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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Mixed (15 reviews) - 60% of the 15 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (598 reviews) - 64% of the 598 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 10, 2014

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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

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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
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codeinmyveins
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
After playing Warlock and enjoying it, in spite of some niggling issues, I looked forward to trying Warlock 2. Anticipating new features, cleanups of quirks, and hopefully expanded content, I purchased and began playing. At first things looked good, however, after getting further into the game I quickly encountered several issues that caused me to throw my hands up and remove the game from my system. To whit:

Building buffs (like unit armor, combat training, resistance potions) are now limited to a very small quantity. For example, i was only able to outfit 5 units with basic armor. So once equipting my 4 heroes, I had to pick one lucky unit to get the last set.

Random monsters that spawn quite a bit more frequently than before (on default setting) now include creature types like shadow dragons, units with 300 hp, immune to a variety of usual attacks, and flying. So much for several of my cities.

After building up what seemed like a decent force of heroes, strong (100+ hp melee units) and ranged units (casters and archers), I daintly sent my forces into an outer plane. The horde of shadow dragons, deadwood elementals, gold dragons, and evil warlocks promptly showed me the error of my ways. And this was on the easiest difficulty level.

While the gameplay has indeed improved, it feels like the AI was improved by the use of power boosts rather than intelligence. I am not a big fan of 'meatgrinder' type campaigns, especially after the game was modified to restrict me to 5 starting cities (bumpable to 8). I simply could not generate enough quailty units fast enough to replace lost units.

If you appreciate running a constant stream of units to be killed while trying to achieve your goal, this game could certainly hold your interest. It does not appeal to me in that it pretty much makes the leveling, buffing, and equipting I prefer in building a fighting force completely moot.
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Brian
( 47.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Warlock 2 is a confused 4x game which has broken the playfield up into a series of small maps connected via portals which you must cross to defeat the final opponent. Nearing the portals with a unit triggers random events for activating the portal and other allies of the end boss will create random events of their own to trip you up.

Resource management is very strict. It may be difficult at first to balance your cities so that they are able to grow and remain happy. The number of cities you are able to control at a time is also kept very low (5-11 as the game progresses). Although this can be changed with an option in the game settings it is marked 'Not Recommended'. Developing advanced units can also be challenging as each is produced by a specific building which has other buildings as a pre-requisite and each building must be placed within a limited area in which other structures for wealth and food must also exist. This forces the player along rather narrow paths which greatly limit the viable choices that can be made.

This is my main complaint about the game. It feels too rigid. The player is locked into a very limited set of choices while forced to face randomly appearing enemies and AI opponents which greatly outmatch you at every step. This creates gameplay in which there is perhaps only one narrow path to victory and only by discovering that single formula can the player succeed. This is in opposition to the general appeal of a 4x game which to me is that you can discover many paths to victory.
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Destructor
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Game feels just as good as the first one, only problem is that the danmed Naga can sink/destroy world portals.
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tsalaroth
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
This game is obviously Civilization 5 with a skin, with not a lot of new features. Beyond Earth did a better job.
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Jay
( 76.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
If you loved Civ 5 but always wanted more of a fantasy take on it, buy this game.

AND there's this awesome mod which adds a whole lot more value to the DLCs.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=493257789

It's breathed new life into the game, easily adding 100 more hours of gameplay for me.
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marlborz
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
This game is good. I enjoyed it about half as much as civilization. It's the only comparable alternative in steam games if you want a look alike. The game looks and feels good playing too. The only thing i wish they would fix is in the in game editor. Some things cannot be edited while others are being edited making customizing your experience very difficult without messing up the entire game itself. Wish it would have been a little bit more organized in this respect.
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clownzfu
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Honestly Its a sad waste of 20$ if your a linux Gamer...... Nice job only allow me one resolution no real way to fix as i delete the xml and reboot game and it resets the screen res so huge that it cuts off 3/4ths the game.... Honestly I would like my money back but im guessing thats not gonna happen!
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wolfm
( 22.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This game looks a lot more like an expansion for Warlock Master of the Arcane than a true stand alone game. There are a couple of new game modes and a few new mages (although a few mages are also removed from the first game) but in reality this game feels and plays a lot like its predecesor and isn't really worth paying full price to buy it. If you really liked the first Warlock game then wait for a good steam sale and buy it then for a steep discount.
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Pumpkin
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME FOR LINUX

This game is really good (graphism, design, art, mood...) and I loved playing it on Windows, but it currently has a bug that makes it COMPLETELY UNPLAYABLE ON LINUX: ending a quest doesn't grant the reward and instead reboots the quest, and quests are the base mecanism for progressing in the game.

