For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era… In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself.
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Release Date: Jul 28, 2010

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Includes 4 items: The Guild Gold Edition, The Guild II, The Guild II - Pirates of the European Seas, The Guild II Renaissance


About This Game

For centuries Europe has been dominated by the church and nobility. On the shoulders of ordinary people the servants of god and the noble families justified their power and wealth. This was the incontrovertible, divine world order. A truly dark era…
In the 14th Century the world order is beginning to transform itself. Due to trade and commerce an increasing middle class obtains more and more power and wealth. Entire towns purchase their freedom and more privileges from the nobility. Reading and writing is no longer the domain of the nobility and the clergy and the invention of printing information may eventually be spread everywhere. This is the beginning of the renaissance...


  • 8 completely new professions: mercenary, grave digger, stonemason, juggler, innkeeper, banker, miller and the fruit grower
  • New goods, buildings, ambient details and effects
  • All new scenarios ("Transylvania", "The Rhineland" and "The Alps") & bigger world maps
  • Improved AI, title and nobility system as well as new options (e.g. “God Measures”, levels of difficulty)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 1.1
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Processor or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX9 capable graphics adapter with Pixelshader Model 2
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 3.5 GB space free
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible sound card
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
116.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Seriously one of the best games I've ever played

Also, one of the more buggy games i've ever played.

If you can get multiplayer to work.. its an amazing experience with friends..

until an issue comes up and then, it quickly becomes one of the more frustrating multiplayer experiences EVER

Get it on sale..
11/10 would rage again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
You know a game is great when you start playing at 10pm and then look at the clock and it's 9am.

For the vets out there you know what this game is about but if people still buy this buggy master piece for some reason, here's a sloppy review.

It's a game all about money management with elements of a RTS later in the game (Earlier if you start as a rogue)

You protect your buisness from savages (Unless you're a rogue, you are the savage)

It's a hard game (unless you're a rouge.) You have to make sure your competition doesn't out sell you on the markets, and if they control the raw resources then it's GG. You have to manage a complex system of supply chains for maximum profit which earn you the coin you need to buy titles. These titles will allow you a higher standing in society and more places of buisness. After a bit you become self sustaining and money is no longer an issue. What the issue is now is the rogue dynasty and the 2-3 minor families that decided theiving was the best way to survive in the world. So, how do you take care of them, you'd think it would be as simple as just amassing your body guards and thugs to go wipe the heathens out right? Wrong, this game has a politics simulator as well. If you go murder the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s in cold blood then the guards will happily oblige and do the same to you. Then you'll wake up a few days later in court with the green bar of death hanging in the death penalty punishment. SO how do we take care of these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s, eh? WE USE THE CORRUPT NATURE OF POLITICS LADIES AND GENTS. You too, a commoner, the being of an empire just above a serf with the most basic, basic, basic protection with the law (You can charge comeone if you figure out their plots.) can actually rise in this political ladder. Those titles unlock the chains on positions so you can run for them. Once you're high enough you can become immune to punishment, THEN you go take your rowdy thugs and kick the bandit's arses. (Becareful though, guards will still put you down unless a family member controls them.

So overall, this game has some of the best content i've ever played. It's buggy as hell as I mentioned before, nothing game breaking though. I'll give the game a solid 9/10. Buy it, if you have the funds to get this game, and are dedicated to learn the immense curve of it, you'll love it too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Take a dash of the sims, keep all the uncanny valley ♥♥♥♥, add the buisiness side of any good economy game, throw in the the voice actors from ANNO 1404 (Dawn of Discovery), a dash of intrigue and subterfuge, and you have this pile of fun. Probably one of the more in-depth economy based games I've ever played.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Bought game and was unable to even load it. It freezes pc each time I start it.
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623 of 645 people (97%) found this review helpful
294 people found this review funny
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2015
Ignore the bad reviews if you think this game will interest you. Its not everyone's cup of tea. And on top of that, its severely buggy and largely unpolished. But if you look past all that roughness, there is a true gem in here. Not many games deliver so well on so much. It may be one of the best PC games I've ever played. Consider the following story as a testament to what kind of game this is:

I started out an innkeeper in a large city in a large region. I was doing okay. I kept selling cheap food and drink in order to open a bakery nearby. The bakery was also not much, mostly baking rolls for the masses. But in time I was doing well financially and took some time off to pursue a love interest.

