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Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 5.0 hrs on record
Posted: Dec 3, 2018 @ 11:32am
Product received for free

Early Access Review
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Thea 2: The Shattering is a mixture of multiple genres, including 4X, RPG, Card Game, Choose-Your-Adventure style with roguelike elements and crafting as well. The game is in Early Access at the moment and seems to be in the rather early stages. If you don't like an Early Access title and want to wait for a finished product, you should wait. If you have played the first game and want to help the developers create a good sequel, then this is your chance. The first game is good to teach you the basics, or if you really feel like it, you can jump in here and learn as well.

Gameplay
This game is rather complex and difficult to describe, please keep in mind that this description is hardly complete, but hopefully it will offer you some insights regarding the game to help you decide your next action (to buy or not to buy, of course).

All of the maps under go procedural generation, so no game will be the same.

The battles are turn-based and use cards, similarly to Thea 1. The battles are broken into separate phases, and it will take some time to get used to and familiarize yourself with the steps.

The game does offer a few tutorials to show you the basics of the game. This is absolutely crucial because it takes some time to learn all of the complexities. (If you want to learn the basics on a polished game, the first game is a good option.)

The game can be played as single-player or multiplayer.

There are many options to choose from, and the game can be adjusted to how you wish to play.

In the beginning, you will choose which god you wish to follow. There are two to choose from, whereas the rest are locked in the beginning.

After that, you will be selecting individual traits that you think would help you with your quest. Through more god points, you can unlock some new traits as well. The points are accumulated through playing the game.

You will be choosing among three classes for your main character, warrior, craftsman, and child--the last of which can grow up and you can choose specialties afterwards. If you have both males and female characters in your group, you can get children as well.

Starting as a group, you need to find a suitable place for a settlement. You will need to manage food/fuel for your people and this is absolutely something you want to keep an eye on all of the time.

You can move around on the world map to other hexes, though you are limited by your movement points. You can setup camp, gather resources, build, etc. (In terms of building, you do not need all resources, one primary and one secondary is often enough.)

Individual hexes will contain resources, enemies, ruins, etc. You will need to perform appropriate actions according to what the hex contains in order to benefit the most from your turn. Sometimes enemies will move toward you as well during their turns. Some of time, you will get a pop-up choose-your-adventure screen and you will decide what you will end up doing.

Each member in your group can level up as well, so there are many aspects of the game to manage to keep track of.

When you use all of your movement points and have done everything you wished to do, you can end the turn.

There are many unlockable items in this game, from tech trees, resources, equipment, buildings, rituals, etc. You really need to play to understand the intricacies of the game.

Controls
Game is played with keyboard and mouse.

Graphics
The graphics are really nice. They are better than the first game.

Verdict
Thea 2: The Shattering is a sequel to Thea: The Awakening and is showing a lot of promise, even in Early Access. I have high hopes for the end result once everything is complete. There are plenty of things you should think of when deciding to buy in Early Access, and the developers have mentioned that perhaps your save files will not be compatible in between patches. There are some bugs and we should expect to see many updates. There are no achievements yet, they will be added later. As above, if you want to help the developers create a good sequel to the initial game, you definitely should jump in now. Otherwise, you may wish to wait for the final product.

I personally loved the first game and I am hoping this game brings the appropriate innovation and changes to warrant a new product. This game is more complex than the first and you should play the first to learn the basics and to enjoy a well-made game anyway. I would definitely recommend this game, but people need to be aware that it is still very early in early access.

I received the product for free. I did not receive any compensation to write this review. The opinions represented here are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way.
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