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SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of Box - Windows (Germany):

    DIE ÄRA DER HELDEN STEHT BEVOR!

    Geheimnisvolle Kräfte erheben sich aus Dunkelheit und Schatten und bedrohen Eo, die durch Kriege und Intriegen bereits verwüstete Welt von SpellForce.

    Die Dunkelelfen, die tödlichste der dunklen Rassen, schmieden einen unheilvollen Pakt mit den Schatten und stellen die alten Bündnisse der Völker auf eine harte Probe. Sie sind vom Volk der legendären Shaikan, und das Schicksal der Welt liegt in Ihren Händen! Versammeln Sie mächtige Helden und Armeen um sich, denn nur vereint kann dem Unheil begegnet werden! Doch der größte Kampf findet im Verborgenen statt...

    DIE WELT VON SPELLFORCE ERWARTET SIE!

    • Außergewöhnliches Spielerlebnis durch einzigartigen Mix aus Echtzeitstrategie und Rollenspiel
    • Über 100 Spezialfähigkeiten und Zaubersprüche ermöglichen einen individuellen Aufbau Ihres Avatars und Heldenteams
    • Führen Sie Ihre Heldengruppe durch eine epische Kampagne mit über 60 Stunden Spielzeit
    • Steuern Sie drei Spielfraktionen mit jeweils drei Völkern in einer lebendigen Fantasy-Welt
    • Befehligen Sie Infanterie, berittene sowie fliegende Einheiten und entfesseln Sie die gewaltigen Titanen
    • Erleben Sie spektakuläre Massenschlachten in atemberaubender 3D-Grafik
    • Umfangreiche Coop-Kampagne für bis zu drei Spieler online oder über LAN
    • Stürzen Sie sich in heiße Multiplayergefechte mit bis zu 6 Spielern oder KI-Gegnern


    "SpellForce 2 verspricht, der Superlativ zum genialen Vorgänger zu werden."
    PowerPlay 07/2005

    "Der Grafik-Titan"
    PC Games 02/2006

    "Optisch ist SpellForce 2 ein Anwärter auf das Spiel des Jahres."
    GameStar 03/2006

    "Ich will das Spiel endlich haben!"
    PC Action 03/2006

    Contributed by jaXen (20027) on Jun 25, 2011.

jowood.com:
    In SpellForce 2 - Shadow Wars, the player takes over the role of the Avatar, preventing the world of Eo and its many races from being overrun by a sinister new enemy. You will be able to solve quests and overcome obstacles as in classical RPGs, but also experiences strategic challenges while leading armies as in an RTS - thus offering a complete synthesis of both genres in a perfect blend.

    You as the Avatar will try to resist the invasion of the Pact, forcing you to forge new alliances to oppose them... but you soon realize that even more sinister forces are at work right within your own body. You will in turn lead each one of three factions, The Realm, The Clan and The Pact and build bases to gather resources and rally troops - to prepare for the epic battles that are the hallmark of SpellForce! You will also be supported by a band of heroes who are customizable with a multitude of unique skills, spells and a great variety of items, weapons and armor.

    The forces of light and the minions of darkness will clash in 2006!

    Contributed by DarkDante (3710) on May 13, 2006.

Press release (25th January 2006):

    The chick's got a big chopper and she's coming your way....

    SpellForce 2 – Shadow Wars Pack shot unveiled...

    January 21st, 2006
    - Publisher JoWooD, co-publisher Deep Silver and developer Phenomic would like to introduce to the gaming public the new glamour model Shadowsong who has gained the prestigious position of fronting the pack shot for SpellForce 2 – Shadow Wars.

    Daughter of the renegade Dark Elf General Craig Un'Shallach and raised to the ways of his people, Shadowsong barely remembers her human mother. She treasures the faint memories of the songs her mother sang to her when she was a child. These songs inspired her to become a bard – a profession no Dark Elf has ever chosen before. In her younger years she spent most of the time adventuring, pursuing lost lore or looking for the whereabouts of her father, who was an adventurer himself and often spent months away from their home.

