SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars

The second major installment of the popular series that combines the features of real-time strategy game with the traits characteristic of cRPG titles. The story of Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars focuses on a new threat caused by the titular Shadows. The player is tasked with leading one of three factions that declared war on the forces of evil. Similarly as in case of the first installment in the series, the gameplay is based on two pillars. The first pillar is based on completing various main and side quests, developing the protagonist (among the available classes there is a mage and a rogue) and obtaining more and more powerful equipment. The strategic aspect of the game allows the player to control one of nine races and it focuses on expanding the settlements, providing them with technology and recruits. In addition to the regular infantry and cavalry, in the game there are also flying units and heroes with unique abilities. The story campaign for the single player is the main attraction of Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars, but the game contains a multiplayer mode as well.

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PC / Windows
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SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars

SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars | PC

Strategy, fantasy, RTS, RPG elements

Companies responsible for SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars

Phenomic | game developer

JoWooD Entertainment AG | publisher   Official website

SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars release date for PC:

game language:
English

07 April 2006 | Worldwide

18 August 2006 | Europe

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, size: 1 DVD
Game score 7.8 / 10 calculated out of 2868 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.6 / 10 calculated out of 113 players' votes.  

Spellforce II: Shadow Wars for PC / Windows 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.

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.

Mechanics

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 / Windows also offers the option to use player’s Avatars in online Player vs. Player, Player vs. AI/Monsters and co-op modes.

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card 256MB (GeForce 6600 or better), 5 GB HDD, Windows 2000/XP

Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars Game Guide

game guide 29 August 2006

Strategy guide. For five years the terrible conflict around the mysterious Shadows sundered the country of the Dark Elves and fanned the flames of a civil war amongst them.