Geneforge 2 is an Indie fantasy role-playing adventure with a science fiction twist. Explore a huge world, choose which side you will fight for, and make your own horde of completely obedient mutant monsters. Geneforge 2 has a huge and open storyline. You can join with any of several factions and reach dozens of different endings.
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Positive (21 reviews) - 90% of the 21 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 1, 2003

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

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Includes 13 items: Avadon 2: The Corruption, Avadon: The Black Fortress, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, Avernum 4, Avernum 5, Avernum 6, Avernum: Escape From the Pit, Geneforge 1, Geneforge 2, Geneforge 3, Geneforge 4: Rebellion, Geneforge 5: Overthrow, Nethergate: Resurrection

 

About This Game

Geneforge 2 is an Indie fantasy role-playing adventure with a science fiction twist. Explore a huge world, choose which side you will fight for, and make your own horde of completely obedient mutant monsters.

Geneforge 2 has a huge and open storyline. You can join with any of several factions and reach dozens of different endings. Help the rebels, or fight them. Fight your enemies, or use stealth and diplomacy. When you finish the game, start over, join a different group, and experience a completely different game. No matter what you choose, Geneforge 2 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
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Positive (21 reviews)
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Draco but Stronger
( 35.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Geneforge 2, the first Geneforge game I played. The mystery and unique world caught my eight year old self off guard. I wasn't sure what I expected but it sure wasn't this. I absolutely loved it, though. The intrigue and politics flew right over my head. All I knew was that I had to find Barzahl. Now that I understood the true magitude of the complex plotline, I really started to enjoy the game. When I first discovered the depressing fate of my poor mentor, I was crushed. I despised Barzahl for what he had done to me and wished for revenge. Unfortunately, I think I died. A lot. Then again, everyone dies in Geneforge. Overall, it's a great game. Get it, please. You won't regret it, hopefully.
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tahuv21
( 34.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Amazing lore, challenging gameplay, and genuinely dificult moral dilemmas makes this game a must-buy for any RPG fan.
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Craig Wescoe
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Yeah it's good. Look past the graphics and how broken parry is and enjoy the rich story and tactical gameplay and all that jazz.
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Duke_Summermaul
( 47.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
Great game! Excellent follow on from the first. It's more of the same from the first game, but with more storytelling, new items, and a few new creatures.
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krisumaru
( 60.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 25, 2015
Nice turn based RPG, good history, not as good as in first part but still interesting.
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Endikami
( 67.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 9, 2015
previous Geneforge 1 review

Geneforge 2

Graphics: Simple and functional, same graphics that Geneforge 1 with a bit more color options and a couple of new NPC.
Control: Nice and clear tutorial, fixed key binding.
Replayability: Moderately High

Again, Geneforge 2 began with a cliche: young trainee send to not-so-routinely-mission. And there is where all the complacency ends as the Shaper is thrown into a far more complex plot without a warning.There wasn't any noticeable upgrade in battle AI, just a far more horrendous hit rate for missile weapons on both sides... as always maybe is just me.

Things I learned:
-The world is a better place thanks to Loyal Shapers.
-Rogue Serviles should be KOS.
-Rogue/Barred Creations should be KOS.
-Rogue Shapers should be KOS.
-There are two kinds of Geneforges.


continued in Geneforge 3 review
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Dangerous Beans
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 3, 2015
An old isometric RPG involving a society built around a special type of magic known as "shaping", which allows the practitioner to create and alter living beings.
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[FOR]mica
( 36.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 5, 2015
Turn based combat RPG, sequel to Geneforge 1. I like the story and the way the setting works in this one, and they've cut down slightly (though only slightly) on turrets and mines. There are some good horrific abuses of power in this one, to the point where I actually killed off a non-hostile NPC just to make him stop making sentient explosives. There are five-ish factions this time; the Awakened, the Takers, two new Shaper-led factions, and the unspoken option to remain loyal to your masters and just kill everybody. I like the mentor figure Shanti, and how her story and the investigations structure the game.

Reasonably solid sequel, that builds on where the last one left off. My only frustration is the locked door in the northwest corner of the northwest everything that I could not open. Can it be opened?

