developer: Daedalic Entertainment
publisher: Daedalic Entertainment
Game mode: single player
Blackguards 2 is a turn-based RPG developed by the Daedalic Entertainment, from Germany – the same team responsible for creating the first installment in the series back in 2014.
The action in Blackguards 2 for PC, PS4 and XONE is set in the dark fantasy world of Aventuria several years after the events shown in the previous installment. A band of criminals and raiders have stopped the Nine Hordes, for which most of them have paid the highest price. The few who remain do not enjoy happy lives. Naurim the Dwarf turned to gambling causing him to lose all his money and growing a large belly, Zurburan the mage has been sold into slavery on a market for a proverbial dime, while Takate, the mercenary, has returned to the wood folk and spends his time kidnapping people and forcing them to fight to the death on special arenas.
The main protagonist of the game is a ruthless woman by the name of Cassia, who will not stop until she fulfills her ambitions. As she is aware of the famous slayers of the Nine Hordes, she decides to recruit Naurim, Zurbaran, and Takate to help her in getting to the Shark Throne and seizing control over the entire kingdom. The story campaign is set across the southern regions of Aventuria and provides a player with over 20 hours of gameplay.
Blackguards 2 revolves around turn-based battles, the rules of which are based on the modified version of mechanics known from the paper version of an RPG called The Dark Eye to fit the more dynamic battles to the nature of PC games. During a battle, a player has to utilize the surroundings and characters' unique abilities. For each victory, one is rewarded with experience points, which can be spent on developing the characters.
Another novelty in the game is the strategic aspect of gameplay – apart from standard missions, a player has to conquer consecutive territories across Aventuria as well as fight off enemy attacks. The developers did not forget about implementing new abilities, items, and types of opponents. Moreover, they decided to implement numerous improvements suggested by the gaming community, such as better visibility, formation, and cover systems.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Quad Core 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 896 MB GeForce GTX 275/512 MB Radeon HD 4770 or better, 12 GB HDD, Windows Vista(SP2),7(SP1),8
Minimum: Dual Core 2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 8600 GT/Radeon HD 2600 XT or better, 12 GB HDD, Windows XP