The devs stopped supporting the game and Paradox keeps selling it with the Linux tag. This is unacceptable.
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GEM
( 72.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Great turn based fun.

Yes "fun" is the best way to describe Warlock 2. I picked it up cheap on sale, and it was easy to learn, relaxing to play and very accessible for quick 10 minutes sessions over coffee in the morning.

It lacks the polish of Endless Legend, but it makes up for it in its simplicity and surprising variety. And it doesn't take itself too seriously either.

I haven't had any major glitches or crashes, although I hear other have. The editor works a treat too.

8.5/10

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Michaleczek
( 65.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I liked the Warlock 1 and this game is a worthy continuation.
It improves balance; makes game play more complex, and with all DLCs gives a lot of interesting game modes.

I recommend it as a best contender for modern remake of Master of Magic, without flaws of the original.
The elegant design beats my other favourites - Endless Legend, while preserving magic-centred mechanics that makes it interesting each time I play.

Let's hope that Warlock 3 will have even more interesting quests, and improved AI, even though current AI is already challenging to beat on even footing.
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NightFuel
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Well It's Warlock 1 with some changes, it has more bugs and some really game-breaking bugs (mostly for people who plays on Mac and Linux versions).

If you didn't play Warlock 1 then your missing a great 4X fantasy game (with one of the greatness DLCs I have ever seen, *wink* Dremers *wink*) and it's worth playing if you enjoy Civ 5 but you want something more then history. Warlock 2 seems to be in the middle when people talk about it as It's a great game but has massive flaws, I recommend you to grab the first game over this however if you like the first game alot (and you're not using a Mac or Linux) then you should grab this as well. If you're not sure then just wait for the sale, It's a great 4X game but it doesn't compare to the first game. Also the DLCs are mostly just extra (besides the Naga one), there is a great mod on the workshop called Renaissance Mod what needs the DLCs (this mod adds alot to the game and fixes couple of stuff).
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-=WavE=-
( 69.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Just one more turn...
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oolongbrothers
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Linux port sadly gamebreakingly bugged. Too bad, I really liked the mix of this game.
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mykill69
( 149.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
So very under rated. If you like Civ 5, but want to play in a Fantasy world instead, then this is the game for you.

Many of the critical reviews put me off at first, but after playing for a while I don't understand the complaints. If you see this on sale - I highly recommend you buy it.
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Trebla Nietsnie
( 126.6 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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jkurcek
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Game keeps crashing after 30-50 turns.
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jarcionek
( 77.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
I found this game quite addicting despite being almost the copy of Warlock - Master of the Arcane. Some new nice features added and overall a bit more polished.

Be ware that the game apparently doesn't work on Linux/Mac!
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suthagar
( 323.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
This is a lost oppertunity for Paradox. If you've played the orginal then you will know the appeal of the a game which combines the best of Civilization with elements from the 90s "Master of Magic" and Stardock's more recent Fallen Enchantress. The Warlock series is steeped in Ardanian lore from games such as the Majesty collection and so has quite a bit of inspiration to draw from. And this, sadly is where Warlock 2 falls short. It is little more than a carbon copy of the orginal with a few changes to the mechanics, some additional units, races and spells. As some have already posted it's more like a combo DLC than a stand alone game. Paradox could have done so much more by expanding gameplay, improving diplomacy and building on the mid and late game events introduced in the Armageddon expansion from the first Warlock game. It is clear that the game engine is the same as the original however.

The game is also buggy even as of the latest patch with, in my experiance at least, constant crashes, freezes and stalled AI turns. The AI, is also somewhat flawed and does not give the level of challenge in later stages of the game that you would want. By around turn 80 you know who is going to win. Your greatest challenge mostly comes from the monster lairs and the occasional random event.

So should you pay for this? Well it depends. If you like the Civ-type game with magical elements then yes you probably will find it interesting for a while and you will get a moderate amount of replayability. If you are a fan of the orginal and are looking for some modest evolutionary changes, then again you will continue to enjoy the franchise. If you, like myself, are looking for the next step in magic based strategy games with lots of intricate gameplay, deep diplomacy and challenging AI then you will be disappointed.

For those who do play I would strongly recommend the Renaissance Mod from Chumley - it's practically a DLC in its own right. You can find it here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=493257789&searchtext=

It's easy to tell if a developer puts care, ethusiasm and energy into a release and when they just phone it in for the sake of a few dollars. I never recommend paying full price for games which fall into the later category and unfortunately Paradox on this occasion are well and truely in this space. There is only one sure fire way to make developers take notice and thats through poor sales. At the time of this review, the game is several years old. I would suspect that you can pick it up on sale or relatively cheaply.

