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Dhruin January 13th, 2010 21:42

Two Worlds II - Technical Coverage @ PCGH
 
PC Games Hardware has a piece on the technical prowess behind Two Worlds II and the advantages of the PC version:
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From the screenshots and pictures of Two Worlds 2 that have been released up to now, one can see that the Reality Pump Studios are making an effort to create an visually impressive successor to the first Two Worlds game of 2007. PC Games Hardware had the chance to get some technical information about the forthcoming RPG from Lead Engine Programmer Mariusz Szaflik. He told us for example that GRACE (Graphics Rendition And Creation Engine), which Tow Worlds 2 is based on has been re-developed from scratch in order to utilize the possibilities offered by the current generation of hardware. One of the things the programmer mentioned is the support for multi-core processors.
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ortucis January 13th, 2010 21:42

Looking good. But then again, the first game looked and played well as well. I enjoyed how they managed to mix the gameplay and style of Gothic 3 with Oblivion. All in all. as far as gameplay was concerned, it was far superior than Oblivion or any other over-hyped console port released (as long as you weren't trying to be a master thief of-course).

The only problem was the storyline and characters (ignoring the voice acting which you can get used to very fast). The ending was even bigger fuck-up than sitting through Oblivion's ending battle between the two over-sized Pokemons.

Dhruin January 14th, 2010 03:23

I'm a known Two Worlds critic, so I don't want to get on my hobby horse…but…I found Oblivion much better and I couldn't care less about their fancy engine. More quest and gameplay details, please.

txa1265 January 14th, 2010 03:41

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Originally Posted by Dhruin (Post 1060992627)
I'm a known Two Worlds critic, so I don't want to get on my hobby horse…but…I found Oblivion much better and I couldn't care less about their fancy engine. More quest and gameplay details, please.

I was much easier on the game … but I agree 100%!

JDR13 January 14th, 2010 03:49

I don't understand why people insist on comparing the two.

guenthar January 14th, 2010 04:17

Usually engine details get released first since that is what you work on first. What comes next is gameplay, then storyline and finally dialog and quests. That means that they won't mention storyline and quests until later.

txa1265 January 14th, 2010 04:53

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060992638)
I don't understand why people insist on comparing the two.

Because the developers themselves pushed it as an Oblivion killer? ;)

JDR13 January 14th, 2010 14:20

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Originally Posted by txa1265 (Post 1060992648)
Because the developers themselves pushed it as an Oblivion killer? ;)

I'd be interested in seeing any interview where they actually used those words.

Anderson January 14th, 2010 15:01

I remember frequent comparisons with Oblivion in previews and interviews, but I don't recall if it was the developers or the journalists saying it. Whichever, there was quite a bit of "vs. Oblivion" talk going on, prior to the game's release.

I just checked the box cover. On the back, they quote a number of journalists, and the last quote is, "It's Oblivion on steroids!" - Hardcore Gamer.

txa1265 January 14th, 2010 15:32

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060992719)
I'd be interested in seeing any interview where they actually used those words.

There was a Eurogamer interview where theyacknowledge coming from the same template, but that TW is grittier and more focused, and all the systems are deeper. Sorry I can't link from phone …

JDR13 January 14th, 2010 17:11

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Originally Posted by Anderson (Post 1060992724)
I remember frequent comparisons with Oblivion in previews and interviews, but I don't recall if it was the developers or the journalists saying it. Whichever, there was quite a bit of "vs. Oblivion" talk going on, prior to the game's release.

I just checked the box cover. On the back, they quote a number of journalists, and the last quote is, "It's Oblivion on steroids!" - Hardcore Gamer.

Well I don't think the devs have anything to do with what a 3rd party reviewer writes. I can understand the obvious comparisons though, Oblivion was all the rage at that time. I just think the two games are different enough that you could enjoy one and not the other.

Anderson January 14th, 2010 19:02

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060992753)
Well I don't think the devs have anything to do with what a 3rd party reviewer writes. I can understand the obvious comparisons though, Oblivion was all the rage at that time. I just think the two games are different enough that you could enjoy one and not the other.

Oh, I agree, they are quite different. I just wanted to chime in on the "why do people compare these two so often" question. Reviewers did it a lot. And at least the publisher capitalized on it, as you can see with the "Oblivion on steroids!" quote on the back of the box. (More like Oblivion on barbiturates, at least as far as the 360 port went.)

Dhruin January 14th, 2010 21:38

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060992719)
I'd be interested in seeing any interview where they actually used those words.

They don't use exactly those words - they use phrases that clearly mean the same thing. How many examples do you want?

"Our inventory system is smarter, our magic system is much more complex and even the way we handle horses has more depth. Beyond those game mechanics, we have a much more complex society, with many more factions working within it. On top of that, our overarching storyline is a touch darker and more involved. That's not to say that Oblivion is a worse game, just that Two Worlds has more 'meat'."

We have a database if you don't believe the developers and publishers themselves encouraged comparisons.

JDR13 January 15th, 2010 00:01

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Originally Posted by Dhruin (Post 1060992815)
We have a database if you don't believe the developers and publishers themselves encouraged comparisons.


Is that what I said? Perhaps you should read my post again. Anyways, it's not a big deal, Like I said, the games are different enough… :)

txa1265 January 15th, 2010 00:21

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060992832)
Is that what I said? Perhaps you should read my post again. Anyways, it's not a big deal, Like I said, the games are different enough… :)

Are you REALLY going to pick apart semantics? The implications of my post were clear - that of Oblivion Killer meaning 'better than Oblivion'. The implication of your post seemed pretty clear as well, so if you were literally looking for 'those words' then no, it never happened. You win.

JDR13 January 15th, 2010 00:33

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Originally Posted by txa1265 (Post 1060992837)
Are you REALLY going to pick apart semantics? The implications of my post were clear - that of Oblivion Killer meaning 'better than Oblivion'. The implication of your post seemed pretty clear as well, so if you were literally looking for 'those words' then no, it never happened. You win.

Um….no, I was genuinely curious if they actually used those words. Is that ok with you? I wasn't looking for a "win", especially since the whole thing obviously means a lot more to you.

ToddMcF2002 January 15th, 2010 02:27

Lets just hope that TW2 is bigger story, content and above all GAME BALANCE. I stopped playing because I was a wrecking ball with only 1/3rd of the world explored. Maybe I'll go back and throw all my goodies into the river and play naked to make it a challenge.

Dhruin January 15th, 2010 03:50

My reply was bitchier than intended, so apologies for that regardless.

txa1265 January 15th, 2010 04:07

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060992839)
the whole thing obviously means a lot more to you.

No I really don't care, I - like others in the thread - was just trying to clarify for you where those comparisons came from and why they made sense.

JDR13 January 15th, 2010 04:35

No problem guys, I should have phrased my original post to seem less snarky.


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