Because I'm afraid that this game might not get enough attention, and be largely unnoticed -- and certainly seems to be under-appreciated -- I wanted to bring it up here. This is a wonderful game, and hasn't gotten much exposure.
Anyone played this? Anyone like it? (It got four stars from CGM, so apparently SOMEONE likes it...)
I love this game. Really.
By Ben Sones (Felderin) on Thursday, December 6, 2001 - 10:35 am:
I like it quite a bit. Great concept (kind of like an in-depth remake of Taipan, one of my favorite games for the Apple II), and it shore is purty. All the little things to do and look at in the towns... it's just fun. The ship combat is similarly entertaining--simple without being too simplistic.
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Thursday, December 6, 2001 - 11:45 pm:
What've we got to do to get this game some attention?? I'm really afraid this is gonna have an all-too-short shelf life, and be one those "Great Games You've Never Heard Of." How sad.
Maybe in a couple months, when it's hit the bargain racks 'cause no one's buying it, people will pick it up 'cause it's cheap, and realize what a gem it is. Hopefully.
By Brian Rucker on Friday, December 7, 2001 - 12:38 pm:
I bought it shortly after release and really enjoyed the tutorial. :) That's about as far as I got before a GTA3 toting console lumbered into my living room. Patrician II does look very good though but my brain's shrunk two sizes too small to focus on it right now.
By Michael Murphy (Murph) on Friday, December 7, 2001 - 11:54 pm:
The worst thing I could say about it is that it's slow. And not Civ III slow. Really slow. But not NECESSARILY in a bad way. It's just that the only thing that would cause me hesitation in recommending it to anyone is that a lot of people just don't have the patience.
But I really, REALLY enjoyed it. In fact, I liked it so much, I talked my best friend into getting it, so we could give multiplayer a whirl. He loves it, too.
By Raife on Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 10:37 pm:
I had a lot of fun with it, but my interest kind of faded off into Mech:BK & EU2. Actually, I started up a new game of EU(1) as the Hanseatic League largely because of the subject matter of PII.
I did get fairly far into the game, however. Mayor of Lubeck, Marriage to a lass from Riga, and favored to head the League in the next election.
It's definitely fun, but I prefer the politics and depth of EU/EU2. It really a matter of time investment for me. I seem to get more enjoyment out of an hour of EU/EU2 than an hour of PII. The late-game micromanagement of PII can get a bit tedious. Of course, YMMV.
I may get back to it eventually, if only to finish up my current game. We'll see.