Додано: 15 листопада
Let me start by saying that this game is criminally underrated. Having played the first Two Worlds thoroughly, I was not necessarily expecting a quality experience going into this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the 60 hours I spent playing through the main game and the expansion.
Reality Pump managed to create a very competent action-RPG in the style of the Gothic and Risen series with a unique charm of its own. A surprising fact is that this game and especially the Pirates of the Flying Fortress expansion do feature moments of meaningful choices and consequence, fulfilling the abstract part of "roleplaying" adequately. So despite the action-oriented nature of the combat which favors player skill over character skill, we're still treated to something that can fairly be defined as a "roleplaying game."
The visuals are quite pleasing to look at and the game features some stunning atmospheric moments thanks to the varying landscapes and the fantastic soundtrack (one which I feel will be stuck in my head for years to come.) The storyline, while cliche, is written well enough and serves the gameplay properly. The characters are all well-acted, in my opinion, especially the sarcastic-but-loveable "Hero" that you play as. It's clear to me that the developers at Reality Pump put a lot of heart into this creation, and it really shines through in everything, from how the world is crafted, to the lore, to the interactions with NPCs, to the bits of witty dialogue that were actually able to make me giggle and put a smile on my face on more than one occasion.
Another pleasant surprise for me was in the characterization of certain NPCs that fall under the LGBT umbrella. I don't want to spoil anything, but I was very impressed with the mature treatment of those characters, especially for a game coming out of Eastern Europe (Poland.) Very progressive and definitely a noteworthy aspect of the game!
It's a shame Two Worlds II was not more well-receieved. I suspect it was due to a combination of Reality Pump being stuck working with a shady publisher (TopWare Interactive) and the poor reception that the first game received, for fair reasons.
Though it may sound surprising to many who might read this, Two Worlds II is my second favorite game of 2010, trailing slightly behind Fallout: New Vegas. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light action-RPG experience bursting with charm.