What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Unique strategy game has a sometimes nasty sense of humor.
  • PSP
  • $29.99
  • 2010

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Positive Messages

This is a game in which you play an evil god of destruction and work to kill heroes who are out to capture your worshipper. It's all tongue-in-cheek and none of it is meant to be taken seriously, but it still can't be considered a good message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The protagonist of the game is a farcical, over-the-top villain named Overlord Badman, who calls the God of Destruction (you, the player), to help him take over the world. Besides killing heroes, he also uses foul language.

Ease of Play

This game is very hard to play. There are loads of rules and tactics to remember, and even if you can keep them straight, the computer-controlled heroes are really hard to beat. But any good strategy game should pose a challenge to its players. And no one will ever accuse this game of lacking in the challenge department.

Violence

Tiny 2-D pixelized monsters and sword-bearing heroes battle and kill one another, sometimes with tiny squirts of animated blood. The characters are all purposely made to look like rudimentary computer graphics from the '80s, so none of the violence seems realistic.

Sex

There are some bawdy jokes and double-entendres in a few of the character bios. One makes reference to a hero's "boobs." Another makes a pun about her "buns."

 

Language

Words like "bitch," "sh-t," and "t-ts" appear in the written dialogue, used in ways intended to be humorous.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents should know that What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is a very challenging strategy game with a very teenage sense of humor. Expect some corny sexual jokes and profanity tossed in just to get laughs. There's also good, witty humor too, most of it satirizing the role-playing game genre. And, of course, parents should be aware that players of the game are taking on the role of the evil villain.

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What's it about?

WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS, MY LORD? 2 tells the story of the despicably evil Overlord Badman (the speaker of the title quote) and his quest for world domination. Heroes from around the realm are out to get him (the \"this\" of the title), so he summons the God of Destruction (the \"lord\" of the title -- played by you) to help him vanquish the good guys. To do this you must dig an underground labyrinth that will confuse the heroes and keep Badman well hidden. You must also populate your dungeon with monsters (demons, dragons, skeletons, slime creatures, giant flies, etc.) that will attack any intruding heroes. But you can't just scatter monsters willy-nilly. These monsters will also eat each other, so you need to make sure there are enough different types to keep the food chain going.

Is it any good?

You've never seen a game like What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord? 2 (unless you've played the original, which you can also play here with the entry of a secret code). The concept is really kind of brilliant. You need to not only maintain an ecosystem of creatures, a la Viva Pinata, but make sure they're strong enough to protect you from invaders. And the satirical nature of the story adds to the enjoyment -- it's fun to play the bad guy sometimes, especially when it's obviously a joke. It almost makes you wish the game didn't resort to such puerile humor. And it would be nice if the game were even a tad bit easier. Challenge is good in strategy games, but the computer-controlled heroes seem way too invulnerable sometimes. Still, you have to appreciate just how different and original this game is.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about satire. How can you recognize satire when you see it? What about a game, book, or movie let's you know that the words or actions of the character shouldn't be taken at face value and might be overstated to make a point?

  • How realistic is the science in this game? You need to build and maintain an entire ecosystem of monsters, making sure not to disrupt their natural food chains. Have you seen nature programs or read books that show this kind of thing happening in the real world?

Game details

  • Platforms: PSP
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: NIS America
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T for Animated Blood, Language, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes

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