DescriptionIllwhyrin, the witch queen of Char, has been vanquished, her lair Witchaven destroyed, and the curse that plagued the land is finally lifted. However, shortly afterwards the valiant hero Grondoval the Witchbane is contacted by a mysterious golden dragon, who tells him that Illwhyrin's sister Cirae-Argoth is coming to avenge her death. Demonic legions abduct the princess Elizabeth along with other people from Grondoval's homeland Stazhia. It's time for the hero to embark on an even more dangerous journey, rescue the innocents, and defeat the evil witch.
Like its predecessor, Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance is a medieval fantasy-themed first-person action game. The gameplay is similar to that of the previous game, with a few additions. The protagonist is now able to fight with two weapons at once (one in each hand), as well as equip shields. The sequel also includes a Build engine level editor that allows players to create their own stages.
- "Witchaven II: Vingança Sangrenta" -- Brazilian title
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|Lackluster sequel actually detracts from the original.||Jason Musgrave (75)|
|PC Team||Jun, 1996||90 out of 100||90|
|Privat Computer PC||1996||83 out of 100||83|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||1996||80|
|Power Unlimited||Jun, 1996||8 out of 10||80|
|Joystick (French)||Jul, 1996||80 out of 100||80|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Aug, 1996||74 out of 100||74|
|Pelit||Jul, 1996||65 out of 100||65|
|PC Games (Germany)||Jul, 1996||55 out of 100||55|
|High Score||Aug, 1996||2 out of 5||40|
|PC Player (Germany)||Jul, 1996||40|
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Cover artThe cover art for Witchaven 2 was created by artists Ken Kelly, who also created the cover art for the original game.
Cutscene anomalyDuring the course of the game, the player collects different weapons and armor to make him appear more or less like a Midian Knight on the cover of the original Witchaven (spiked shield, horned helmet, chain vest, etc.) However, in the cut scenes, Grondoval wears bright gold armor and helm and never holds an axe. The gold armor only matches with the breastplate that the player can attain during play. The player's hands do not match the cut scene versions' hands and wrists *at all*.
Engine improvementsAlthough it uses the same engine as the original "Witchaven, slight improvements and changes made it impossible to open Witchaven maps with the new map editor that came with Witchaven 2.
German classificationOn July 31, 1996, Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #13 Least Rewarding Ending of All Time