Blackguards 2

Blackguards 2 is a turn-based strategy-RPG and will deliver challenging hexfield battles and a gritty story filled with violence and crime.
Choose your playstyle: no matter if front line combat monster, mage or ranged fighter it's in your hands how you want to develop your character. Every action has consequences, so make your decisions wisely. Death may be just around the corner.
Three years have passed since Count Uria´s plots. The Vanquishers of the Nine Hordes long parted ways but life in Aventuria went on. Cassia, a young woman of noble descent, has only one goal: She wants to claim the Shark Throne, no matter the price; and be it only for one day. Unfortunately, there are two problems that potentially foil her plans. First of all, she spends her days incarcerated in a dungeon and secondly, there is already a man on her throne: Marwan. She is neither fond nor proficient in matters of diplomacy or politics, so she chooses a more... practical approach. She intends to break out of prison and overthrow Marwan to claim the throne herself. For this, she needs strong allies. She needs to recruit an army of Sellswords and rally the Vanquishers of the Nine Hordes around her. Sounds like a solid plan, doesn't it? But then again, how cunning must one be to escape the dungeon's walls; and how reckless must one be to gather and command the worst scum of the realms?

  • Recruit mercenaries, find upgrades and build an indomitable army
  • Find the Vanquishers of the Nine Hordes and see what has become of Takate, Naurim and Zurbaran
  • A story with many twists and turns, fateful decisions and more than 20 challenging hours of playtime awaits you
  • Command up to 20 characters in your party and lead them to death or glory
  • Master and finish the game on many different non-linear paths
  • Make decisions influencing your squad and the ending of the game
  • Choose your spells, talents and skills wisely, since they dictate your strategy on the battlefield. Give priority to offensive or tactic in challenging battles
  • Interact with your environment and let walls collapse or even discover new routes on your journey through Aventuria
  • Lay waste to your enemies with powerful spells and abilities. But be on your guard: your foes may wield them as well
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (32/64 bits versions)
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 / GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 12 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
Additional Notes: Using the Minimum Configuration, we strongly recommend to use minimal settings in order to not experience low frame rates.
Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8 (32/64 bits versions)
Processor: 2.4 GHz Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275, ATI Radeon 4770 Series or higher
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Storage: 12 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
Minimum Requirements
OS: Mac OS X Version 10.7 or higher
Processor: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac oder Mac Pro release year 2010 or newer
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Intel HD4000, nVidia or AMD graphic card
Storage: 12 GB available space
Additional Notes: MacOS version with 32bit app support is required - MacOS 10.14 or higher is NOT supported. MacOS 10.13 is supported on a limited basis – compatibility is not guaranteed, you may or may not experience issues with the game.
  • Blackguard 2 manages to exist as a game that feels like a classic strategy role playing game, and as so much more at the same time. A deep story with great characters, varied quests, deep customization, and great battles make for a must have game. It may be a bit daunting for those new to the genre, but the payoff after the challenge is more than worth it.

  • If you're interested in experiencing a story that isn't just the standard fantasy lore, then Blackguards 2 is worth a try.

  • Blackguards 2 is an immensely satisfying turn based strategy game that brings an enticing story and high-quality balanced combat to the table.

  • A good sequel that manages to correct some of the issues of the first Blackguards. Despite some technical issues, Blackguards 2 is a must-have for fans of turn-based strategy games.

  • Pelit (Finland)

    Not all RPG’s should be about dialog and inter-party romances, and Blackguards 2 proves that well. Nice set of varied combat scenarios, with a great battle system, fine by me. [Feb 2015]

  • Blackguards 2 builds on the success of its predecessor in an interesting way. Some simplifications have been made, but the game now offers a more open-ended campaign and an intriguingly deep combat system. The game's graphics and voiceovers could have been improved upon but as as a whole Blackguards 2 is a solid and entertaining sequel.

  • More freedom and lots of little improvements make this sequel a lot better - and all that for a fair price.

  • If you can overlook the dated graphics and some bugs, in Blackguards 2 you'll find a great tactical RPG, true to the spirit of "The Dark Eye' franchise.

  • Blackguards 2 is an improved and expanded version of the tactical fantasy cRPG from a year ago. After introducing many modifications, the battles are more dynamic but still challenging, and the player's frustration level is minimal. Repeating maps encourages trying out new tactics, and a really cool storyline is an additional motivation for playing.

  • The metagame feels comfortingly familiar to those who have played titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics.

  • With a stronger protagonist and better combat and RPG systems, Blackguards 2 is a more engaging, more incisive game than the original.

  • Coming so soon after the first entry Blackguards 2 is a surprisingly packed improvement over the original, giving you the chance to dominate and rule over South Aventuria with all the bitterness and rage such a task would need.

  • Blackguards 2 is a way more well-rounded and ambitious game than its predecessor was.

  • Blackguards 2 may start off as a something of a bad-guy gimmick, but it soon transcends the wow factor inspired by the dark gothic setting and the baleful protagonists. Come for the evil, stay for the brilliantly realized and addictive tactical game loaded with depth and challenge.

  • Blackguards 2 had a rocky launch, but the 2.0 patch release fixes virtually all the technical and balancing issues that I encountered with it. I found its story to be a little pedestrian, but really enjoyed the gameplay and customizability of the characters.

  • The more focused campaign, and a protagonist that is much more than a cardboard cut out have elevated the sequel considerably.

  • Blackguards 2 is the true heir of the first chapter, and there's enough to keep the fans busy for many strategic gameplay hours.

