Two Worlds II
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Two Worlds II is a very violent game and features many images of combat and death, and in some cases, imprisonment and torture. Scenes of war are quite common -- and this includes the ability to slay enemies and see the attack in slow-motion and close-up for dramatic effect -- plus there are gratuitous blood sprays, impalement, and at least one scene of violence against women. While most victims are fantasy creatures, gamers can also hack and slash at innocent human townsfolk and they'll beg for mercy. The game also contains some nudity (bare buttocks), revealing clothing on women, and some strong profanity, too.
What's it about?
It's no secret the first Two Worlds didn't wow over most game critics -- with an average score of only 58.5 percent between Xbox 360 and PC, according to GameRankings – but Polish developer Reality Pump has turned things around for TWO WORLDS II. This impressive sequel takes place in Antaloor five years after the events of the first game, challenging you to escape imprisonment with the aid of some unlikely allies, investigate the mysterious roots of the evil mage emperor Gandohar, and carefully traverse the lands amid a brutal battle between resistance forces and Gandohar’s monstrous minions. This fantasy RPG has you master various skills of might and magic, complete epic quests, and unravel a mystery that hits a little closer to home than previously thought.
Is it any good?
While there are a few minor issues, Two Worlds II is much a better adventure than its 2007 predecessor -- thanks to more interesting missions, characters, environments, upgradeable skills, and high-definition graphics and animation, plus an improved third-person combat system that makes it easier and more rewarding to take down enemy forces. This sequel also includes a new skill-crafting mechanics that lets you design your own unique spells. Two Worlds II also introduces many multiplayer options for Internet-connected consoles. Those turned off by the original game's sloppy execution will be pleasantly surprised with this sequel. Just be aware of the mature content seen, heard, and read in this video game.
Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game are the same.
Online interaction: Gamers can play online with or against one another. This includes the violent imagery as seen in the single-player campaign, along with the ability to chat with one another via headset microphone so that conversations can be unpredictable.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether the gore, sexual references/imagery, and profanity are all required for this game to be well-received by gamers and critics. Because combat is central to these kinds of fantasy role-playing games, violence is a given, perhaps, but does it need to be this bloody (including The Matrix-style slow-motion camera effects)?
Why do games like this sexualize women? Why do the women in this game need to have large breasts and show cleavage or bare stomachs?