Unique strategy game has a sometimes nasty sense of humor.
Common Sense Media
13 August 2010
Summary: Parents should know that What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is a very challenging strategy game with a very teenage sense of humor. Expect some corny sexual jokes and profanity tossed in just to get laughs. There's also good, witty humor too, most of it satirizing the role-playing game genre. And, of course, parents should be aware that players of the game are taking on the role of the evil villain.
Excerpt: What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord 2? is the sequel to What Did I Do to Deserve This? , a quirky dungeon builder/ simulator released by NIS last year. Originally titled Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman 2: Time to Tighten Up Security , it was forced to undergo a name change for certain legal reasons. Name changes aside, My Lord 2 does what any good sequel does; it builds on the first game without sacrificing everything that made the original fun.
Excerpt: When I'm looking for a casual, entertaining game to play I usually tend to search out independent developers. Their games seem to have the most charm, ingenuity and value. They are allotted more freedom, and therefore can take bigger chances. Typically the end result is something that breaks the mold of conventional gaming-something unique and captivating.
Excerpt: So imagine yourself driving along a dark, lonely country road. The radio is your only company and the DJ announces that this very day is the Autumn Equinox and that there will be 12 hours of darkness. Not to worry, you’ll soon be home and out of the shadows. Only you’re not yet home when your car comes to a shuddering, stuttering halt. In the dark. This is the eerie setting for your quest in Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle.
Excerpt: Rarely does a game series manage to innovate within the often blinkered “Desktop/Tower Defence” genre, that is, beyond adding some extra rules or gimmicks to the template. PopCap’s Plants vs Zombies added the “seeds and sunshine” element to the regular unit management paradigm, an idea extended in Nippon Ichi’s What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord!? series (renamed from Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!
Conclusion: Those who are interested in trying My Lord 2 would do well to try out the PSN demo before purchasing the entire product. It would be pretty much impossible for me to offer a blanket statement as to whether gamers should buy or pass on this game. The core gameplay mechanic is so intensely polarizing that every single person is going to have a different reaction to it.
Conclusion: Even after spending countless hours with the game, I still can't figure out how to explain What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to how excited you get about convoluted rules, repetitive gameplay and video game ecosystems. The game has some seriously good ideas, but there's no question that it will only play to a limited audience.