Two Worlds Impressions - Gameplay, Story, Items

We get an up-close look at this open-ended role-playing game from the creator of the Earth 2150 series.

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You could argue that games like The Elder Scrolls and the Gothic series helped popularize open-ended role-playing games, which take place in a sprawling 3D world. Whatever the case, the genre is set to grow even bigger with Two Worlds, the upcoming PC and Xbox 360 role-playing game from publisher SouthPeak Interactive and developer Reality Pump. This new game will put you in the shoes of an average adventurer who discovers that he is perhaps destined for greatness. This may sound like familiar ground, but Two Worlds will offer some interesting new features that will set it apart from other games out there.

Two Worlds will offer open-ended role-playing and all kinds of monsters.

In the game, you'll play as a mercenary adventurer in a fantasy world where humans coexist with dwarves, orcs, and other fantasy races. At the beginning, you're drafted in an expedition to a dwarf mine. But your party is ambushed and your sister, who was also part of the group, is kidnapped. As it turns out, the mine is the gravesite of a dead god, and the race is on to tap the hidden powers buried inside. And somehow, your character is discovered to be one of the few beings in the world with the ability to unlock those powers. As such, you'll spend much of your career in the game not only fighting off angry monsters, but also dealing with powerful figures in the world who may seek to manipulate your abilities or prevent you from using them entirely.

With Two Worlds, Reality Pump aims to combine traditional role-playing mechanics with some interesting new features. For instance, the gameworld will be persistent; burned grass and trees will stay burned until they grow back later after rainfall. Unlike in Oblivion, you'll be able to seamlessly enter and exit buildings with no load times, which means that you won't be able to escape from botched thievery attempts just by sneaking out the door. But you might attempt to escape pursuers by ducking into a house and locking the door behind you.

Two Worlds will also have a deep role-playing system that is based primarily on open-ended character skills. You will need to choose a starting character class but will then be free to advance your character in any line of skills. These skills include picking locks, using various weapons, or casting magic spells from one of five schools of magic, which include elemental sorceries and the dark arts of necromancy. Interestingly, necromancy--the magic of raising the dead and manipulating their undead spirits--won't exist in the world at first; you'll need to undertake a quest to restore it to the world by reactivating a set of ancient towers. If you choose not to restore necromancy, then it simply won't exist throughout the entire game, and you'll never have to swing your sword at a single skeleton or zombie. Fortunately, the game will also feature "skill trainer" characters who can help you learn new skills and unlearn those you've chosen but don't like.

In addition, the game has some interesting features with respect to inventory management. One aspect of role-playing games that Reality Pump sought to avoid is the constant influx of junk you loot from your enemies, even after you become an accomplished and wealthy adventurer. For example, you'll be able to combine individual items of the same type to create upgraded versions; those three rusty broadswords can be combined to create a more damaging and valuable weapon. You'll also be able to combine any herbs or cooking reagents you find using the game's alchemy system; you'll even be able to create unique potion recipes that will carry over into multiplayer.

The developer also has an intriguing multiplayer mode planned.

Yes, Two Worlds is being designed for online multiplayer. Apparently, pending approval from Microsoft, the game will also be playable over Xbox Live for up to eight players in a single game session. You'll be able to create multiplayer saved games that store your characters (and any unique item recipes you've discovered that have your name on them) so that you can hunker down with some friends for a session, save your game, then come back to it the next time your buddies are available.

But if you go the multiplayer route, be prepared for one long multiplayer session. The base single-player game will reportedly offer something along the lines of a 40-hour adventure for players who stick to the "main quest" and try to complete the story as quickly as possible. For anyone who likes to poke around and try any of the game's many side quests, the game will likely last many more hours. If Reality Pump's first role-playing game capitalizes on all of its potential, Two Worlds will offer hours of open-ended role-playing in a highly interactive world. The game is scheduled for simultaneous launch on the PC and Xbox 360 in May.

Discussion

138 comments
Iheartmetalarms
Iheartmetalarms

all you people hate two worlds. I love it, and you all cant change that

osumane2012
osumane2012

whats you get used to the interface and how to do quests its really fun. I just gave it some time to roll in my system and i like it

rwgober92
rwgober92

I just played this game a min. ago for the first time, expecting something good... and then I realized.. This game compares to Oblivion like Arx Fatalis was to Morrowind... Actually, its worse... Played for 15 mins or so and was so upset with the graphics and crappy gameplay I had to put it down =(

Hammer_Ov_Hell
Hammer_Ov_Hell

i have played this game. it gets boring really quick. but i have played worse games. but i play this game for the Achievements on Xbox 360. after i get them all, this game is going in the trash. i'm sure you all agree, this game sucks balls with peanut butter. lol.

