Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic and faith as your weapons.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (587 reviews) - 64% of the 587 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 10, 2014

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Packages that include this game

Buy World of Ardania Bundle

Includes 7 items: Defenders of Ardania, Impire, Majesty 2 Collection, Majesty Gold HD, Warlock - Master of the Arcane, Warlock 2 E-book: The Great Mage Game, Warlock 2: The Exiled

Buy Paradox Platinum Pack

Includes 6 items: Cities in Motion 2, Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition, Magicka, Warlock 2: The Exiled

 

Reviews

“Warlock 2 is an incredible well crafted game that is easy to bury hours into. Like any other good strategy game it can take some time to find the right strategy that will suit your play style, but that process of discovery is what makes these games so enticing.”
9/10 – Digitally Downloaded

“Warlock II might take place in a silly universe where narrators like to impersonate Sean Connery and kingdoms are ruled by regal rats or chatting skeletons, but Ino-Co has taken its construction very seriously. It’s exactly what a sequel should be, keeping the spirit of the original but improving every aspect.”
8/10 – PCGamesN

“Warlock 2 is definitely a step in the right direction – it takes everything that was good about the first game, and refines it a bit, while also leaving the original experience intact.”
8/10 – Strategy Informer

Previews:

Rock Paper Shotgun:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/03/20/preview-paradox-warlock-exiled-strategy/ :
"Warlock II is everything I wanted from a sequel to Masters of the Arcane..."

PC Gamer:
http://www.pcgamer.com/uk/previews/warlock-2-hands-on-set-fire-to-angry-dragons-in-this-cheery-turn-based-sequel/
"... quirky sense of humour and a good variety of enemies, units, spells and randomised occurrences."

Quill18:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpBMZKE3irc&feature=youtu.be&a
“I am enjoying this very much”

About This Game

The worlds have been shattered, and you have been exiled to one of these shards. The time has come to return to Ardania and seek vengeance on those who cast you out. Battle through the fractured realms inhabited by other exiles, hostile Mages and terrifying creatures. Once back in Ardania you will face your greatest threat: The United One and his four Vicars. Conquer all who oppose you, reclaim your home and take your revenge.

Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic and faith as your weapons. 

Experience the challenge in single or multiplayer. Play the new "The Exiled" mode or enjoy the game in the Sandbox mode.

Features


  • A fantasy wargame like no other – A diplomatic victory is not an option, you cannot relax until your enemies lie crushed under the might of your strategic brilliance! The turn-based hex maps gives you time to ponder your next move and your weapons are the vast armies that relentlessly march to conquer all that oppose you.

  • You are the Great mage – Select who you are from a roster of over a dozen Great Mages, all with different abilities and spells, and choose which people you command on your path to victory. If no Great Mage suits your taste you can even custom build your own from scratch.

  • Proudly wield your magical power – Not only a superb battlefield commander, your immense magical powers will also aid you in your conquest. Carefully research over 170 spells and choose what to specialize in, from direct attack spells to terraforming, or maybe align yourself to one of the Gods to harness their powerful blessings. With time, you are even capable of customizing each spell using powerful glyphs.

  • Diverse worlds requires different approaches – The several different and randomly generated maps all have their unique challenges and opposition to defeat. Use the terrain to your advantage!

  • Different campaigns – Choose from either engaging your foes on a grand map in the sandbox game mode or the path of the Exiled, a revenge tale full of twists and turns, where you strike back at those who banished you from the world of Ardania.

  • Raise armies – The people you lead and conquer all bring their unique units to your command. Choose if you want to field a stalwart Human army, command the Undead hordes, use the mysterious Planestriders, or mix and match them all plus others to your delight. There are a total of six different races to pick from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

  • Hire heroes – When your reputation grows, random heroes will be attracted to your cause, bringing with them their own special flavor to add to battles. Equip them with legendary artifacts, found or crafted, and make them your battlefield commanders.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU with 2,66GHz clock speed or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 6570
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel I3-3240 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 550 Ti or ATI Radeon HD 6850
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS: Maveric or 10.8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU with 2,66GHz clock speed or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 6570 equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu & Fedora
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU with 2,66GHz clock speed or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600 GT or ATI Radeon HD 6570
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu & Fedora
    • Processor: Intel I3-3240 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 3.2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 550 Ti or ATI Radeon HD 6850
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,583.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
Warlock 2 is a truly fantastic game, despite what some of these reviews may say. If you're a lover of 4X strategy games and fantasy lore, get this game -- you won't be sorry.


IMPORTANT!
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One of the reasons this game has so many harsh ratings is because it can be a little buggy. But on the right system (Windows 7, 8 and 10 all work well), it's a ton of fun and you'll encounter few bugs. I can safely say this after 2000+ hours of game play.

However, the Linux and Mac versions do not work. The developers were forced to abandon the game before they were fixed, so avoid this game if you're using one of those OS's.


PROS
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There are more pros than I have time to list for this game, but here are the ones that stick out the most:

- Tons of flavorful units
- Varied races
- Simple but highly strategic combat system
- Wide variety of fantasy resources
- Interesting spells
- Great game modes (Sandbox is a single big map with subworlds; Battle for Outplanes is on "shard" worlds that offers an entirely different experience and is probably more beginner-friendly)
- Challenging campaign modes
- Rich and comical lore
- Excellent replay value
- Tons of fun -- one of the best games I've ever played (and I've played A LOT of games over the years)


CONS
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BUGS

There are a few subborn bugs and the developers are no longer able to work on the title to fix them. On Windows, none of the bugs are truly game-breaking.

