In the world of Majesty, you are the ruler of the kingdom Ardania. At your service are your loyal and somewhat obnoxious subordinates, who have their own minds about how things should be done. In fact, Majesty is the only game where your heroes decide on their own what should be done and when, leaving you to try to control them through...
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Release Date: Sep 17, 2009
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In the world of Majesty, you are the ruler of the kingdom Ardania. At your service are your loyal and somewhat obnoxious subordinates, who have their own minds about how things should be done.
In fact, Majesty is the only game where your heroes decide on their own what should be done and when, leaving you to try to control them through monetary incentives.
Key Features
  • Real-time strategy game with indirect control - your heroes have a will of their own.
  • Play through a campaign with 16 missions divided into 4 chapters, as well as a few quick missions 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.
  • Multiplayer for up to 4 players over LAN
  • The official sequel to the best-selling game Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim of 2000.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 2.0GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 6800 GTX 512MB or better, Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB free
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible
    • Additional:LAN required for multiplayer
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 3.0GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 280 1GB or better, Pixel Shader 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB free
    • Sound: DirectX-compatible
    • Additional:LAN required for multiplayer
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 69 people (57%) found this review helpful
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This game sucks because it's called Majesty 2 and it's nothing like the original Majesty. If they had called it something else I would have given it a pass as a spinoff, but a numbered sequel should be judged by how well it lives up to the core experience of the game comes from.

Majesty 2 is not a spiritual successor to Majesty, it's not a sim game at all, it's an RTS. The AI Monsters just run straight towards the castle on auto attack paths never doing anything truly interesting or immersive. The heroes don't even wander about on their own and never take their time doing anything sim like. The indirect control sounds similar to describe but is functionally very different because the heroes don't act like heroes they act like mindless patrol drones.

This game has the base level charm but none of the soul of Majesty. I'm intentionally using metaphysical sounding words because I know a certain soulless corporate robot with contempt for Majesty fans is incapable of comprehending their meaning.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
101.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Right, so first of all a few things. I hardly ever write reviews but I felt like for all the negative reviews this game received, I have to defend it because, this is in fact a REALLY REALLY GOOD GAME!!! In fact, it's a game that I can't get bored with and do you know why, because unlike any other games, it's different every single time I play it!!!

To those, who said steam DLCs don't work, that's rubbish, it might be a personal isssue, I have all DLCs and the all work, I bought them 1 by 1, my brother bought the pack and it works for both of us (plus, I know a lot of other people whom it works perfectly on steam), so that's that...Not saying there isn't an issue, there might be, but please, don't state they don't work when they do for a lot of us!

Although, you guys are probably right, in terms of comparing it to Majesty 1, yes it probably sucks. Don't know, I've never played Majesty 1, but I'd liek to make a point: for those, who haven't played Majesty one, I'd still recommend this game, you will not regret it, I promise, if you liked Dune 2/C&C/Dungeon Keeper, etc, you will like this, however, this will be different, but in a positive way :D!

What I love in this game is that your heroes have their own will. I absolutely, don't agree with someone who said they don't do anything unless there's a flag prompting them to do it. Your heroes are interested in different things, the Barbarian is aggressive, the Paladin is rather defensive. The archer likes to kill animal type of monsters and theives are adventorous. There's a lot to this game and it feels like a lot of people played a few maps, didn't get what the game meant to do and just wrote a negative review because it's not like Majesty 1.

This game is really-really challenging and fun at the same time. I don't have any issues with restarting a map or reloading it, to me that's how all games shoudl be where you need to think about what you've done wrong and correct your mistake. At some point, I've had like 8-10 saves at different times on the same map so that I could restart if need be. And every single time I reload a map it never goes the same way because your heroes will behave differently. That's what gives the beauty of this game, what you can control is how strong they can get, give them missions, spend money on them and they'll give you more money back.

To those, who have said this game is impossible to complete, both my brother and myself have completed the full game including DLCs and yes, we've replayed multiple maps before completed them but that's the whole point. If you only like complete a game at the first go, then you really shoudln't play with strategy games!!!

To me this game is one of the best, I have ever played. It is a shame for sure that they took out some creatures and buildings but liek I've said, I've never played M1 so to me this game is perfect!!!!