First time players, I highly suggest NOT choosing any faction until you have been to every nonhostile city in the game.
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Salvia Hardon
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16, 2015
A game barely worthy of its own review.

Play Geneforge 1. If you didn't like it, move along. This is the same exact engine and style, just with a different setting and further along in the overall world timeline. Gives you a good excuse to play one of the 3 other character types that you didn't play in the first game.
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Ace of Hearts
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30, 2015
Geneforge 2 is more of the same from Spiderweb (almost literally, since it uses the same engine from Geneforge 1). The story is just as excellent, and your ability to interact with it and pick any road you choose is unchanged. One big thing to remember if you're starting Gen2 after Gen1: none of the endings are canon. Strictly. There's one ending to Geneforge One that's roughly canon, but even then, there are some differences that do make it its own thing. This is a trend for the series as a whole, actually, with the story progressing, but never quite as you thought it would.

Anyway, TL;DR: Play it. It's great. Spend all your ability points in Parry. Be a god.
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yuru
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 10, 2015
Pretty complex adventure rpg, I do not like the poor artstyle and slow pace
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Wrath
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 5, 2014
A game along the lines of a Spiderweb title always contains a vast, vast, amount of content in terms of story, lore, conversation, etc. It's essentially like writing an entire interactive novel...three or four times, because there are always multiple endings based on your actions. Even if an action might have seemed insignificant at the time, you can bet you will feel it later on. Choosing from a handful of factions means choosing from a host of significantly different plot lines. Every named character you kill, you could have had a conversation and an alliance with.

This level of detail and development is pretty uncommon. You have to find titles like Bastion and Transistor in order to match the level of depth that comes from a game with the screenshots that make it look little more than an arcade game. Even then, the story is pretty linear. When we start up a Geneforge game, this diverse gameplay options inside a rich and immersive environment is what we are looking for. Fortunately, it's what we get; Geneforge 2 happens to be my favorite out of the series and one of the primary games that I grew up with. If Steam was able to record how much I played this game when it first came out, it would be over 500 hours. And since the story is just as good today as it was then, I see no reason why someone couldn't get half that time without even noticing.
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Soma
( 109.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2, 2014
The world to explore is huge, non linear for the most part. Expect to die many times, the game is challenging and I like it this way. Expect to read too, and I mean read a lot. Geneforge is a well-written story heavy RPG where your choices will matter, with diplomatic situations filled with gray areas (it's not at all your classic good vs evil scenario), tactical turn-based combat, several different ways to play the game (I choosed a solo Agent, but you might as well play a Shaper with an army of creations), I think there are 5 different ways to "win" the game and complete the story.

I did not enjoy the story as much as the first game of this saga because the moral choices and the diplomacy were not as entertaining in my opinion, but they were far from being weak! Probably because of some similarities with Geneforge 1, it lacked the surprise and excitement to discover more about the whole plot. The first few maps were rather boring and linear, so it took me some time to get into the story. However areas turned out to be much more balanced than Geneforge 1 and the hand holding of the first maps didn't last long. At some point I became addicted and put some other games aside in order to see where the Geneforge 2 story was going to bring me.

If you are able to disregard the basic graphical quality when playing a game offering a rich world, deep story and a challenging yet enjoyable gameplay, the Geneforge saga and Spiderweb games in general are meant for you and will give you a great gaming experience, you should not hesitate to give them a try. Otherwise, I cannot recommend these games to you.

My rate: 8/10, I'm looking forward to play Geneforge 3 to 5.
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[GUG] Palmela Handerson
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30, 2014
Despite what the negative review said, it worked perfectly fine on my computer.

I have a Samsung office model that is about 2-3 years old and it runs fine on my computer.


