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Scheduled release date:

June 29, 2010

Publisher:

SouthPeak Games

Developer:

TopWare Interactive

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

RPG

If you didn’t play Two Worlds, you didn’t miss out on much. This attempt at an epic, sweeping RPG similar to the likes of Oblivion just didn’t cut the mustard and yet somehow, the game managed to move enough copies to warrant a sequel. This isn’t exactly a promising start for a good preview but this is one of those cases where the developer is aware of the initial failure, has worked hard to remedy the mistakes, and feels confident that the sequel will allow the original to ease out of our memories. Also, it should probably be noted that Two Worlds never appeared on the PlayStation 3; it was only available for the Xbox 360 and PC back in 2007. But like I just said…you didn’t miss out on much.

Although I’m not as big a fan of open-ended, Western RPGs, I greatly enjoyed BioWare’s Dragon Age: Origins and while I didn’t get a chance to play Fable 2, I remember having a good time with the first title. And so, I’ve been checking around for all the updated information on this sequel, which is starting to win me over. First of all, I should point you in the direction of the IGN preview because it includes great comments from the game’s producer, Scott Cromie. He says “it’s truly a next-gen title” (kinda implying the first one wasn’t), and we are introduced to the entirely new engine, called Grace. It’s a serious upgrade, apparently, and it features all the little refined goodies the first engine didn’t really have, like dynamic lighting, better physics, weather effects, etc. This is a direct result of the greatly beefed up development team; it’s twice the size of the group that worked on the first Two Worlds. They admit the first was basically a direct port of the PC version and it didn’t turn out well; this time, they’re focusing on the console play.

The new engine should be free from pop-up and other glitches, sport much more agreeable load times, and in general, put the entire game on a whole new plateau. Cromie said it’s “a beautiful engine” and he’s “confident this is a triple-A game.” On top of which, he said they’re infusing a “more North American feel” into the sequel; in other words, no more rough translation by Polish team Reality Pump. No, the story in Two Worlds II is being co-written by designers at the US-based publisher TopWare Interactive, so you won’t have this awkward, unfamiliar dialogue that simply doesn’t resonate with the modern public. After all, when it comes to big RPGs like this, we need a well-written and elaborate story and plot; we need characters we can identify with and plenty of intriguing folklore to go along with it. Well, we need that in addition to great gameplay, and this mechanic should certainly resonate with fans of standard WRPGs we’ve seen in the past. In fact, it sounds a lot like Dragon Age, in that it will be real-time with the ability to bring up an in-game menu and pause the action.

The fun part? The publisher claims that if you really want to squeeze every ounce of fun out of this sequel, you’ll burn up around 200 hours! That’s a gigantic amount of time and Cromie adds that the vast, vibrant landscape in Two Worlds II is “so big you have to use a horse,” which quickly reminds us of Assassin’s Creed. Of course, it’s a bad analogy because in those games, it’s just a matter of traversing some in-between regions quickly; for the sequel in question, it seems we’ll need that speedier method of travel far more often. But getting back to the combat for a moment, it’s your expected combination of melee and ranged attacks, complete with abilities and skills that can be learned and mastered, along with a variety of magic and spells. Perhaps most intriguing about this will be the freedom involved: you won’t be tied into one particular class; the characters can switch on a dime between melee attacking and magic, as you can reallocate skill points and even switch your equipment on the fly. They’ll need to streamline all the options for the limited console controller – as they did with Origins – but we imagine it’ll be done well.

Two Worlds II is slated to hit on June 29 in the US and based on everything we’ve seen so far, it appears to be a huge step in the right direction. For those of you who have loved games like Oblivion and Dragon Age, you’ll need a new RPG fix…and this could be it.

2/4/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (28 posts)

Alienange
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 9:50:24 PM
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Sequels to crap games always put me on edge. I hope the best though because I'd love another Oblivion type game. I just won't be able to bring myself to buy this on day one.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 5:31:16 AM

Just Cause2 is looking like a pretty badass game. The developers definitely expanded upon what made the first one so fun.

