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King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame (Windows)

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King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame ties directly to the end of its predecessor: after King Arthur managed to reunite the country everything seems fine. But two problems emerge: an evil witch sends her demon army against the royal family and Arthur is mortally wounded. So the player takes the role of Arthur's son William Pendragon.

The basic playing principle is still a mixture between role-playing, turn-based strategy and tactical battles in real time. However, the complexity of the strategy map has been reduced (less province management) and the importance of quests and story is greater. One of the consequences is that the player is restricted to one army until two more are gained during the course of the plot.

Both strategy and tactics bear resemblance to the Total War series: on the strategy map, troops are moved between provinces (only in summer turns), resources are managed (reduced to two) or provinces enlarged. Other options are research and diplomacy. During the tactical battles, battalions are moved against the enemy in order to defeat him. Of course it is important to use the correct type of units because everything has strengths and weaknesses.

The quests, which can be started during the strategy part, either set a certain diplomatic or battle goal or start a sequence similar to choose-your-own-adventure books: a situation is presented in text form (this time fully voiced) and the player has to choose between several possibilities to proceed. Between certain in-game effects, the choices influence the hero's morality (good/tyrannical and Christian/Pagan) which in turn has effects on unlocked special abilities. The heroes (overall three) can unlock more skills as they earn experience points, too.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Król Artur II" -- Polish title

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The Press Says

Multiplayer.it Feb 07, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Spazio Games Feb 05, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Eurogamer.it Feb 14, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Vandal Online Feb 08, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 05, 2012 70 out of 100 70
GameStar (Germany) Feb 05, 2012 69 out of 100 69
XGN Feb 06, 2012 6.5 out of 10 65
New Game Network Feb 13, 2012 62 out of 100 62
PC PowerPlay Australia Apr, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Games.cz Mar 02, 2012 5 out of 10 50

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Patrick Bregger (110979) added King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame (Windows) on Aug 27, 2012