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May 12, 2007

Two Worlds

Genre Role-Playing Styles Third-Person 3D Action RPG Developer Reality Pump Studios Publisher TopWare Interactive
Minimum Requirements: 2Ghz Cpu, 512 ram, 5gb hard drive space, 128mb videocard Multiplayer: 2-8 Players

pc game/Gargantuan game worlds are big in fantasy-RPGs. But bigger doesn't necessarily Irump belter, as evidenced by Two Worlds—a game doomed to endure countless unfavorable comparisons to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and regrettably too dependent on cliche and convention to qualify as unique in its own right It's an admirable endeavor, but it's undone by its scope: Sprawling and overlong. it feels bloated rather than epic, with glimmers of brilliance insufficient to dispel the sense that developer Reality Pump bit off a bit too much.
Missing siblings. Ores, imprisoned deities, magical artifacts cut into pieces and scattered across the land—Two Worlds is like a fantasy Mad Lib. You're a mercenary (male only...sorry, ladies) seeking his kidnapped sister and acting as the unwilling pawn in a saw-that-coming plot to resurrect the evil Ore god, Aziraal As in other open-wodd games, you're free to follow or ignore this banal storyline, with its absurdly pompous Olde Englishe script and atrocious voice acting.
NPCs prithee and forsooth you into hundreds of inventive side quests, so players who elect to leave Sis to her fate still find themselves plenty busy in the extravagantly beautiful and monster-infested world of Antaloor. Given the priority of combat in Two Worlds, the developers blew the opportunity to make it great it's clickeentric to the point of boredom. A few Prince of Persio-esque combos would help enliven the sadly u nre-markable battle system.
Two Worlds does keep you entertained most of the time, thanks to some clever ideas like the Voltron-style ability to stack identical weapons and armor into more powerful wholes. When Ax plus Ax equals Better Ax. you have reason to gather even random corpsejunk throughout the game. Collectible, interchangeable cards drive the magic system, encouraging customization with rare boosters thai enhance the core spells of your growing deck. And easy teleportation makes globetrotting a snap without breaking up the flow as Oblivion's fast travel did. You can even pay to "regress" your character—freeing up skill points earned when leveling, should you decide to change specialties or drop an unused talent. But every innovation is countered with something unnecessary or obtuse, from the deliberately clumsy inventory and interface to the pointless alchemy system to uncontrollable and exasperating mounts. Most irrelevant of all: two multiplayer modes, offering player versus player arena combat and limited party-based questing. These options are briefly entertaining, but the sparse online population and shall cu amusemeni level render multiplayer a diversion at best What it really demonstrates is how awesome a full-story cooperative mode would've been.

If you relish level grinding and clickalicious combat you'll find enjoyment in Two Worlds—a couple hundred hours' worth of play for those willing to overlook small but numerous flaws. It's stable. attractive, and engaging enough to keep you coming back But the game kitchen-sinks itself. Had the developers made it about 30 percent smaller, cut the fat, and tightened its assorted good quali -ties, they may have realized its true potential and produced something special. As is, nothing's intrinsically bad about Two Worlds—but neither is anything memorably good.


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