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Have You Played… The Guild 2: Renaissance?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

If you’ve never even heard of The Guild 2: Renaissance before, you could be forgiven. It’s a relatively obscure mixture of genres (RPG, strategy, business management and medieval life simulation – Phew!) that flew under a lot of people’s radars – including my own, until recently.

It doesn’t help that virtually all the other Guild games thus far are pretty rough around the edges. (Okay, they’re disasters). Fortunately, though, Renaissance is mostly stable.

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No More Gothic 4 For You

look upon my works, ye mighty

‘Bittersweet’ covers this news, I suppose. Arcania: Gothic 4 was a picturesque but depressingly stupid RPG, and one I couldn’t bear to finish despite a lingering hope that at some point it would suddenly open up and improve. None of this was the fault of series creators Piranha Bytes, who lost the rights in a spat with publisher JoWood, but fortunately went off to make the far more interesting Risen instead.

Nonetheless, Arcania was deemed successful enough to warrant a standalone expansion, Fall of Setarrif, which promised 10 more hours of monster-bothering and a bit more variety. It sounded quite literally “okay.” We shall never know for sure – Setariff has indeed fallen. And in a really weird way.
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Arcania: Fall of Setarrif Is An Expandalone

but the plumbing is terrible
JoWood have announced that ArcaniA is to received a standalone expansion, called Fall of Setarrif, on March 25th. In it you can play a new character, or you can import your character from the original game. The new campaign is reportedly ten hours long, so it’s significantly smaller than the main game – and so we can perhaps expect a budget price tag on this? TBC!

And what happens in this brief new sojourn? This: “A mysterious demon, consumed by hatred, terrifies the population and pools his force against the coastal city of Setarrif. The dramatic situation exacerbates after a volcanic eruption in the mountains nearby. Thereupon the nameless hero joins forces with his strongest allies and courageously faces the new menace.” I wish I was nameless and/or able to courageously face anything. You can read our impressions of ArcaniA here.

Gothic 3: Shoulder Pads Trailer


The Forsaken Gods expansion pack for Gothic 3 is emerging from the Germanic cauldron of its development, and it is wearing shoulder pads: great big pointy ones with sharp teeth! At least I think that’s the feature being shown off in this latest trailer, perhaps its actually the things you can face in the narrative gap between this game, and the forthcoming Gothic 4…
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