At its best the game gives you a compelling real-time strategy experience where you're spending time planning for the inevitable. When you know how to build everything you need, the game becomes just as exciting the classic PC RTS games I grew up playing. The only problem is that your organic dungeon doesn't always work the way you want it to, so there's a bit of luck involved that can hamper the fun. And let me tell you, before you understand how the ecosystem works, there's very little fun to be had in this game.
For the most part I enjoyed What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2. I didn't mind that the game looked like a glossy 8-bit game or that some of the writing grated on my nerves. What kept me from loving the game was the huge learning curve and the intense difficulty. Perhaps I just didn't have the knack for the game, but I found the second half to be unbearably difficult. There are only a few times where I really felt like I had control over the game. And even now, after I've gone through and played the tutorials, I still have a hard time explaining all of the nuance found in this deceptive title.
What I do know is that this real-time strategy game is unlike anything I've ever seen before. It has a lot of great ideas that make sense when you understand how the universe works. I can see hardcore RTS fans really getting into the way the world comes together, even if it isn't very clear from the start. The game has a great sense of humor and there are ideas here that I wouldn't mind seeing added to more established titles.
The problem is that most of the good things about this title are marred by the frustrating difficulty and repetitive levels. There's a lot about this game that I really enjoyed, but I rarely had a good time playing it. I can't see anybody wanting to play this maddening game for more than a few levels at a time, and even then it feels like a grind. If you're an RTS fan looking for a crazy challenge, then this game will scratch that very specific itch. Everybody else may want to do more research before committing to this title.
It's worth noting that this game comes in two different packages. The physical UMD version retails for $29.99 and comes with both the original game and this sequel. I reviewed the edition found on the PSN store, which lists at $19.99. For what it's worth, the cheaper version found on the PSN store does not include the original game. No matter which version you try, What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is the kind of crazy game only the Japanese seem to come up with.
* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company for review.
Even after spending countless hours with the game, I still can't figure out how to explain What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2. Whether that's a good thing or not is up to how excited you get about convoluted rules, repetitive gameplay and video game ecosystems. The game has some seriously good ideas, but there's no question that it will only play to a limited audience.
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