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King's Bounty 2 Review - A Combination of Classic and Turn-Based RPG

A low-budget RPG with almost perfect execution of every single idea.

8.5

Review

King's Bounty 2

Developer

1C Entertainment

Publisher

Prime Matter

Reviewed On

Xbox One

Genres

Role Playing Game

MSRP

$59.99

Review copy provided by the publisher

By Mehrdad Khayyat

August 23, 2021

King’s Bounty 2 might not introduce anything new to its genre, but the fact that it tries to deliver a solid experience inside a certain structure has already made it an enjoyable ride.

On many occasions, indie developers are braver than the million-dollar companies in trying out different ideas, though they usually have serious budget problems. However, one thing that might lead such projects to failure is the bad execution of creative ideas.

The truth of it is players are looking for a complete and perfect experience rather than a new but clunky one. At the end of the day, a player chooses a genre and a game from that genre with certain expectations. And when those expectations are met, more times than not the player will thoroughly enjoy their time with said game.

King’s Bounty II – Official Gameplay Trailer

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King’s Bounty II – Official Gameplay Trailer
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What King’s Bounty 2 does is something similar. Of course, the team behind the turn-based tactical role-playing game might have had some wild ideas about the game, but when you can’t execute your ideas almost perfectly for any reason, it’s better to skip it and use something more common that you know will work quite well.

King’s Bounty 2 is a third-person open-world RPG game with a huge map and a lot of well-written quests to complete. One thing that makes it a little bit different is the fact that it switches into an isometric turn-based strategy title when you involve in combat. The world of King’s Bounty 2 is beautiful. Technically, the game looks like an early eight-gen title, but the great art design and incredibly detailed environments make it really enjoyable to roam around the map and explore each county in search of valuable items.

Exploration is usually rewarding in King’s Bounty 2. From small items that can be sold to awarding riddles and hidden paths that could bring up some optional but challenging battles. All these are designed to reward players who take their time in each new area and explore its deep world.

King’s Bounty 2 could be a great entry point to the turn-based RPG genre for newcomers, thanks to its pretty simple combat mode. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a simple game.

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of quests you can follow in the game, and most are optional, but in order to complete the main quests, you somehow have to follow most side-quests. The rule is simple: the more gold you have, the better troops you can recruit. Achieving gold in King’s Bounty 2 is a grind. You will need to save your game before jumping into battle because if you get defeated, you will lose all your troops, which then means losing a big amount of your budget. And combats are not easy at all.

The combat controls that you get in King’s Bounty 2 are rather simple, but they are enough for winning battles if you put out a well-thought strategy. Despite its classic RPG features, King’s Bounty 2 is a turn-based title at its core. So, if turn-based titles like Wasteland or XCOM are not your thing, then it might be better to ignore King’s Bounty as well.

That being said, King’s Bounty 2 could be a great entry point to the turn-based RPG genre for new comers, thanks to its pretty simple combat mode. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a simple game. Sometimes you need to play some battles over and over again to find the golden strategy for winning over the enemies. The correct use of your character’s abilities as the leader of troops is also important.

When you start your journey, you can choose from three available characters with different abilities. Based on your character’s passive skills, your experience in combat will be affected, especially when it comes to the use of magic and recruitment. The only thing that might be a little bit harsh in the combat, is the fact that it already feels difficult from the first missions. The learning curve of the game has a pretty steep slope, which might not be ideal for beginners but it will satisfy the turn-based veterans.

While the main story has a significantly slower pace in narrative, the side quests will keep you engaged and busy with the world.

Story-wise, King’s Bounty 2 features a slow-burning narrative with plenty of well-written side quests that sometimes bleed into the main story as well. While the main story has a significantly slower pace in narrative, the side quests will keep you engaged and busy with the world. Also, in some missions, you have the option to make different decisions that affect your future, for example, you can decide to keep a treasure and get some heavy recruitments with that, or return it to its real owners and benefit from your decision’s long-term outcomes.

All in all, for RPG enthusiasts, especially those with an interest in turn-based combats, King’s Bounty 2 is worth every penny. It’s an enjoyable experience that you wouldn’t regret playing. The more you immerse yourself into it, the more reasons you’ll discover to continue playing and uncover the mysteries of the story one after another. The only slight issue is that some players might not like King’s Bounty 2 outdated visuals, but if you don’t have a problem with that, there is no reason to delay this challenging journey.

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Mehrdad Khayyat

Mehrdad is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games since he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on every available platform.

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