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Historical Hero II: Armageddon

Description
Following the events of Historical Hero, Dink Smallwood leads a happy life in Old Derlicon, with no signs of his adventures ending. His only problems are his amnesia conserning spells he has learned, and his abilities to impress women. However, this all changes when Dink receives a letter, which asks him to travel to New Derlicon, to the Village of Old Tutras. This seemingly simple task leads Dink on a huge adventure.

Historical Hero II: Armageddon picks up where the first Historical Hero left off. Take control of Dink on an adventure of a lifetime!

*Best D-Mod of Q3 2012*
*Best D-Mod of 2012*
Released:December 14th, 2014
File Size:10.30 MB
Release Notes:This is probably as final a version as there will ever be.
Unless I one day decide to make a super-amazing Gold Version.

-Finally fixed the error that would cause the game to crash when
killing certain Slimes.
-Fixed an error with the gate in the "17 brothers puzzle", and
made the puzzle itself slightly more difficult.
-Fixed a bug where you would remain frozen when leaving the conversation with the wizard in the bar.
-Changed around the part where you have to get the MageFist from
the wizard, since some reviews complained about it. Whereas
before you had to make a silly, unnecessary detour at first,
now you can just get the MageFist straight from the wizard,
when the time is right.
-Made Cerberus tougher. He was far too weak.
-Made it so you now need 10 Slayer Claws to get a boat ride
instead of 5. It just seemed a bit too easy before.
-Made Hades a tiny bit harder. Now he's about as tough as
he was during the development of the initial version.
-Edited the oddly yellow tint out of the thunder.
-Edited one of the final boss' attacks, to make it a bit cooler.
-Made The Four Wizards stronger. This boss was a pushover before.
I added two new attacks, more HP and made the previous attacks.
deliver more damage. Now instead of being a cakewalk, it's one
of the strongest bosses instead, as it should be.
-Also edited the cutscene before The Four Wizards boss, so that
it makes a bit more sense now.
-Fixed some typos.
-Added a new spiffy "Silver" logo in the title screen.
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October 14th, 2012
1.10
Score : 9.1 exceptional
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Kyle
Peasant Male Belgium
 
I'm going to preface this review by saying two things: I never played the first game, but watched the LP. Furthermore, because of limited spare time I decided to skip a lot of the optional stuff in this d-mod. I can't remember the exact completion percentage but it was not very stellar.

Story:

Dink is sent on a quest to recover an important crystal that was stolen in Old Tutras. Of course, nothing goes as planned and Dink finds himself sidetracked into other heroics. So far, pretty normal for a d-mod. However, the way the story flows is where the game excels. There's never a feeling of doing "useless" things, except maybe a few minor tasks that you are given at the start of the d-mod. And even in those cases, the tasks are brought alive by humorous NPCs. Indeed, just roaming through the first town in the game (a small one) immediately shows the attention that was paid to making the people seem "real" in their current situation.

This brings us to another facet of d-mods that I really enjoy and HH2 does a good job of achieving: setting up a world to play in. Some locations from the first game are revisited (albeit changed) and so there was already some sense of a familiar setting, but from the get go there is a lot of talk of other towns, cities, mountainranges, legends and myths, gossip about problems, etc... You just get the feeling that this d-mod wasn't made on a whim and that a lot of thought was put into how the world functions. Sure, there's not really any huge surprises in the locations that you visit like in Cloud Castle for example, but it feels a lot like an evolved, extended setting of the original Dink Smallwood game. To me, that's a good thing

If I had to give one point of feedback to improve this further it would be to have more characters play a role in the overall story rather than the substories of the particular area. There were quite a few interesting NPCs that I expected would show up again later or would advance the story in meaningful ways, but after finishing their task (if they even had one) they'd be out of the picture. In such cases I would prefer quality over quantity, with deeper personalities and ties to the main story. But I make that gripe about pretty much any game, commercial or not...

Graphics:

Although there's not a large amount of new graphics to be found in HH2, what's there is functional. I think some more community made stuff could have been implemented to spruce up some of the areas or offer more enemy variety, but you'll still be surprised now and then by what was selected to be in the d-mod. There's one particularly funny new graphic set that you'll definitely enjoy The UI has also been touched on and doesn't look out of place like it often does when authors try to skin the status bar. So good job there!

Map decoration, as touched on above, could have been improved. Most outside locations are standard and functional, with grass, trees and rocks (and some water) being responsible for most of the decoration. Dungeons are rather empty though and could do with some more details. Having said that, monster passability is good and I never had any trouble navigating around sticky edges.
The map itself is huge though. I didn't check in the editor but I assume at least 75% of the available map squares have been utilized, maybe even more. This further enhanced the sense of being part of a huge world. I hope Skull will put a little more effort in the decoration (boring as it might get...) to truly invigorate the landscape to encourage more and more exploration.

