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.
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (41 reviews) - 85% of the 41 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (1,123 reviews) - 81% of the 1,123 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Very Positive (41 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (1,123 reviews)
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Fabio
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
This game is a massive improvement over The Guild II.

If you like the idea of managing your business from scratch, starting a family and take down your competitors though hard work, nefarious ways or simply by politics in a beautiful medieval setting this is the game for you.

By the way, you die in this game from a variety of reasons, including of old age. One of your kids will inherit everything you own and will become the main character. You can practically play this game for as long as you wish, pretty neat, eh?

The only mode I don't recomend is multiplayer. It has a few nasty and unsolvable Out of Sync game-breaking bugs.

Other than that the game is absolutely incredible. 8/10
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GnzLh
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Full of bugs.
Maybe there's a game under the mountain of bugs. Don't have the patience to look for it.
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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
( 119.8 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
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
game is good
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Frankie
( 103.7 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 8 people (88%) 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
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
119.8 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
11 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 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
103.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Best game ever


hope there will be a remake someday
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Full of bugs.
Maybe there's a game under the mountain of bugs. Don't have the patience to look for it.
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