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: Mixed (571 reviews) - 64% of the 571 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 10, 2014

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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
44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Full disclosure: I never played Warlock 1, so I'm not comparing this game to it's predecessor. Secondary, I'm a latecomer, so by now I have not observed any issues and bugs that no doubt where present at launch - at the current date of September 2015 the game works just fine, excluding the odd twist of slowing down your typing if you alt tab out of it, nothing else is affected as far as I can tell. And thirdly I picked it up on sale with a huge Paradox bundle, so my expectations where not colored by trying to figure out if I got my moneys worth.

Having sad all that I found the game highly enjoyable, what sets it aside from other 4x is the spell casting system that lets you take very active role in the world, up to and including fully transforming it, you are a great mage and you do feel like one playing it.
The unit verity is great, attention to details and races is very noticeable, the world is deep and detailed and well thought through (it is the world of Majesty 1 & 2 btw.) the sense of humor is subtle and clever and does not get in the way of immersion.
The IA is uncomplicated - it is unlikely to wipe you out but can put up a fight if you are the one going against it, yet the spells can make it a very interesting multiplayer experience.

Do keep in mind that if you played a 4x before you need to start on Challenging difficulty or higher, normal is really designed for people who don't get the principle behind the game at all - you as a player have an inherit advantage over AI so it needs a boost desperately.
And remember to concentrate on quality instead of quantity - spawning a horde of tiny low upkeep units does not work well with having to travel through portals :)

Oh yes, and DLC - the Naga expansion is done quite well - another fun and unique race and a game mode that is quite different from the rest (can be very frustrating thou if you are not playing as naga yourself, take the "clean land" spell at the start or you will suffer). The small 5$ dlc is not worth the asking price, if you are after the content, but if you want to throw some money as a donation to the devs than go for it :)
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2015
TL;DR Don’t get this game get Warlock: Master of the Arcane. It’s the same and better.

I do not recommend this game, because I believe the previous game in the series, Warlock: Master of the Arcane is more fun. Even though this game tries to improve on the previous edition with more races, more features, and even some better systems, it also creates other problems that overshadow the improvements. Being less fun would be ok if this game was different from the original... it's not. Alot of the art and models are literally the same, the gameplay is almost identically, even entire tech trees for races remain the same. This game feels like a bunch of mods/dlc added to the old game instead of a new game. So since its not different and is worse, just get Warlock: Master of the Arcane.

First, what the game got right, because credit where credit is due:
Spell research is much improved over the previous edition. You pick and plan your spell research instead of being given 5 random options to pick from.

Monster lair spawn rate can be adjusted to be less annoying in the late game, or you can have more of it if that's what your into.

Some of the additional races, spells, perks, and resources add some complexity and are interesting.
Temples allow you to gain reputation with specific gods, even in early/mid game.

Now the bad:
Too many strong neutral monsters are found everywhere. You're early game, the most crucial part of any run, depends almost entirely on whether you can find city locations away from strong mobs. Too make maters worse, sometimes monsters wander, so it's even more random whether you are going to get crushed. Worst of all, because the Player AI is not great, the neutral mobs end up being a more of a challange than your computer opponents, even on higher difficulties! I want to fight other Players not the environment! While this is somewhat true of W:MotA, its much worse in W:tE.

The unrest mechanic adds nothing. One new feature is that unrest can build in your cities which if it gets to 100 unrest overall leads to bad things. What bad things? I'm not sure, and neither is anyone else. Sometimes mobs spawn, sometimes growth is affected, sometimes... nothing. After looking online and trying to figure out how exactly it works, it seems to be pretty universally ignored mechanic. The only way to stiffle unrest is by slowing expansion and its simply not worth it. I've now completely ignored unrest for 3 games and have been no worse off for it.

Exiled mode is tedious. Like Armageddon mode in the previous version, now there is alternate mode that has different objectives to the normal game mode. But all you do is slug your way across many different "worlds" until you get to the final set of uber bosses. Once you have an economy going there is almost no chance of failure because you never get attacked, you just have to wait to build very powerful units to take on the bad guys. Its slow and requires almost no strategy.

The game help and info system sucks and there is too much complexity. With 20 something resources, which each may or may not have a unique application for each of the 7 different races, you find yourself having to constantly look at the tech tree. There is too much. If it all added something to the game, then maybe it would be worth it but often times you find that different units, with different upgrades, and different perks, do the exact same thing and are just as strong.

In conclusion, this game only adds minor improvements to the original while also adding many more unneeded features that just make it worse.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
I know a lot of people are disappointed that it's so similar to the first Warlock. I can't argue with that, but I do enjoy the new races a lot. I also think that the new campaign mode works really well. I enjoy working your way up to the fight the 'big bad', and splitting the map up into small shards is a refreshing change of pace.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2,125.1 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 and 8 both work well), it's a ton of fun and you'll encounter few bugs. I can safely say this after 1500+ 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)
- Decent and challenging campaigns
- 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 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.


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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
As a big fan of Warlock: Masters of the Arcane, I was hoping for some more of the same with variation on a theme. However I didn't get that far. The game is listed as Linux compatible, which is only barely true. Withing three hours I met 2 gamestopping bugs.

The first was a game crashing on every load as the quest dialouges renewed. So I ditched that save and opted into the beta hoping for a better experience, Nope, the world-portal of everlasting troll got in my way, no matter how many times I killed to troll the quest failed and another troll would take it's place. Other misc quests also failed to work.

I know linux is a second-class OS in the gaming world, but I expect games to at least be playable BEFORE being listed as compatible.

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