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ed_winchester
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 6:55:36 AM

slightly off topic but with regards to sequels, does anybody even care about the new Kane & Lynch game?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 10:21:05 PM
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I would welcome another Oblivion style game, is this thing first person? I doubt that it will be a AAA game but it could be worth a look. Although one sentence caught my eye Ben

"Although I’m not as big a fan of open-ended, Western RPGs"

Not because I mean to argue with you about Jrpg vs Wrpg, but for some reason I got the idea like hey, imagine a WESTERN RPG. Like Red Dead RPG :)

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Naztycuts
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 11:26:50 PM

That would be awesome World, it could be like Oregon Trail for consoles! I miss dying of Cholera and Dysentery!

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CH1N00K
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 10:53:57 PM
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Got to be honest, I've never even heard of the first one...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 11:05:42 PM

me either.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 11:07:12 PM
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If they can pull a Killzone 2 out of a Killzone 1's ass then it will be good I reckon ;)

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Milonakis
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 11:27:27 PM
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I hated the first game. Who knows, I hated Killzone 1 and they proved me wrong with two.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, February 04, 2010 @ 11:59:31 PM
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Where is the WCK Review Ben/Arnold?!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 12:19:37 AM

It's coming.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 12:22:55 AM

WKC that is :)

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Nickjcal
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 6:51:17 AM

that game only got a 5 on ign. Heard its pretty bad

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 7:47:23 AM

Actually it was a 5.1. I'm loving the game. I just got done playing a couple quests online with people, it was a blast. I found several awesome items and money.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 10:47:11 AM

I CAN tell you that Arnold likes it.

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Feregrin
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 1:42:37 PM

ShadowxOPS, do you even bother reading what is written in the reviews or do you just look at the score?

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Naztycuts
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 12:16:08 AM
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Um what happened to the RPG's I used to play :'( It looks like my idea of a traditional RPG died on PS1+PS2 I hate that all these Oblivion clones are what characterises a Western RPG and that's all we get are real time fights, dont get me wrong I loved Demon's Souls and Oblivion (despite the glitches) but I miss my old school Breath of Fire 3/FF turn based battles they were just so much more fun to me because you could plan your battles I guess I'm getting old. sigh

Last edited by Naztycuts on 2/5/2010 12:16:46 AM

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mike rlz
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 12:27:58 AM
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its funny ben. i read it was first released in germany, where most reviews placed two worlds between 80-93%, then everywhere else gave it around 7/10 or between 50-70%

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 12:41:22 AM
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Ha, just got the first 2 Worlds for $11 last week to add into my 360 collection.

I'm not really into RPG's but I did find myself getting into this one a little bit, but just not used to doing the potions, spells or magic type things yet.

I thought the graphics weren't the greatest though, & seemed more like last gen

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just2skillf00l
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 1:28:47 AM
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Naztycuts,
You're not the only one...I'm mean you may be the only old one but i too share a bond with turn-based. I guess people just hate the idea of chess and checkers nowadays. Well...for all you chess and checker haters, listen intently and patiently...right...real-time....................
bunchatriggerfingers.

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 5:32:21 AM

I love turn-based, it's my favorite style of gameplay. That and the rock-paper-scissors style of most RTS games. SC2 soon!

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ed_winchester
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 6:52:52 AM

@Limited, so did you play/like Endwar?

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LimitedVertigo
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 7:48:26 AM

No, I've never tried that game. I've heard it made playing an RTS on a console not too annoying.

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ed_winchester
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 8:47:59 AM

yeah the reason I asked was coz you said that about rock-paper-scissors, thats the best way to sum up Endwar, and when using a headset to control your troops, the voice recognition is unbelievably accurate and makes the game that bit more exciting. If you're into RTS's I'd reccomend Endwar, plus you can pick it up dirt cheap these days

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ed_winchester
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 6:51:25 AM
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Wouldnt it be funny if they were able to create 3D towns, how would that make Squeenix look

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Feregrin
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 1:43:41 PM

There are 3D towns in WKC ya know.

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ed_winchester
Friday, February 05, 2010 @ 2:34:41 PM
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@Feregrin, thats my point, all these other games making 3D towns and Squenix saying its too hard

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Kai200X
Sunday, February 07, 2010 @ 1:10:44 AM
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I love Oblivion, so I think I'm willing to give this one a try when it comes out.

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