The Guild 2 is the shining successor of the ultra successful medieval life sim, Europe 1400. The Guild 2 is a unique mixture of RPG and life simulation in an immersive middle ages scenario. The player and his party become part of history and can even change it in real-time. Go back to the dark middle ages and found a new dynasty!
User reviews: Mixed (319 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 12, 2006

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The Guild 2 is the shining successor of the ultra successful medieval life sim, Europe 1400. The Guild 2 is a unique mixture of RPG and life simulation in an immersive middle ages scenario. The player and his party become part of history and can even change it in real-time.

Go back to the dark middle ages and found a new dynasty! Take care of yourself, because your opponents never sleep! Marry a beautiful wife and make new friends... control your life! Hand down your skills and your descendants will greatly appreciate it!

Key features:

  • Middle Ages come to life! Experience the end of the middle ages like you have never done before in a beautifully crafted and immersive 3D world.
  • Everything's realtime. Walk around the streets and accidentally watch an execution of a prisoner or a rich merchant being robbed by one of your opponents.
  • Keep your power growing. Be a successful merchant or a cunning thief and watch your dynasty thrive or fail and see your party and family diminish.
  • Build your own character. State-of-the-art role playing features allow you to create your own unique character and play in a party of up to 3 members with different strengths and weaknesses.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 1.1
    • DirectX®: DirectX9
    • Sound: DirectX9 capable
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz CPU or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 2
    • DirectX®: DirectX9
    • Sound: DirectX9 capable
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Its to rough to recommend unless your willing to put up with alot of wonkyness and willing to do workarounds in the game to get stuff done.

The game itself is a definite pecularity. I can't say I have seen much if anything like this. You directly control your clan and family, but you also have RTS style building elements and upgrades. Theres also politics and courts and elections you can go through aswell.

The only problem is its not made very well. Theres alot of stuff here but not all of it works very well or is interesting. You can manage business yourself, but thats very tedious and the AI knows what its doing while even on AI control you can still manually assign business to do stuff. You can also hire thugs to do your bidding and I found the simplest way to get stuff down was to kill my competitors in the street in the middle of the day.

Just call me Machiavelli, its better for them to fear me then to love me. Better to bleed them in the street then to take them to court.

Which is unfortunate because there seems to be a decent amount of buruecracy you can do to get what you want in this game but thus far it seems more of a bother than just hitting them with your pointy bits and calling it a day.

Its alright but unfortunately its just not put together very well and can be pretty buggy. In theory its an amazing idea but the game falls a bit short of that though it still remains pretty good if you can look past issues like people switching between German and English voice actors mid court for no reason and AI just refusing to do what you tell them do forcing you do find a way to make them.

On top of that the mechanics just arn't telegraphed to the player extremely well and how things work is a bit confusing. Such as how do you get elected to a seat? Bribing people seems to not work very well and it seems random luck if you do win an election.

If you really want a city/village building game with politics and family management then this is about your only choice, its not a terrible game but it certaintly is meant to fulfill a niche and it could definetly have had more work put into it and polishing.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
Started off planning to be completely upstanding member of society, run a couple forges and a mine, stay on the right side of the law. After a day of playing I had a fully functioning thieves guild with over a dozen pickpockets scattered across the cities, I'd sent a grandchild with thugs to murder an entire rival family that insulted my mine, planted my son and his wife as Captain of the Guard and Magistrate so I can legally arrest, accuse, and execute anyone that competes with my business, and was throwing a daily firebomb through my competitors window since my political status made me immune to the law.

10/10 Would be a businessman again.

This game is great! Yes it's a little buggy at times but usually just deselecting the unit and trying again is enough to get it to work. Minor gripes aside you are left with an incredibly well planned medieval life sim. You can do just about anything you want, approach it any way you want, end goal is simply to outlast the other noble families. Whether you do that by planting an identical business next to them and driving them out of business and into debt, taking them to court for every little misgrievance, taking your place as king and exiling them to another city to restart, becoming the judge and bringing down the lawhammer on their everythings, robbing their houses and trashing their wagons, simply going about your business and hoping they die out due to no sons to pass on the family name, or any number of other methods. It's a surprisingly in depth game about playing your cards right and sometimes slipping a few gold coins into the right palms to become the only noble left in the land, and 100% worth the purchace if on sale, or full price if you are really into management/sim style games.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I had lots of fun playing The Guild II. This is the first "The Guild" game that I played and am definetely a fan of the series now. Fun game, but game still has some un-resolved bugs, but make the game humorous (Sometimes characters talk in English then German seconds later). I'm a big fan of Medieval games and I thought this game was super realistic of the Medieval life. Overall, I recommend this game and would recommend to buy this on sale.

Personal score: 8/10
Genre: Simulation, Strategy, Medieval
Worth-playing or Not worth-playing: Worth playing

Overall, good game.
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171 of 174 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Don't let the Metascore fool you, this game plays better than its rating. This game is great for those who enjoy business and life sims, plus it's in the medieval times. I became addicted to this game because of its political mechanics, and how you rival other dynasties through out time (Through business trade, political regard, and even combat). I have played too many hours on the Guild 2 and the others in the bundle, and I'm always finding out new ways to do things. Does it have bugs? Yes. Is it pretty behind in terms of graphics? Yes. But to me, it's a really good game that I can spend 10 hours on in a row and not get tired of it. If you feel iffy about the game, then just get it when it's on sale. However, I highly recommend this game and The Guild 2: Renaissance and would say they are worth their standard price.
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161 of 175 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Me and my bandit buddies, robbed some guy as he was walking through the countryside.

He then ran off to the courthouse to dob me in to the popo. On the day of my court hearing, I kidnapped the guy who dobbed me in, and then went off to my trial. The court denied, the case because the guy didn't show up to the trial he was started. The court fined him for wasting their time.

His wife then started a case against me for kidnapping. I didnt want to have two mouths to feed so I jst sent her on a long, permanent vacation.

She never showed up to the trial and I was let free again. The court then thought their family was the biggest bunch of ♥♥♥♥wits, and branded them as outlaws.

I let the guy go, and watched all the local town guards chase him and kill him.

I adopted their children, and made them watch me burn down their old house. Now they work on my slave camps, I mean farms.

10/10, would ruin lives again.
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