After watching the "Let's play the game" about The Guild 2, I decided to buy the game and try it out.
The first thing you'll find out, that's it's quite unclear what you should do.
The tutorials give you the basics about control and actions you can take.
But anything worthwhile is player made and quality varies.
You have the different 'classes' you can try:
I chose craftsman and started a blacksmith making tools.
Bought wood and iron and all went quite well.
After a while I bought a woodcutter, which helped in making more money.
In the meantime I went on adventure in the political arena and made it to some low-ranking office.
Got some kids, expanded my buildings a little.
After a while you get how the game works and all goes more easily.
Instead of buying an already existing mine, which was getting more and more expensive,
I instead send my thugs to attack and conquer it. After which, my wealth exploded.
Because the mine was making much more then it was selling and wasn't controlled by one of the houses.
Expanding my little empire, I ran into the rank problem which required you to buy an higher title to build more buildings. And decided to build stuff in another town.
Meanwhile I had reached the highest political rank, with two children on the two 2nd tier positions.
Making it easy as pie to stay in position and also to quel my oponents.
And everybody was bribing me to get any position, which was a nice income as well.
But at this point, the game lost my interest. There was little challenge left and only 'chores' that remained.
The scope of the game doesn't magically increase. The city and villages around it are you playground, forever.
Which means once you got enough buildings and such, you basically won. No endless games.
You can make the AI 'run' your buildings, which is nice and all that, but mostly poorly worked out.
1) You cannot setup 'routes' like "Bring XX wood from woodcutter to blacksmith, then bring XX iron from mine to blacksmith"
2) The AI buys the resources needed, not necessarily at your resource-producer
3) You cannot set your building to sell only to -your- carts, thus you cannot set a lower price for yourself
4) The AI ignores your "only work in current city" setting from time to time
Besides that there are various annoying buys:
1) Translations in dialogues are missing or buggy. Resulting in German speech.
2) Carts standing next to a building (or in it) don't show up for interaction in the building
3) Various other glitches
All these combined result in my regretting buying the game.
It was fun for a maximum of 9 hours, but after writing this review and deleting the game.
I highly doubt I ever will touch the game again.