Our Score: 8/10
There’s no end to the fun. Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is a difficult rogue-lite RPG with a tabletop feel, a procedural node-based open environment, and a unique take on permadeath. As you embark on a heroic journey to destroy the enigmatic Staff of Yendor, leave the Dungeon of Doom behind and enter a huge, fascinating realm.
Discover hidden wonders and stunning sceneries. Meet magical creatures as well as terrifying opponents. Make bold decisions and trust in good fortune. Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is an adventure unlike any other. With a unique legacy system, advanced procedural generation technology, and rich, generative storytelling.
Re-explore the Unexplored
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy begins like many other adventure games. By plunging players into peril and requiring them to flee. Your quest is to destroy a magical rod. This rod is crucial in the fight against the dark blight that is slowly destroying the world. From here, you’ll journey to Haven, the world’s first significant hub. This is where you may shop, dine, rest, and learn about interesting places across the world. I found myself returning to this location frequently. Because it provided a wonderful opportunity to heal and was somewhat central in the early game.
The world affects your character. Just like in the previous game. To avoid negative status effects that affect your character, you must eat, sleep, and stay warm. Depending on which difficulty you chose at the start, these elements will usually have a greater impact on your character. I settled with the default, which was still challenging enough for me.
Rest is for the Wicked
Everything from sleeping to traveling involves a risk because unexpected encounters can occur at any time. Because healing goods are scarce in Unexplored 2, players are encouraged to avoid combat if possible. The only other option to heal besides those goods is to relax and consume some food. When confronted with a possible attacker, you can usually negotiate your way out by using a card-based system that randomly assigns factors such as failure, success states, and partial successes. It’s an intriguing approach that virtually encourages players to go against their instincts by avoiding conflict whenever feasible and opting for the most diplomatic choice.
The combat is typical of a roguelike set in a fantasy environment, with a choice of ranged, melee, or magic attacks. Because many of the game’s goods may be infused with magic, there’s a lot of potential for customization, which makes for some interesting builds. The primary issue with Unexplored 2’s combat, though, is that it feels a little sluggish. It’s almost as if your character is a little tipsy, responding to your inputs a little late. The combat in games that require multiple playthroughs to compete must be razor-sharp. Despite the fact that combat isn’t the main focus of Unexplored2, many gamers will still gravitate toward it. Hopefully, future updates can fix this.
Unexplored 2 definitely shines when it comes to exploration. The procedurally generated encounters and locales, which are spread across a wide map with numerous biomes, are a lot of fun. You’ll visit a variety of locations in order to put together pieces of the game’s main plot, which takes you to every nook and cranny of the globe. It’s not a flawless system, and when you’ve explored a good portion of the environment, repetition sets in, much like in other roguelike games. However, there’s a tremendous thrill to be discovered in exploring the world and following the story’s breadcrumbs in the early hours.
Look of the Unknown
It’s also graphically appealing, with a vibrant cel-shaded style that complements the game’s roleplaying theme. As you walk around the landscape, allies, opponents, and animals are carefully animated and feel bursting with life. The stunning aesthetics are somewhat muted by Unexplored 2’s fixed camera, which is a bummer. Due to camera location, it’s easy to miss things in the world while you’re locked in place and don’t have the ability to move from a top-down perspective. I also believe that the ability to shift the camera around the player would have aided both combat and exploration.
Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy is a very rewarding exploration roguelike that will really appease fans of the genre. It also builds on the original game and makes this an enjoyable and fun experience. If you’re looking for something fun, this is it.