DivineChampion
DivineChampion

This game is like a hooker. it may look good, but once u get to know it, it makes you wanna run away from it. 5/10

NukeU
NukeU

If you ask me, it looks like an Oblivion wanabe

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

well i have seen the horrible voice acting but im still hoping it will be good it looks and sounds good but i have this gut feeling its somehow gonna suck.

soultakernemax
soultakernemax

alec3205 you have no ideal what your talking about at all so .....keep quiet ...good boy anyways to all those who plan on buying this game today as i am in little than two hours when it rolls into my local gamestop. add me my gamertag is soultakernemax

alec3205
alec3205

I'd definitely prefer a new Elder Scrolls than this. But even Elder could improve on some of the ideas mentioned.

jamessinden
jamessinden

this game looks immense i cant wait for it to come out ive already got it on pre-order, finally a game simmilar to oblivion but this one looks better and goes online yey.

rage6
rage6

this game looks awsome. kinda looks like gothic 3. but the game play souds really good. i am hokked on oblivion and i just got gothic 3 so i think this will be another addictive game.

Erickoblivion
Erickoblivion

whoe hoe 1 more day of waiting. I'm calling in sick from school just to make shure i can buy it in time.. Just hope my mom womt kill me (-_-') haha.. Game on :P damn i sound like a nerd (-_-') BUT I LOVE IT!!

xmisto
xmisto

This game looks promising. When I go pick up Two World's, I will still play Oblivion. Two Worlds will only be better, because it's newer, and they where able to look for the mistakes Oblivion had. That's the only reason it'll be better. But hey, I'll be playing it.

Caboose7293
Caboose7293

Been waiting for a new Oblivion, and this will be it. First I need to find some money after that Halo 3 preorder.....

adrianhorizon
adrianhorizon

I've been waiting for this game for a good bit of time now, and can't wait to play it!

soultakernemax
soultakernemax

everytime a new game is made improvements are made to its gameplay, and control the user has in the game, and what would you consider new and exciting???? i mean since your such a genius who thinks its so easy to just make a new type of game then why dont you get in to the industry and tell us. i know this sounds real smartass but truely itss not meant to be what im trying to say is what is something new you would like to seeee in this franchise? i believe this game is a great ideal and is gonna rock. also many added features games like oblivion didnt have starting with multiplayer . also ability to mix spell powers . imporvements in load times etc/.. and also the combat system much more in depth.

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soultakernemax
soultakernemax

I have had this game payed off since the day gamestop started taking reserves. it looks amazing and fun as can be plus the multiplayer added on sweet!!!. the main problem with most of you is that your babies and you know the game is gonna smoke oblivion and youve done spent a 100 hours on it. And like most people who love one game you try to say negative things about the game thats gonna take over. well boys/girls its time to move on a bigger/better game is on its way so stop your baby **** and get ready for it. also this game is gonna have faster loading times then oblivion. which might i add oblivion at times had horrible loading times 3+ min to get in cities wtf iss that im no longer intrested by the time i get in. this game world will be atleast 2 times bigger with your decisions having more of an outcome on the world and its people. i have seen lots of positive things about this game and the only people i have seen negative things about this game from are guess who.....yup the diehard oblivion fans and that it. And as far as pushing back release dates let them do whats they must in the time they need i know its irratating and it gets old and they shouldnt give us a date until there positivily sure but trust me its for the better so they can work out bugs, and patch the game b4 it comes out and we complain were bugged up and cant get out of the starting location or we die when we get on a horse etc... you get the ideal. trust me give them their time b/c i played a game you all may know called stronghold 2 on pc which were the release dat was rushed by the consumers and so the creators pushed it out early and it ended up with horrible gameplay ai was stupid missions incomplete multiplayer games would just randomly end you couldnt fight ai online half the stuff in the instruction manuel you couldnt do. over all it could of been a great game but was rushed dont let this turn out that way too. thank you all.

paradise19
paradise19

HI GUYS! I just wanted to inform y'all that this game is simply spectacular!!! Although my over research and religious exposure to the game has started to strain my vision, and the desire to bring the game into my s*x life with my boyfriend has failed many times... I still hold on tight- no pun intended!!! My parents are dissapointed that I dropped out of school to stalk the game producers, and the restraining orders are starting to build up, I know that the game won't let me down!!!!!!!!!!!!

