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Black & White 2 (Windows)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
75
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3.8
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Description

The sequel to Lionhead's open-ended god game, Black & White, attempts to offer more focused gameplay and larger scale. The player assumes yet again the role of a God and chooses if he will be Good, Evil or something in between.

As a deity that interferes directly with mortal affairs, the player will help his followers, the Greeks, survive and prosper in a mythical land. A good god will improve the city of his followers and eventually attract the inhabitants of neighbouring hamlets, be they neutral or even hostile. An evil god will recruit armies and conquer them.

The player once again has an animal avatar of his choice (between Lion, Ape, Wolf and Cow) which can be trained or left to its own devices. Its A.I. is much more advanced now and revolves around "lessons" learned. Each action it considers to do can be encouraged or discouraged by the player (by slapping or petting) so that a creature does something always/frequently, occasionally, rarely or never. The Creature can harvest, build, entertain, fight, specialize in one of these fields or just wander aimlessly, eat rocks and trees, gag and poop randomly. Depending on its alignment it will also eat or help villagers accordingly.

The divine being can also summon Miracles powered, as always, by faith. The ultimate goal is defeating the ruthless Aztecs by conquering or befriending the other two races (Norse and Japanese). The player also discovers three kinds of scrolls in the game. Gold ones are those that advance the plot, Silver ones are optional quests granting Tribute points which can be invested in buying new features and Bronze ones are tutorial scrolls.

Screenshots

Black & White 2 Windows The Temple. Notice how it affects the surrounding populace's happiness.
Black & White 2 Windows A grand view of the starting island.
Black & White 2 Windows A mini-game of rock bowling shows off the game's physics feature.
Black & White 2 Windows One of the few times the UI is visible. Here we buy a new building type.

Alternate Titles

  • "黑与白2" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Hei yu Bai 2" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

From God game to city builder, with a very unpleasant transition Matt Neuteboom (941) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
I'm sure it wasn't the developer's fault... Indra is here (19705) 2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars2.14 Stars
Sick of the guy upstairs not answering? Make a house call! Kain Ceverus (34) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars

The Press Says

Deaf Gamers 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Chronicles Nov 09, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
GameDaily Dec 14, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Captain Nov 16, 2005 80 out of 100 80
2404.org PC Gaming Oct 22, 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
4Players.de Oct 12, 2005 70 out of 100 70
GamePro (US) Oct 04, 2005 3.5 out of 5 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 04, 2005 6 out of 10 60
ActionTrip Oct 11, 2005 59 out of 100 59
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 2005 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Development

Peter Molyneux says in the readme.txt of Black White 2 that the development of the game began on 12/02/2002 and it ended 1.254 days later (and more than 20,000 take away dinners later).

Awards

  • Computer Games
    • March 2006 - #5 Worst Game of the Year 2005
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