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GC 2008: Two Worlds: The Temptation Impressions
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SouthPeak are one of the relatively younger publishers in the industry, moving from the GBA in 2006 to publish games across all platforms. 2007 was a busy year indeed for the company as it saw one of their premier properties hit 360’s worldwide; Two Worlds. The game was met with some serious criticism, mostly because there were so many design and gameplay faults, but the RPG title did show tremendous potential. So the question remains whether the follow up, Two Worlds: The Temptation can live up to this potential ... just even a bit would be nice.
 
The build we got to see at the Games Convention was pre-alpha which pretty much means that the visuals and playability were a long way off but it was interesting to see what the developers had in mind for a franchise that needs to live up to its potential. The great thing to see was TopWare’s Bert Jennings first recognise that the original title did have its problems and they are addressing these by creating a whole new game. The Temptation is set to be bigger than its prequel, weighing in at a massive 60 square kilometres and boasting improved visuals and gameplay engines.
 

 
One of the focuses of Reality Pump this time around is to create a living breathing world with plenty of diverse locations, ranging from towns to jungles to rocky mountain settings. They will try and give the towns a sense of character as well with locals representing some sort of individuality whether it be the guitarists strumming or the beggars begging.
 
One of the main problems of the original was the mount system with the horses and thankfully, Reality Pumps have heard your concerns and fixed that, offering the player more control over it. How much control remains to be seen at the moment, only time will tell there.
 
Many things will return from the original and tweaked to improve your overall experience this time around. Things like item stacking and the alchemy system returns with way more ingredients and combinations. The reputation system also makes a welcome return with it being slightly refined. The inventory is also said to receive some improvements with the menu being upgraded for ease and accessibility.
 

 
The combat system is also one of many gameplay elements that has received the overhaul treatment. Your character will be faced with a choice of using 3 different types of attack; fast, heavy and jump attacks. Don’t think that you’ll be able to get through the game with button mashing though, as the AI will pick up on that and counter and block accordingly. You know what they say, variety is the spice of life and that certainly rings true with the combat in this title. The game also features a targeting system for the combat so swinging randomly in the air is a problem of the past.
 
The Temptation also features a forge system allowing you to forge weapons together and upgrade them to suit your fighting style but the customisation doesn’t stop there. You can also customise armour sets and even better, you can tie them to hot keys meaning you can go from Mage to Warrior with a matter of clicks.
 
Two Worlds: The Temptation is still a long way from any sort of release but the fact that the development team have recognised where the first one went wrong and have vowed to correct it, means that The Temptation could be the game the original should have been.
 
Two Worlds: The Temptation will be available sometime next year on both the Xbox 360 and PC.



 
 

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Comment #1 by GTukC
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:02:40 PM
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Never tried the first Two Worlds, but I normally like these sorta games, is the first worth a rent at least?


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Comment #2 by cOmESeEMycAgE
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:04:29 PM
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I played it when it came out (August 07 I think). It was fun to play through, but it did have it's glitches and flaws. If you like the genre, I'd say a rental is a good option.


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Comment #3 by eternal123
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:05:38 PM
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no its not the first game was horrible


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Comment #4 by Xx NTAEndar xX
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:13:23 PM
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It is pretty good to me. Buy it!


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Comment #5 by Hoebagger
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:13:44 PM
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The first game sucked so bad I don't think I can ever take this company seriously.


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Comment #6 by Don Salvador
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:21:26 PM
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I actually enjoyed the first one.

Except i had to stop playing it every few hours cause it did tend to freeze.


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Comment #7 by Andrew x360a
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:24:58 PM
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I enjoyed the game, despite its flaws. I was really disappointed in the weakness of the ranged and sneak attack styles. It felt like the only way to be competitive was to become a brawler, but all the best armor prevented you from wielding two weapons or a bow, so you were limited to just swinging a sword at everything that moved. I really, really hope that they can build on what they learned from the first game and make a complete and compelling RPG.


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Comment #8 by Raesvelgr
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:44:06 PM
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Can't wait. I loved the first(even with it's faults)


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Comment #9 by Ruthless
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 08:59:28 PM
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I got the first one a while ago of a mate for £10, but hevent really done much, im going to try it very soon.


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Comment #10 by l.maciver
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:09:24 PM
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i though i was lookin at turok for asec when i say the images


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Comment #11 by Wulfaur
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:19:49 PM
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If they release a demo, I'll play that first, but hopefully they improve a lot of things for the sequel, first game wasn't as bad as people say.


