Excellent news—the prince has ordered your launch from Crucis Jail. Dangerous information—you must journey throughout a frozen land to go see him…instantly. Bundle up, buttercup; that is going to be a cold experience.
First off, I’ve not performed the prequel recreation so I received’t attempt to let you know how King’s Bounty II charges as a sequel; I can solely price this recreation because it stands by itself. The sport is a combination between an journey story and a turn-based RPG. The journey side of the sport sees you trekking throughout the snowy Albion highlands after being launched from jail. As you journey, you encounter numerous folks, creatures, locations, and so forth. A number of the locations yield gold and issues you possibly can commerce for gold. It’s possible you’ll even discover some objects and weapons you should use to reinforce your present package.
Amongst the extra fascinating belongings you discover alongside the way in which are letters and books which might present some background in regards to the folks and the occasions main as much as your present mission. It appears there’s a drawback on the Magefactory. (Inform me if this sounds a bit acquainted…) There may be some form of drawback state of affairs on the Magefactory, and all of the mages have to remain remoted there and put on masks to comprise… (a bit too obvi, yeah?) Aaaaanyway, weak social commentary apart, stuff does occur so we’ll give this a cross and transfer on to the opposite vital side of the sport, particularly the turn-based fight.
When it’s time to interact in battle, and you could be glad of it, this recreation begins to really feel like a typical AS&D state of affairs with beginning positions, initiatives, and turn-based fight. Every fight unit will get its flip to both transfer, assault, or each relying on the unit’s capabilities. If in case you have not performed a recreation with this explicit fashion of fight, concentrate on the assault of alternative. In case you are adjoining to an enemy unit and select to maneuver away from them, they get a free likelihood to take an affordable shot at you as you progress away. It could sound a bit unfair, however that is fight, not Candyland. Like a lot of the RPGs on the market, the way you prepare your forces and the combo of forces in your military play a big half in whether or not you’ll win a battle.
King’s Bounty II presents three most important characters from which you’ll be able to select: a soldier, a paladin, or a mage. As you’ll anticipate, there are totally different expertise, strengths, and weaknesses based mostly in your alternative, but it surely doesn’t alter the story. It’s possible you’ll discover, nonetheless, that as a soldier you don’t get to attempt to resolve sure puzzles as a result of they require a mage to resolve them. Don’t fear; the sport supplies alternate programs of motion so you possibly can hold making progress. There are additionally a wide range of NPC varieties so that you can recruit to your military, together with troopers, magic customers, mercenaries, canines of struggle, the undead, and so forth. Every get together you recruit has a primary alignment and, as with different RPGs, every alignment could have an reverse with which it doesn’t play effectively. Watch out with these items, as bringing opposing alignments collectively in a single military will inflict penalties in your general group. There are methods to get a wide range of fight varieties with out incurring too many penalties, however it could take a bit tinkering to get your combine simply the place you prefer it. Talking of you, the sport will drive you to reside as much as your selections. In the event you make selections which match a sure alignment, the sport will steadily prohibit your selections to match what you have got completed prior to now.
After getting chosen a most important character and begin to set up your alignment, you’ll acquire factors to make use of in creating your character expertise and skills. There’s a helpful expertise tree within the recreation to maintain observe of what you have got and what’s arising. You get the usual gear display screen together with your pack contents, a map exhibiting the place you’re and the place you have got been…all the same old belongings you would anticipate in a recreation of this kind. You additionally get a compass on the prime of the primary display screen. It exhibits through which path you’re pointed and has helpful little markers indicating the path of the following focal point.
All this sounds nice, however King’s Bounty II has few points. Let’s begin with the controls, most of that are comparatively intuitive to most players. One of many wonky bits is your character’s strolling and operating. To stroll at a standard tempo, it’s good to use the left stick plus the ZR button, in any other case you’ll begin right into a gradual jogging tempo. To my considering, it might make extra sense to want a secondary button to dash, however there we’re. On the subject of getting round, you do get a horse in the beginning of this journey. Use the A button to mount and press and maintain the B button to dismount. Be prepared to attend a couple of seconds for every motion to happen (the method is a bit on the gradual facet).
This recreation additionally tends to be a bit gradual with regards to loading scenes. They’re longer than you may like, and there are actually extra of them than you will have. This drawback is compounded with shedding a fight session. In the event you lose your forces you’ll need to journey again to the place from which you recruited them to purchase extra. You will want to have the gold prepared or no extra military for you. By the way in which, there’s a restricted quantity of loot to be discovered/earned within the recreation. So, if you happen to run out of cash and also you get hammered in fight you could be caught in a no-win state of affairs. There are facet quests, however these don’t pay very effectively and they’re additionally restricted in quantity, so watch your sources. To pile onto this ache, there isn’t any replay characteristic for a fight loss. Your solely recourse is to make use of your save factors effectively.
The audio expertise is a little bit of a combined bag. The music and sound results are fairly good. A number of the dialogue is, let’s consider, a bit south of excellent. A number of the sidebar dialogue may be informative and humorous, however the supply is typically a bit flat. Additionally, a great portion of it’s too predictable.
Fight isn’t as clean appropriately. There may be an excessive amount of use of the minus (-) button to finish a flip and too little in the way in which of fight setup and execution tutorials. Sure, it’s nonetheless a comparatively commonplace flip based mostly fight association, however a couple of issues are totally different sufficient to be annoying if you happen to don’t have a heads-up. Discovering out in the midst of fight solely will get irritating if what you don’t know will get your canines of struggle killed (you possibly can guess what occurred there…300 gold gone in a minute).
The visuals are one other level of rivalry. King’s Bounty II appears just like the studio wished to be an epic, excessive finish affair, however didn’t fairly have the finances to essentially pull it collectively. There are some minor points with the digital camera (shifting/seeing by means of what ought to be strong objects, and the like), components which look blocky up-close, and common lighting issues; some exterior areas are too vibrant and among the inside areas are a bit too darkish—principally, a scarcity of steadiness between ambiance and distinction to maintain issues simpler on the eyes. One other factor I seen is that the soldier (he’s the one I began with) has darkish brown hair with a couple of greys. Within the between occasions display screen, he appears extra like an outdated man with virtually all white hair. Not all of the actions and animations are as clean as they might be, both. General, it appears OK but it surely’s not a prime shelf look.
King’s Bounty II has good replay worth as you possibly can run the sport as three totally different most important characters and make totally different selections to see how totally different alignments fare within the recreation. The visuals are first rate, however not prime notch. The audio is sweet. Whereas the sport can hold you busy in an epic excessive fantasy world, it has some points.