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keithsavage201
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7
Shameful game, the crashes are non stop and pathetic, only game I have that does this...... what a waste
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
76.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
If you loved Civ 5 but always wanted more of a fantasy take on it, buy this game.

AND there's this awesome mod which adds a whole lot more value to the DLCs.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=493257789

It's breathed new life into the game, easily adding 100 more hours of gameplay for me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
65.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I liked the Warlock 1 and this game is a worthy continuation.
It improves balance; makes game play more complex, and with all DLCs gives a lot of interesting game modes.

I recommend it as a best contender for modern remake of Master of Magic, without flaws of the original.
The elegant design beats my other favourites - Endless Legend, while preserving magic-centred mechanics that makes it interesting each time I play.

Let's hope that Warlock 3 will have even more interesting quests, and improved AI, even though current AI is already challenging to beat on even footing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Great turn based fun.

Yes "fun" is the best way to describe Warlock 2. I picked it up cheap on sale, and it was easy to learn, relaxing to play and very accessible for quick 10 minutes sessions over coffee in the morning.

It lacks the polish of Endless Legend, but it makes up for it in its simplicity and surprising variety. And it doesn't take itself too seriously either.

I haven't had any major glitches or crashes, although I hear other have. The editor works a treat too.

8.5/10

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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME FOR LINUX

This game is really good (graphism, design, art, mood...) and I loved playing it on Windows, but it currently has a bug that makes it COMPLETELY UNPLAYABLE ON LINUX: ending a quest doesn't grant the reward and instead reboots the quest, and quests are the base mecanism for progressing in the game.

The devs stopped supporting the game and Paradox keeps selling it with the Linux tag. This is unacceptable.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
69.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Just one more turn...
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
149.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
So very under rated. If you like Civ 5, but want to play in a Fantasy world instead, then this is the game for you.

Many of the critical reviews put me off at first, but after playing for a while I don't understand the complaints. If you see this on sale - I highly recommend you buy it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
126.6 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
I found this game quite addicting despite being almost the copy of Warlock - Master of the Arcane. Some new nice features added and overall a bit more polished.

Be ware that the game apparently doesn't work on Linux/Mac!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Bought this game because it looked like a fun game to play and "says" that it has linux support.

I tried as best as I could to play it, but there are huge issues with the linux version. Cities don't have banners, quests can't be completed even if you meet the requirements, and the devs haven't released a new patch in at least 6 months.

I won't recommend this game until the Linux version is working, so I probably won't ever recommend it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Definitely a case of if you liked the first Warlock you will like this. Same but with a couple new races, land tiles and ways to play through the game. If however you are new to the series then its your typical hex-based strategy game with magic. You're a big lord with an army and your job is beat up all the other big lords. Although in this game there is a mode where you are a big lord and instead of beating up the other big lords you join your forces and just a few worlds away is an utterly massive lord for you to beat up. You could also beat up all the big lords then the massive lord too if that's what you'd like. The game does have a few flaws though. The ai is a bit dumb and the world you start out on a bit small. Also there is a limit to how many towns you can build before you start to run into problems. This presumably was introduced to counteract the always useful plan in the first game of building as many towns as possible very quickly and steamrolling the other side but the starting limit is 5 which is defintely too low if you don't get the spells to increase it. Thankfully you can turn towns you capture or build that aren't doing much for you into shrines to a god, forts or freetowns which don't count towards your town limit. All in all I found it a very enjoyable game to while away a few hours especially if you like to listen to podcasts while gaming but have run out of games. B+
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
82.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
This feels and plays like it really could have just been an expansion for the first one.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
55.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
This would be a good game but:-
Running this game on a Mac and everytime there will be a quest tha fails to complete, Then the game will suddenly fail and quit. From reading the blogs this is because development was never completed on the Mac version.
This begs the question of why are Steam still selling this version!
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444 of 539 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
I have a soft spot for the original Warlock in spite of its many failings (poor AI, poor play balance and numerous bugs). But I cannot recommend this new release. It is basically window dressing on the old game without addressing any of its faults. Aside from the revamped spell research, nothing that couldn't be provided in DLC. Oh it's got more, more pictures, more units and two new races. If you don't mind paying $30 (or $40) for your DLC then hop on board. But if you were looking to address the fundamental issues (above) then don't waste your time and money.

