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Geneforge is an Indie fantasy role-playing game, the first game in the five-part Geneforge Saga. It features an enormous world, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help. Geneforge has a huge and open storyline.
Release Date: Dec 1, 2001

Packages that include this game

Buy Geneforge Saga

Includes 5 items: Geneforge 1, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, Geneforge 5: Overthrow

Buy Spiderweb Software Complete Pack

Includes 12 items: Avadon: The Black Fortress, Geneforge 1, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, Geneforge 5: Overthrow, Avernum 4, Avernum 5, Avernum 6, Avernum: Escape From the Pit, Nethergate: Resurrection, Avadon 2: The Corruption

About the Game

Geneforge is an Indie fantasy role-playing game, the first game in the five-part Geneforge Saga. It features an enormous world, the ability to create your own army of lethal, totally obedient creatures, and a cunning enemy AI with foes who can go on patrols, stalk you, and run for help.

Geneforge has a huge and open storyline. You have the freedom to choose your own path and decide how the story will turn out. You can fight the evil overlord or you can join him. You can help the peasants or you can torment them. You can be the bold hero or you can just try to get away. No matter what you choose, Geneforge offers an enormous adventure with plenty of replay value.

System Requirements

    • Operating system:Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor:1.6 GHz CPU
    • Memory:512 MB
    • Hard disk space:300MB
    • Video: OpenGL compliant graphics card
    • Sound:Sound card
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
417 products in account
33 reviews
15.7 hrs on record
Geneforge presents an original setting, masterfully blending sci-fi with fantasy. Here “Shapers” are humans able to create and shape life through magic, raise armies of creatures to work and fight for them, and even genetically alter plants to serve as tools and weapons. Everything about the world seems exotic and well-thought, and it’s very interesting to learn about its lore and workings.

The story starts with your character being washed in the shores of a mysterious island, where rogue creations run wild over abandoned Shaper ruins. As you explore the massive island in search for a way back home, you’ll find the truth behind the abandoned ruins, and will decide the fate of the various factions that inhabit it. The writing is solid, and the game asks you to make some seriously complex decisions, without any banal morality judging you. I’ll add that Geneforge is the only game I ever played where the NPCs managed to change my mind with solid arguments (instead of bribes) after I had decided on a set course of action.

Combat is turn-based with action points, and although it has some annoying limitations (like only one attack per turn), it’s solid. There are three classes to choose from, and they give you freedom to fight any way you want, being able to create hordes of weak monster to fight for you, focus on a large and powerful creatures, cast spells like firebolt and fear, or simply hack and slash your enemies. Non-combat skills like Leadership and Mechanics are also important, as they provide unique ways to avoid conflicts and solve quests. And although it may not seem obvious at first, there’s a great deal of reactivity here as well.

When this was release, back in 2001, cRPGs fans had their mouths full, being spoiled with the release of classic such as Arcanum, BG2: Throne of Bhaal, Morrowind, Wizardry 8 and Gothic. So it is understandable that Geneforge, with its unattractive graphics and puke-green UI, went by undetected by most. But it’s a damn shame, and you should fix that now.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
102 products in account
2 reviews
9.6 hrs on record
An amazing addition to the RPG genre it takes a turn away from party character development focusing on the world, your actions in it and the repercussions of said actions. This gem from Spiderweb allows for a multitude of choices in your actions and playstyle in and out of combat. Do you think that creatures made for the sole purpose of manual labor should stick to manual labor? Do you think that prefrabricated beings can change and evolve acquiring ideas and motivations of their own? Do you like planning out each combat turn by turn or maybe you like to fly by the seat of your pants trusting in the intelligence of your handmade monsters? All of these and many more are choices you can and will make if you choose to step into this colorful world, and I certainly hope you do. As ever the first game is the roughest but as the series continues the story and gameplay improves adding in new monsters, classes and spells which you will use alter the path of the world.

Pros
A fantastic story with moral questions relating to the inhabitants of the world as well as to yourself
A solid number of monsters to summon allowing you to customize your party for the situation at hand
(For fans of turn based) Solid turn based gameplay factoring in speed attributes and action points causing a more cautious approach to your actions


Cons*
Graphics are a bit dated which for some can be a stickler
The game's difficulty does not scale per se so if you push on too fast you will feel the pain but if you take your time you can breeze through areas unless you alter the difficulty
The Shaper/Rebel faction dynamic can be a pain at times barring you from acquiring the last rank of a spell or summon key to your personal strategy

Overall it is an extremely enjoyable series that I've spent many hours on before it came to Steam and I would suggest you pick it up if you are a fan of Turn Based RPGs in general.

*And worries for some gamers
Posted: January 1st, 2014
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
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49 reviews
55.2 hrs on record
“… she stares up at you with awe, as if her god has stepped down to earth to face her. Maybe it has.”

Geneforge is a great turn-based role-playing game experience with a deep and meaningful story in combination with a unique take on magic. What it lacks in graphics it gains twofold in detailed descriptions of events throughout the game. Your decisions have major impact on the game’s conclusion and gameplay is vastly different depending on which of the three classes you choose. The almost total lack of music and no voice acting should be mentioned as the disadvantages of this classic RPG.

Fun fact: The attempt of futuristic weapons with devastating effects that simultaneously felt sensible and maintained balance were one of the most difficult gameplay issues the developers had to resolve.
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My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Tactical demand
- Story
- Combat & Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).
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Atmosphere: A-Rank

Characters: B-Rank

Details: S-Rank

(This is the lair of a large group of battle alphas. The creatures are bred to function in groups. However, seeing how they try to live on their own is, in a bleak way, quite comical. Battle alphas were not made to live unsupervised, and it shows.)

Tactical demand: B-Rank

Story: S-Rank

(One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.)

Combat & Controls: B-Rank
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There are no achievements to conquer.

Achievement difficulty: none
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Geneforge 5: Overthrow (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2009
Geneforge 4: Rebellion (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2007
Geneforge 3 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2005
Geneforge 2 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2003
Geneforge (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game (Fantasy / Science Fiction) – 2002
Posted: March 19th, 2014
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
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50.2 hrs on record
This game is truly a work of art, as are all of Spiderweb Software's games. The graphics aren't very good (and don't progress very much between games) but the story is brilliant, fascinating and at times can actually have you wondering which side to choose. I would recommend this game to anybody interested in a good story with fun gameplay.
Posted: March 16th, 2014
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
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1 review
48.7 hrs on record
If you're the sort of steely-eyed well-endowed RPG luddite who can't get it up in the morning until he peers owlishly at a fixed isometric camera angle and parses more text than the annotated edition of Infinite Jest then will this be a treat for you.

+ Well written, challenging (sometimes too challenging), multiple endings, fascinating world and story elements.

- Chunky clunky and all round dated UI design, doesn't exactly look like Skyrim.

A niche title to be sure, but the first in a sprawling series of turn based RPG epics that appreciators of the form (i.e; me) will find much in to enjoy.
Posted: January 5th, 2014
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