Black & White 2 Comparison
|Black & White 2 Comparison|
|Armies, Miracles and More!|
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Intro to the Game:
I'm a die-hard Black and White fan ever since I played the original back in 2000. I couldn't wait for Black and White 2 and picked it up on release day. It wasn't long after I started playing I was on the message board bragging about how gorgeous the graphics are. Because of my passion for the game, Zeus recommended I write a review. There had already been so many articles and previews published about Black and White 2, I decided to do something a little different. Instead of a review, I've written up more of a comparison between the original Black and White, and Black and White 2.
After comparing the two games, my gripe list has grown larger than I expected. Rather than try and separate the good from the bad, pros from the cons, I've written my mixed opinions in the order I played the game...provided you can play it.
Safedisc 4 protects Black and White 2 and seems to go a bit overkill with read errors. I received more than one I/O error installing the game. Installation failed the first time and I had to change optical drives half way through the second installation. Upon running the game, it will also detect any CD emulation software such as CloneCD or Alcohol and refuse to run.
Less having to do with game play and more of a pet peeve, there is no way to by-pass the introductory animations from the developers and publishers. After watching these more than ten times, every time after seems like an eternity. Franticly pressing escape doesnâ€™t make it go away any faster.
One of the biggest let downs of this game is the introductory movie. After the leaps and bounds made with graphics and animation during the 1,254 days Black and White 2 was in development, I couldn't wait to see what they had come up with for an introductory movie. But besides adding a special effect here and there and cleaning up some of the pixilation, the movies are identical! After watching the birth of a God and flying through the universe, to the galaxy, zooming past Earth, circle around the sun, and back to Earth again I thought to myself, "This looks awfully familiar." After loading up the original Black and White I confirmed my suspicions. The intro movie is practically identical.
The animated introduction after you reach Earth is where the new Black and White is different and we see a beautiful rendered land, and meet our conscience. After selecting a creature and completing basic training, the introduction of the Aztecs invading the Greeks is very well done and establishes a solid plot to the game.
Belief VS. Impressiveness:
The People Are Robots:
The original Black and White was developed on the principal of belief. If a tribe believed in you enough, they followed you. The successor partly works on a similar system called Impressiveness. Belief could be had many different ways in the original game, from casting miracles, to moving rocks, and even your creature could score some belief just by doing a little dance.
The People Are Robots:
|Most if not all of these elements seem to have been removed from the sequel, which was rather disappointing. People no longer worship rocks, or the creature. I don't think I've ever seen anybody sit either. Just stand. Or they never quit moving.|