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.
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Release Date: Apr 10, 2014

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"A decent enough fantasy 4x with many similarities to Civ5. A good game to sink a lot of hours into, though not really excellent in any specific aspect."
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October 21

Warlock 2: The Exiled - Wrath of the Nagas released Today!



Hextraordinary Hexpansion Hexplodes into Hexistence with New Campaign, Race, Mages, and Mac/Linux Support

STOCKHOLM — October 21, 2014 — Paradox Interactive today announced that “Wrath of the Nagas,” the new expansion for Warlock 2 that’s loaded with serpentertainment, is available worldwide for Windows PC and, for the first time, Mac and Linux. Wrath of the Nagas, which adds a new race of slithering sorcerers to the turn-based strategy wargame from Ino-Co Plus, is now available for $14.99 from digital retailers worldwide. Including a new game campaign, a new race to play as (or against), and new in-game units, mages, and lords, Wrath of the Nagas can be enjoyed today by all players of Warlock 2 without any sort of hisssssterics.

Wrath of the Nagas introduces the ancient Naga race to the worlds of Warlock 2 - a sinister people who have lurked outside the realm of Ardania since time immemorial, waiting for their chance to break back through the barriers and unmake reality. By purchasing the Wrath of the Nagas expansion, you have given them that chance. Way to go. Allow us to rattle off some of Wrath of the Nagas’ features:

· New Campaign - “A clear threat”: Battle the Naga threat on the shards of the broken worlds. Find and destroy them before their waters engulf everything or play as them and wreak havoc on puny non-reptilians.
· The Naga race: A new unique race, the Naga build the majority of their improvements on water and have a fearsome fleet of amphibious units.
· New Great mages: The mighty gorgon Sfeno & the Naga general Rhin-gaa-rook are playable as leaders for the Naga race.
· Two new lords: The swift Ace Harpy and the powerful Secret Physician can be chosen as starting perks, or encountered in-game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i1rqn23ukk

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June 19

What's happened since the release?

Q: What has happened since the release of Warlock 2?
A: A lot!

The shortest of short versions in this:

  • New game mode added: "Battle for the out planes"
  • The editors functionality has been expanded on request.
  • The AI has been improved over several iterations, most notably it's now much better at handling water & mountains.
  • Two new world types added to the world (Elven & Dremer worlds).
  • Monster spawn rate is now adjustable by the player.
  • By request, the optimal city count can now be turned on or off!
  • And of course: bugfixing where it was needed.
We are continuing to patch our baby, and we hope you like it as much as we do!

For a complete patch history, please take a look here:
http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?765276-Patchnotes-June-19-%28v.-2.1.160%29-older-patch-notes

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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

PC
Mac
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
For the person who is NOT familiar with Warlock:

Warlock is easily comparable to Civilization or any other turn-based strategy games (4k). Think Civ 4 with magic instead of nukes, werewolves instead of tanks, and heroes that kill everything. The only real difference is that YOU have the power. Any single creature on the map is ultimately powerless against the almighty Great Mage (you). They are unable to attack you directly, leaving you to cast hellfire and lay waste to your enemies. However, you are not alone. Others like you have taken up their roles as leaders. It is a strategy game in which the king himself is not useless and everything is your pawn. It has diverse abilities for the Great mage. Abilities such as healing, fireball, frost nova, and even ones that allow you to modify tiles around you. Using this to your advantage you are to beat the other mages to a bloody pulp with your wit and charm... OR JUST RAMPAGE THROUGH EVERYTHING WITH AN OP ARMY OF GIANT HELIAN WEREWOLVES... or is that just me....
Anyway, interactions with other mages can either lead you towards joint prosperity or a WAR. Random occurances can just as easily wipe out a city as any of your enemies. Oh, all your troops on the front lines? Have two annoying dragons harrass your Capital. It's alright. I'm sure you'll survive...

Gods are important, and thus your relation to them can alter the tides of battle in your favor. They can provide you with epic level units or give you a spell that can obliterate your enemy. With many Gods to choose from you will learn who suits your playstyle very easily.

There are several worlds that coincide with one another. These worlds are split up and can be navigated between via portals. There are several miniature locations all set around different biomes and then the main land. Ardiania. Fun place. Green grass, blue water, giant serpent monsters, massive spiders... You know, epic vacation level stuff. Beautiful terrain where everything seems to want to kill you. Why did you ever leave?


