Summary: Guild Wars 2 combines the personal storyline, character customization, and varied combat system of a single-player role-playing game with the living, evolving world of an MMO in the best ways possible. There are still technical issues being worked on, and by evidence of the game’s increased stability and expanding content, ArenaNet is already making great progress in that regard.
Conclusion: As someone who has played this genre of games for over ten years, I am finally ready to hang up my spurs and settle in the world of Tyria. I do not feel the necessity to climb to the pecking order of social status in MMOS anymore. I am getting old. The days of twelve hour gaming sessions burning daylight to grind dungeons, raids, or level are gone for me. My MMO sun sets in Tyria, and I could not have picked a better place.
Excerpt: When I first beat the original Knights of the Old Republic I sat back and said, “Woe be unto the game that has to follow this.” I knew one would follow, as surely as the sun rises in the east upon every dawn, because making money is the only thing that keeps a series going. Look at the Resident Evil series if you need an example: It has stagnated for the past 11 games (there has been 11 total), yet Capcom keeps pumping them out because they are a solid and dependable...
Excerpt: The Wargamer is pleased to present Shrapnel Games and Illwinter Design with this Award for Excellence for
Dominions II. It is challenging, enthralling and has enough options to keep play interesting for a long time to come.
Dominions II is a must have for serious strategy gamers.Dominions II is a turn-based fantasy strategy game. Players assume the role of a pretender god that can take one of
many forms: dragons, archmages, cyclopses, and simple druids, among others.
Excerpt: "Dominions II is one of the best strategy games I’ve come across in a long time. If you’re like me and relish a strategy for the sake of strategy without the need for a lot of glitz, Dominions II is a great choice.
Summary: Dominions II: The Ascension Wars is a throwback to days past, when guys who worked in garages while churning out strategy games was the industry norm rather than the exception. What those games lacked in production values, they made up for in deep strategic gameplay. Clearly influenced by such classics as Master of Magic, Dominions is a game that's brimming with ideas--perhaps too many--of what a fantasy strategy game should be.
Conclusion: The Wrap-up: So should people pick up a copy of Jedi Knight 2? In two words, Hell Yeah! With an excellent story, some kick arse graphics, and an exceptional online mode, Jedi Knight is one of the best action games released this year. Many previous games based off its movie counterpart have been all but disappointing. Yet Jedi Knight 2 has rejuvenated my faith that it can be done, and done right.
Excerpt: LucasArts and Raven Software have teamed up to bring us the highly anticipated sequel to 1997's hit, Jedi Knight. This is Raven's first Star Wars game, although they have plenty of experience making first person shooters. They've licensed id Software's powerful Quake 3: Team Arena engine for this title, and use it well.