It's not as good as the first game in my opinion, but it is still worth playing! I would buy the bundle to get all 5 games for the price of one!
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smaerck06
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18, 2014
will not work with modern computers. Mouse function extermely difficult. waste of money
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Cpt Warisarcy
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2012
My favorite of a great game series. Anyone that likes fantasy or anything else, this game is for you.
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[SAP]CommanderA
( 38.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5, 2012
An amazing game, far more playable than the first game, and actually more playable than the third. If you like top down RPGs like Baldurs Gate, Geneforge is the game series for you.
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J-Glob Phalanges
Posted: December 27, 2011
..who picks a class which partitions his skill sets based on cost. It remains possible for any class to purchase any skill but variable skill costs are in general dissuasive. Each of the three classes represents a different approach and contributes to the overall replay ability. There also appears to me at least one major choice (GF 1) via a factional alignment that is mediated by dialogue choices over time.
The slow-burn story and exploration of the culture of various factions within the game is also much as it was in Exile, as is fairly sizeable amount of gameplay and world. Geneforge has, however, created a rather distinctive setting surrounding an Academy of Biomages and their creations, sentient or otherwise, on an abandoned island you become stranded on. The difficulty curve is accommodating for those familiar RPGs, short of jumping straight to the hardest difficulty and/or punching through into distant territory. Fun, intricate and as charming as talking magical giant spiders.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
109.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
The world to explore is huge, non linear for the most part. Expect to die many times, the game is challenging and I like it this way. Expect to read too, and I mean read a lot. Geneforge is a well-written story heavy RPG where your choices will matter, with diplomatic situations filled with gray areas (it's not at all your classic good vs evil scenario), tactical turn-based combat, several different ways to play the game (I choosed a solo Agent, but you might as well play a Shaper with an army of creations), I think there are 5 different ways to "win" the game and complete the story.

I did not enjoy the story as much as the first game of this saga because the moral choices and the diplomacy were not as entertaining in my opinion, but they were far from being weak! Probably because of some similarities with Geneforge 1, it lacked the surprise and excitement to discover more about the whole plot. The first few maps were rather boring and linear, so it took me some time to get into the story. However areas turned out to be much more balanced than Geneforge 1 and the hand holding of the first maps didn't last long. At some point I became addicted and put some other games aside in order to see where the Geneforge 2 story was going to bring me.

If you are able to disregard the basic graphical quality when playing a game offering a rich world, deep story and a challenging yet enjoyable gameplay, the Geneforge saga and Spiderweb games in general are meant for you and will give you a great gaming experience, you should not hesitate to give them a try. Otherwise, I cannot recommend these games to you.

My rate: 8/10, I'm looking forward to play Geneforge 3 to 5.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
Despite what the negative review said, it worked perfectly fine on my computer.

I have a Samsung office model that is about 2-3 years old and it runs fine on my computer.


It's not as good as the first game in my opinion, but it is still worth playing! I would buy the bundle to get all 5 games for the price of one!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
A game along the lines of a Spiderweb title always contains a vast, vast, amount of content in terms of story, lore, conversation, etc. It's essentially like writing an entire interactive novel...three or four times, because there are always multiple endings based on your actions. Even if an action might have seemed insignificant at the time, you can bet you will feel it later on. Choosing from a handful of factions means choosing from a host of significantly different plot lines. Every named character you kill, you could have had a conversation and an alliance with.

This level of detail and development is pretty uncommon. You have to find titles like Bastion and Transistor in order to match the level of depth that comes from a game with the screenshots that make it look little more than an arcade game. Even then, the story is pretty linear. When we start up a Geneforge game, this diverse gameplay options inside a rich and immersive environment is what we are looking for. Fortunately, it's what we get; Geneforge 2 happens to be my favorite out of the series and one of the primary games that I grew up with. If Steam was able to record how much I played this game when it first came out, it would be over 500 hours. And since the story is just as good today as it was then, I see no reason why someone couldn't get half that time without even noticing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
Turn based combat RPG, sequel to Geneforge 1. I like the story and the way the setting works in this one, and they've cut down slightly (though only slightly) on turrets and mines. There are some good horrific abuses of power in this one, to the point where I actually killed off a non-hostile NPC just to make him stop making sentient explosives. There are five-ish factions this time; the Awakened, the Takers, two new Shaper-led factions, and the unspoken option to remain loyal to your masters and just kill everybody. I like the mentor figure Shanti, and how her story and the investigations structure the game.

Reasonably solid sequel, that builds on where the last one left off. My only frustration is the locked door in the northwest corner of the northwest everything that I could not open. Can it be opened?