XDrThraxX
XDrThraxX

Anyone know the exact realese date for this game? everywhere i look it says the 14th, but here it says 21st

tonymatt225
tonymatt225

im pretty sure you cant expect to kill people and keep adding weapons together. there has to be some kind of binding spell to do that and a high level

spanoly14
spanoly14

I love RPGs, and so far this one looks great, the graphics are awesome, dual weidling is enabled, and there is online play unlke oblivion, this is definitly a keeper for those that are spending 20 a month for WoW...

Keith4Chelski
Keith4Chelski

Dont think ill be getting this it sounds too much like Runescape sorry if im wrong with that uneducated guess but i played Runescape for a good couple years 2years exactly and it was a massive waste of time and was boring only thing that kept me playing was the fact that i wanted to beat everyone on the highscore now that sounds sad to me now but i didnt think like that a year or two back lol.

Tay_Esh
Tay_Esh

i still dont get the magic thing one preview said it was card bassed but i hope that was just a spelling error!!

WickaWireX
WickaWireX

I'm buying this regardless of the rating.

captfalc
captfalc

The one thing I'm nervous about: combining weapons could be overpowered. A german review I read said that he spent a half hour killing guards in a small town, adding their swords to his. By the end of it, his sword could 1-hit guards. Hopefully they do something.

captfalc
captfalc

The one thing I'm nervous about: combining weapons could be overpowered. A german review I read said that he spent a half hour killing guards in a small town, adding their swords to his. By the end of it, his sword could 1-hit guards. Hopefully they do something.

JP-
JP-

hmm sounds good

miasomia
miasomia

Its got ageia Physx support!!! I'm sold!

x-box-player
x-box-player

this is like the best game in the world and your all beneath me dudes!

darkfeyt2
darkfeyt2

I've finish the game 25 dayse ago

HagirR
HagirR

the final version is now out in iran like all other Game(1$) i dont buy it yet cuse of my sucking final EXAM

ymaitre
ymaitre

I've played for a couple of hours :-) so far, and even though the game is not as polished as Oblivion for example, it is quite interesting and enjoyable. It doesn't require the ultimate gaming box to run smoothly, but the graphics are nice enough with some nice HDR effects. Loading times are kept to a minimum too, which is nice. The preview is wrong when it says that you're requirred to choose a class. It's a classless system, similar to games as Gothic. I specially enjoy the quality of the dialogues and voices over, but I'm a bit bothered by the lack of good lipsync. One of the cool features is the abilty to stack identical items in order to build a very powerful one, and on top of that, weapons can be enhanced by magic stones (kinada like FF7 and materia) to give them magic powers. Look forward to the full review, as it's a promising game and probably one of the best to look for this spring.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

sure sounds cool, I'll keep an eye on it

tpgbommer
tpgbommer

Liking it. If the review is going to be ok, then I'm in. 'Cause I have so far not been let down by reviews...

ashirkey
ashirkey

this game looks like it's going to be awesome

yosk1
yosk1

wow some of these graphics look like total sh!t

Kiith_Somtaaw
Kiith_Somtaaw

Sounds very interesting, I wish Oblivion had the same Multiplayer capabilities as this game.

vryohe
vryohe

might be good might not look at the hype on mm dark messiah a disappointment. oblivion has worked well for me with all the patches thank you very much for them as for frame rate complaint invest in a better pc and that problem goes away

Firebrand02
Firebrand02

I hope it doesn't turn out to be a dissapointment like Dark Messiah of Might and Magic.Looks great though so far.

Draco-x5
Draco-x5

Cool, like oblivion but with multi player sounds good

raaaw
raaaw

Sounds ace! Been waiting for a game like this to waste hours on aswell as playing online with other people! Edit: Also, anyone know if players playing the PC ver. will be on the same servers as 360 players?

Rock_Roberts
Rock_Roberts

Game sounds great, can't wait till it comes out. But will there be any Good Vs Evil in the game? If so, can you chose the side that you want to be on? I want to play a game like that soooo much ( not Fable mind you, a longer, more drawn out game).

DStew34
DStew34

i think it looks cool, but the multiplayer is what i have my eye on its got to be good. i think it can make a run with oblivion

MattMyers_5
MattMyers_5

Hopefully they will learn from oblivion and not have a level system that is stupid and exploitable. Not that I dont like oblivion. I just want to play a character and have it be good without sitting for 2 hours letting a rat hit you to boost your armor skill, thus giving a plus 5 to an attribute.

playerpaul
playerpaul

looks good.will be watching for this one.

zer1015
zer1015

I don't think that the 360 online is MMO like WoW. I think you make a room and then invite friends in. I think that you can meet up with people in big cities and stuff like that in the PC one, but I'm not 100% sure about any of it.