As I wrote in the first preview, in the sequel to this new old “Gothic” from the “piranhas”, we again play as Jax, who, after defeating a huge hybrid robot, is forced to repel an alien threat looming over Magalan. More precisely, at first a strange object loomed over him, but few people paid attention to it – numerous groups sorted out among themselves and fought for power. Unable to face it, Jax left and became a recluse.
Those ruins in the background can also be reached.
And finally, punishment from heaven came. From a strange object, something began to pour on Magalan, including directly onto Jax’s shack, and purple monsters crawled out of the craters, which even the winner of the Hybrid is hard to deal with. He didn’t cope – Jax was badly beaten, and ironically, the very same Dr. Adam Charles Dawkins, who was in the Hybrid’s cockpit when we defeated him in the first part, saved him and left him. Now, according to him, he has seen the light, freed from the power of the machine and longs to repulse the invaders, either from another planet, or from another dimension.
At first, however, you will have to deal not with the invaders, but with flies and other small reptiles.
Therefore, he needs a strong and strong Jax, who will have to gather an entire army (the “Sixth Force” – that’s what the doctor calls it) to confront a new threat. How? Well, this is an RPG from Piranha Bytes – it will have to be in the style of “Figaro there, Figaro here!” run between factions, collect information and complete tasks in order to join one of the factions and attract its resources to your side. You also need to appoint a suitable commander of the “Sixth Force” from among the leaders of the factions and equip its base – the Bastion, where at first there is practically no one but Jax and Dawkins. In particular, the first thing we look for is a builder to strengthen the walls.
The doctor does not swear – he is so inspiring.
You also need to find and send to the Bastion the native son of our hero – Dex. Communication with him and participation in his upbringing is a separate branch of quests. And, of course, you need a partner. Almost immediately, the option to take Kaya with you appears – this is the berserk mage, Dex’s mother. And between her and Jax about their relationship, disputes periodically flare up. And half an hour later I met a new companion – a young, but already sharp-tongued hunter-humorist Fox, who, of course, offered to go hunting together, while running around the entire region and nearby territories.
Although, in principle, you can not join any faction and not babysit any partners – there is even a Lone Wolf skill that encourages such antisocial behavior.
Still, it is better to sit by the fire with the mother of your son.
Well, in general, there are a lot of tasks thrown at us at once. As the authors promised, the world has retained its size, but has become more densely saturated with events, characters and tasks – not exactly twice, but tangibly enough. Here you can even visit a Billy Idol concert – the authors licensed the musician’s song, and his appearance was very accurately transferred to the virtual world.
There are both familiar from the first part, but modified locations, and completely new ones. New types of enemies and monsters from among the invaders have appeared. Yes, new factions have been added. Almost immediately, we meet berserkers who fight Morcons – these are cultists who worship Death.
And here you can meet death at every step – if, for example, you turn your head to such a bull ahead of time.
Morcon recruits are mainly recruited from captives, but we can also come to them voluntarily (the quest item needed by the builders in the Bastion is just at the Morcons – it’s the scriptwriters who staged a trick!). Fortunately, their base, located in a large cave, is not far from the berserk fort. And at the base there is an arena, and a tavern, and merchants, and a leader named Khan, who rarely communicates directly and mostly conveys everything through a person nicknamed the Voice of Khan – religious traditions must be honored and respected.
Here is the entrance to this cave.
The proprietary non-linearity has not disappeared. And it’s not just a matter of choosing which faction to join, but also how to generally ensure that the leaders of the factions agree to meet with us or let Jax in to them and open access to the upper city / district / floor. And the fact that the way there is initially booked is an ancient tradition since the time of the first Gothic.
For example, in a berserk fort, there are several options for this: deal with problems in an iron ore mine, ensure the efficient operation of local agriculture (in other words, you need tools to care for plantings), or find rogue terrorists who have recently prepared an assassination attempt on a local leader, and now they are posting propaganda leaflets everywhere.