Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard’s Throne
|Publisher:||Gathering of Developers|
|Genres:||Strategy / Turn-Based Strategy|
|Release Date:||June 12, 2002|
|Game Modes:||Singlepalyer / Multiplayer|
A worthy sequel for both AOW and Heroes fans.
Every time I played Age of Wonders, the game revealed new subtleties. The AI was damn clever. Plus there were delightful touches of whimsy — take the Nymph unit, a temptress who’d run up to a foe, embrace him, do her thing, and turn the poor sap into a love slave.
AOW 2 doesn’t monkey around with the primary ingredients of the original’s successful recipe. The interface has been overhauled and is better organized. Diplomacy options have been enhanced. City design and its relation to production has become subtler, more interesting. Possibly one of the most interesting changes relate to your hero units.
In the old game, your Wizard characters had to lead troops in the field in order to gain points for advancement. I lost a heap of them because of that. In Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne, you have only one wizard, and instead of leading your troops directly, he never needs to leave his tower. “Summoned” units, spells, and high-level heroes expand his domain while he focuses on magical research. The benefit: you don’t have to restart a million games because your wiz got killed off in his second battle. The drawback is that gaining experience takes a whole lot longer.
As G.O.D. promised, the graphics are lush and vibrant, and the 3D tactical screens make terrain a more vital part of your tactics. All sorts of strategies are open to you, and the pre-packaged scenarios give you a chance to see the game strut its stuff as you try out a wide variety of approaches. If you tackle the grand campaign, however, be warned: even on the Easy setting, you’ll find it bloody hard to win. Strategy games don’t need tanks, hexes, and supply rules to be fun. AoW II will fit almost anyone’s bill for an involving, effects-laden fantasy game as long as they’re ready for a deep challenge.
System Requirements: Pentium II 300 Mhz, 64 MB RAM, 500 MB HDD, 8 MB Video, Win 95
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