There is actually one group I can recommend it to and that is those that liked the Armaggedon DLC. They didn't fix the pathing or the horrible NPC AI. (I think the monster AI got some tweaks) But their solution to those looking for a challenge is to introduce a whole slew of tough Spirit damage dealing monsters and unload wave after wave of monster spawns; very much in the spirit of Armaggedon. The larger your territory the larger your clean-up issues. As a plus you don't have to worry about your actual economy since the frequent spawns will keep you swimming in gold and mana.
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261 of 314 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
34.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: March 30, 2014
This game is Warlock 1 with an expansion pack. It has more races, more building and unit options, and an improved interface but they aren't really enough to make it a game in its own right. The main scenario is interesting but it suffers from the issue that many strategy games do where they compensate for the AI being a bit dumb by throwing huge numbers of units at you instead. As you approach the finale, 10 or so high level units randomly spawn across your lands every turn making that part of the game a frustrating grind.

Basically not enough new content to justify a new game, I would stick with Warlock 1.
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118 of 134 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
95.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
Update 9/2/15 From this thread: http://steamcommunity.com/app/205990/discussions/0/611696927914646122/

BjornB Dev "Thanks for the feedback! Sadly we don't have much resources for this game anymore. There are some brave souls working on the Linux/Mac version. But that's about it for now I'm afraid."

So that is Apr 2014 - Oct 2015. (Last meaningful update in OCT) Something to bear in mind, considering its bugs since release.
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Update 7/2/15 Still working my way thro latest campaign evaluating current state. Looking promising so far.Video series below.
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Update 01/11/14 New mini campaign "Wrath of the Naga" - currently evaluating changes, see video below.
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Update - 04/10/14 No new expansions or additions to change this recommendation so far. Just the tweaks to fix spawn rate as detailed below, some ai fixes (needed), the controllable city changes(see below). Ingame store has been removed: http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/showthread.php?803742-No-more-in-game-store!-The-contents-will-be-made-available-through-other-means-later!
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First off, this is not a sequel, its warlock 1 with a few new features. Limited fully controllable cities ( can now be toggled on/off in sandbox, warlock 1 mode). Different research mechanics ( see below ), 2 new races and a single player campaign ( think portal worlds from warlock 1 linked together ). Same pointless diplomacy ( NA, Alliance, Declare War, Repeat).

I love the original but the problem here is this feels like paying again for the exact same game. Put it in sandbox mode and you would be very hard pressed to tell the difference looking at it. This should have been an expansion. £44.99 for the base game and 0 day dlc..... It staggers my mind.

If you own warlock 1 your not missing anything and should wait for a reduction in price. If you dont own the original this one has most of the features of the original (no armageddon mode but thats understandable) with slightly different mechanics for research (more choice in the order of research with a view of what to research later) and a horrendous amped up spawn system in exiled mode (thank god now its adjustable).

Unfortunately I cant recommend this based on the price. I desperately want this to do well but i cant in all honesty support this growing trend of releasing what is essentially the same game for a premium price.

Wrath of the Naga playthrough currently in progress:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kREHPjEIR_8&index=1&list=PLVKQE26VpEIDDWcsVip-zSzoyh3q_7x0G&channel=letsplaykherny

Series focusing on the Naga race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIlKJbsoUp0
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171 of 208 people (82%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Edit: You can disable the city limit at the startup. For some reason I thought it was included in my original review, I was mistaken. Disabling it does make the experience a lot more like the first game and more fun in my eyes. Also tried to fix some spelling errors – no excuses for those.

I wish I could recommend Warlock 2. I really liked the first game as a cheap, fun little Civ clone with a bigger focus on combat. I thought number 2 would address some of my complaints about the first game or at least change things up. But what I didn't like about Warlock 1 remains and also has some new annoyances: bare-bones diplomacy system, random AI opponent decisions (really alliances don't matter - you'll end up warring and clashing with everyone), limiting how many perks you can give to units, enemies spawning inside your territory at random times (especially when it decides to create enemies FAR too powerful you to deal with), random quest spawning that creates enemies that you need to fight, even if you refuse those quests...the list sadly goes on.

And while I understand the new Unrest rules and city limit, Warlock pretty much thrived on expanding and creating more and more cities and the Unrest system pretty much makes it so you need to play it small. And considering how massive some of the worlds can be you'll run out of effective cities really quickly. That means you need to convert old cities into special cities: free cities (like Civ puppet cities, only they only generate an insignificant amount of gold, fortress cities (which is pretty much a range 3 tower) or religious cities (which give a small amount on mana and improve relations with the chosen god). Maybe if people don’t like managing large amounts of cities they'll enjoy this focus but for me it just didn't work.