To give you an idea, roughly 1 in 20 games I've played have crashed at some point. (Games are usually 20+ hours long.) The good news is that you can usually "correct" a game-crash bug by loading an autosave from just a turn or two prior and doing your turn a little differently.

Note that there are also a few mods that fix a number of minor bugs -- Renaissance Mod fixes many of them.


SUBPAR AI

As a beginner, the AI seems quite strong. But once you know what you're doing, the AI is lackluster and you'll catch it making some bone-headed moves, even on the most difficult setting.

Again, a few mods exist that have improved the AI -- Legendary Mode AI is one and Renaissance Mod is another. The AI still makes the occasional poor move, but the games themselves are much more challenging with either of these mods.


NOT FOR LINUX / MAC

Despite what the description says, users agree that the game is not in a playable state for Linux and Mac users.


DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WARLOCK 1
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The first Warlock was widely criticized on two counts:

1) It looked like a Civ 5 clone. True, it does have a very similar feel to the UI in Civ 5, and it has retained this feel for the sequel. But the gameplay is quite different than a Civ title, with only slight similarities.

2) The game lacked strategic depth. To win, all you really needed to do was to "city spam" your way to victory. There was no downside for having multiple cities, making most games feel like a race to see who could expand the fastest.

You could also "perk" (buff) as many units as you wanted just by capturing a single resource tile.

Warlock 2, however, changed both of these things for the better by adding some much-needed limitations.


GREATER LIMITATIONS

Some people who enjoyed the freedom Warlock 1 granted with regards to city spamming and limitless unit perks are likely to be turned off by the sequel. I know I was... until I learned how to "replay" the game.

In fact, fans of the first title pushed back so hard on the city limit that the developers even added the ability to turn this off when you create a new game. But just as the developers noted that disabling the city limit is "not recommended," I will echo the same. The gameplay is so much richer with some scarcity and consequences for overextending -- just as it is in the best 4X games.


MORE STRATEGIC DEPTH

As I learned to play with the newly laid out limitations on number of cities and availablity of perks, along with the new unrest system, I discovered that the developers really did know what they were doing. The game has TONS more strategic depth with these limitations in place. So again -- take some of these negative reviews with a grain of salt.

The developers really did a lot to improve the game with these simple changes. When people say Warlock 2 is just a clone of Warlock 1, they are sorely mistaken.


MUCH IMPROVED RESEARCH TREE

In Warlock 1, researching spells is entirely random. When it's time to research a new spell, you're given a small selection of random spells and are able to chose one.

The sequel offers an actual research tree, with clearly laid out paths to acquire new spells. This gives you the ability to navigate the tree and see all the spells, allowing you to strategically chose your preferred research path. Many players consider this the best improvement over the original.


SUMMARY
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Aside from World of Warcraft, I don't think I've ever spent so much time playing (and enjoying) a game.

Is Warlock 2 perfect?

No.

The cons I described above should be fair warning to those who are concerned about getting this game.

Is Warlock 2 worth your time and money?

YES. Absolutely.

Sure, It does have some imperfections -- many of which I've managed to correct myself in my own popular mod for the game, Renaissance Mod:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=493257789
Note that Renaissance adds loads of fun new content to the game, too.


TL;DR - If you're running Windows and you love fantasy and 4X games, get this game and the DLC -- especially if it's on sale. You'll be doing yourself a disservice not to give it a try.

If it was as bad as some of these other reviews would have you believe, there wouldn't be such a loyal fanbase for the game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Just like the original:
This is a really fun 4X game that feels a bit like the Heroes of Might and Magic games with exploring of different planes, dungeons and worlds, as well as magic and spells being thrown around and researched.
Instead of nukes and missiles you got fireballs and world changing spells/events.

But it have more of mostly everything.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
You know, I really am ticked right now. I truly enjoy the game, been hooked on it for the past three days, and I truly enjoy the first one, but I have never run into so many bugs and crashes from a game before. I do this, crash. I do that, crash. I'm not one to be writing reviews, ever, but this game truly has made me mad and disappointed. I enjoy it, I truly do, but the crashes are out of hand, and the editor!! I love making maps, I have made many from HOMM to Kohan and I have never been so frustrated with a game as I have been and am with this game. I want to play it, but after it crashed on me over 25 times in the past hour (NOT KIDDING) I truly regret ever buying this game, and that is truly sad becuase it's truly a fun game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
69.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Just one more turn...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
114.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
This is a great game. It sinks its claws in and you suddnley loose hours and hours.
For me it is hard to say exactly what makes this game so special to me. I enjoy the upgrading of the units and managing your cities and where to place defensive and worshiping cities.
The best way to describe the game is like this .. Civ 5 and Civ BE both have a kind of cool cinical feel., Warlock 2 is more rustic it has charm and most of all it is fun. That is why I love games so much to be entertaining and fun :)
The original is good also but to all those who say its not better, well who said a sequel had to be better? It is diffenent and it is not the same game, they are both great games!
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