The same year she was pregnant and gave birth to my first born son. I was busy working and she spent less time at the bakery. Soon all her time was spent between the house and the church. Neither of us minded though. My son was of school age and we couldn't afford much. So we sent him to a guild school to study to join the family business. The same year, my wife was pregnant again, but this time with a little girl.

During this time I was able to afford to be a citizen and was granted the ability to expand my business. I quickly set up an orchard and a farm outside the gates. It was hopeful, as the supplies for both the Inn and Bakery were now completely controlled by me.

By the time my daughter was of school age, we had the assets to send her to the best school possible. My first born son, was not the most amitious child and my first born daughter had a brighter future due to our new financial situation.

I had another daughter, and another son. More of the same, I suppose, as I was too busy working at the largely successful Inn and expanding my business to fisheries and livestock.

My first born son was a disappointment. He was born when we were poor and didn't amount to much. He mostly went to church with his mother and didn't have the skills to follow in the family business. My first born daughter on the other hand, had the right schooling and was perfectly set up to join the family business. My second daughter, while successful on her own terms, didn't match the success of the first daughter. And lastly, my last born child, a boy, was quiet and simply enjoyed school.

When my first born daughter came of age to help out, she did with much ambition. While I worked the Inn, she helped with apple picking and livestock. She was maybe a bit too ambitious as she managed the workers with the attitude of a tyrant. But I was happy with the success of my business and I was running out of room to expand, so I turned to politics.

I managed to win a low level office for a very short time before getting replaced by a man who had leprosy. However, my daughter almost entirely transitioned my business empire away from me and was doing quite well. So I kept at it. I had money to spend, so I intended to use it. I began bribing people for votes, and I managed to bribe the king himself. But, I lost again.

While my daughter ran my business, and I was unsuccessful at politics, I had little to do. So for the most part, I rekindled my relationship with my aging wife. Also, my character strangely had alcohol in his inventory often, and was no stranger to drinking it on the spot or offering it to others. On a strange night, I also tried sabotaging a rival bakery by tossing an explosive in the front door. It was a mistake and didn't do much.

While I declined from power and my daughter took over, I failed to notice my last born son. He graduated from university with a doctorate. He was a scholar and was a full grown man ready to open his own line of business. Upon his graduation, he quickly started a bank and hospital in town. He worked hard, but being the business man in the family, I saw issues. Two doors down from his bank was a rival bank. Around the corner from his hospital, was a rival hospital.

He was happy working and keeping to himself, so I took it upon myself. We bombed them and ran. I went home to my wife and all was fine. Except, it wasn't.

While I was at home with my wife, my son was working late at the hospital, and my daughter was working late night at the Inn, my daughter, unfortunately lead by her father's poor example, carried out a constant barrage of attacks across the entire city for hours. Many people died, including many of my loyal bodyguards, and several buildings were so heavily damaged they couldn't be entered for fear of collapse.

The tooltip read for me - Corrupt. My entire life I was a righteous man and in a single day I ruined a lifetime of good. My daughter however, was labeled a walking nightmare. A title she wore proudly as she was a violent and cruel woman.

A day later I was summoned to trial for my crimes. And shortly after, so was my daughter. Fortunately for me, the persecuter was bad at her job and couldn't articulate my crimes well enough. With experience, I was able to convince the judges that I was not guilty. My daughter - the judge didn't even show and she walked free.

I was done, however. And now my entire business was in the hand's of my daughter and son.

A few short years later my daughter married and had a series of daughters. My son married and had sons. She spent most of her time in the Inn, acting as an innocent server as she masterminded violence. Her first born daughter stayed at home with her father, picking up the skills for crafting.

My son on the other hand built up impressive charismatic skills and began spending most of his time preaching. He opened his own Catholic church and was busy speaking to the masses. He wasn't as interested in the hospital anymore due to issues obtaining supplies needed for medicine. That was, however, one of the catalysts for what happened next.

Illness spread across the city. It struck the elderly for the most part. And the political stage was swept clean.

My son saw this as an opportunity to win an easy election and do some good for the city. So he applied for a entry level political office.

My first born daughter's daughter was also of age and opened up a tailoring shop. She worked in it night and day and was militant, like her evil mother. However, she just enjoyed working hard. She committed no crimes and often gave bonuses to her employees to reward them for putting up with her management style.

My son had only one opponent to beat for political office. But to help seal the deal, his sister showed up and gave some bribe money to the king. He won the vote and was now holding political office. First it was the Leasing Officer. Then it was the Guild Master. Then Bishop. Then he used his political power to help his sister and neice also win politcal offices.

He had charisma and the power of the people behind him. His sister was a brute with deep pockets. She kept helping him win and in return, he would give her his vote when she applied. Together, they made it to the top - Cardinal, Soverign, and my grandaughter was Consul. Together, they took down bandits, banished rivals, carried out crime and government authority hand in hand. All while I watched from my estate. My children took over the city both economically and politcally. All while in my lifetime. Not sure if I'm proud or scared.

If you made it this far, kudos for reading.

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225 of 233 people (97%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
362.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
Okay, if you're interested in this game BUY THIS VERSION

DO NOT BUY the base game, DO NOT BUY Pirates of the "Yer a pee'in seas",( LOL ) it won't matter this version works with out the "base game" because THEY ARE NOT EXPANSIONS they are all "base games" of the same game only this one is the BEST.

I made the mistake of first buying the first guild 2 THE "base game". And then later buying Pirates, because i thought it was an expansion :l NOW i have 3 versions of the same game in my library }:[ Don't make the same mistake, just buy this version and be done with it.
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207 of 212 people (98%) found this review helpful
201.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
UPDATED ON APRIL 2, 2016: I promised to come back to this review after playing the latest official patch more, and I can report that bugs still persist. Having said that, it is still a big improvement over the last vanilla version, and I can also recommend either Fajeth or McCoy's mods to make the game even more playable. Both do different things, but both are fantastic. It is my recommendation that you try both (separately - mods generally can't work together in TG2) and definitely use one of them, especially once you've played vanilla for 50 hours or so to get a grasp for the basics of the game.

Onto the review: I will not belabor the point: The Guild is my favorite game. In this review I’ll try to explain why this is, and where I’m coming from in terms of my interest in the game, and probably games generally speaking. Hopefully this will help introduce like-minded gamers to The Guild and perhaps also steer some people, if they have different tastes, from the game.

I have always enjoyed simulation games, particularly economic and life sims. I grew up playing what now seem like fairly simplistic sims (e.g., Theme Park, The Settlers, and The Sims) and was fascinated by the seemingly living world of the AI inhabitants in these games. As I began to enjoy role playing games more, and in particularly Ultima Online, I longed for a simulation game in which I wasn’t in complete control, but instead could actually be one of those small inhabitants in the simulated world. Nothing like this existed until I played the first Guild game (Europa 1400) and I was immediately won over, realizing that it was as close to a perfect game as I would ever find, short of developing one myself.

The Guild is indeed a simulated world. It doesn’t attempt to be huge like Skyrim. You are controlling a small family in a single town or on some maps a single town out of up to four. There are up to eleven other “dynasties” (i.e. families) living in these towns, and they all go about their business without your intervention. You are not god in this game – you are just a family existing and striving in the middle ages, and it is amazing fun. It seems there is not one area that The Guild has left out of its gameplay. You can get involved in politics, your character has a religiosity meter, favor (or disfavor) with every single sim in the game, a disposition based on their criminality or lack thereof, skills, perks (think fallout), marriage, children, trials, duals, and the list goes on.