10/10 Please, try yourself, don't listen to the negative comments, this game is worth every penny!!!! I really hope, there will be a Majesty 3!!!!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
After all these years, I am still very enthousiastic about this game. I remember buying and playing it like hell (until it became too hard) when it first came out. Now, 5 years later, I have bought the expansions and I am replaying it.
This time, it's still very hard, but I am able to go further than before. Very nice game. Very nice concept.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Loved the original game ... but this bad boy really defines anyone who's into masochism. The initial levels are easy but once you start venturing further into the game, the difficulty scaling becomes insane. Unless you are a RTS hero or really into replaying a level multiple times, some of the levels are truly difficult. There's no difficulty setting so your best bet is to just watch some Youtube players beat the game in order to see what build order they did.

But that seems to defeat the purpose of finding your own way and enjoying the "Sim" portion of it. Overall, I'm glad I got this on one of those holiday sales so I'm not too perturbed about the quality of the game play.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
a disgrace to the original.

even though the game can still be enjoyed its a MAJOR downgrade from the original.

a whole bunch of units that were deleted from M2 - gnomes, monks, adepts of lunord and warriors of discord (come on they were so cool!)

a whole bunch of buildings that were deleted from M2 - royal gardens, fairgrounds, hall of champions, library.
the buildings that are left are terrible compared to their original counterparts, you can only have one market, trading posts can only be built on spesific spots on the map and do not sell healing potions, magic bazaar only offers generic temprary stat boosts and walking speed.

all these cuts really restrict the freedom and the flow of the game, and you are forced to always use the same build and the same units over and over again with no variation.

but it could still be enjoyble if your heroes were dependable, THEY ARE NOT. the AI of this game is simply abyssmal, if you thought that heroes in Majesty 1 were stupid, you will think that the heroes in majesty 2 have retardation.

THEY WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING ON THEIR OWN. if you want heroes to do, anything, and i mean ANYTHING, even defend their own damn home, you will have to use reward flags. the heroes will not respond to threats even if they are right next to them, and will keep walking as though nothing his happening.
heroes will start fights they cannon win and will die constanly, if your building is being attacked, heroes will just ignore it and let it collapse.
getting a bunch of heroes to attack a spesific large enemy is rage inducing, because each respond to the reward flags in his own time, so by the time your warriros get to that monster, all the wizards that responded to the flag 5 minutes ago, are already dead.

this can be fixed by forming parties in the inn, but guess what? in order to attarct hero parties to reward flags you needto offer a QUADRUPLE amount of gold than usual, or they will simply ignore it.

and to add insult to injury the game completly lost its serious and immersive tone, and tries to crack cheap, dumb jokes at every possible opportunity, making the game feel like a big, sad, joke.

sure, it worked in magicka, but its because 1) the jokes were actually FUNNY and not cringe inducing, and 2) magicka is not a sequal to a game with rich lore and immserive atmoshpere.

sure Majesty 2 can still be enjoyed, but its a horrible waste of money of you get it for any more that 2$.

5/10
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I am torn by this game. I loved the orignal when I was but a wee little kid, and I still do enjoy it, but this one... There is just something about it that puts me off of it, I still like playing it and it can be good at times but there is just something I can't really put my finger on about it. I would say though that if you loved the orignal game then this would be worth picking up, if not the gold HD version on steam now.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Having played the first Majesty, I liked this, but not as much as the first one.
You do feel like you have a more proactive presence in this one though, rather than just putting out bountys by and large.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
103.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
A lot of fun with a wry sense of humour. Graphics very well done and some missions much harder than others.. You must learn to build your towns the right way , but it's all part of the allure of this game. Not as serious minded as Majesty,...wizardry with a lighter side
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
72.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
HAIKU REVIEW

Dragons fill the sky

Heroes fall like blue arsed flies

Wizards are squishy
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
I really liked the first Majesty and played it for dozens of hours (back before I had steam... now I have Majesty Gold and Majesty Gold HD for some reason). This is a very competent sequel to a great game. It iterated on a couple things and changed a few things that were already established but all in all it was a pretty good game.

Pros:
-Great fantasy sim type game. I don't know of many games like it where you recruit heroes but don't control them.
-The added party system is my favorite thing by far to come from the sequel.
-The graphical update to the series was well done.

Cons:
-The difficulty can easily spike and you can't recover from lost heroes. You will have to restart the mission and it can be frustrating.
-I don't like what they did with temples; you can only build them on certain holy sites. I prefered Majesty where you could build them where ever but building one temple would lock out other temples.

