What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 Preview

By Shawn Collier on April 10, 2010, 8:42PM EDT

The original What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? (also known as Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This? before NIS America was forced to change the title due to copyright issues) was a cult hit that revolved around a unique gameplay system which favored clever thinking over quick action, mixing real-time strategy with the god game genre. NIS America is set to release the sequel to the game, cleverly titled What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 early next month, and it's clear from what we can see thus far that the game expands on the original in more ways than one.

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 carries over the unique gameplay style of the original, which has players dig out a maze with monsters in it to defend the demon lord Badman, who the player is set out to protect. In each stage players have a set amount of "steps" to clear out part of the maze, and the amount of steps the player receives is determined by how well the player clears the level. The monsters are created by breaking apart blocks that have moss on them. These monsters travel along the dungeon and absorbing the energy from the blocks the player can break to become stronger monsters. There are various heroes set out to capture Badman in each level, ranging in power and skill, such as knights, axe wielders and mages.

The sequel improves on the formula by providing a set of minor changes which don't radically alter the game but fixes issues which were present in the original. In the original game, the heroes would wander to the far end of a maze even if Badman was located on the other end. The sequel fixes this by improving on their AI so they will turn back earlier if they determine that they are walking into a dead-end. The heroes have also been improved by their ability to set up "save" points, which they will respawn from when they die, forcing the player to keep track of their positions on the map, since only the pickaxe can destroy it. Another issue in the original game was the inability to easily keep track of the evolutions of your monsters. By pressing the triangle button in the sequel, a "creature meter" will appear, which shows at-a-glance the number of creatures you have in relation to each other. The aim of the game is to have more lower-level producers, slimes, than higher-level feeders.

The story mode has also gotten a change, this time being split into eight chapters instead of going from one area to the next. While most players might not see the difference initially, What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 allows players to choose which area they wish to tackle instead of forcing a specific area. After each island the game will save your data, so you aren't forced back to Level 1 if you die. More chapters will also be available for purchase via PSN following the game's release.

For those who can't get enough of the story mode, What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 also includes a challenge mode and a freeform mode. Challenge mode consists of 12 training missions and 30 challenges, ranging from moderately easy to difficult. Freeform mode is the most interesting, since it allows players to make the mazes as barren or cluttered as possible since there is no limit to the amount of blocks that can be broken. The types of blocks can also be chosen, as well as the types of monsters. As for the heroes set out to capture Badman, you can select any of the heroes you have previously defeated in the story mode, allowing players to create their ideal battle, or just see how the game mechanics work without the constraints of the story mode.

The original game was also know for its high-quality localization, playing off many of the common anime and RPG tropes that long-time fans of the mediums know and love. Many of the screenshots released so far appear to show similar humour, such as one of the heroes which is named "Belmondo", a throwback to the original Japanese names of the Belmont clan from Castlevania.

What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? 2 is set to be released on the PSP both in UMD format and on PSN on May 4, 2010. The UMD version will include the original What Did I Do To Deserve This, My Lord? as an extra but will be $10 more ($29.99) compared to the $19.99 PSN version which only includes the sequel.

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