Black & White 2
Truth be told, the original Black & White didn't wear well on me. After the initial 'wow' factor wore off, I found it to be relatively duldrum, essentially an extremely simple and enjoyable game that had some discouraging flaws. As such, I was a bit hesitant to pickup the sequel, but fortunately, it has wound up being better than I could've imagined. From improved creature mechanics, to a much more RTS style gameplay, Lionhead gave this game a good scrubbing from top to bottom, and it isn't all that dirty anymore.
In the original, one of my greatest problems was the fact that your creature was hard to train. He didn't give you much in the way of feedback, and it was basically really difficult to teach the creature simple tricks, like catching a thrown rock. Now you can see your creature's thoughts, and respond to them appropriate. Everything from, "Should I eat this grain?" to "I think I will poo on this villager" is available as feedback, and an attentive trainer can use these responses to carefully craft their creature's personality. Creature 'behaviors' are also now available, allowing you to force the creature to be a soldier, entertainer, builder, or gatherer.
As I mentioned earlier, we're in full RTS territory now, as every god must care for his followers and build cities for them. Using the town square as your starting point, you can construct large and elaborate cities, complete with easily built roads that can be constructed in frankly one of the easiest building systems I've ever used. All in all, this is a good thing. The game still suffers in gameplay because you've got to micromanage your population, telling people to go forth and do things one at a time, but at least your metropolis gets to be inhabited by a populous and intriguing people.
All in all, there's much more to this game than a capsule review can contain, but in the end, I like the game. Beware, though, as Black & White 2 requires one beefy system to play at anything other than low end settings, but at least it'll always look pretty.
Download Black & White 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP