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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Mostly Positive (58 reviews) - 79% of the 58 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Jul 28, 2010

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Buy The Guild II: Renaissance

Stand-Alone version, The Guild II or any of its add-ons are not required to play this game.

Packages that include this game

Buy The Guild Collection

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...

Features:

  • 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

    Minimum:

    • 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

    Recommended:

    • 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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Sir Drinksalot
( 26.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
If you get it on sale, it's well worth your gold.
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David 94428
( 118.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
''This bug infestation has me at my wit's end.''

Frequent saved game corruptions, combat characters getting stuck randomly during fight, experience points occasionally do not increase attributes but disappear anyway, spinning carts and NPCs still do exist, extremely clunky and tiresome handling of combat units, pathfinding problems for both land and naval units, hiring workers for some businesses gets occasionally bugged for prolonged periods of time, AI works on random basis - people hate you for no reason then they offer you Neutral relations, then hate you again, then offer Neutral relations again on a yearly basis (Total War complex?), some notifications stop popping up in the late game, thug employees occasionally disappear not knowing whether they just quit, went to bug heaven or something else...

Just reading through the fanmade 'MegaModPack' changelog leaves you stunned how many things are broken in the game without you even knowing.

Even without all the bugs the game is rough around the edges, some in-game descriptions are as useful as they would be in chinese, tutorials will explain you how to click around but not how to do things in game, businesses are not balanced and while some bring you big money fast, other like moneylender or pirate haven are pretty bad, AI manages to autocontrol some businesses well and fails at other and dozens of other minor bugs that just kept piling up as I played. The more I played the more bugs I discovered the more difficult it became to enjoy the game. Even after the recent patching the game is still 3/4 baked (Patron pun).

This franchise has such a great potential that stayed unfulfilled with every single The Guild game. Let's just wait for The Guild 3 and hope for the best. This could be the best strategy game of the year when it comes out if they make it right. New developer, new chance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhHrWa6EdD0
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Lord Sho
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Great concept but unfortunatley it's broken in a million ways. Don't waste your time..
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CAABRON
( 32.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
one of the best games ever,just fix that damn OOS in multiplayer
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Chinda
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
game is good
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Frankie
( 96.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Best game ever


hope there will be a remake someday
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Gaius Julius Caesar
( 37.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
One good game that any roleplayer will love. Use espionage and cunning to conquer your enemies throughout time. It is sort of like a mixture of game of thrones, the borgias and mount and blade. You have the dynasty element, the staying in power and the free playstyle all in one.

So yes, but this game. However I do earn you that the fun does when you cheat. Using cheat codes to get further along isn't fun, I used them but it took the fun out of the game. When you play properly you get more out of the game.
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We Speak Texan
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
build a bank and roleplay rothschild for maximum jewry
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chipsnsalsalover
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
This game may be buggy, but it's still pretty fun. Don't take this game too seriously, just build your business, climb your way up the social ladder, and have fun with it! I don't recommend it for the full price of $10 though, only get it when it's on sale.
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MindSky
( 52.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
It was and still can be very fun
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Steam Curator Profile: http://store.steampowered.com/curator/25438273-♥♥♥♥♥♥-Frog-Memes/

Firstly I would like to say that I probably have around 100+ more hours logged offline (on the original cd-rom) not listed on Steam.

The Guild II Renaissance is a sort of city builder/RPG where you play through any three of your chosen family members. Upon entering the game and choosing your characters looks, stats and class, you will start with nothing more than a hut and a sum of money which varies depending on difficulty. Your objective in this game is to ensure that your family survives against a host of other families.

To survive in the harsh medieval world of the The Guild II Renaissance you first need to start a business which is limited to a few choices depending on what class you chose. With a business you are able to generate revenue which may help you run for a political position, get married, send your children to school or build additional businesses. You continue this trend until you outlive all other dynasties.
Note: I could ramble on and on about the various components of the game but I chose to simplify it for the sake of length.

