Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim Review
Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: 1C Company 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Paradox Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 25, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

You can place four different kinds of bounty flags around the kingdom to make members of your army attack, defend, explore, and fear different objects, locations, and creatures on the map. Once you place a flag, you can drop gold into it in increments of 100 or 500 to sweeten the pot and get the attention of enough nearby warriors to get the job done successfully. The more gold you place on the flag, the greater the likelihood your soldiers will do what you want them to do and in larger numbers. This system can be a bit tough when you need a specific task urgently tackled and don't have the funds available to motivate your forces, yet it offers an enjoyable shift in pace from more traditional RTS fare.

Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim screenshot

Depending on the types of guilds you have access to constructing in each mission, you'll be able to populate your entourage with warriors, clerics, thieves, rangers, wizards, dwarves, and elves. Temples built later in the game let you upgrade these units to more powerful variations, and spending money to research special abilities and spells also gives you an advantage of being able to heal or harm with added gusto. Units that survive continue to gain experience, and at the end of each level can select a lord from amongst your warriors. These stronger units can be hired in later levels and continue to grow in power and ability. Majesty 2 also lets you form parties of warriors, which is extremely useful in exerting a slightly greater degree of control over your armies.

The 16 different maps in the main campaign range from moderately easy to gruelingly punishing. They get substantially tougher as you progress. In one, you'll have to explore and uncover a way to slay a red dragon, while contending with the beast's regular fire-spewing raids that can destroy buildings and small groups of warriors within seconds. Others task you with stopping a marauding ogre from pillaging your village, delivering punishment to upstart barons, staking vampire lords, and tackling other challenges. If you tire of those exploits, there's always the new multiplayer component that's worth delving into.

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Majesty 2 brings some fresh updates and spruces up the overall gameplay to make up for almost an entire decade of technological advances in between the games. It isn't cutting edge by any means, but the modern touch will no doubt bring many new players into the fold. They won't be disappointed.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.8
Graphics
A solid graphical update but nothing particularly outstanding.
4.0
Control
A lack of control is actually pretty fun.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There's some good voice work and general silliness to be found here.
4.3
Play Value
There's a lot of fun to be found here, though the difficulty later on can be a bit frustrating.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play through four different campaigns with more than 15 missions, as well as a stand-alone sandbox mode and a variety of multiplayer maps.
  • Build the fantasy city of your dreams and experience an engaging world, but beware: monsters are waiting to lay siege to your domain.
  • Defend your realm with noble Warriors, spell-wielding Wizards, or wild Barbarians. Choose from more than 10 different classes to oversee the protection of your lands.
  • Characters will develop in completely different ways, making every hero unique.
  • Multiplayer for up to four players over LAN or Internet, including support for ranking ladders and tournaments.


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