King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame

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King Arthur II:
The Role-Playing Wargame
King Arthur 2 Boxart.jpg
Developer(s) NeocoreGames
Publisher(s) Paradox Interactive
CyberFront (JP)
Engine Coretech 2 with PhysX
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release
  • EU: September 20, 2011 (Online)
  • EU: January 20, 2012
  • NA: January 27, 2012 (Steam)
  • JP: April 13, 2012
  • NA: April 10, 2013 (Desura)
Dead Legions
  • NA: January 27, 2012 (Steam)
  • JP: September 7, 2012
Genre(s) Real-time tactics, turn-based strategy, role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame is a real-time tactics and role-playing video game and a sequel to King Arthur: The Role-Playing Wargame, released online in Europe on September 20, 2011, and then worldwide in 2012. It was developed by NeocoreGames and published by Paradox Interactive. It blends elements of the real-time tactics, role-playing, and grand strategy genres into one.

Gameplay[edit]

Battle gameplay screenshot

Gameplay in King Arthur II is a mix of real-time strategy, role-playing, and grand strategy elements. The grand strategy portion of the game is played on a large campaign map of Britannia. Unlike its predecessor, King Arthur II does not feature multiplayer.

Plot[edit]

There are two campaigns in the game, a prologue with only one chapter, and the main story, spanning several chapters. In the prologue, the player takes the role of Septimus Sulla. Heir to one of the Roman families, that ruled in Britannia south of Hadrians Wall. The prologue details Septimus' rise to power and eventual succumbing to madness.

In the main campaign, the player takes over the role of William Pendragon, son of the Once and Future King Arthur. Arthur lies mortally wounded by a magical curse and several of the figures of Arthurian legend are missing when William steps up to unite the provinces that once made up Arthur's kingdom, fight back the Fomorians unleashed by the Witch Queen Morgawse from the Orkney Islands and seeks to find a way to heal his father.

As in the previous game, other heroes join the army of William and eventually, a second army led by the sorceress Morgana Le Fay becomes available as William allows her to search in the name of King Arthur for her mentor Merlin, who was kidnapped by the enchantress Lady Nimue. Over the course of the game, Septimus Sulla attacks from the North.

King Arthur II: Dead Legions[edit]

An expansion pack, called King Arthur II: Dead Legions, was released on the same day in North America, while it was released in Japan on September 7, 2012.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 66/100[1]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 7/10[2]
Eurogamer 5/10[3]
Game Informer 7/10[4]
GameSpot 5.5/10[5]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[6]
GamesRadar 3.5/5 stars[7]
IGN 6/10[8]
PC Gamer (UK) 77%[9]
PC PowerPlay 6/10[10]
The Digital Fix 7/10[11]
The Escapist 3/5 stars[12]

The game received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[1]

Early into the release the game was plagued with various bugs and a string of patches were developed within days of release.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame for PC Reviews". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ Tan, Maurice (February 5, 2012). "King Arthur II - The Role-playing Wargame". Destructoid. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  3. ^ Dean, Paul (February 9, 2012). "King Arthur 2 [sic] Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ Biessener, Adam (February 2, 2012). "King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame: Lack Of Depth Limits This Fantastic Idea". Game Informer. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Jason (February 16, 2012). "King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ Zacny, Rob (February 10, 2012). "GameSpy: King Arthur 2: The Role-Playing Wargame Review". GameSpy. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ Groen, Andrew (February 7, 2012). "King Arthur 2: The Roleplaying Wargame [sic] review". GamesRadar. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Neigher, Eric (February 14, 2012). "King Arthur II [The Role-Playing Wargame] Review". IGN. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  9. ^ Geere, Duncan (May 2012). "King Arthur 2: The Role-Playing Wargame review". PC Gamer UK: 76. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Cocks, Nathan (April 2012). "Review: King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame". PC PowerPlay (202): 64. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ Howard, Luciano (February 9, 2012). "King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame". The Digital Fix. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ Clouse, Justin (February 12, 2012). "King Arthur II Review". The Escapist. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 

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