Another thing about this game is that it is great with multiplayer, (however official servers have been shut down so you'll have to use software such as Hamachi, Tuungle or Evolve). My friends and I have spent many hours on this game fire bombing each other's huts, kidnapping each other's wives, or fighting to the death via fists in the streets.

This game does have a host of issues, being that it is a quite old game.
- Multiplayer worlds will crash without notice and at random increments (save often).
- Characters can get permanently stuck in one spot, doomed to die there.
- Carts (carries shop goods) will spin around for no good reason and will spin forever unless you command them.
- The intro video will sometimes not appear and just audio will play (this does not crash the game).
...and more!

tl;dr: I think this game has great potential despite the bugs that it has. This review simplifies many facets of the game, but I encourage you to try it yourself. The game is often around 90% off ($1) and I recommend you purchase it then.

Edit: I had forgotten (a rather important) unfortunate part of this game. Gameplay is rather unintuitive and if there is demand for me to write a comprehensive guide for this game, I will.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Spent about 10 hours yesterday playing the game, its oddly addicting and time consuming. But fun! The only problem i had was on starting the game it was slow to load and pertty unresponsive. I had to Ctrl Alt Delete to actually get past the opening cut scenes because nothing else worked. But i found a fix after an hour, go to your Steam/SteamApps/Common/The Guild 2 Renaissance. Edit the Config.ini and look for the following line

// Show the splash screen at programm startup (0:no 1:on (default) )
SplashScreen = 1 (Turn this to 0 )

this will skip the loading screens (Black screen) and bring you right to the games main menu.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
One good game that any roleplayer will love. Use espionage and cunning to conquer your enemies throughout time. It is sort of like a mixture of game of thrones, the borgias and mount and blade. You have the dynasty element, the staying in power and the free playstyle all in one.

So yes, but this game. However I do earn you that the fun does when you cheat. Using cheat codes to get further along isn't fun, I used them but it took the fun out of the game. When you play properly you get more out of the game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
build a bank and roleplay rothschild for maximum jewry
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
The ideas behind this game what pulls you in. Unique game.

Pros:
-To be able to choose real life like professions.
-Craft many items and create automated trade routes to supply your shop while you attend to your bussiness.
-Check market details of each city and plan your next haul.
-Become a rich, known family and try your luck in politics.
-Starting as a commoner and becoming a noble family amongs other known people and more titles.
-You may conquer an entire city using economy alone.
-You can see the interiors of each building while you and your employees working. Kind of satisfying to watch as you "Pay bonus" to you employees or using "Goad workers" hehe

Cons:
-Graphics are outdated yet interior deisngs still looks good.
-Game AI is not stable.
-Game engine is troubling at times. You have the feeling of weird bugs stalking you.
-Some professions designed good while others, like rogue, not working well. Bugs and mechanic problems.
-If AI bugs sometimes economic balance between items goes crayz. Once, I happen to be the only person who is supplying the market with food and clothing even though there are 4 rich familys in this crowded city who owned shops. AI simply stops working sometimes.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
96.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Best game ever


hope there will be a remake someday
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Great concept but unfortunatley it's broken in a million ways. Don't waste your time..
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I really wanted to like this game, but it is too bugged to enjoy. And I'm not even talking about the animation glitching and texture clipping, or people just standing around because they are unable to get to their destination kind of bugs, I can live with that, I'm talking about the game destroying bugs and there are a lot...

Also tried it with the Fajeth's MegaModPack 0.8 and Legacy ModPack 2.02 (separately of course), and even though they do fix a lot of things, sooner or later you will have to restart the game because it will became unplayable.

After awhile you get sick and tired of so many restarts, and after constant fear that something may bug the hell out, you have to admit to yourself that the game became repulsive.

It's a shame that there are not more games like this, but seeing how many problems this one have, I guess it is understandable.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful