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In a time of chaotic upheaval, the player takes the role of a great mage, a warlord vying for ultimate power.
Release Date: May 8, 2012
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Includes 6 items: Warlock - Master of the Arcane, Warlock: Master of the Arcane - Powerful Lords, Warlock: Master of the Arcane - Power of the Serpent, Warlock - Master of the Arcane: Master of Artifacts, Warlock - Master of the Arcane: Return of the Elves, Warlock - Master of the Arcane: Armageddon

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Includes 11 items: Majesty 2, Majesty Gold HD, Majesty 2: Kingmaker, Majesty 2: Monster Kingdom, Majesty 2: Battles of Ardania, Defenders of Ardania: Battlemagic, Warlock - Master of the Arcane, Defenders of Ardania, Warlock: Master of the Arcane - Powerful Lords, Warlock: Master of the Arcane - Power of the Serpent, Defenders of Ardania: The Conjurer's Tricks

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Warlock 2: The Exiled Now Available on Every Shard of Earth

April 10th, 2014

Paradox Interactive today announced that wrongly exiled magicians and sorcerers everywhere can begin their quests to retake Ardania in Warlock 2: The Exiled, the turn-based strategy-fantasy wargame from Ino-Co Plus. Available today via digital retailers worldwide, Warlock 2: The Exiled challenges players to conduct wizardly warfare with a selection of magical creatures, devastating spells, and cunning strategy as they face off against their fellow Great Mages.

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Warlock 2: the Exiled Releasing on April 10th Pre-order available with instant access!

March 27th, 2014

Journey back to the realm of Ardania, the land that cannot go an entire week without being conquered, and conquer it once again! Warlock 2 will challenge strategic sorcerers and megalomaniacal mages to conquer Ardania in an all-out war of cunning, combat, diplomacy, and excessively enormous fireballs. Single-player and multi-player gameplay will each challenge would-be warlocks to manage an entire realm full of deadly beasts, promising to make Warlock 2: The Exiled an exercise in constant war mongering and turn-based tragedy.

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About the Game

The latest game in the popular Majesty series, Warlock: Master of the Arcane introduces turned-based strategy and global conquest to the fantastic world of Ardania. In a time of chaotic upheaval, the player takes the role of a great mage, a warlord vying for ultimate power. Your mission is to build an empire, expand your borders, research new spells and conquer your enemies. Become the ultimate Warlock and rule over all of Ardania!

Key Features:

  • Feel the magic: Research and master dozens of spells, conjure powerful enchantments and discover awesome spell combinations.
  • Ready an army: Command a expansive range of units, all with unique abilities. Mobilize the forces of three races, along with special summoned troops and wild creatures.
  • Choose your strategy: There are various ways to achieve victory: by military, diplomatic or even magical means.
  • Fight your enemies: Engage in epic battles with large armies marching across the landscape. Players may develop their own tactics and learn to use a large number of units’ special abilities. Add some magic to this, and you will experience a true symphony of war.
  • Command the game: Enjoy an innovative city management system, where there are no routine actions, and every decision counts!
  • Have faith: Fight on the side of one of the eight gods. Complete their quests and spread their temples across the lands. -- Or throw all gods aside and become one yourself!
  • Follow the traditions: Warlock – Master of the Arcane inherits all the best elements of the famous turn based strategies of old. It has modern feel and look, but deep down it is a classic game where each player may master his or her own kingdom through magical and military skill.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:Dual Core CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GT240 512Mb or comparable
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Quad Core CPU
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce GTX460 1Gb or compartible
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
211 products in account
33 reviews
27.5 hrs on record
NOTE: Since people will see this game and say: "this looks like Civilization 5." I will say it right now that the only similarity between this game and Civilization 5 are the Hexagon Based Grid Map, Leadership Choice and User Interface (UI). Everything else is completely different.

INTRODUCTION:
Warlock: Master of the Arcane, despite sharing the same look as the more popular Civilization series, is definitely NOT the same game. Warlock: Master of the Arcane plays differently with its own mechanic that delivers a lot of fun to strategy and fantasy world players alike.

It is an X4 Strategy game originally released in 2012. It lets the player take the role of one of several 'Great Mages' who vie for control of the world of Ardania (from the Majesty Series of games) using vast armies and mighty spells to aid them in their struggle.

PROS:
+ Fantasy Theme: -This game places you in a fantasy world populated by different mystic and magical creatures. Raise an empire of the Undead, Monsters, Humans or Elves and utilize a wide variety of magical spells to buff your forces or smite your foes.

+ Combat Focused Gameplay: -The Empire building on this game is based primarily on combat, fighting with the other factions and the different monsters that constantly threaten your borders. It delivers a very satisfying gameplay since most Magical Spells will make for some very interesting strategy. (Ex. Having problem crossing that lake? = Waterwalk.)

+ Extensive Upgrades: - Each military unit has so many upgrade choices each time they level-up that once they reach max level, they can be called Hero units in their own right. Add to this your Tech upgrades and Spell buffs, then you will have beast of an army.

+ Epic World: -The game offers your standard Small, Medium, Large and Huge map sizes but it also allows you to add more 'Worlds' that you can invade. Just look for the portal that goes there and fight extremely dangerous monsters inside before reaping the rewards.

CONS:
- No Vsync: -This is inexcusable. The game suffers greatly from Screen Tearing and yet the options menu offers no Vertical Synchronization option to mitigate this. The player will be forced to use manual Vsync provided by the Nvidia Control Panel (or its AMD equivalent).

- Brain-Dead AI: -The AI really needs some more work to be done. I have seen the AI countless of times mobilize for an invasion, only to cancel it the last moment and just have its army run around in circles rather than coordinate a proper attack. The monsters roaming the country side poses more of a threat than the Faction AI. (It might be different on Hard or Impossible)

- Lack of Variety: -There are 16 different Great Mages you can play OR your own Custom Mage, but the bonuses or faction specialty is so negligible that it almost makes no difference. Add to this, there are only THREE, playable starting races in the game.

- Poor Research Tree: -Instead of Tech, you research Spells, which is good, but there is no Research Tree available. as far as I know, the game randomly generates 5 spells and will require the player to choose one of those spells to research.

CONCLUSION:
In its own rights, Warlock: Master of the Arcane is a very refreshing take on the 4X Turn-based Strategy Genre. I definitely feel this game deserve your attention if you are a 4X or Strategy fan in general. It provides a fun and enjoyable experience.
Posted: March 26th, 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
369 products in account
3 reviews
12.8 hrs on record
This is a pretty decent turn-based stategy, quite similar to Civ 5 in style, but in a fantasy setting. It does have a few downsides- the UI is a little bit clunky with you using left click to do everything which is quite unwieldy. It would be better if you used the strategy convention of left click to select and right click to give commands. You can only cast one spell per turn, which means that I don't bother casting most of the available spells, because healing and damage spells are the most useful. It's still worth getting.
Posted: March 24th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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32 reviews
8.7 hrs on record
This is a fun, little strategy game where you try and defeat your opponents. The game can somewhat be compared to Civilization 5 but in a fantasy setting. The combat is done the same way.
Warlock also features "other reams". Which may contain stronger monsters but also more/better items/resources.
Upgrading units can only by done by upgrading buildings in cities, which are placed on the map, so you can't build everything in every city. Additionally, every city can have a specific race like elf or orc, which also changes what units they can produce.
Additionally, you have Hero units which can be recruited by random events which can be equipped by items you may find scattered on the field.

Of course, is no fantasy game complete without magic. Thus you can research spells and cast them them to damage enemies, buff units or summon an army.
It all is a fun concept and it plays very nice too.

However, ever game has its flaws and so does this game.
The AI, for example, loves to declare war at you, even when they can't reach you and then settle for peace. All the time.
The battling/Sieging AI is also not the best, sometimes retreating randomly when they destroyed nearly all defences.

Technically, that would be the biggest problem as the rest, are all small annoyences, rather than actual problems.
For example, I notice you can only end the turn when every city is atleast building something when there is a slot available or that units you control must move every turn. (I could be wrong here but I never noticed the opposite)
That is just one of the small ones. Most are hard to explain and only really be noticed when you played the game.

It's a great game with only some small annoyences and I would really recommend it if you enjoy strategy games in a fantasy setting. Additionally, a Warlock 2 is coming soon, so if you read about these annoyences, you could hope 2 removes those.
Posted: March 9th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
179.5 hrs on record
Like Civ, with magic to research rather than technology... and alot slimmed down macro management of cities/empire. It really is all about war, lots of fun. Oh yes and the way the city builds up to cover the land around is fantastic, other games could do well to follow a similar system to be honest!
Posted: April 3rd, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
54.4 hrs on record
This is CIV series gone fantasy with RPG elements, combined with the story and characters from . There are only a few control issues, however, by far one of the most rewarding experiences out side of CIV I have ever had. This should have had better ratings, and more press.
Posted: March 11th, 2014
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99 of 108 people (92%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
Warlock - Master of the Arcane is mostly a fantasy army strategy game. The city/empire building management isn't the stand out portion of the game. In that respect the magical spells that you can research and cast don't really stand out to me much either.

If you are looking for a fantasy version of Civ with decent combat options for units and don't really care about the building and management of your empire then this game might be right up your alley. If you are looking for an in-depth strategy game with far reaching diplomacy options and deep empire management and combat isn't your primary concern then maybe this isn't the game for you.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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