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Comment #12 by PsychoSawyer
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:21:01 PM
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OMFG NOT THIS GAME WOW AFTER WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE 1ST 1 it scammed me out of 370gs the defeat grand enemey i did n it dint pop up that made me very annoyed and the game was so pathetic and easy with not keep up 2 oblivion or fall out 3 or fable 2 lol btw i recommend u guys buy saints row 2 fable 2 fallout 3 and gow 2 limited edition lol but do not buy this game its a joke


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Comment #13 by hamthepimp
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:23:45 PM
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#12 = Worst comment of the day

Of course the first one was god awful


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Comment #14 by Steel Stealth
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:31:02 PM
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I liked the first game but I hope they have learned from their mistakes and make a better game this time. The screens look good anyway.


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Comment #15 by Soviet Milenkov
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:32:35 PM
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@5: I don't think I could ever take someone named "Hoebagger" seriously. >_>
still, the game looks interesting. The mount system really put me off in the first (as even at maximum possible control, your horse would still run into trees and whatnot, for no godforsaken reason...)


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Comment #16 by Ninjamonkey6493
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:39:26 PM
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The first two worlds was the one of the first M games my mom would let me have.(other than Halo and Shadowrun) i loved the first although the story kinda blew goat $!!^ and the glitches were bad.... it was still surpirisingly entertaining. i will probaly get this and hope the multiplayer is fixed.


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Comment #17 by Thrall320
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 09:46:27 PM
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Two-Worlds 1 = Worst game for 360. ...I will keep track of this game, see if they really did learn from their horrible creation.


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Comment #18 by YanksForTheWin
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:04:37 PM
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Yuck.. staying FAR away from this one.


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Comment #19 by Axe Argonian
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 11:15:09 PM
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I don't have my hopes hope. I was let down by a piece of crap for the first one, and I gave Two Worlds a chance. 12 hours, to be exact. That was enough to know whether it was good or not, and it was certainly NOT.


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Comment #20 by Axe Argonian
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 11:20:22 PM
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Correction for my post: I meant, "I don't have my hopes up."


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Comment #21 by dalester91
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 11:40:17 PM
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The first one SUCKED and I don't think they can come back from a mistake that bad!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Comment #22 by lid
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 12:41:28 AM
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You'd have to be insane to like Two Worlds. This game is HORRIBLE. I gave up after the first few hours because it was so god awful. Easily the worst game on the 360, I don't care what any of the x360a staff say or people with high gamerscores say (who obviously like the game to try and be different from everyone else), the game sucks end of story stay away from it unless you're desperate for gamerscore.


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Comment #23 by StephenJ360
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 01:21:14 AM
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To #17, I'm sorry to burst your bubble, but Two Worlds was NOT the worst game on 360. That is probably Acme Arsenal, or Earth Defense Force


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Comment #24 by bonzojoe
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 01:40:26 AM
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i think you some of you guys need to clam down slightly, i know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but some of you have such narrow minded views.
YES the first one did have its faults, but they fixed some of them as soon as they could, and what wasn't fixed is supposedly to be improved this time.
what you need to remember is Two Worlds was south peaks first game on the next gen consoles, look back at gaming history, most game's companies first games sucked in some ways.
now i'm not saying this as a south peak fan but as someone who has watched the market for many years now. i think you guys need to give them time as most, if not all games companies improve over time.
(and as a final note lol @#12 two endings, one gave achievement one didn't)


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Comment #25 by WhAtThEaPpLeSaUcE17
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 01:42:27 AM
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I hate to say it, but this game sucked and was the worst game on the 360 because it froze every hour and the fricking demo lagged.


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Comment #26 by steaksaucepi1
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 01:54:49 AM
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the first one was the worst game i had ever played if this company wants to MAKE money they need to make some serious improvements


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Comment #27 by SK Beans
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:20:08 AM
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The quest interface was broken, quests were boring and repetitive, the voice acting was some of the worst I have seen, the story has an abomination, the ending was the worst I've ever seen, and the RPG elements were poorly executed.


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Comment #28 by Chaosflare
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:21:26 AM
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Well, this'll go on the end of my "To Get" list.


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Comment #29 by SK Beans
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:22:12 AM
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Not to mention the horse controls. I nearly shot my tv...


