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'Age of Wonders 2' - Overview & Screens

by Thomas on April 3, 2002 @ 12:42 p.m. PST

Age of Wonders 2 is the sequel to the award winning turn based strategy game, Age of Wonders. Developed by Triumph Studios and PopTop Software, the game will sport better graphics and updated gameplay. Check out game overview and some new screens below!

Overview
The AI in Age of Wonders 2 will be improved, providing more challenging opponents. Towns will play a bigger role, not just a unit factory. New spells, skills, and combat rules will make battles faster paced. A map editor and a random map generator will be included with the game.

Expect Age of Wonders 2 to perfectly blend the elements of strategy, role playing, and adventure. You will have to maintain your heroes, towns, armies, resources, and magic to crush the other opponents. The game will take place on the world map, and the tactical combat map if you enter a battle.

Story
“Awakened to be one of the Circle of Evermore; an immortal group of wizards, you must restore balance to a world on the brink of collapse. By mastering the magical forces of creation and dealing with the deities who govern them, you must establish a fantasy empire and confront other wizards in a struggle for world domination.”

The state of the world had been forcefully returned to the state before the humans came. But the world had changed; the humans were destined to govern the world. The Wizard King Gabriel, the hidden Evermore ally in High Men path of the Champaign knew this and that it would be a matter of time before the world would return to chaos.

Fearing that his seat of power would be overtaken by one of his rebel wizards, Gabriel is unable to intervene in the mortal realm, leaving him trapped on Evermore. But when a promising human champion steps through death’s door, Gabriel creates a new wizard, a human ally, and successor to the wizard throne. In this young human, the power of magic is very strong. Resembling both the old and the new, he is the perfect candidate to solve the world’s problems. This young human is called Merlin.

Features

Rule your domain as an immortal Wizard-King, a leader capable of awe-inspiring destruction, possessing the ability to defeat equally imposing adversaries!

Reign supreme over one of 12 distinct and amazing races such as Elves, Frostlings, Draconians, Dwarves, Halflings, Humans, and even the Undead.

Specialise in one of 7 Spheres of Magic including Earth, Fire, Life, and Death, while customising your magical skills and abilities.

Enlist the aid of more than 30 loyal champions like rangers, warriors, and priests - these heroes lead your troops into battle and posses the unique ability to wield an assortment of over 75 mighty artefacts hidden throughout the world.

Immerse yourself in a legendary story during a single-player campaign with 20 scenarios full of intrigue, action, and suspense.

Lay siege to enemy cities with a careful balance of tactical guile and magical augmentations.

Seek out assistance from various Deities - their favour can lift an aspiring emperor to greatness, while their displeasure can lead a thriving nation into ruins.

Design your very own scenarios, heroes, items, and even new Wizards with the enhanced scenario editor, challenging others to triumph over your creation.

Explore a never-ending supply of new worlds, using the game's random map generator. Even the most veteran player will always have new friends to meet, and new enemies to defeat.

Guide the growth of your cities as you see fit, building formidable defences, mystical temples, grand training grounds for your armies, and more.

Research powerful enchantments, fierce combat magic, and world altering spells - all brought to life with a 3D-particle system sure to dazzle even the most seasoned Wizard.

Experience crystal clear sound and life-like detail for characters, creatures, terrain and more with an enhanced sound engine and a new true-colour graphics engine.

Confront rival Wizards in Multiplayer warfare via a LAN or over the Internet for up to 8 players - options include Play by Email, Hot Seat, and the exciting Simultaneous-Turn System allowing all players to move at the same time!

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