What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 Review

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 (Only available on PSP)
ESRB Rating: T
Number of Players: 1
Genre: Sim
Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Acquire
Release Date: May 4th, 2010

Parent Talk: The ESRB rated My Lord 2 a T for Teen rating with special attention given to Animated Blood, Language, Mild Fantasy Violence, and Mild Suggestive Themes.  The game is cartoony, though there’s no reason to fear realism.  Most of the ESRB’s are tied to the dialogue, and I agree with them.  Don’t let your young kids play this game, but anyone twelve and over should be fine.

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 is the sequel to Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? That’s enough for a compound sentence right there, geesh.  Outside of the most ridiculous titles in the history of gaming, both feature highly unique and addictive gameplay.  Timothy did a bang-up job with his review for the first title, which you can read here.  Even with his skills, visitors commented that they didn’t understand the concept, so hopefully our new review format will solve that.

The Great:

The insane gameplay.  If only because the game is vastly different from everything else, you’re either going to love or hate it.  I happen to think it’s ingenious.  Take a seat and listen up as I try to explain.  You’re time-limited to create a dungeon before heroes come in and start trouble.  You create the path these heroes travel, place monsters, traps and more in their way.  That’s the best I can do to illustrate today’s screenshots.  You gather nutrients and mana while digging up tiles.  Eventually this unlocks monsters.  Have a load of nutrients and mana, and more powerful creatures can be unlocked.  They can carry nutrients from one tile to another.  The objective is to design a dungeon that takes forever for your enemies to navigate, while moving nutrients throughout simultaneously.  Does that even remotely make sense?

The Good:

+ What is going on?!  You probably won’t grasp the mechanics too well for the majority of an initial play through.  Don’t freak out!  Practice is very necessary to learn the ins and outs, and what you’re really doing altogether.  The complexity only increases as you’re forced to create an ecosystem for the monsters.  There’s a limit to how many of each type can be present, etc.  It’s possible to breed for stronger monsters and so much more.  Why is this a positive?  Because the freedom available to manufacture the most twisted dungeons ever is staggering.  You….just have to figure it out first.

+ The dialogue.  My Lord?! 2 employs some of the best dialogue in gaming history.  Not only does Badman poke typical gaming stereotypes, but he does the same to you…constantly.  I haven’t laughed out loud playing a game like this in a very long time, which makes the frustrations easier to cope with.

+ Gameplay variety.  Become frustrated with the campaign, and you can always play another mode, like my favourite Badman’s Dungeon.  Therein you create a custom dungeon, set all the rules, and even choose the heroes you face.  Obviously there’s no witty dialogue, but it’s a nice diversion.  If you wish to learn about a specific scenario, take on a challenge.  They do well in prepping you for the campaign.

+ Buy What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 on UMD and you’re awarded an impressive bonus: Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do to Deserve This? Yes, it’s a buy one get one free deal with the UMD.  Remember that folks, only available with the UMD version.

The Bad:

– The complexity.  There’s giving players freedom, but making a game so complex that hours perhaps better spent with something else are necessary just to understand the basic principles.  I adore what My Lord?! offers, but the asking time is too much.  It’s not a good when someone looks at a game screenshot and says “umm, what am I looking at?”  The tutorials just aren’t robust enough.  It’s certainly better than the first part, but we’re not there yet.

The Ugly:

Tough as nails.  I love challenging games, but this one is a bit much.  Micro-managing the creatures, building death traps for the heroes, etc, all has to be done quickly.  The complexity and limited help make the game feel harder than it actually is, because I built plenty of crappy dungeons only to watch the heroes struggle and wither away.  I also built many that I was extremely proud of, yet the heroes breezed through.  How’s that possible?  Exactly, I don’t understand either.

The Lowdown:

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 is highly enjoyable, once you learn everything.  There’s no question that you’ll either fall in love with it, or want to break it.  Hopefully you fall into the first category.  If you can, I recommend renting before buying…only because the game is so unique.  If you’re attracted to the formula and don’t mind difficulty, then you may love this spiritual sequel.  Regardless, Approach with Caution.  Rent if you’re not sure, purchase if you think this is for you.  Remember the incredible value with the UMD release.  No matter what I say, clearly this game isn’t for everyone.  If you end up enjoying it though, you really will.

One thought on “What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 Review”

  1. An example of why our new review system works so well. Even though Tim really did a good job with the first review, I find myself totally understanding what’s going on with this game with our new structure. Really good job, Jarrod.

    Man…the UMD version comes with the first game? I didn’t even know that! I’m highly considering checking it out now. I was going to go for the download version, but if I can get both…

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