So many video games activity us with being the hero speeding into the lair of the supervillain making an attempt to destroy the planet, however only a few allow us to management the maniacal villain on the trail for world domination and destruction. Evil Genius 2: World Domination successfully flips the script, placing you within the sneakers of the eponymous evil geniuses as you construct a secret lair, prepare up your minions, and develop a Doomsday Machine, all whereas keeping off infiltration makes an attempt from secret brokers attempting to thwart your plans. Once I noticed the sport at E3 2019, I used to be taken by its enjoyable premise, and seeing it in motion earlier this month gave me extra confidence in its skill to ship.
In Evil Genius 2, your mission is to construct up your base with an eye fixed towards world takeover. Nonetheless, to take action with the fewest quantity of issues, it’s essential elevate the least quantity of suspicion. To attain this, the public-facing facet of your island performs host to an unassuming on line casino. Retaining the separation between the on line casino entrance and the sinister lair is essential, as vacationers will start asking questions, which ultimately results in brokers from the Forces of Justice making an attempt to infiltrate your operations. If brokers do resolve to attempt to sneak into your lair, they need to accomplish that by means of the on line casino, so for those who do a adequate job with the entrance, you would possibly even be capable to persuade the brokers that it is only a easy on line casino with no sinister facet (, apart from the traditional sinister facet of your common on line casino).
In the beginning of your try to take over the world, you select from one in every of 4 evil geniuses. Maximilian delivers an all-around fashion of play, however Pink Ivan is the main target of this new demo. Pink Ivan tries to beat the world with an iron fist, and has an AoE skill known as “Do It Now!” to go together with that fashion of play. As soon as activated, all minions throughout the “Do It Now!” aura round Pink Ivan are extra productive, permitting you to prioritize sure actions. Whether or not you utilize this within the Management Room to affect a number of duties without delay or put the hurry on the constructing of a room, this might be a really efficient instrument for gamers to get stuff completed.
As for the minions themselves, you may prepare the generic, low-level underlings to tackle numerous specialties underneath the umbrellas of Muscle, Deception, and Science. The Muscle archetype produces Guards who use fist-fight techniques, or extra superior Mercenaries with weapon specialties, Martial Artists who’re consultants in hand-to-hand fight, or extremely expert Hitmen, who’re consultants in eliminating your goal. In the meantime, underneath the Deception archetype, you may prepare all types of minions to assist maintain the phantasm of your on line casino entrance alive, together with seemingly reliable Valets, Spin Medical doctors who can do injury management, Counteragents who can spot potential infiltrators, and Socialites who can clean over any potential alarm-raising issues earlier than they’re seen. Lastly, the Science archetype offers you the chance to maintain your lair working and enhancing, with Technicians to do repairs, Scientists to do analysis, and, ultimately, Biologists and Quantum Chemists.
Every minion additionally has traits that make them distinctive amongst the ocean of faces. For instance, one minion is perhaps unsuspecting, which suggests they will not query anybody who seems to be misplaced in your lair, whereas one other is perhaps extra astute with their observations and would possibly name out somebody suspicious.
On prime of your minions, you even have henchmen, who’re the top-tier, righthand women and men of your group. The 2 henchmen I noticed in motion have been Eli Barracuda, a specialist in hand-to-hand fight and weaponry, and Jubei, who can teleport throughout the island and focuses on capturing infiltrators quite than killing them. When you’d want to take out secret brokers attempting to interrupt into the lair your self, you may construct traps, such because the Laser Disco or the Big Fan. And sure, you may construct a lure the place the ground drops the agent right into a pool of sharks.
A key approach to take over the world is to construct a Doomsday Machine and get the Forces of Justice to give up. Within the demo I noticed, it is a big reactor known as HAVOC with the power to blast the goal of your selecting. You may construct the Doomsday Machine to take up a number of tales of your lair, with a much bigger machine delivering extra destruction. You may select to fireplace at any time when, however when you select a goal and activate it, the Forces of Justice will get aggressive and attempt to make a daring try to cease you earlier than you are capable of fireplace. Due to this, your lair goes right into a high-alert state till the timer goes off, with all minions and henchmen preserving an eye fixed out.
With so some ways to attempt to destroy and/or take over the world, Evil Genius 2: World Domination seems to be like a way more pleasurable highway to doomsday than we’re accustomed to. Evil Genius 2: World Domination launches on PC within the first half of 2021.