    As the only heir of the legendary Norcaine Dracon and moreover as half-blood female Dark Elf, she finds herself in the constant need to prove herself in the eyes of her people, her merits being compared against the legendary status of her father. In a world dominated by a male culture enshrining combat, she struggles to represent the essence of the Norcaine, to whom war is art and battle is poetry.

    Relentless and determined, her courage and skills in combat make her a tremendously valuable companion in battle, which one would wish to rather be with then against.

    "We have always tried to be stylish with our SpellForce brand" said Amelie Clement. "Its similar to the early Roxy Music album covers from the 70s which involved glamorous women whose image projected desirability and wouldn't be out of place in Hollywood. We have tried to capture that image of a strong woman, except ours are surrounded by the weakness of others who gain glory in the act of war'.

    In SpellForce 2 - Shadow Wars, the player takes over the role of the Avatar, preventing the world of Eo and its many races from being overrun by a sinister new enemy. You will be able to solve quests and overcome obstacles as in classical RPGs, but also experience strategic challenges while leading armies as in an RTS - thus offering a complete synthesis of both genres in a perfect blend.

    You as the Avatar will try to resist the invasion of the Pact, forcing you to forge new alliances to oppose them. But you soon realize that even more sinister forces are at work right within your own body. You will lead each one of three factions, The Realm, The Clans and The Pact and build bases to gather resources and rally troops - to prepare for the epic battles that are the hallmark of SpellForce! You will also be supported by a band of heroes who are customizable with a multitude of unique skills, spells and a great variety of items, weapons and armor.

    The forces of light and the minions of darkness will clash in 2006!

    Features:
    • Players can choose from over 100 Avatar skills, allowing them to develop individual characters and tactics
    • Highly detailed fantasy worlds with impressive graphics raising the RTS standards to a new level
    • 3 different factions, each with 12 very different units consisting of infantry, cavalry and flyers
    • Completely persistent world – unique for the RTS genre
    * Enjoy co-op games with your friends in a special co-op campaign or take other players head on in action packed multiplayer battles with armies lead by your own Avatar

    Contributed by Sciere (249062) on May 12, 2006.

Press release (7th November 2005):

    Spellforce 2 – Shadow Wars

    Series of 'Too Hot to Handle' trailers are unleashed; starting with Dark Elves who put gamers into a spin...

    November 7, 2005
    - Publisher JoWooD, co-publisher Koch Media and Developer Phenomic are pleased to announce that over the next few weeks they will be releasing a collection of 'Too hot to Handle Trailers' for Spellforce 2 – Shadow Wars. For the first time since the announcement of the game, gamers will be able to see this lush fantasy world, where the most beautiful, perfect and deadly of the Dark Races - the Dark Elves - are threatening to overrun mankind.

    The first trailer is one for the just for lads 'Dark Elves' take a stroll.....

    SpellForce 2 - Shadow Wars, the player takes over the role of the avatar, solving quests and overcoming obstacles as in classical RPGs, but also experiences strategic challenges while leading armies as in an RTS - offering thus a complete synthesis of both genres in a perfect blend.

    You as the Avatar will try to resist their invasion, the you soon realizes that even more sinister forces are at work, forcing you to forge new alliances to combat them...You will lead one of three fractions, The Realm, The Clan or The Pact and builds bases to gather resources and rally troops - to be prepared for epic battles! You will also be supported by up to five heroes who you can customizable with a multitude of unique skills, spells and a great variety of items, weapons and armor.

    The forces of light and the minions of darkness will clash together in the first quarter of 2006!

    Features:
    • Players can choose from over 100 Avatar skills, allowing them to develop individual characters and tactics
    • Highly detailed fantasy worlds with impressive graphics raising the RTS standards to a new level
    • 3 different factions, each with 12 very different units consisting of infantry, cavalry and flyers
    • Completely persistent world – unique for the RTS genre
    * Server based Avatars gain levels and equipment and can be used in both: PvP (Player versus Player) and co-op multiplayer games, with ladder and tournament functionality

    Contributed by Sciere (249062) on May 12, 2006.

