AWESOMEoutof10's Fraser Brown enters a world filled with magic, giant goblins, heroes and villains, and bears with anti-wizard agendas. It's a bit weird. "Warlock 2 eschews so much of what one expects from a 4X game that it’s hard to believe that the series start off being a rather simple — though undeniably fun – Master of Magic-inspired romp. It isn’t a game of conquest and flooding maps with your influence, it’s a long, increasingly challenging journey across bizarre worlds where god-like beings, powerful wizards and inexplicably angry bears are trying to stop you from fixing the universe. There’s still a lot for me to fiddle around with. I haven’t buggered around in multiplayer, still need to take a peek at sandbox mode and the map editor won’t be ready until launch. But it’s already clear that this is one sequel that outperforms its predecessor in every conceivable way, building on a strong foundation and throwing in a slew of delightful surprises."