The Guild over three years ago, I called it a â€œrole-playing game / economic simulation / life simulation,â€� and then of course I made the obvious joke -- not another one of those games! We see them all the time! Well, its uniqueness helped make The Guild fun to play, despite a variety of unfortunate faults. Now developer 4HEAD Studios is back with a sequel, The Guild 2 . The premise of the game remains the same.
Summary: By virtue of trying to understand The Guild 2: Renaissance , I learned more about myself. I learned that sometimes I get bored and that one must fight through the confusion and annoyance that feeling helplessly lost can bring. The Guild 2: Renaissance helped me find my patience, something I thought I threw away when the internet came about. The stand alone add-on is a challenge, but one I would say you should try.
Conclusion: Beautiful Katamari isn’t your typical game. If it weren’t for its quirky nature then the game probably wouldn’t have succeeded here in the States at all, let alone outside of Japan itself. With a nice replay value, enjoyable gameplay and simply sharing it with others, the game its overall something you will enjoy having in your library.