Press release (18th May 2005):

    SpellForce 2

    Developer: Phenomic
    Format: PC
    GM Date: Q4 2005
    Genre: Real Time Strategy / RPG
    Age Rating: 12+
    Target Group: 12-40

    Story

    In SpellForce 2, the player takes over the role of the avatar, solving quests and overcoming obstacles as in classical RPGs, but also experiences strategic challenges while leading armies as in an RTS - therefore offering a complete synthesis of both genres in a perfect blend.

    The player's character, equipped with a multitude of unique skills, spells and a great variety of items, weapons and armor, with the ability to level- up in a direction chosen by the player, is supported by up to five heroes. These heroes are part of the story and become important individuals as the tale unfolds, while their careers are chosen by the player at critical junctures.

    Furthermore, in most scenarios of this detailed and lush fantasy world, the player leads one of three factions; The Realm, The Clan or The Pact and builds bases to gather resources and rally troops - preparing for epic battles!

    The Player will discover familiar elements, but most of all he'll experience a game like he has never played before - both in single and multiplayer modes.

    The most beautiful, perfect and deadly of the Dark Races, the Dark Elves, are threatening to overrun mankind...Try to resist their Invasion and lead the Avatar and his heroes in forging new alliances to combat them! However you will soon come to realize that even more sinister forces are at work... Lead your armies in monumental battles and unravel the truth behind this epic story. The burden of ancient blood is heavy, it has fallen on you to carry it...

    Features
    • Innovative Role-Playing-Strategy Genre
    • Players can choose from over 100 Avatar skills, allowing them to develop individual characters and gameplay styles
    • Top quality graphics raising RTS standards to a new level
    • Highly detailed and living fantasy worlds which react to the actions of the player: Fight monsters, gather items, adventure, trade and harbor mighty artifacts to use for your conquests... a complete consistent world - unique for the RTS genre!
    • Players will lead different factions to victory, each with 12 very different units consisting of infantry, cavalry and flyers
    • Click'n'Fight: revolutionary control system, already well established since SpellForce I, guarantees instant action, the best possible overview and completely new tactical possibilities in battle
    • Single-player campaign with 50+ hours of game-play in a consistant game world with a continuous, gripping storyline and a wealth of sub-quests: Explore mountains, glades, forests, caves...
    • Different multi-player modes in over 30 stunning multi-player maps for Player vs. Player & Player vs. AI/Monsters, including exciting online interaction with intelligent and adaptive enemy AI
    * Multiplayer Avatars gain levels & equipment and can be used in both, Player vs. Players and co-op multi-player games

    Contributed by Sciere (249062) on May 12, 2006.

Press release (22nd March 2005):

    SpellForce II - Blend of Perfection

    Rottenmann, Austria. 22. March 2005: In SpellForce II the player takes over both roles – he is Commander of his troops and also a front fighting hero, solving quests and overcoming obstacles as in classical RPGs, but also leads armies as in an RTS.

    The Players character is supported by up to 5 heroes who can be summoned at special monuments – these will become available in stronger versions as play progresses and the player reveals more of the epic storyline.

    In most scenarios, which are placed in huge and detailed environments, the player leads one of three factions (Alliance of Light, Hordes of Chaos, Brotherhood of Darkness) and builds bases to gather resources and summon troops at monuments.

    The forces of light and the minions of darkness will clash together in fall 2005!

    Features:
    • Players can choose from over 100 Avatar skills, allowing them to develop individual characters and tactics
    • Highly detailed fantasy worlds with impressive graphics raising the RTS standards to a new level
    • 3 different factions, each with 12 very different units consisting of infantry, cavalry and flyers
    • Completely persistent world – unique for the RTS genre
    • Server based Avatars gain levels and equipment and can be used in both: PvP (Player versus Player) and co-op multiplayer games, with ladder and tournament functionality

    Contributed by Sciere (249062) on May 12, 2006.