Excerpt: I don't know about you, but when I hear hype about " genre-busting " titles, I always sneakily suspect that a development team has fudged a design document somewhere, couldn't decide whether their game was a fantasy RTS or a tactical RPG and have tried obfuscating the issue by saying that it transcends genre boundaries.
Excerpt: SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars is the sequel to the generally well-received SpellForce . While taking from the general successes of the first outings mix of RTS and RPG elements, SpellForce 2 streamlines the system, making it much more accessible, and brings a fresh and enjoyable experience to the PC.
Excerpt: Blending RPG and RTS elements, SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars puts you in command of an army tasked with defending the known world from utter evil. OK, so the innovation doesn't exactly carry through to the narrative plot. Regardless, if you love RPGs and you love real-time strategy, then you will likely love SpellForce 2's hybrid.
Pros: ups: Large world and imersive story, control of Hero units.
Cons: downs: Not much variety in weaponry, system hog.
Excerpt: SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars is a welcome diversion from the typical fantasy RTS. In the game’s immersive (if cliché) storyline, you take the role of a fantastic hero on a quest to unite surrounding kingdoms against a growing threat from Dark Elves. To do that, you must prove your loyalty and trustworthiness by embarking on quests, integrating the RPG story elements which define the SpellForce series’ mixture of genres.
Pros: Cool blend of Diablo-style role-playing and real-time strategy, Huge single-player campaign with lots of quests to pursue, Nonlinear maps mean you can jaunt back to places you've been at any time
Cons: Though there are hundreds of weapons and items in the game, it doesn't really feel like there's a big difference between them, Maps are sometimes a bit too big, and you have to wait around for heroes to get from one point to another
Conclusion: Shifting from challenging and enjoyable to dull and annoying, Spellforce 2: Shadow Wars is nothing but the cream of hybrid games. Posing like someone of opposite sex, the whole game experience can be characterized by a love-hate relationship. There will be moments when you will probably wish to throw out the window, but this won't keep you from coming for more. I personally felt like a moth strangely drawn towards a light bulb.