Sound:

This d-mod has a very large amount of music included and I would say 80% of the tracks fit their locations and events perfectly. Some locations definitely felt better because of the music and none of the tracks really ever detracted from the experience. Most of the music will feel familiar from other media, but that's unfortunately how it is when you're using midis. I hear Skull plays some guitar so I suggest he compososes a song or two for his next d-mod Even crappy self composed songs still bring something truly new and personal to the table.

Gameplay:

Boy this d-mod is hard. Very hard. I never cheated, but sometimes I really wanted to. Having said that, I rarely play d-mods these days so I could just be out of shape. Just be sure to dodge the boss attacks or prepare to load over and over Luckily there's enough savepoints spread around so it never becomes really frustrating. And I do enjoy a good challenge as long as I feel I can overcome it through practice, which I did.
Weapon/Magic wasn't really the focus of this d-mod and you won't be too surprised by any scripting magic, but I also never had the feeling that it should have much more in this area of gameplay. What's there worked well and was well balanced (no iceball, I'm looking at you PotA).

There seemed to be a large amount of optional things to do (the housing was touched on), but as I said I never went too far into that stuff. I might replay this d-mod later on (when a walktrhough is available) to experience all the little sidequests that Skull put in. I did collect as many Honorgems as I could find though, that was very fun. There's also a convenient questlog to keep track of which quests you activated, though the descriptions on these quest entries could have used some more detail. At some points in the story I got stuck and looked to the quest log for guidance, only to read a very vague description of what I'm supposed to do. Letting the player figure out stuff by himself is fine and a design choice, but here and there it could have been more obvious or perhaps just illustrated better in the quest log. The addition of a completion percantage, while arbitrary, is a nice addiotion for the completionists among us... And just depressing for the rest of us

There's one last thing I want to add that Skull did an AMAZING job at, something I always look to in d-mods and gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside: object interaction. Literally no matter what you talk to, punch and sometimes even try to push, there's some line of dialogue to accompany it. Some of it is mundane, some of it is funny, some of it is even disturbing, but god I love that about this game. I can only imagine the amount of time and determination it took to write all of that. It tapers off towards the middle/end of the game but it was still a gigantic success.

Overall:

Historical Hero 2 was a blast to play. I feel that if I had spent more time and less breaks in between play sessions I could have gotten more out of this d-mod, because it just has SO much to offer. The detailed setting, the talkative NPCs, the difficulty, it all comes together to form one big epic d-mod. And make no mistake, it IS epic. As usual there's a few things that could be improved such as the decoration and enemy variety, but none of those issues stopped me from enjoying the game If there's ever a third Historical Hero (the ending I got doesn't rule it out) I'll be one of the first to download and play

Good job Skull on making a d-mod that will go down in history!
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Daphne problem - game crashes1HerbieJune 12th 2014, 10:07 AM
Stuck!?!35arossow123January 28th 2014, 12:06 PM
Game Lock up after intro3Thomas JJune 2nd 2013, 09:58 AM
Dark Maze under Goblins Chief4HamiltonMarch 10th 2013, 04:49 PM
Recent Release: Historical Hero II92SabreTroutFebruary 12th 2013, 10:09 PM
Bugs and Glitches I've found (Spoilers)7thenewguyFebruary 10th 2013, 10:31 AM
Historical Hero 2: Armageddon -Walkthrough7SkullFebruary 3rd 2013, 12:42 PM
stuck in goblin caves59arossowFebruary 2nd 2013, 12:41 PM
Installing Problem4HamiltonJanuary 25th 2013, 01:01 PM
Pillbug having a seizure?2SohiniJanuary 2nd 2013, 08:53 PM
Treasure18phr34kDecember 16th 2012, 04:28 PM
Unusual kill of dragon1Jonas0075November 18th 2012, 11:50 AM
help w/HH2A2dogbreatheNovember 17th 2012, 10:49 PM
Another way into VB?3PrancerNovember 17th 2012, 04:42 PM
Stuck at the start xD19KyleNovember 17th 2012, 03:35 PM
magic fist16harrymarineOctober 28th 2012, 02:34 PM
stuck in teh beginning8dinkrogerOctober 22nd 2012, 05:50 AM
After beating up Abraham?18lenaeuphoriaOctober 10th 2012, 09:40 AM
HH2 (again...)12ninkasiAugust 18th 2012, 05:47 AM
magic fist3harrymarineAugust 11th 2012, 06:01 PM
Ok, I hate to have to do this...36AbsolutionAugust 11th 2012, 02:21 AM
How do you get into Quintus?21RossVanDerHAugust 8th 2012, 03:28 PM
historical hero 25ninkasiAugust 4th 2012, 04:29 AM
stuck12arossow123July 31st 2012, 02:18 AM
walk off cliff Old Tutras6savebotJuly 29th 2012, 06:14 AM