I would certainly recommend this game. Especially for people who were fans of the original. I certainly was and I like the sequel a lot. I would also recommend picking up the orignal.
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57 of 86 people (66%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
This game is terrible. Anything you may have liked about the first Majesty has been changed for the worse or altogether taken out of the game; I'd make a list, but it would take entirely too long. Big defects of this game:
-AI is terrible. Characters hang around the castle area more often, accomplishing nothing. Flags do little to motivate and when they actually manage to catch the attention of a hero, the hero usually rushes to his death - they are either too stupid to run away or, more likely, one of the unimaginative monsters are overpowered and heroes have no chance against it.
-Stories are poorly thought out or are nearly the same as quests found in the first game. It seemed that the developers focused more on the mildly humurous jokes made by the advisor/narrator and less on anything novel or interesting for former Majesty fans. Even if you could get past the monotony of the quests, there are only a handful of quests available.
-Finally, the largest problem in my opinion is the fact that every quest other than the tutorial, regardless of the supposed difficulty, is nearly impossible to beat without finding loopfole or cheap trick to finish th mission. Now, I'm not saying it's annoying because it's a difficult game, I'm saying that I have repeately run into situations where, had I not already attempted the quest several times, I would have had no chance of surviving regardless of the tactics or steps taken. Amost every quest I've played allows you a mere minute before waves of rats, skeletons or even more powerful creatures bombard your town. If you manage to take care of them, there's bound to be another directly after that one. Basically, every monster spawning point continously creates monsters who, instead of wandering aimlessly as was seen in the original Majesty, run directly toward your town to assault buildings or heroes. The sheer amounts of these monsters is astounding. And after a small number of in-game days, your city will be filled with sewers and a graveyard that also spawn large numbers of monsters. Basically, these monsters that aren't even a part of the mission's plotline truly ruin the mission at hand and cause the player to focus on defending the city for the majority of quest. Only once EVERY creature spawn point has been destroyed can a player even BEGIN to focus on the quest itself.

Tha game seems like it was thrown together with little thought put in to the story or the ease of playing the game; I wouldn't be surprised if I found out that it was never even tested before release. I know this review probably just sounds like the rants of a noob who can't deal with the difficulty of the game, but I honestly think that this is one of the worst games I've ever played. Actually, writing this review has gotten me so worked up, I think I AM going to list all of the problems, little and small, that I've found so far:
-Poor Artificial Intelligence
-Too many monsters to deal with -always attack your town
- The quests are nearly the same quests found in the original game
- Few things are explained or have tips; If you haven't played the first one, you probably won't know what is going on
- Fewer buildings and types of heroes
- Can't control which buildings should be taxed/ repaired
- Many areas of the map cannot be built on - No apparent reason.
- There is no more "seriousness" to the plotline as told by the advisor. Everything is a less than hilarious joke, usually about the same apparent alcoholism the narrator suffers from.
- Everything in the game has a cartoonish/ childish look to them
-Quest opening screens scroll through seemingly unrelated and aesthetically displeasing screenshots
- Player can only build a limited number of buildings of a given type. This means a limited amount of income and heroes
-Only one marketplace; Trading posts can only be built in predetermined areas.
- Every quest about a single, powerful monster (Giant, dragon, etc.) begins with them attacking your town with no chance to prepare. They then continue to raid our town without relent.
- All enemies are incredibly powerful against buildings. A rat/skeleton or two can take down several buildings if unattended.
- Heroes do nothing on their own: Ranger do no explore anymore, rogues don't steal/ collect chests, warriors no longer hunt, clerics (healers) rarely follow and heal people, dwarves don't build (gnomes don't exist as far as a I know), elves no longer bring in lots of money, etc.
- There is a "party" option which is supposed to aloow you to keep a group of four heroes together, however I could never get the party to accomplish anything of worth.
- The ONLY way to make a decent amount of money is to search for trading post areas, build trading posts and hope that they aren't destroyed during or after the building process (Which they most definitely will be).
- Buildings are weak (or, as mentioned above, the monsters destroy them very quickly.
- Poor attempt at a map editor (too much too explain)
- Camera views are awful - Can't zoom out very far
- Camera panning controls are slow
- Live cutscenes will interrupt any action you are currently doing
- Sewers pop up often and spawn at least three rats at a time in the center of your town
- Many quests require you to convince heroes to go to a certain location on the map. The only way is to use an explore/ defend flag which tend to only attract rangers and rogues
- Rogues are melee and incredibly weak
- The same hero spells/ improvements have to be researched at every building - not a central one such as a library
- "His Majesty's" spells can also be researched multiple times if accidentall clicked, accomplishing nothing but loss of gold
- Annoying voice actors
- Many buildings/monsters have no description
-I've played 6 quests and still can't build many of the buildings
- As new buildings/ heroes are introduced, they're purposes are not always clear or explained
- There is no explanation to what upgrading a building does.

