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SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars (Windows)

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SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars is the sequel to SpellForce: The Order of Dawn. In Order of the Dawn, the player vanquishes evil as a Rune Warrior. In Shadow Wars, the player takes on a new role as a Shaikan, a bloodline created by the powerful alchemist Malakay, where the blood of humans are bonded together with dragon blood. In this saga, the Shaikan homeland is invaded by the Pact, an alliance between the Dark Elves and the Shadows. Our hero desperately travels the continent to gain allies in order to save the Shaikan homeland...but that's only part of the story.

Game play in SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars features a unique combination of Real-Time Strategy (RTS) and Role Playing (RPG). RTS game play only occurs (in campaign mode) when the player has access to workers and a headquarters to develop units and resources. The player’s units and buildings consist of an alliance between the three major light races: the Humans, the Dwarves and the Elves (Realm Alliance). This alliance allows the player to build and recruit all three different buildings and units from those races. Establishing a presence of all three races, will allow the player access to more powerful buildings and the ultimate unit: the Titan! Later in the game, the hero will be able to access other opposing (dark) races.

The player during travels will be accompanied by other Shaikan heroes and Shaikan companions. Heroes may be equipped with weapons and armor, as well as directly accessing each individual skill ability and spells. Companions are similar to heroes, but their inventory and skills may not be accessed. They can however, like the other heroes be directly controlled. Unlike Rune Warriors, the Shaikan need only directly resurrect a fellow member if killed in battle. However, there is a time limit before permanent death. If a Shaikan hero dies a permanent death, the player loses the game. The Shaikan may also summon other members to the player's location anywhere on the map.

A new highlight in this installment features (later in the game) your role as the new ruler of Westguard, a poor and often disputed land, besieged by Beastmen and the Undead. Here, you may escape the pressures of the main plot, develop your land and help your new found subjects.

Screenshots

SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Windows From time to time you get to play rts part of the game.
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Windows You can zoom to ground level.
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Windows Battle against skeletons
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars Windows Dwarf mines. Fighting some old skeletons.

Alternate Titles

  • "咒语力量II:暗影战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Spellforce II: Czas Mrocznych Wojen" -- Polish title

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User Reviews

[v1.0] Almost gave up on this game... Indra is here (19699) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars

The Press Says

GamesFire Apr 28, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Gamesmania Apr 01, 2006 91 out of 100 91
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 2006 91 out of 100 91
ActionTrip Apr 24, 2006 86 out of 100 86
Gamernode May 20, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2006 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot May 19, 2006 8.2 out of 10 82
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 27, 2006 81 out of 100 81
GameSpy Jun 23, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Apr 11, 2006 15 out of 20 75

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Awards

  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2007 – #3 Best RPG/Adventure in 2006 (Readers' Vote)

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