Evil Genius 2: World Domination pairs traditional tycoon gameplay with tactics to create one of the more unique strategy titles on the market. As one of four cat-stroking wrong’uns, your task is to build an evil underground empire in a spy-fi thriller that, when executed effectively, will see the world bow to your reprehensible plans. You must build fortified vaults to contain your glittering paddocks of gold, and even a training room where you can upgrade vanilla minions into thugs capable of carrying out your nefarious deeds.
As you progress you’ll add scientists and technicians to your team, and also build devious distractions, like a casino that will steal away the attention of super-agents and prevent them from discovering your dastardly schemes. In addition, you’ll begin to take global territory, sending ne’er-do-wells around the world to run bank robberies and convert rival henchmen to your side, all with the ultimate goal of creating a Doomsday Device that will provide you with ultimate power over the rest of the planet.
The animation, smooth and amusing, injects a ton of personality into each and every room of your base – and while a lot of the best action occurs off-screen, it’s the type of game that’s fun to watch as all of your minions rush about. Unfortunately, some of the objectives drag, and once the basics of your lair are constructed, you will find yourself twiddling your thumbs while you wait for meters to fill up. In our opinion, campaigns could have been condensed a little more, leading to shorter but more entertaining games.
Still, there’s no question this is one of the better strategy games you’ll find on console. The controls mostly map well and the systems pair well with a stellar concept. With melodramatic, James Bond-esque music and some entertaining voiceover work, this is a tycoon-turned-strategy title that tests your grey matter and allows you to be the villain for once. Being bad never felt so good.
Oooh this looks rad! Maybe a game to ease my Two Point Hospital addiction until Two Point Campus comes out.
@Jayslow You'll definitely love it if you're into Two Point Hospital!
Anything even relatively close to Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital and Dungeon Keeper are instantly worth checking out for me.
@get2sammyb did you play the original Evil Genius? If so, how does it compare?
I loved the original for about the first 10-20 hours, but then it felt like I'd exhausted all that was fun about it and still had another 5-10 hours to slog through. If it's more of the same I might give it a pass, but if there's more to it than that, I might be tempted.
Edit: it reads as more of the same, but a guy can hope, right?
@theheadofabroom I didn't play the original so sadly I can't compare but I did watch some Let's Play videos before writing the review to get a feel for it and it does look quite similar to me.
Hard to say about how the flow compares having not played the original but I feel like in this one it's similar to what you're saying, where the start is strong and then it drags a bit.
Can’t wait to fire this up on GamePass!
@get2sammyb one part of that was also a lack of replayability. You'd drag yourself to the end, and thinking "the start was fun, let's try a different approach" you go in and then it's just retreading the same footsteps in a slightly different order, or with something palette-swapped to make it look different.
@awp69 probably ideal fodder for that sort of service
Between this and Jurassic World Evo 2, Tycoon Strategy gamers are being taken care of pretty well.
Good thing some of the most hyped recent releases (Forza, Halo) along with pretty recent AAA’s like Doom Eternal are also available on Gamepass if “fodder” isn’t your sort of thing, right? c;
@theheadofabroom So because it's on GamePass it's fodder according to you??? The review seems really positive so I'm not sure how you got to that fanboy conclusion.
Didn't know they had made a sequel, I did enjoy the 1st game and looks promising so may have to give this a try. 17 years between games!
I’m playing it on game pass at the moment and it really is excellent. If I didn’t have game pass it would definitely be worth a buy.
It’s also a nice break after spending 5 hours yesterday trying, and failing, to kill the dancer boss in Dark Souls 3.
@__jamiie @Phostachio I didn't mean anything negative. It's just a game that you're unlikely to play over and over, and getting it through a service that encourages you to dip into a game for as long as it's fun and move on seems like the ideal way to get it.
I don't get why you both seem to think this is some sort of personal attack on your beliefs? I'm saying that this is a good thing?!?
Edit: my "fanboy" conclusion was from having played the original (on PC) and discussed with Sammy to see if it was much different. It's not a bad game, just likely not to hold a long-term interest.
I know this is blasphemy to say, but FYSA, it's available on Gamepass today. Love my PS5 for big games, but these smaller titles are usually played by me on my Series X.
Holy crap the ads on this site make it nearly unbrowsable
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