I'm sure there are many more issues I could find or have forgotton to list, but I'm done. Once again, don't expect anything fun or exciting if you decide to buy this game. I am most likely never going to run the game again; my interest in Majesty 2 has died as quickly as it started.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
87.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
A good enough game, has it's own share of problems with gameplay, but the biggest thing is the fact that it's not majesty, it's not a spiritual successor to the first game, heroes will hardly do anything but wonder around like monkeys, without a purpose unless u entice them. Gone is the time were heroes whould wonder around slaying beasts, and raiding lairs, rangers exploring the wilderness on their own. Infact i can say majesty 1 is still superior to this game through the fact that the heroes there also varied in inteligence among other things. Still, this game can be pretty fun, and if it's on sale it is worth it.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2013
I was a big fan of Majesty 1, and thought this would be similar with a few cool additions. Never have I been so wrong. The difficulty curve is insane. Before you even have a chance to build a decent stronghold with some high level heroes, you're being bounded by demon dragons and hellspawn and turn around to find all your bravest heroes cowering in their bunkers...until those are obliterated by demon fire and everyone dies. I thought the best part of Majesty 1 was building a kingdom, seeing your heroes grow and gain experience doing the minor side missions, then after spending a few moments admiring your beautifully rendered castle and surrounding accoutrements, sallying forth to lay waste to the bad guy. I guess they missed that in this one.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
A fun game, but i don't think it is as good as the originial Majesty.

Not sure what i did wrong but i was forced to do a real quest first, and then the tutorial second???

Also the hero AI is pathetic, cmon why a stupid dumbass Lv 2 Archer, takes on 3 dragons is beyond me.

Healers are OP in groups, they can't be killed.

The difficulty fluctuates greatly, one level half way through the campaign, you are litterally forced to buy a level 2 wizard tower in the first 10 seconds, otherwise all your champions that you buy are instant killed by a global spell every 20 seconds. Basically forced me to survive the first 10 minutes on the map with 3 rouges.

Or when only going healers because they are the only unit that doesn't die "Regularly".

Wish they had a continue button when you finished a level.

A fun game, very time consuming, doesn't compare to the originality of the first Majesty, but still worth playing... barely.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2011
♥♥♥♥ compared to the original, although I haven't played any of the DLC. Bought this because I played the original all day erry day as a 10 year old, however this ♥♥♥♥ just made me mad. It was only 15 bucks when I got it but still not worth it. I give it a 2/10. Graphics are pretty, sounds nice too. Hard as ♥♥♥♥ and nowhere near the amount of options and guildes as the original. Couldn't beat like the fifth campaign mission because of the ♥♥♥♥ that the game subjects you to. Just go get the original and its expansion.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2013
I love this game so much! i had never played the first one, but once my Friend had explained it to me i was hooked. its very refreshing change from standard God games/comunity sims, being the guy that makes the quest for the NPCs is great. at times it can get quite hard. i recommend it to anyone that hasnt played it!
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2012
Majesty 2 is a real-time strategy game, despite the game's pleas that it's a "fantasy kingdom sim". I found it to be very similar to Warcraft 2 in play style.

I'm a big fan of RTS games, but this game just isn't worth your money. The game is based on a proven formula, but Majesty 2 is poorly executed. Most single player games end up the same way: you frantically fight for your life before you get your first buildings built, hope nothing major is destroyed, try to get up a few key buildings as monsters swarm your town, then all of a sudden, your heroes are mopping the floor with the enemy. It swings from frustrating to boring in seconds, never hitting the right balance.

The tutorial is okay but doesn't quite teach enough. Controls need a little work. Music is boring. The game does have some decent dry humor.

This game just isn't worth getting. RTS fans should boot up a Blizzard game instead.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Great game. Very replayable. I can always go back to playing this.

Good for folks who like building and not twitching.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Game broke after buying one of the DLC and their support forums require your 2nd born child just to view them. 0/10, would not buy again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2011
Majesty 2 is one of those games where you can "see the code". Ie, it lacks polish, the UI is clunky / buggy and characters act strangely.
I much prefer Majesty 1.
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