  • Blackguards 2 takes the formula of the initial release and expands upon it, but there’s nothing truly innovative, apart from the origin story of Cassia and her frequent moments of near madness.

  • A very good tactical RPG, in many ways bizarrely closer to the Japanese school than to the western one.

  • Daedalic effectively removed the elements that made last year's release annoying at all the wrong moments, and left its players with the best parts of the experience. It's still a methodical, almost plodding tactical roleplaying game, but now it's easier to find the fun and to enjoy its world and characters.

  • Blackguards 2 brings back everything we loved from the first game of the series and from The Dark Eye board game, improving on some key areas that makes this entry stronger. The lack of any multiplayer option and being only in English are its biggest flaws.

  • It lacks something that makes it unique or surprising, but apart from this, it's a solid, engaging experience fans of RPGs are going to enjoy.

  • You’re not going to get blown away, but you’ll certainly be left with some fond memories and a solid experience.

  • An intriguing protagonist and art style can't save you from long battles and artificial content.

  • An entertaining RPG with some strategic elements in it. Fans of both genres won't be disappointed with its funny classic gameplay.

  • Blackguards 2 is a good sequel. Less confused than Blackguards, the game has a more dynamic gameplay, richer management elements and less frustrating fights, but also a weak difficulty calibration and slow paced combats.

  • A consequent sequel with a lot of enhancements on the predecessor as well as interesting new ideas and a mercenary system. Bugs and outdated visuals hinder the progress, though.

  • Despite a broken narrative and some flaws in gameplay mechanics, the refreshed formula of Blackguards 2 is a clear improvement over the original game.

  • Game World Navigator Magazine

    If the first Blackguards was practically rail RPG with a well-developed tactical battles, then the offspring suddenly revealed some features of Jagged Alliance. After capturing the town in the lower right corner of the map the following Cassia’s trip to the capital can be laid as one please: horizontally, vertically, diagonally or as cunning sinusoid. [Issue #195, p.75]

  • The non-linear progression is a welcome change.

  • A lot has changed since Blackguards, much of it for the better. It’s the things that stayed the same that keep this tough as nails tactical RPG from achieving greatness.

  • Blackguards 2 delivers more brutal hex-based strategy and environmental puzzling while refining the original formula in several smart ways. The more open yet focused campaign, propped up by a fantastic central character who's as evil as you want her to be, makes for a satisfying if punishing experience.

  • It’s a decent change of pace and allows you to wreak vengeance on maps whose obstacles left you seething with rage. Blackguards 2 has a lot to keep turn-based strategy enthusiasts occupied, though it fails to outshine the more complex games in the genre.

  • Cassia and co's deep-seated issues and baggage make them an entertaining bunch and while they won't set your world alight, they eventually prove capable of providing many hours of surprisingly amiable companionship.

  • Blackguards 2 is a good tactical RPG with a great setting and extensive customization options. In spite of that the game presents a typical story and repetitive strategic combat.

  • Blackguards 2 is in many ways a game that compares more closely to XCOM than other RPGs.

  • Blackguards 2 is an interesting continuation but doesn't demonstrate sufficient progress to be considered a proper sequel. Perhaps it would have been more appropriate as an expansion of the first game. Anyway, Daedalic Entertainment's work maintains its strengths in terms of combat and atmosphere although it has been somewhat far from solving the obvious defects in the linearity of the plot. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will enjoy this new title. If you wander Aventuria for the first time, Blackguards should be a better starting point.

  • For someone under time constraints and with little patience for having to repeat a long, slow, tough, scenario multiple times, I have to confess that although I wanted to like it, Blackguards 2 hasn't been one of my top gaming experiences.

  • This sequel brings just the expected innovations. This game itself is a good strategy RPG, which keeps the original game difficulty and adds a catchy storyline to the great turn-based battles.

  • After twelve months the strategic-RPG from Daedalic comes back, but once again gameplay doesn’t hit the mark.

  • Games Master UK

    The actual gameplay, consisting mostly of combat strung together by an overland map, is unfortunately rather less exciting. [Apr 2015, p.79]

  • Blackguards 2 is not a perfect game and, unfortunately, not the reinvention of its predecessor it could have been. However, the game does ultimately reward a little (well, a lot of) patience, developing into a relatively enjoyable campaign once the player has progressed past the early stages.

  • Daedalic has managed to make an already interesting game a bit better. Sadly, Blackguards 2 still has a long way to go. Mostly because of a monotonous feeling and a poorly written story. However, the battle system is really good.

  • Overall I enjoyed the core battle system and upgrading of characters in BlackGuards 2, however the story was really mediocre and the characters just seemed pretty lifeless.

  • Blackguards 2 scratches the tactical RPG itch just fine, though the battles do become tedious near the end. It certainly doesn't welcome new players with open arms, but veterans will view its opacity as a minor issue to work around.

  • CD-Action

    The game lacks some decent content between fights. [03/2014, p.66]

  • Blackguards 2 is shorter than its predecessor, lacking in innovations and story elements. Tactical combat can be appealing and the graphics didn't age too much but it's noticeable that the game required more attention from the developers.

  • Skip this game with extreme prejudice.

Blackguards 2
$9.99 $5.03
Title: Blackguards 2
Genre: Adventure, Indie, RPG, Strategy
Released: 20 January 2015
Developer: Daedalic Entertainment
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
  • Single-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud
  • Steam Trading Cards
UI Audio Subs
Spanish - Spain
Portuguese - Brazil
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