The world in The Guild feels more alive than any game I have played. NPCs go about their business with a real purpose, and it is all simulated. They will do everything from sit around town and chat, go to the pub, hire a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, to run for office and command the city guard (who, by the way, are also governed by some degree of AI logic). In short, the game feels a lot like living in a real, functioning medieval town.

In summary, if you’ve always enjoyed god games, economic sims, and life sims, but wanted to be part of the world rather than the controller of the world – wanted to have to work within the confines of human ability to influence the world (e.g., become mayor and change the law instead of using a hand in the sky to smite someone) then this is the game for you. If you want complete control over the world and all of its inhabitants then you might not enjoy this as much, but I still say it’s worth a try.
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145 of 153 people (95%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Brilliant that Nordic Games have started patching this games wound! Rarely do devolpers come back to a game to fix after 4 years, The Guild 3 is also in the works which is incredible.
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128 of 133 people (96%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
It's December 22, 2014 and a patch just got released for this 4.5 year old game. Whomever these guys are that bought this license are serious about cleaning it up, but the thing is it was already a great title to begin with. Yeah there were some translation problems, and ai issues, and general problems like that, but it wasn't terrible.

Anyways, this game is just great. You play some male or female person set in old timey overseas land (you get to choose the map to play on), and try to stary a dynasty. You find a spouse, make some kids, and play through the generations. Jobs include stuff from politics, farming, to robbing people. You can make buildings like inns, pubs, churches, and so on or eleminate competing dynasties and take over their buildings through violence or cash. You can select your own stats on the dude or chick you're creating and level up skills through actions, so some rpg elements exist.

You got some trading elements in here as well. Own a mine? Send a caravan of ore to the neighboring village to sell, or import the stuff to make your own jewelry factory. Or make armor and weapons and attack villagers with your bandits. You got a lot of options here on what to do as far as playstyle is concerned. It's a sandbox, but you can't just plop buildings down everywhere. Still there's a lot of options to be found and fun to be had by picking this up and giving it a shot. It can be a little daunting to get into, but I ended up having a lot of fun with this and The Guild II. Well mainly vanilla Guild II, but this is just that with more stuff, so if you can decide which version to get, this is the one to grab.
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137 of 164 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Killed the mayor for voting against me in council. Attempted to burn down the prosecutor's house the morning of the trial. Acquitted of all charges. 10/10
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415.9 hrs
Posted: October 19
Wow, just realized I had never written a review for The Guild II: Renaissance. Must be because I was too busy playing! LOL

I love playing TG2R! It is so much fun! I loved the music while playing. And I figured out quite the awesome combination of professions to do quite well in the game. I also loved that you could edit the config file and alter what you or others start out with. I love dinking with the mechanics of games to achieve different outcomes.

I highly recommend The Guild 2: Renaissance for many wonderful hours of gameplay!
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Madam Smashley
82.2 hrs
Posted: October 15
Yes, it has some weird audio bugs. It's glitchy and silly. Yet, I love it.This is mainly a game about building your business and legacy. There is almost no violence or battles. You gather, build and raise up your dynasty. Best played with friends :)
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1.2 hrs
Posted: October 9
The Guild II is a unqiue strategy/life simulation game set in the medieval era. It brings many great mechanics from strategy games and life simulation games (such as the sims). It will take some time to learn, but once you have the game down it is very in depth. Worth a try if this is your style of game! Watch the video below of the tutorial to get an understanding of the game style and dynamics.

Note: Get Renaissance, it includes everything from the previous two releases.
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El Mariachi
21.4 hrs
Posted: October 6
Great game! As a big fan of Europe 1400 I was looking for some similiar games. Played some of games like this but only this one is as good as Europe 1400. Great Singleplayer and even better Multiplayer (but you must play with Tunngle because there arent any servers online left)
I am really curious about Guild 3
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153.2 hrs
Posted: October 4
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25.2 hrs
Posted: October 3
I would recommend this game - slight learning curve but a lot of fun.
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