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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.

Screenshots

SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Barbarians go for the Darkelf Titan (Arachnis)
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Aaaaw, a woodcutter and a deer! How pretty!
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows Orc titan
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn Windows ...and after a few hours of playing this is all you want to do

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

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Feb, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Digital Entertainment News (den) Mar 23, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
PC Action Nov 26, 2003 90 out of 100 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2003 81 out of 100 81
ActionTrip Feb 12, 2004 80 out of 100 80
Factornews Jan 05, 2004 8 out of 10 80
GameBanshee Apr 06, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2004 7.75 out of 10 78
Just RPG Apr 02, 2004 75 out of 100 75
1UP May 09, 2004 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

Some copies of the Spanish release include an invalid cd key and the customer service is often hard to reach.

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