TL;DR
Warlock is one of those games you can spend hours at a time and never get bored. It never slows down and always has you focused on complete anihilation of your foes, or desperate survival from hordes of enemy forces. Every turn is something new. If the game slows down, it'll throw a personal quest at you, sometimes a band of misfits, maybe an elemental, or sometimes an enemy epic level creature that can eat a city in one turn.Anything Goes. It's mostly unexpected and on the harder difficulties any wrong step means certain death. Are you up for the challenge?



For those who know Warlock:

UI is the same as Warlock 1, however, it has multiple modes, new races, new units, an actual storyline, and the best part? It is mod compatible, something the community of Warlock: Master of the Arcane asked for, for a long long time.

At first glance you might think "there isn't anything new here... It looks just the same.." but it makes it easy to just pick it up and go. If you are familiar with Warlock 1, this should be a cakewalk... With one exception. You mage is limited, you have to learn a specific number of spells in a few catagories in order to gain access to the more powerful ones beyond. These catagories are Wizardry, Sorcery, and Divine. This means you have to plan ahead, also... It means that the spells that you choose while customizing your wizard are actually worth choosing now and you are limited to 5 different choices, especially when what you want isn't what was listed as a choice.

The game is also modable. You can add your own race, units, heroes, and portraits for your own great mage.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Being a huge Civilization fan, I was very happy to find out about another series that is very very similar in gameplay style - but not that similar so is different having it's own theme.

Having played all the Civ games it was very easy to jump straight into this, for those new to this genre you should play the tutorial and read a little online tips and tricks, to get you off to a smooth start.

You build up your own civilization, you create soldiers to defend and attack, pioneers to found new cities, you construct buildings to help your city grow and research spells to help you advance.

There are many modes to choose from, you can play relaxed to impossible. You can custom design your starting lands which also come in a few flavours, exiled, sandbox and one other - you choose your Mage (leader) and how many Mages you compete against.

Your armies are supplement by arriving lords, whom you can equip with special artifacts. They are very powerful fighting units- and wise to keep them alive as long as possible.

You move your units and research/construct in turns- you make your moves and then the opposition make theirs and it is your turn again.
There are many enemies to deal with, not just from the Mages civ- many creatures that spawn themselves for you to battle as you discover new lands.

It is not a quick game- you need to spend a lot of time just to play through one full game, but it is addictive and easy to keep having that one more turn before you log out! It is very interesting and quite fun.

A couple of annoyances like always having to give your units orders each turn- unless i am missing something there.

There is a multiplayer option too.

i rate this game 8/10 and highly recommend it for strategy game lovers.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I really don't understand why people moaning on this one. If you enjoyed Warlock: Master of the Arcane and looking for a successor + new features, Warlock 2: The Exiled is the best choice, trust me.
Almost everything is better besides new content, it's certainly worth the price.

This game is for you if:
1. You like fantasy theme.
2. You don't care about depth of the diplomacy options.
3. Looking for warlock 1 successor.

★★★★★
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This is an excellent remake of the original Warlock game. If you are fan of the first or just a fan of Civilization style games, this game is for you. Think Civilisation with magic and monsters. Virtually every part of the game has been tweeked to be just a bit better than the original. Exactly what a sequel is supposed to be. I saw a previous review mention micro-trasactions. The in game store has one item in it so far, and its a free mod for alternate voice overs. It's likely the in game store will be for upcoming DLC's. There are NO microtransactions that i can see.

I haven't messed with the built in Mod creator yet, when i do i'll update my review and let you know what I think.

So far i'd say the game is a 9 out of 10. fun and entertaining. easy to get into.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Fun game. Essentially Warlock 2 is Civilization V with a fantasy twist, and the twist makes all the difference. Never enjoyed Civ 5, but I am liking Warlock a lot. Warlock 2 does a great job at making you feel like a badass mage, packing some powerful spells like the ability to warp the landscape and erect a volcano, or call in a lightning storm, and grant your troops the ability of flight. There's also a fun quest system, and NPC mages that will harass you until you complete certain quests.

If you never played the first one, then this is a great game to pick up. Most of the negative reviews come from people who felt Warlock 2 didn't add enough to Warlock 1 to justify the "2," but it's nevertheless a good game.

