Black & White 2 Review

In addition to this new aspect the creature also has set ‘behaviors’ that you can choose from at any time. With a few clicks you can manipulate your creature to become a soldier, entertainer, builder, or gatherer. You are able to control the creature with the set behavior by using a leash. The more time the creature spends on a certain kind of leash the more he displays those types of behaviors. For example, keeping the creature on the green gatherer leash for extended periods of time will have him collecting grain and wood all day. You can get more evil and choose to keep the creature on the soldier leash, and all of a sudden he will start looking like Rambo with cuts and battle scars. In general, it’s good habit to keep a good balance of the different leashes so your creature can do many different tasks and be more useful throughout the game. Here again, B&W2 can be looked at from an RTS perspective because of a certain aspect of the game. Your choices and decisions become real time strategy.

Another sunny day for a good god.
The graphics in B&W2 are no less than amazing. The game honestly showcases some fantastic graphics, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider the scale at which the game is played. A great deal of time can be spent zooming in and zooming out during the game. Although some of the first maps may seem small at first, even they become large when you get down to the “Sims” level and start managing individual disciples. Lionhead apparently knew this and took it to the extreme…zooming all the way in you can watch bugs crawling over the dirt and grass blowing in the wind. Flick the mouse wheel to zoom out a few levels, and although the graphics quality remains excellent, you’re now viewing from the ‘1000ft level’. You can, of course, zoom out much further and get a birds eye view of the entire map. The sun and sunsets in B&W2 can honestly turn some of the maps into desktop-wallpaper-worthy-masterpieces. Your armies and villagers remain clear and crisp while zoomed out, and full of detail when zoomed in. Your disciples are an integral part of the game, and managing them can be time consuming and sometimes painstaking. The game does do a good job with the villagers, and to make things realistic your villagers have normal life cycles. You’ll see them in their childhood, growing up, then as an adult, and finally you will watch die.

The gameplay in B&W2 can be a little daunting, but it’s worth all the effort. Honestly, there is so much going on, you can get a little lost at times. Even though it can be thought of as an RTS, it’s still a god simulator, and perhaps best described as a combination of the two. Putting together the two forces you to think and act globally, but also locally. For example, on the local level you can spend tons of time teaching your creature different behaviors. On the global level you can be strategically conquering towns and then building barracks at those locations to bring your forces closer to the front lines. There are so many different things to do in this game it can seem endless.

Black & White 2 will not be a game you can put down easily. Acting as a god can quickly become addicting, and then seriously time consuming. The graphics, creature mechanics, and gameplay can all add to the obsession with B&W2. Lionhead should be proud of their sequel, it is clear they have made significant improvements.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 88%.  If you think you have what is takes to be God, this is the game to test your skill and find out.

 



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