Black and White 2
Genre Simulation -> Simulation
Today's Rank 0
Date 2005-10-04
Publisher Electronic Arts
Date 2005-10-07
Publisher Electronic Arts
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Retail Box ArtOther strategy games can give you control of armies, countries and even whole planets but there’s only one that actually puts in the role of a god. Black & White 2 is the latest game from Peter Molyneux, creator of classics such as Populous and Dungeon Keeper, and once again it casts you as a god who draws power from the faith of your subjects in order to manipulate the world around you using various natural phenomena like lightning strikes and earthquakes. The original Black & White was criticised for lacking structure and direction and for fumbling one of its key features: the gigantic AI-controlled monster that worked as your corporeal representative in the game world. For this sequel though all these problems have been solved and the creature is now far more intelligent and able to work a lot more autonomously, although you will still be able to train him in specific tasks – such as leading an army or constructing buildings. The rather aimless structure of the first game has also been drastically improved upon, with a proper campaign mode with specific objectives. One area the original game never disappointed inn was the graphics, but Black & White 2 looks even more amazing than before, with hundreds of humans on screen at a time and amazing attention to detail such as your creature’s fur becoming matted and damp in the rain. One of the most ambitious strategy games ever created, for fans of the genre this is manna from heaven. --David Jenkins

- Wage massive wars, sieges and battles or use your skill and power to keep the peace
- Discover and use new Epic Miracles, including the ground-ripping Earthquake and volcanoes, which cause rivers of lava
- Choose and customize the Creature that's right for you from a selection, including old favorites such as the Ape, Cow, and Lion
- Research and create new forms of weaponry, from swords to bows to siege machines
- Create and control settlements that include housing, farming, and many other buildings like fountains and lush gardens (if you're Good) or spikes and torture pits (if you're Evil)
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