Industry Giant II
|a game by||JoWood Productions|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Industry Giant II is the perfect example of a smaller gaming company raising the bar on quality products. Austrian based JoWood Productions have produced what may be one of the better simulation games this year. In fact, only some flaws and design issues keep this title out of the recommended buy category.
Industry Giant II is very reminiscent of the SimCity series and other simulations of that genre; the game incorporates the A? isometric view familiar to many simulation fans, as well as the easy item placement and zoom options. However, Industry Giant II concentrates less on the residential aspects and more on the commercial and industrial development of the available cities. You can slowly influence residential and population development, but not directly, and your sales are dependent upon how you use the existing population.
Industry Giant II is quite possibly one of the most complex and richly textured simulations out there. One play through the tutorial will show you what you are in for. Certain products are simple to produce, for example, producing milk for stores requires only a cattle farm and a storage facility in close proximity to your retail outlet. However, other products require a more complex infrastructure. If you want to own a brewery, you'll need to mine silica to produce bottles (also at a separate facility), as well as grain and hops fields, all within proximity to your brewery. Add into the equation shipping, road and rail building, and other intangibles such as production levels and employee reimbursement, and you can quickly become mired down in the complexity of this game. Thus, I feel this game is more aimed toward the complex simulation fans rather than the novice.
There are a few issues. Though video resolution supports 1024 x 768 and above, the two 3d cards I tested it on tend to have jumpy, distracting title screens and in game menus. This can quickly become distracting, although other aspects of multimedia are excellent. LAN games are easy, and enemy AI is customizable. Hopefully, the GameSpy network will add popularity to this title. Industry Giant II may be a bit daunting to the novice, but is well worth the effort and learning curve.