Ether is everywhere, it knows no boundaries. All life emerges from Ether and returns to it after death. It is the flow of Life and Death itself. You fought for dominance over this precious and powerful resource and claimed it for your own. A new threat emerges from the mists of Chaos, threatening the very fabric of existence. Heroes must be called from every corner of the land, armies trained,creatures summoned, and spells prepared. The war for Ether is rekindled and it’s up to you to win the battle, not just for yourself but for existence itself.
Etherlords 2 is an exciting mix of role-playing, adventure, and tactical combat in the fine tradition of fantasy trading card games. Rediscover the world of Ether and a whole new realm of fantastic possibilities. Lead your Hero through five campaigns, through lands filled with unsurpassed beauty and danger. Summon a wide variety of creatures--Lamia Warriors, Red Dragons, Walls of Air, and more--to help you achieve victory on the battlefield. Use all the power at your disposal to show your enemies that is you who deserves to have complete control of Ether. The Ether is eternal, the Ether is all-powerful, and now it will be under your command. If you're looking for a strategic challenge and you like trading-card games, this is your best pick!
Multiplayer notice: The game's multiplayer servers have been taken offline, however, multiplayer over LAN is still available.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 8.1 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2013-02-05 07:19:17 byjBrereton:
Etherlords 2 is an enjoyable, occasionally frustrating experience.
The core game mechanic in the campaigns consists of fighting a mix of general wildlife and opposing 'heroes' using a deck of ever-expanding cards, twisted through another system of character 'traits' about the number of casts per card, the number of rounds before heroes take attrition damage, and so on.
The reasonread more this game remains very playable is because when you get a deck and character set up well, battles become an enjoyable little puzzle with a nice pay-off of resources, experience and possibly extra cards at the end.
The frustrating element is that some battles are Really, Really Hard. Either the opponent's deck, some type of ambient effect on both characters, or limitations to the player's own abilities (especially at the start of some of the campaigns) can add up to basically force players to run the same battles many, many times in the hope that the AI screws up horribly at some point.
But the music is nice, the animations, though repeated, are pleasant enough, and the voice acting and setting are slightly grating, but nothing so bad it detracts from the overall experience, so 4/5 it is.
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Posted on 2013-02-05 13:21:52 byBethezer:
Let's put it simple - it just Etherlords, but better. There is no annoying castle defending, more spells, more interesting plot (in my opinion) and... that's just it. If you played the previous part and like it, you should buy this one as well. Basics are the same, just some small differences. I spend much time just challenging myself with computer and I'm definitely going to repeatread more it. :)
If you do not know Etherlords at all... well, then I recommend watching gameplay - this game have its charm, but not for all. It's like... Magic the Gathering - you have card-spells, which you collect in single player campaign (in other game modes you can creat your deck with all avaible for your race spells) and with them you fight agains other 'heroes' and creatures in turn based combat. As you proceed you will gain experience, level up getting, of course, stronger etc. etc... Honestly, go check it - it can sound strange, so one must see it on his/her own eyes. Fighting is the 'main event' here. Fighting and creating more and more cleaver decks, because possibilities are limitless. Whitch one you will play? "Black" Synthets, depending on your abilities to rise from the grave units you just sacrificed? Or maybe the "best defence is a good offence" Chaots? Anyone should find something for them, so...
I strongly recommend giving this game serie a chance. Especially Etherlords 2. :)
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Posted on 2013-02-07 12:02:19 bySpiderFighter:
The plot is thin, the voice acting is fair to horrible, the plot is strictly on rails, the music is forgettable, and the online servers have been taken down; yet, I cannot pull myself away from Etherlords 2, and find myself chanting "just...one...more...battle" like a mantra.
Please check out my full review at the GoG Etherlords 2 forum as it's too long to post here (c'mon GoG;read more if you're going to restrict the length, then at least let me link to the damned review. We do these out of the goodness of our hearts!)
The bottom line, though, is this: EL2 is a solid Trading Card Game (TCG) that doesn't really feel like a TCG. As such, it should appeal to a much broader variety of players, including TCG fans. If you have someone with which to battle over LAN, this is a five star game. If you're only playing solo, then bump it down to four stars, as there is little replayability here. That said, you've got a lot of hours worth of turn-based fun for less than the cost of a movie ticket. For fans of TBS, TCGs, or RPGs, this is a must own.
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