Contrasting to AoW3, then I find that AoW3 does everything better than Warlock. More customization, more detailed battles, more maps, two length single player campaigns (Warlock has none), and a better selection of avatars. However, you might still prefer Warlock over AoW because Warlock is more streamlined for quicker turns and games. It's probably, therefore, a better choice for multiplayer, unless you want long drawn out games amongst close friends with AoW3. All in all, if you're an impatient player, you might prefer Warlock, but either way you can't go wrong.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
146.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
If you have not played Warlock 1 like me, this game is amazing. It has a wealth of hero units, special units, normal units, environments, spells, runes and everything you could want from a strategy game. I truly is a gem of a game and has been an unexpected pleasure that I am very happy to enjoy.

However, if you have played Warlock 1, I hear this is like and extended, improved version of the same game and that is why the people who reviewed it negatively have done so.

To summaries, the game is excellent but it is not worth getting if you have played Warlock 1 as it is like an improved version of the same game.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Feels like Civ5 but with Sword and Sorcery. It actually feels slicker than Civ5 and the shard like broken world is actually a pretty damn fun mechanic to work with. Haven't given Multi-player a shot yet but if it works ok this game is a true gem.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This game appears just another 4x game.
But many hours into it and you realise the complexity it has, it is my Favourite 4x at the moment.
The maps, the animations, everything is built so gorguess that i lose hours in it.

Dont even think, just buy it, put many hours in and you have one of the best 4x games around.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Not a bad game. Like the Civilization-series but with a much heavier focus on combat. It's well balanced, polished with good design, my only problem is the wind elementals driving me nuts.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
143.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Basically an updated, more beautiful, spiritual successor to Master of Magic. I have put nearly 100 hrs into it and loved every one of them.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I'm a longtime player of a variety of different types of strategy titles...

This one doesn't really do anything well enough to stand out from the pack.

- The spell and research system has a little potential, but it's not really realized.
- The tech tree, construction, city development etc. isn't anything special.
- The units don't have anything new for mechanics or elements.
- The unit progresison/advancement and lord development don't appear to have anything special about them either.

The big downside to me is the pathing and command system for units, it's a little clunky, and if you click through units it doesn't always center you on the selected unit, which leads to movement errors. It also gets increasingly clunky the more you have on the go to manage movement, especially with allies units involved - you'll wind up being blocked by their units from reaching goals - or using your units to block them.

All in all, it's a mediocre title that falls short of many similar titles already out - Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes and Eador: Masters of the Broken World are titles that share a good deal in common with this one (Eador's "shards" and Warlocks are strikingly similar) - but both of those titles do a better job than this one, in my opinion.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Not worth it unless it's on sale. To me, there are barely enough differences from the original to even tell it's a separate game. No new depth to speak of, same units for the most part, same resources, same as the first game. For a fantasy based TBS, I prefer AoW 3.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
think its a very good game but i see no way to upgrade to great mage edition after you already have the base game so that is kind of disapointing
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
cool game 10/10 love the mood of it
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I really wanted to like this game, I really did. I couldn't, I couldn't stand to play any longer. It's Paradox and God knows I love them, it's their attempt at a Civilization type game. I guess you need a certain taste and a lot of patience to play this game.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
UPDATE: The developer is well aware of the issue and apparently working hard to resolve it, so while I still can't play the game, I don't think they deserve a bad review at this time. I'll be sure to say something nice here once they get it fixed! :-)

Initial comment:
Crashes without fail every time I start playing. Paradox tech support says that the "final Mac version hasn't come down yet." Which makes me wonder what this is... at any rate I can hardly recommend the game when it's utterly unplayable in its current state.
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3 of 11 people (27%) found this review helpful
128.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
game crach frequently and erase the save file 75% of the time
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
The game looks fun, but the game has some crash bugs. During the tuturial. The game minimizes and then you can't continue. I say the game needs some bug fixing.
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
I like the simple gameplay. It's almost like playing Civilization...
...except that it is buggy. I've had my game crash on almost every occasion I played it. The game was supposed to autosave after each turn, but when I tried to continue from where it crashed, it took me back to an earlier game that I saved. It just wasted my time.
I'm sorry, but this game is not worth the money I paid for it. :(

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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Keeps crashing, can't play it.
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