First time players, I highly suggest NOT choosing any faction until you have been to every nonhostile city in the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
Geneforge 2 is more of the same from Spiderweb (almost literally, since it uses the same engine from Geneforge 1). The story is just as excellent, and your ability to interact with it and pick any road you choose is unchanged. One big thing to remember if you're starting Gen2 after Gen1: none of the endings are canon. Strictly. There's one ending to Geneforge One that's roughly canon, but even then, there are some differences that do make it its own thing. This is a trend for the series as a whole, actually, with the story progressing, but never quite as you thought it would.

Anyway, TL;DR: Play it. It's great. Spend all your ability points in Parry. Be a god.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2012
An amazing game, far more playable than the first game, and actually more playable than the third. If you like top down RPGs like Baldurs Gate, Geneforge is the game series for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 27, 2011
..who picks a class which partitions his skill sets based on cost. It remains possible for any class to purchase any skill but variable skill costs are in general dissuasive. Each of the three classes represents a different approach and contributes to the overall replay ability. There also appears to me at least one major choice (GF 1) via a factional alignment that is mediated by dialogue choices over time.
The slow-burn story and exploration of the culture of various factions within the game is also much as it was in Exile, as is fairly sizeable amount of gameplay and world. Geneforge has, however, created a rather distinctive setting surrounding an Academy of Biomages and their creations, sentient or otherwise, on an abandoned island you become stranded on. The difficulty curve is accommodating for those familiar RPGs, short of jumping straight to the hardest difficulty and/or punching through into distant territory. Fun, intricate and as charming as talking magical giant spiders.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
previous Geneforge 1 review

Geneforge 2

Graphics: Simple and functional, same graphics that Geneforge 1 with a bit more color options and a couple of new NPC.
Control: Nice and clear tutorial, fixed key binding.
Replayability: Moderately High

Again, Geneforge 2 began with a cliche: young trainee send to not-so-routinely-mission. And there is where all the complacency ends as the Shaper is thrown into a far more complex plot without a warning.There wasn't any noticeable upgrade in battle AI, just a far more horrendous hit rate for missile weapons on both sides... as always maybe is just me.

Things I learned:
-The world is a better place thanks to Loyal Shapers.
-Rogue Serviles should be KOS.
-Rogue/Barred Creations should be KOS.
-Rogue Shapers should be KOS.
-There are two kinds of Geneforges.


continued in Geneforge 3 review
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2015
An old isometric RPG involving a society built around a special type of magic known as "shaping", which allows the practitioner to create and alter living beings.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2012
My favorite of a great game series. Anyone that likes fantasy or anything else, this game is for you.
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1 of 29 people (3%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
Pretty complex adventure rpg, I do not like the poor artstyle and slow pace
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5 of 79 people (6%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 18, 2014
will not work with modern computers. Mouse function extermely difficult. waste of money
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Recommended
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2015
Nice turn based RPG, good history, not as good as in first part but still interesting.
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Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2015
A game barely worthy of its own review.

Play Geneforge 1. If you didn't like it, move along. This is the same exact engine and style, just with a different setting and further along in the overall world timeline. Gives you a good excuse to play one of the 3 other character types that you didn't play in the first game.
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Recommended
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Great game! Excellent follow on from the first. It's more of the same from the first game, but with more storytelling, new items, and a few new creatures.
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Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Yeah it's good. Look past the graphics and how broken parry is and enjoy the rich story and tactical gameplay and all that jazz.
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Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Geneforge 2, the first Geneforge game I played. The mystery and unique world caught my eight year old self off guard. I wasn't sure what I expected but it sure wasn't this. I absolutely loved it, though. The intrigue and politics flew right over my head. All I knew was that I had to find Barzahl. Now that I understood the true magitude of the complex plotline, I really started to enjoy the game. When I first discovered the depressing fate of my poor mentor, I was crushed. I despised Barzahl for what he had done to me and wished for revenge. Unfortunately, I think I died. A lot. Then again, everyone dies in Geneforge. Overall, it's a great game. Get it, please. You won't regret it, hopefully.
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Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Amazing lore, challenging gameplay, and genuinely dificult moral dilemmas makes this game a must-buy for any RPG fan.
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