publisher: JoWooD Entertainment AG
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Spellforce II: Shadow Wars for PC is the second installment of the successful fantasy combination of cRPG and real-time strategy genres, Spellforce: The Order of Dawn. Similarly as in the prequel, in this game, the player completes various quests, develops his protagonist and leads armies of various monsters and creatures to war. The protagonist can be supported by up to five heroes who can be summoned to special monuments that appear later in the game – once the player gains some experience and reaches a certain point of the plot.
The conflict brought by the magic Shadows caused a split among the Dark Elves. For five years their homeland was in a state of civil war. The rebellion is no longer an internal affair – it reaches far outside the borders of the country. A new power had risen in Eo – a threat, the shadow of which slowly creeps up the furthest reaches of the world and puts the ancient alliances to test. Craig Un’Shallach, the general of the Dark Elves and a member of Dracon, lonely leads his clan against the terrifying Shadows, but the luck begins to turn away from him. When the failure seems to be only a matter of time, his daughter Nightsong escapes and tries to tell the humans about the incoming danger – a pact between the Dark Elves and the army of Shadows led by a lunatic alchemist Sorvina. Nightsong reaches the fortress of Shaikans, the legendary dragon warriors who fear both the forces of Light and Dark. There she surprisingly obtains help of a brave young man who decides to join her and save his family and motherland. However, in order to stop the doom, a powerful army will be needed – the sleeping alliances of the forces of the Light must be rebuilt, which won’t be an easy task for two creatures that are considered the enemies of the Good.
In the majority of the missions the player is leading the forces of one of three factions: Alliance of Light, Hordes of Chaos or Brotherhood of Darkness. The player’s task is to create bases, gather resources and recruit warriors and heroes – mages, necromancers, healers and archers. Spellforce II: Shadow Wars offers more than 100 character abilities, a detailed fantasy world, 36 types of units (twelve per each side of the conflict – among the types there are infantry, cavalry and flying units). The player can control units of 9 races, including humans, elves, dwarves and orcs. In addition to the regular units, each army has units with special abilities (like camouflage and berserk). Spellforce II: Shadow Wars for PC also offers the option to use player’s Avatars in online Player vs. Player, Player vs. AI/Monsters and co-op modes.
Game score 7.85 / 10 calculated out of 2939 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 113 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium 4 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card 256MB (GeForce 6600 or better), 5 GB HDD, Windows 2000/XP