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The poet Ogden Nash once said: "Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else." I guess I must be the youngest middle-aged person ever, because it's uncanny how much King Arthur II reminds me of a bunch of old games, especially a turn-based title called Centurion: Defender of Rome. Like that game, KAII is played primarily on an overhead map (of England rather than the Roman Empire in this case), and gameplay consists of tactical battles interspersed with administrative tasks and a series of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-esque diplomacy and espionage quests. Unlike that game, KAII isn't very much fun. And when I say "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-esque," that's literally what the lion's share of the "RPG" gameplay consists of here. You begin a quest by moving your army to it on the overworld map, and are presented with a series of text dialogue boxes. You can pick from a variety of approaches as to how to respond to the text, but all you really do is click A, B, or C. "Stats" as such don't enter into the equation, the entirety of gameplay here boils down to which of the several multiple-choice options you go with. Since various pathways will often lead to the same result (or slightly different ones), the quests tend to be devolve into clickthrough exercises that you just kind of want to get through as quickly as possible.
Despite its subtitles' best efforts to clear things up, King Arthur 2: The Role-Playing Wargame is confusing. I get that it's a fantasy-themed Total War clone with a campaign that fancifully retells the tale of the fall of Camelot, as Arthur's realm is overrun by evil beings from the netherworld and his most trusted friends and advisers disappear. But while it may have huge armies of fantasy units colliding in real-time tactical action, what it lacks is any real strategy, payoff, or reason to exist. Arthur himself spends the entire game laid out on a slab, gravely and incurably wounded by some magical affliction. It falls to his son, William Pendragon, to reunite the realm and heal the king through a combination of battles and adventures. Along the way he meets most of the myth's most famous characters, which is useful because young Pendragon is not so much a character as he is a pile of stats and abilities. Lancelot and Galahad have memorable subplots, but Pendragon's story never concludes so much as KA2 just stops telling it, ending on a final cutscene that doesn't even have narration, just a series of cryptic pictures that give way to credits. After 27 hours of play, and a significant choice that sets up the endgame, the finale should be a lot more rewarding than this.
Adventuring through a beautiful strategic map of Britain, recruiting powerful warriors, and solving quests to unravel the mystery behind Merlin's disappearance and Arthur's mortal wound is a formula as original as anything in games. Even better, King Arthur II puts you in command of massive Total War-style battles as you try to turn back the demonic tide overwhelming the land. Both sides of the coin suffer from serious shortfalls, though, and ultimately the AI is a foe so unworthy that it's boring to play against.Don't let the screenshots fool you – King Arthur II is an RPG with tactical battles, not an empire-building strategy game. The choices you make on the turn-based strategic layer are extremely limited. With a single army, all you're really deciding is which quest to embark on at a given turn. You eventually have three stacks to command, but in the absence of province-based income or upkeep costs, the strategic map is nothing more than a fancy way to choose which adventure to undertake. There are a few other extremely minor decisions to make, like which five percent boost to build in which province, but the strategy layer is very constrained.
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