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Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance (DOS)

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Written by  :  Jason Musgrave (75)
Written on  :  Apr 07, 2003
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Lackluster sequel actually detracts from the original.

The Good

Some very cool environments, the return of a variety of weapons (that can now be enchanted- that's very cool), and the addition of some enemies (and thus, story elements) that are very welcome (including human enemies).

The Bad

The controls in this game are deplorable. You slip and slide everywhere (even on solid surfaces). The hit location is sketchy with ranged weapons, and the story progession is dismal. This game makes the same mistake as the original- offering the storyline only in the manual. As a result, you have no idea why you are fighting various barbarian tribes, why they are aligned with the evil witches, etc.

The Bottom Line

Following the release of "Witchaven", fans were begging for a sequel. When it was announced on a discussion board, we squealed with glee. This game should have corrected many of Witchaven's weak points, but in the end, the only improvement was more enemies, enchanted weapons, and much better multiplayer support. Otherwise, the game ruined the short-lived series and we never heard from Witchaven again.