Warlords 2: Rise of Demons

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Warlords 2: Rise of Demons Instructions

Select position of units using the up and down arrow keys or 'w' and 's'. Select type of unit to train using the left and right arrow keys or 'a' and 'd'. Send unit by pressing 'space'. Release a charge using 'q'.

Warlords 2: Rise of Demons Walkthrough

The Warlords series is back with Warlords 2: Rise of Demons and while the game remains very similar to the original - which is definitely not a bad thing - the improvements in this game make it not only a worthy sequel but a wildly addictive game all on it's own. The eight races from the original game have been carried over to this one, but this time around you can unlock three new races at the completion of the game. In addition, this incarnation of the game is a bit more appealing to a wider audience thanks to the addition of multiple levels of difficulty. Newcomers to the war game genre can start out on 'easy' to get a feel for the game and build up a little experience before moving on to 'Normal'. Players with a bit more experience will want to start out with normal and move up. Experienced players who feel their war game skills are a little more advanced can choose from 'Hard', 'Very Hard' and 'Hardest'. The real improvement in this game over the first in the series, however, definitely lies in the graphics and the story.

It's clear from the very start that the makers of Warlords 2: Rise of Demons have gone to great lengths to focus on other areas of game play instead of focusing solely on making a challenging game. The graphics offered in this fantasy war game are among the best you'll get from any online war game. The races are detailed and interesting to look at. The backgrounds are colorful, lively and detailed without being distracting. Should you find the game runs slowly or lags (definitely a problem for computers that aren't great with graphics intensive games) you can choose to lower the graphics quality (under settings from the main menu) and the game still looks incredible.

The story that you get with Warlords 2: Rise of Demons is a lot more detailed than the story you were offered in the first game. There is more of a back story which is told through a little introductory video at the beginning of the game. The story gives the game a whole new level of intrigue as it really sucks you in and keeps you interested in what's happening. In addition, you learn more about the individual races before you make your race selection which makes choosing a race a little easier. The strengths and weaknesses of each race are more clearly defined, but you also get a little bit of a back story about each race. The story is a minor touch in the grand scheme of things, but it makes a major difference in how interested the player gets in the game.

The upgrade screen and the upgrade options have also completely changed in Warlords 2: Rise of Demons. Upgrades are laid out more clearly and are explained a bit better. You start out with five categories (spearman, archer, swordsman, halberdier, and add new unit) with an icon representing each one. You can click on the 'upgrade/info' link for each category to see the basic stats of each of the different options and to see the upgrade options you can purchase. As with the first game and most of the other war games online, upgrades are absolutely vital to doing well in this game. Without upgrades, you won't make it through the more difficult battles. Choosing the right upgrades in this game though, is a bit easier than it was in the first thanks to how the information is laid out.

Clicking on the 'upgrade/info' link for spearman from the upgrade screen in Warlords 2: Rise of Demons will take you to a screen that shows you the basic stats of your spearmen. You'll see what type of battle they are strongest in, what their weaknesses are and then a list of their ratings in the following areas: speed, armor, melee range, damage and preparation. This is not only useful information when choosing what upgrades you want to purchase but will also come in handy during battle when you're trying to decide what units to send out on the battlefield. Make sure you have a basic understanding of what units are stronger against what enemies and what units are stronger in specific situations. Know which units are strongest in melees. Know which units can take more damage before being destroyed by specific types of enemies. You'll figure it out through trial and error as you play, but paying attention to those basic stats on the upgrade screen will definitely reduce the 'error' portion of that equation.

When you're choosing upgrades in Warlords 2: Rise of Demons, you need to keep an eye on your gold. Don't waste gold on upgrades you don't get have the need for. While it's great to have a fully upgraded army, you need to do it in stages. Look for the area where each of your unit types is weakest and purchase upgrades that strengthen those areas. You need to have a strong army all around. Having strong archers is great, but you won't just be using archers in battle. Because each unit takes time to create, you need to have other unit types ready to send out to help thin the enemy army that is attacking you. Having strong units all around gives you a definite advantage in battle.

Above all else, take the time to really pay attention to the tutorial offered in Warlords 2: Rise of Demons, even if you're familiar with the first game. Remember, the goal of the game is to get your troops all the way to the right side of the screen until the bar at the top of the screen is all the way to the right while defending against allowing your enemy to get all the way to the left side of the screen. You need to do everything you can to guard against letting those enemies through and getting as many of your men to the right side of the screen as possible. Pay attention to the open space. While you're doing battles with enemies along one long, send a few archers and swordsmen through clear lines. Those men getting through will move that bar further to the right and move you closer to victory.

Overall, Warlords 2: Rise of Demons definitely escapes the sequel curse. While many successful war games come out with sequels that pale in comparison, Warlords did it the right way. They kept the things about the first game that worked and improved on the aspects of the game that needed improvement. Even avid fans of the original will enjoy this one without feeling like they're just playing more of the same. This game got it right and the result is a wildly entertaining, incredibly addictive game that stands on its own merits but also feels like a natural progression in what could be a truly great series.