Discworld 2

a game by Psygnosis
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platforms: Playstation, PSX
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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Discworld 2
Discworld 2
Discworld 2
Discworld 2

In the thriving metropolis of Ankh-Morpork, someone has planted a bomb. Fortunately, there are plenty of people who know how to diffuse it. The problem is: Of everyone capable, the dumfounded mage Rincewind is the first at the scene. Needless to say, Rincewind's efforts didn't really work out and the resulting explosion leveled portion of the city. Besides the obvious effect, the explosion has had a disastrous effect on Death himself.

Since the disaster, Death has disappeared and the dead haven't been collected like they normally were when they passed on. Many have become bored at their own funerals and have wandered off because Death has not been doing his job. When Windle Poons, the Unseen University's oldest wizard, fails to pass away quietly, the Arch Chancellor decides to perform the rite to summon death.

Rincewind finds himself caught in the mix to acquire the components of the spell. Using his ever-present sharpened sarcasm and his faithful walking luggage, he must do the impossible for a half-wit magician.

Without going much further into the plot, let's just say that some bizarre events start to unfold which place Rincewind into the role as Death where the fun and surprises never stop.

In Psygnosis' latest point-and-click adventure title Discworld 2: Mortality Bytes! players can once again fall head over heels into the demented life of the nearly fallen magician Rincewind. Using the wits and the humorous attitude of the bumbling wizard and his trusted com-panion/chest, players must explore the landscape and find vital clues that will help unravel the mystery at hand.

In the adventure, players will come across many NPCs that will be both helpful and also hinder their progress throughout the game. The key to getting anywhere in the title is to coax the NPCs that are willing to help you with Rincewind's sly tongue (coming once again from Monty Python star, Eric Idle). There will also be a number of characters to interact with that will seem to want to do nothing more than cause you trouble in your quests. But no matter what you are or are not getting from them, the experience of dealing with them is bound to be hilarious.

Graphically the title seems to be on par with the previous release, bringing sharp visuals of all the interesting places and characters. And although the graphics are a high point the best feature of all is the amount of humor that will have players in stitches as they walk in the shoes of Rincewind.

Considering the first Discworld really caught a lot of gamers by surprise with great fun and a plot that spawned laughs, the second release really has a lot to live up to. But with what we have seen so far, players are in store for another classic Psygnosis sequel where the designer's only goal is to make it better than its predecessor. It's a simple concept but hard to execute on a title as good as Discworld.

Gamer's EDGE

The fun of any point-and-click adventure game is contained in the locales where the plot allows you to go. And Discworld 2 is a perfect example of this. It allows you to explore many different places that include the fabled continent of XXXX and exotic places such as Djeli Beybi and Holy Wood.

Because Discworld 2 is also non-linear, you can go to places and even return if you have missed an important item or clue, orjust to talk to the inhabitants. It's a thrill to go to each successive screen, and the game never fails to impress beginning players with the outstanding art and cartoony characters.

  • MANUFACTURER - Psygnosis
  • THEME - Adventure
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

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Playstation

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PSX

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The Discworld game was packed with fiendish puzzles, cartoon is giaplhos and silly British humor. This sequel promises more of the same only with improved graphics and smoother animation. In fact, the animation is so smooth that Psygnosis claims it will play like an mteiaetivo cartoon. Discworkl 2 also marks the return of Monty Python Alum Eye Idle, who once again lends his voice to the game's humbling hero. Rincewind. In the first game, Rincewind goofed his way through wizard school. His second adventure has him teaming up with another Discworkl favorite. Death. The game is based on the best-selling Discworkl series of novels, which were penned by fantasy humorist Terry Pratchett. Discworkl 2 is expected to unleash as many-it not more-rude punchlines as its predecessor.

