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There is an old formula being applied here, something tried and true, but the game doesn't feel old. In fact, it feels like a fresh, exciting adventure that draws heavily from classic games, but at the same time blazes a trail for future games and creates a world that you will want to explore time and time again. The high level of detail and world immersion give the sense that the team at Spiderweb Software are extremely adept at crafting interesting RPGs. There is a lot of content for your money here, and I feel as though this game is one of the best "bang for your buck" titles you can find in RPG gaming. For an asking price of $10 for many hours of high quality content, picking up Avadon 2: The Corruption is a no-brainer, especially for fans of turn-based, story-driven RPGs. If given the chance, this game will consume your life for awhile, and you will be enchanted by the world Spiderweb Software has created for you.
As a whole, Avadon 2: The Corruption offers a great value for those who enjoy an old-school style RPG. To tell you the truth, I ended up playing this game for eight hours straight on my first play. For someone like me who enjoys a deep story, lots of exploration possibilities, tough but fair fights and more than a dab of humor, this is a great game. If you have similar tastes, then why not give it a try? At the price it’s being offered, there is not much to lose, and quite a lot to gain. If you are still not convinced, you can download a free demo from Spiderweb’s main pages and give the world a try for yourself. I warn you though, once you get a taste, you will want more.
It doesn't make sense to try to pile more words into this review. Avadon 2: The Corruption is everything the first Avadon was, but bigger and with a new class. However you felt about Avadon: The Black Fortress is how you'll feel about Avadon 2: The Corruption. My scores reflect some slight decay in some areas, but this is still a fantastic piece of work. I suspect I'll be playing through this multiple times (and also purchasing it again for iPad once ported) until the inevitable Avadon 3.
It’s also quite possible you won’t care, since the game has so many other classic RPG aspects – I didn’t even mention the encumbrance rules or the system for forging magical weapons – that it doesn’t need to be a visual tour de force. Like its predecessor, Avadon 2 is an expertly crafted throwback that caters to its target audience with dozens of hours of exactly what it wants.
Avadon 2 is not for everyone. The target audience are fans of the previously mentioned CRPGs. If trying something new with a classic feel is something you’d like to try, and you are right at home reading through the Mass Effect codex, then you might find Avadon 2 to be your liking. With everything set up so that even a newcomer to the genre can pick it up quickly, there’s no reason not to see if this could be the beginning of a lovely relationship.
Avadon 2: The Corruption once again proves that excellent writing and rock-solid RPG systems are more important than soulless visuals. Though combat padding and some niggling complaints annoy from time to time, Spiderweb Software has produced another seriously satisfying slice of old-school roleplaying. If, like me, you value world-building and wordsmithery over shiny graphics, Avadon 2 might just be your favourite RPG of the year.