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Comment #30 by VRattleHead
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:35:36 AM
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easily the worst game i played on the 360


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Comment #31 by TristanValendro
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 03:32:36 AM
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P*** poor game. Much better things to play..


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Comment #32 by Ryot Control
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 05:08:13 AM
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I'm tempted... to not play this game.


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Comment #33 by Chaosflare
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 06:21:22 AM
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As long as they fixed the frame rate issue, it's fine with me. The game was relatively fun on it's own; partially due to it's achievements which made sense of an RPG.


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Comment #34 by ANBU
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 07:05:11 AM
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Two Worlds sucked bad. REALLY bad. It's among the worst games I've played on the 360. It ranks right up there with Over G Fighters and Pimp My Ride.


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Comment #35 by spiderlillyx187
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 10:22:24 AM
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2 faults they may not have fixed that killed the game:

1: unplayably laggy online

2 worst voiceovers and dialogue in any rpg ive ever played

also the achievements were glitched and you couldnt complete two of them.

- poor quality control.

will they be checking this new one properly b4 release?

oblivion left it for dead but it was playable.

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why oh why havnt blizzard released a diablo for the x360 it would sell like hotcakes d2 especially. even with small characters band soso graphics.


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Comment #36 by Epic CheezWhiz
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 11:35:13 AM
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For the Company's first game ever made Two Worlds was a great game, flaws yes but I still really enjoyed playing it. Reallylooking forward to the new one next year.


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Comment #37 by panicky
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 11:54:54 AM
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i'm looking for the taint.


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Comment #38 by Park Diesel
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:18:08 PM
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If you waited for the patch, the game was definitely playable and you COULD get all the achievements (check my card if you think otherwise). The voice acting was bad, but how many games have great voice acting? I've definitely played worse games and Two Worlds was strangely addicting. Will give the sequel a chance.


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Comment #39 by callofdutyachievements
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:30:31 PM
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I'll get it if it's actually first person. (not like the first one, where you could only go FP when not in combat)


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Comment #40 by xxXI Dave IXxx
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 02:56:21 PM
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Two worlds, yeah, thats where it should come out. Two worlds away from here.


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Comment #41 by Saracin
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 03:45:43 PM
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As a note, South Peak has actually been around for more than 10 years. They started as a PC company, then did minor publishing on PS1, GBC and N64.

This game is hated due to its boasting that it would be better than Oblivion and not even coming close. Add into it that the multiplayer wasn't even remotely fun and you end up with a game knocked around by most hardcore gamers. Its not horrible, but its not a great game either.


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Comment #42 by SMKpaladin
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 03:46:02 PM
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I bought the first one via Steam for USD 9.99 and had much fun. I played this game after work for about 2 weeks and finished it without any problems. And now, about one year later I still think about playing the game again on the XBOX.

Anybody here who has played both, PC & XBOX version?


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Comment #43 by DK1NG
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 10:08:46 PM
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Only played the demo on the PC version, but, it definitly runs better than the xbox. However I like my achievments and managed to get all but 2 on my first play through as I started it before it was patched. But, I went through it again(and enjoyed it) its a nice change of pace to Oblivions' rigid combat and looooooong, repetitive dungeons.(notched up 140 hours so far, I'm not proud)
SO if you want your achievements get patched and get them all before beating the last boss


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Comment #44 by Fryza
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 10:24:39 PM
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Looks fun, and they hopefully fixed the major bugs from the first one...


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Comment #45 by rotten666
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 11:13:17 PM
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C'mon the first one wasn't that bad. Yes it had its faults, as does every game. i'll rent this title to see what its all about like most probably will.


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Comment #46 by braddelo
Thursday, September 25, 2008 @ 05:39:30 AM
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The first one wasn't bad at all. Everyone here is just closed minded and expect every game to be a fucking 10/10. Get over yourselves and your almighty outlook on video game quality. Half of you weren't even alive or conscious of your surroundings to experience the truly great games.


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Comment #47 by Jackse7en
Monday, April 06, 2009 @ 04:10:22 PM
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Even with its flaws the first game was an awesome backstep into the world of the old-school RPG. I loved it and cant wait to find out more on the sequal asap. Lets just hope they dont use B-grade voice actors this time around.


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Comment #48 by the-darkest-depths
Sunday, April 12, 2009 @ 03:19:51 PM
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does anyone know a release date for the second i have been looking forward to it for soooo long and i really wud love a confirmation


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