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Tue, Nov. 1st, 2005, 12:52 am
Don't believe the hype

Leaving aside for a moment the trials and tribulations of the last few days which have left me a cowering wreck, unable to leave the home - I have been playing Black and White 2 a little during my terror induced hiatus from society. Its good - better than the first in that I can save my game without it crashing. I had a look at the "features" list on the website, out of curiosity and I have a few comments

"Wage massive wars, sieges and battles or use your skill and power to keep the peace."
You can't beat the game without using force as far as I can see.

"Discover and use new Epic Miracles, including the ground-ripping Earthquake and volcanoes, which cause rivers of lava."
Not so much "discover" as "buy them from a list"

"Choose and customize the Creature that's right for you from a selection, including old favorites such as the Ape, Cow, and Lion."
The selection includes the "old favourites" plus a wolf.

"Research and create new forms of weaponry, from swords to bows to siege machines."
Thats actually ALL the forms of weaponry right there

"Build and design unique defensive gates and walls."
True, no two walls need be identical. You can place your generic gate ANYWHERE you want on your generic wall.

"Control and marshal huge and varied armies."
Swordsmen, archers and siege weapons. Plus your creature. I suppose that gives you what? 24 varities of army?

"Create and control settlements that include housing, farming, and many other buildings like fountains and lush gardens (if you're Good) or stocks and guillotines (if you're Evil)."
There are neither stocks nor guillotines if you're evil. And even if you ARE evil, you can still drop a garden into your towns.

"Weather systems such as rain, snow, mists, and fog."
B&W 2 actually *lacks* the feature the first had that would connect to the internet and find the weather in your area and emulate it in the game. It seems to lack all weather from what I can see. I've been through a couple of lands, including a snowy one and there was no weather as such, it didn't even snow on the snowy one.

"Journey through 11 lands homing each of the five tribes."
Including the tutorial land and the other tutorial land.

I dunnow, Peter Molyneux makes a good game but he can't resist the bullshit.