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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows)

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Description

SpellForce is a RTS\RPG hybrid game similar to Battle Realms. The storyline is the usual "the fate of the world is in your hands". Unlike Battle Realms, SpellForce gives more focus on the hero. In fact, the player can go into 3rd person view (only for the hero) and play it like hack and slash game. The player can still play it like any other RTS game though. SpellForce features 6 playable races and a highly detailed game engine.

EO, the world in which the game takes place was torn apart by a ritual called the Convocation. The ritual caused the destruction of the continents and was performed by 13 most powerful mages (collectively known as The Circle) of EO. After the ritual only isolated island around magical towers remained. The islands are connected by magical portals that make travel between them possible. Your avatar is called a rune warrior, an immortal warrior bound to a stone by The Circle to fight their wars. If the avatar dies, he will respawn at the last activated bindstone (stones around the map that can be activated). As you progress you will find rune stones of six races (humans, dwarves, elves, orcs, trolls and dark elves) and hero runes. After being inserted in your rune board, they can be trained at their respective monument and help you in your quest. The game has a lengthy single player campaign of 20+ maps. The game was followed by two expansions called The Breath of Winter and Shadow of the Phoenix.

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SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Dark elf settlement
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Main menu
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows The heroes engage.
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Defeating some skeletons.

Alternate Titles

  • "咒语力量:秩序黎明" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SpellForce: Zakon Switu" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

Very interesting game Riamus (8121) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
For rabid RTS fans, RPG fans and everyone else stay away! Grov (646) 1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars1.14 Stars
Stunning Graphics in Brilliant Real-time RPG/Strategy Hybrid Klirr (76) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

The Press Says

GameStar (Germany) Mar, 2004 86 out of 100 86
GameZone Mar 01, 2004 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN Feb 10, 2004 8.2 out of 10 82
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 28, 2003 16 out of 20 80
PC Zone Dec 24, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
Just RPG Apr 02, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jan 30, 2004 73 out of 100 73
CanardPC Dec 03, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Cyber Gaming Network (CGN) Jun 02, 2004 3.5 out of 5 70
Withingames Dec 13, 2003 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Continuing with Spanish problems, the game was featured as the October 2005 covermount of Mega Score, the longest running Portuguese video gaming mag, but the discs (duplicated in Zaragoza, Spain) kept the SecuROM copy protection measures, which (obviously) recognized the CDs as copies, and refused to install.

To make up for that, the magazine offered the game again (with a non-faulty batch) in the following month, and offered to replace the faulty discs for casual magazine buyers.

You can see the original notification here.

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Karthik KANE (460) added SpellForce: The Order of Dawn (Windows) on Jan 18, 2004