I did have some fun with Warlock 2. In the 70 hours I put into it I really liked going through portals and discovering new worlds in the Exiled mode. But honestly if you need a fantasy 4X game go with Civ 5 (with some of the fantasy mods), Fallen Enchantress and Warlock 1. If you do want to play 2, I recommend a really big steam sale.
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248 of 320 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
I've put in 8 hours and want to play more, so there's no doubt that this is a good game, nevertheless I can't help but feel a little cheated. Almost everything about this game is an improvement on the previous game (Warlock master of the arcane), but it isn't enough to justify it being a whole new game for this price. From what I've seen so far this could have just been a big dlc/add on/expansion, or something the modding community worked hard on.
I suppose the best example that comes to mind is XCOM: Enemy unknown and XCOM: Enemy within. There's enough difference between the two for it to be an expansion, but not a whole new game.

Please don't misunderstand, this is a good game but if you already own Warlock master of the arcane, I'd say wait until this goes on sale before you pick it up.

P.S. this is early access, so there might be enough in the full release to justify a whole new game. Also I've only played 8 hours, there might be more that I just haven't come across yet.
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79 of 88 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
223.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
I bought Warlock 2 during the Summer Sale, and I've quite easily gotten my money's worth. It is a lot of fun, though not without serious flaws. My review is based on three (partial) plays of "The Exiled" story mode, and one full playthrough in "Battle for the Outplanes" mode.

A big complaint a lot of people have is that it seems like a content update, rather than a sequel to Warlock. This is true to an extent. However, the handling of the planes was the biggest flaw of Warlock 1 but seems to be the central appeal of Warlock 2. In Warlock 1, there were other planes, and they were full of big bad monsters, but they weren't very interesting and the rewards for going there weren't significant enough to bother with them. A game of Warlock 2, on the other hand, has a hierarchy of planes, where you (and your A.I. opponent mages) start on less threatening planes, and you work your way down through to planes with significantly more dangerous fauna (and sometimes flora), or back up the hierarchy to fight the other great mages. Each plane has its own unique flavor, and most special resources only occur in one or two types of plane. The special resource thing is key... most races don't have strong research-producing buildings, so you need to chase after the research-producing resources, which tend to be a couple planes down from where you start. The first time I reached a Shadow Plane, and established a fortress there to defend myself against the horrible shadowy horrors that awaited me, it felt ... well... I would say "epic", but that word is way overused these days. But it was awesome.

I was also impressed with how much the game made me care about terrain, and provided a multitude of terraforming spells that I actually want to use. The ability to throw up a mountain where I want a defensive chokepoint, or to raise up a landbridge when I want to cross an ocean is quite empowering.

The big flaws of the game, are that the AI is quite poor (and the game is pretty easy in general), and that the game gets tedious once you have a big empire.

Planar portals provide your primary military chokepoints in the game. The A.I. takes advantage to this to an extent, in that it's smart enough to build fortifications on its side of a portal. However, it's really bad at launching offenses through portals. If you stay perpetually at war with an A.I., it will continually send a trickle of one or two units at a time through the portal to be slaughtered on the other side. The only threat the A.I. can pose, is if you let it build up during peacetime, and send a large number of units through at a time. If you let this happen, A.I. units will pop up in funny places as they exit at the nearest unoccupied hex on your side of the portal.

The late-game tedium arises mostly from troop movements. Moving troops across your empire takes an awfully long time when you're spread out across several planes. I don't trust the pathfinding of the game to do it for me, as it often works rather poorly (though this is somewhat understandible technical hurdle, given the many movement modes of units, as well as all of the terraforming). One thing about the game alleviates some of the late-game tedium though. You are limited in the number of normal cities you can have at once (starting at five, and increasing with research). But you can also have an unlimited number of special cities, which are less beneficial than a normal city, but require no management. Managing cities doesn't become a slog, because you typically only have 5-10 of them that ever need any attention.

The story mode ("The Exiled") is cool the first time, but is essentially the same each time you play.

My plays thus far:

1. Exiled Mode, average difficulty, small multiverse, two opponents. I was friendly with the other great mages and focused on the storyline. I had a lot of fun exploring the game for the first time, but ultimately got bored while fighting through the penultimate plane (which is full of tough monsters, but is way too big and unvaried to hold my interest) and quit.

2-3. Exiled mode, hard diffuculty, small and medium multiverses, max opponents. Did some conquering of great mages and had fun conquering my first few planes, but ultimately got bored.

4. Battle for the Outplanes mode, impossible difficulty, small multiverse, two opponents. I played this one all the way through . I had quite a bit of fun with it, but was overall very dissapointed with just how easy I could conquer the "Impossible AI" opponents.

I'm off to try Sandbox mode next. I'm hoping the A.I. will handle it a bit better.
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