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The Successor - Act Two: Initiation

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Version: The Conquerors
Style: Mix
Number of scenarios: 2
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*** This scenario received the awards for Best Gameplay, Best Story, Best Score and was named "Release of the year" in the AOKH Game of the Year Awards of 2013 ***

It was the year 1369. Four years had passed since Krall, formerly known as The Successor, had been crowned as king of Ravenia in the never-ending cheers of Kron citizens, after the demise of the evil Fanarian governor Willan. However, only half of his father's land was now free from invaders and war. The other half of Ravenia, the Sylvanian province, was still under Tugai dominion and Sylvanians suffered every day at the hands of the brutal barbarians from the steppes...

INSTALLATION
VERY IMPORTANT: To experience the game as it was meant to be played, make sure you have the files from Act One in your installed folder, because the sound files found there are used extensively in this second installment. They are very important, especially for the cinematic moments, so please take the time to include them! You'll find act one available for download >>>HERE<<<

In order to install Act Two, copy the .cpx file in the campaign folder of your Age of Empires II the Conquerors root folder, and the sound files in the sound/scenario folder.

The recommended settings for playing this game are: a resolution of at least 1024x768, normal speed, music off. Using other settings might ruin the game experience. While playing, make sure you always have "chat to everyone" selected in the taunts section. It is vital for the taunt-based moves to work later in the game.

FEATURES
1) A much stronger emphasis on the RPG aspect. You'll control one unit most of the time, improving his skills, stats and equipment throughout the game. In addition to that, the usual fixed force battles, puzzles, etc.
2) The game contains two scenarios. The first is playable and the second is a cinematic. The total gameplay time is over 6 hours (probably a lot more depnding on how much you enjoy exploring). There are around 1900 triggers in total.
3) A huge map featuring improved map design compared to Act One, including an updated and playable version of the city of Hansbrok (rated 4.7).
4) A storyline that builds up on the First Act and sets the stage for the Final one. Old and new characters, non-linear narrative with lots of twists and turns, lots of cutscenes.
5) Tons of side features and easter eggs. Remarkable interactivity (for AOK standards) in terms of character improvement: improving stats through exploration and quests, economy system, levelling up that changes character's appearance/equipment, learning useful skills and special moves. Almost every single NPC in the game (there's lots of them) will talk to you.
6) An extensive and immersive soundtrack in the vein of the previous Act.

CREDITS are to be found in the readme file. A special thank you goes to Excelsior, Shieldwolf23 and Khan Ivayl, for their contribution to shaping the game, and to Blackforest Studios for their support and for being awesome in general.

Thanks for downloading. Please comment and review, I am always looking for feedback :)



UPDATED 31.03.2013 fixing some bugs and balance issues. Related to the change view bug - there's nothing I can do about it, your best bet is to reload and try again, close all other applications running in the background or play on a more contemporary machine. With a pentium I3 processor and 4gb of RAM, I've never encountered any crashes while testing. Can't guarantee for anything lower than that.
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panel
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I sent you an email about it on your gmail a few weeks back. Didn't you receive it? Basically it needs some editing before it can be approved (related to spoilers and an update I made to the scenario). If you didn't receive it send me an email at panel(at)heavengames(dot)com and I'll send it again.
shieldwolf23 Just a quick question panel, you've received my mail with the saved file, telling you of the bug?
panel
Official Reviewer
File Author
I received an email with a screenie, but I don't recall any saved files. Anyway I re-tested the file and it didn't show up, so it might be too random to do anything about it.
devagrawal09 I am very sorry, panel. My computer is not at my home, so I don't check around here and my email often. It was my fault. I am very sorry.
diestar1 Just a heads up I think the horse to foot soldier swap needs some tweaking...I've swapped back and forth at both stables maybe three times and can no longer do it...the cyan colored message doesn't pop up anymore as I near the outpost. Is there something I have to do to trigger it? For a while the northern stable was broken while the southern one worked. Now both are dead
diestar1 Man with the Shovel trigger is also broken in my game! NOOO! I was SO looking forward to what would happen!
diestar1
First off: If I spoiled anything previously feel free to edit/delete it.

Secondly: Just finished the Duology completely on HARD difficulty. It was a pain in the ass but you did an EXCELLENT job making it that way...it was JUST barely under impossible! Perfect!

Negatives: There are a few tweaks here and there that need to be done to spelling or grammar and some of the triggers definitely need fixing (I'm sure that's the most difficult part)

Positives:
Honestly this list could go on for a long time but for the sake of being concise...

Story-line: 10/10 It left little to nothing to be desired. Very long and intricate giving the player high and low points in the story and allowing the player to become attached to characters.
Gameplay: Adventuring aspect; 9/10 there were major improvements in this category compared to Act 1 but the special ability really made it that much better to play. Very creative abilities. Excellent! I also enjoyed the use of resources.
Combat aspect; 7/10 Where there was some serious micro managing needed it wasn't quite versatile enough with unit options for my taste. And the cataphracts (given they are supposed to be the elites) seemed WAY over powered at times and could VERY easily tip the scales in a fight.
Aesthetics: The scenery was great and very versatile. If there was a "pretty-with-good-storyline-campaign" award you'd be at the top of the list. My only critique for this section would be to vary the building type a bit (meaning taking teutonic, hun, korean and so forth buildings and throwing them in as well)the tile can often get lost after a while especially in big cities with all the tiled paths. 9/10

Based on games I've played so far I give this Campaign considered as a whole a 10/10 for excellent use of triggers, combat, scenery, and an overall amazing story.
Act 1 overall: 8/10. If I compared it to Act 2 6/10 (meaning Act 2 took Act 1 and one-uped it very successfully)
Act 2 overall 9/10 as it stands because of the FEW broken triggers.

[Edited on 05/25/13 @ 08:49 AM]

mjl89048 When I save the game during play and reopen the save game AOKTC crashes. This save and reloading game was done herding those sheep (Kill them too easily). I know this is not my AOKTC program for I can save and reload with other campaigns. I can load the saved campaign game that caused my computer to crash after rebooting AOKTC some times

[Edited on 05/19/13 @ 02:52 PM]

firesidecake Best campaign ever. The story is even better than Ulio's from Igo Van Thel. The map is perfect. Eventhough thre're some bugs but, it's still the best campaign
guidosando It took me awhile to get through the game as I tend to do things out of order. But for those who have the patience to follow a linear story line that will not allow you to certain things out of order, this is a really great campaign. This is exactly what I was looking for when I came to AOK Heaven. Thanks to everyone involved and I am looking forwards to the third and final act. If I can be of any help, let me know!
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Rating
4.9
Breakdown
Playability4.9
Balance4.4
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
Statistics
Downloads:4,184
Favorites: [Who?]17
Size:30.72 MB
Added:03/12/13
Updated:03/31/13