Getting Deep With Kingdom Conquest 2 Dungeon Mode
Welcome to Kingdom Conquest 2, the game where you get to do basically everything. No kidding, Sega has managed to squeeze in third person dungeon hack-and-slash with a city building simulation and a fantasy army manager that uses collectible cards. If all that sounds a little too busy, it isn’t. The game has a great balance of providing you with tasks to do, and the option to queue up actions so that you can leave your game for hours. And here, we are going to highlight the best of the dungeon mode.
Kingdom Conquest 2’s city and unit (army) modes are stuff that passively takes up time –whether you deploy troops, build new buildings, upgrade existing structures, need resources to accumulate, or produce more army units, you wait. In Dungeon Mode however, you fight. Sure, the rest of the time, everyone else in the game will be referring to you as their lord and you give them orders on what to do. But in the Dungeon, you are on your own (or with other player characters). You’ll be casting spells, unleashing special moves, collecting treasure and of course, fighting bosses. And that is actually a whole lot of fun.
How Dungeon Mode Works
The game presents players with multiple dungeons to explore. Each dungeon provides three explorable modes: easy, normal, and hard. All three will show you the same basic dungeon levels, but they will differ in the levels of the enemies they provide, the rewards they give, and most importantly, the presence of a boss. Boss monsters will only appear at the end of normal and hard routes.
Players start out with access to only one dungeon stage (and we suggest new players stick to the easy route first). As the player progresses with the in-game quests (many tasks will involve accomplishing things in the city and the unit modes), more dungeons will be unlocked. The presence of new dungeons is integrated into the storyline instead of being some random happenstance –so we highly encourage players to fulfill all main and side story objectives that appear.
To explore a dungeon, a player must have combat points. Combat points recover slowly each day and are also awarded after doing certain tasks. Do not worry about the point cap; if you have max combat points and are awarded with more, it is still credited to you (it will appear as additional points beyond your cap).
Once inside a dungeon, you must simply wipe out all enemies –this is easy in some modes, but harder in others. In fact, it is highly recommended that players seek out others who are playing in order to finish maps. Whether you do this by waiting for a room to open or by opening your own and waiting for others to join is up to you. The key is to remember that the game is designed in such a way that parties have a vast advantage over solo players. There is no real time chat, so players are encouraged to play with different people as opposed to sticking with a single group of players.
Using Your Character
The game’s combat controls are basic and easy to use. There’s a left touch pad for movement and a set of buttons on the right for attacks. The camera controls are aided by a lock-on function and can be manually set by dragging or tapping twice on empty parts of the screen. It is easy to move around and position yourself for long range attacks or melee combos. And dodging to evade enemies is a matter of knowing when to move away. Of course, it goes without saying that having a stable internet connection is needed.
Outside of the dungeon, you can manage your skills and equipment. Skills improve with gained levels and can be swapped out for one another (you will have one regular attack that stays constant and three slots for skills and spells). Equipment can be improved by using synthesis –combining other items to increase the ones you already have, or by simply equipping a new item whose stats are better than the one you have equipped. Having a blacksmith structure in your will improve your item upgrades (and increasing the blacksmith level increases the bonuses you get).
Down to Business
To sum it up, Kingdom Conquest 2’s dungeon mode makes the game more than well worth playing –the multiplayer sessions are quick and engaging, the combat is intuitive, and the satisfaction curve is geared towards pleasing the players. The replay value is further enhanced by the fact that the game’s other modes will keep you busy when you are not in a boss-hunting mood. Not to mention the fact that the combat visuals are impressive and well detailed –making it a whole lot of fun to play.