Publisher: EA Games
Developer: Lionhead Studios
Release Date: Oct 4, 2005
The original Black & White was a strategy game that divided those who played it into two camps: those who loved its completely open-ended nature and those who felt that it was a bit too open-ended and meandering for its own good. For those waiting on Black & White 2, the good news is that the sequel is less open-ended and more structured. Indeed, this time there's a more coherent story, which makes it feel like a different game. However, this comes at the cost of some of the free-form gameplay that you may have loved from the original.
Black & White 2 is considered a god game because you play, well, a god. Specifically, you happen to be god for the Greeks, though that's not to say that you're a Zeus or a Hera or one from the traditional pantheon. The setting is in a fantasy world that happens to be occupied by the Greeks, the Norsemen, the Japanese, and the Aztecs. The Aztecs begin the game by sacking the Grecian capital, but not before you manage to spirit away a handful of survivors to a faraway land to begin anew. This story is a huge improvement over the first game, because it offers a cause to see to the end, as well as a focused enemy to take down.
Minimum system requirements:
OS: Windows XP/2000
Processor: 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 or above
Memory: 512 MB RAM
Hard Drive: 3.5 GB
DVD: 8 Speed
Video Card: 64 MB with 1.1 Pixel Shader
DirectX: Version 9.0c (included)
Sound Card: Directx 9.0c compatible
Input: Mouse, Keyboard.