Patrician 2: Quest for Power
|a game by||ASCARON Entertainment GmbH|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.7/10 - 3 votes|
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Historically accurate real-time trading games from Germany may not be the most electrifying genre around, but this one is pretty enough to pique our interest, as well as having the potential to be a substantial multiplayer hit. Sequel to a long-forgotten first outing, Patrician II blends elements of economic wrangling, political strategy and swashbuckling action in a rigorously detailed rendering of 14th-century Europe.
Starting out as a lowly trader with nothing but your wits to guide you, the aim of the game is to trade, and if necessary, kill, rob and deceive your way to fame and fortune, with the ultimate objective of becoming the head of the European trading league. Amassing a fleet of swift boats will be a must to shuffle the game's 20 tradable goods from port to port, and frequent charitable works and palm-greasing will bolster your popularity on shore. Turning to piracy is an option, with real-time ship battles incorporating boarding parties and a variety of weapons, but you run the risk of being tossed in the slammer if found out.
Unfortunately, the German version of Patrician 2 (which was released some months ago) offered only LAN-based multiplay, an oversight we're hoping will be rectified in time for the UK release. The developer has already announced an add-on pack for the game, so the problem should at least be addressed in that.