Psygnosis previewed the sequel to DiscWorld, a popular point-and-click adventure game. Based on the Terry Pratchet novels, players once again take control of the ill-fated wizard Rincewind and the faithful Luggage. The details of the new story are being kept rather secret, but if it's anything like the original, expect lots of humor. The graphics of DiscWorld 2 look astounding, comparable to Dragon's Lair, but with gameplay of the original. The cartoony quality of these graphics goes along great with the wacky humor throughout the game. DiscWorld 2 will first appear on the PC, but also on the PlayStation. It's unknown what enhancements the PS version will have. Will Rincewind ever get out of trouble? Play and find out.

Overview

Rincewind the magician is back, and his latest adventure has him looking to find Death. Yep, that is right, Death, the big robed guy with the sickle. Nobody liked the idea of being immortal because, let's face it, life just isn't that great most of the time. Anyway, it is up to you, as Rincewind, to find Death and get him back to doing his duties.

As the sequel to Discworld, Discworld II has some new goodies to add to the game including better graphics, a huge new world to explore, and more than 25,000 hand-drawn cells of animation. The one thing that remains the same is the snappy one-liners and off-the-wall humor in the voice-overs done by Eric Idle of Monty Python fame.

Gameplay

Discworld II is best described as a point-and-click adventure game. You are in control of Rincewind, the bumbling magician, who can hardly even tie his own shoes. Following you around is your luggage chest complete with legs to walk on. The gameplay consists of finding objects and interacting with these objects, as well as with other people. All of your interaction with people is predetermined in what you say, but you do have the ability to choose if you want to ask a question, say something sarcastic, or just talk with them.

By looking at my score, you would believe that this game is not too good. I caution you on this, because this game is not bad for the type of game that it is. It does have some problems, but mostly I just don't really like this type of game. Discworld II takes everything I don't like about point-and-click and adventure games and packages them together, making it difficult for me to struggle through. The reason it got as high of a score as it did was because I know that fans of this type of game will enjoy it more than I did.

First, let's start out with the strengths of this game. The world that you have to explore is massive. You could play this game for 2 hours and still not visit all of the locations available. One complaint the game manufacturing industry has had about this type of game is that they are usually relatively short. Not the case here. You will not be able to finish this game in less than two or three days.

Next, the puzzles were very complex. Almost nothing was very obvious. You had to be very creative in your attempts to secure object and items. Some things were as easy as asking for them or just picking them up, and other things you had to talk to the people in a specific pattern or they would not give up the items. This definitely added a difficulty factor to the enormous environments.

The other thing I really liked about the game was the humor. Everyone had a smart-ass comment or a twisted name. I was constantly chuckling to myslef as I played the game. Each of the people you must interact with have very unique personalities and you will quickly get a feeling about who is helpful and who is not.

Now for the bad. First, and foremost, I don't have the patience to play these games. The game goes along at the pace of a fleet of grandmas driving on a Sunday afternoon. First, you must sit through 15 minutes of animations before the game even starts. Then, you are stuck listening to peoples' irrelevant babble all of the time. My reaction to this may be from my MTV generation background, but I think many people will find this game to be too slow.

Speaking of slow, that is another thing that plagued this game. Not only was the action slow, but the game itself was slow to load. You will have plenty of time to watch the loading screen because it seemed that every 3 screens, the game would have to load something. Then, once the screen was loaded, if any movement happened, your cursor would stutter. This was particularly annoying because you luggage followed you everywhere and had moving legs. Every time you entered a room, you cursor would stutter for 3-5 seconds. I don't even want to talk about screens that load other animations.

The last thing that bothered me about this game was that it was a bit ridiculous in expectations. What I mean by this is that you must talk to people in a sequential order to get information. For example, you must first say something sarcastic, then ask a question, then greet them. If you do not do it in this order, you will not get the information you are seeking.

Graphics

The animations—once loaded—are great. The backgrounds and drawings are also excellent. Everything looked to be straight out of a cartoon world. On the downside, I can't help but blame the graphics for the slowing and loading problems. Also, there were occasions that I had trouble seeing items because they blended into the backgrounds and were hidden.

Bottom Line

Discworld II is not my type of game. Aside from the slowdown problems and frequent loading, fans of this genre will probably like this title. For people who really don't enjoy this type of game or people who have never played one before, I suggest you pass on by.

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