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  Cultures 2: Gates of Asgard
“Cultures 2, Gates of Asgard” is another sim type of game which will give you hundreds of hours of fun and enjoyment. The whole make up is leagues ahead of the first Cultures game. The interaction between you and the characters are quite explicit and assigning tasks are more refined in this game. It is a simulation so the time element, although you can speed it up still takes a long time to do things such as building things and the need to collect the raw materials before you can do anything at all.

The program has a great intro and it is like watching a movie. Then the program gives you quite a number of choices of direction to go. You can choose to get acquainted with the characters and simply exist and build a small village or go right into missions, which I do not recommend right off the bat because it is very difficult to get started. It took me quite a while to figure out that you had to assign jobs to individuals like gathering wood and clay and stone before you actually have enough materials to build anything. Then you have to please your characters by making sure that someone is gather food so they can eat. They are quite a whiny bunch but you get used to that. A small hint, never attack a bear because they are relentless and will end up killing someone in your village. I found that out the hard way.

Once you get started, it is hard to stop. In my first session, over 6 hours went by before I realized that my butt was sore from sitting the whole time. You can get totally entrenched in this game and I certainly recommend it to all that like this type of simulation game.

System requirements:
IBM-compatible PC – Pentium II 500 MHz
Windows 9x/Me/2000/XP
8 Mb RAM
Windows compatible 3D card with 16Mb RAM
600 Mb free hard drive space
16 bit sound card
Direct X8 and a mouse

Review ID Number: 66
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Review Date: 2003-04-21
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 8 out of 10
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