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: Mostly Positive (267 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 10, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"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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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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April 10

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

Warlock 2: The Exiled is available now, and so are the editor tools that let's you magically (or should we say MODically?) create the shattered war-torn worlds of your dreams!

Watch The Exiled mod tool trailer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=508pWunC_Mc

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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

Lord Edition

Warlock 2 – The Exiled Lord Edition contains the following


BONUS CONTENT:
  • Soundtrack for Warlock – Master of Arcane
  • Soundtrack for Warlock 2 – The Exiled
  • Digital Novel - The Great Mage Game - A story of action, intrigue and wizardry, set in the Warlock universe. Written by acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi author John Helfers.
  • Digital Artbook - 42 full-color pages of beautiful artwork from the Warlock 2 game: Great Mages, Enivonments and Units

Great Mage Edition

Warlock 2 – The Exiled Great Mage Edition contains the following


BONUS CONTENT:
  • Soundtrack for Warlock - Master of Arcane
  • Soundtrack for Warlock 2 - The Exiled
  • Digital Novel - The Great Mage Game - A story of action, intrigue and wizardry, set in the Warlock universe. Written by acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi author John Helfers.
  • Digital Artbook - 42 full-color pages of beautiful artwork from the Warlock 2 game: Great Mages, Enivonments and Units
  • And 7 in game items, including:
    - Domain of Death - Start your quest in the land of the dead!
    - Magic is Fun - The lord known as The Magical Genius is available to your cause!
    - Elementary, My Dear - Adds three new deadly elemental spells to your arsenal towards world domination!
    - Chants of Light - Gives access to three new magical powers, including a powerful Lord Summoning ability!
    - Frost Power - A former Great Mage who seeks retribution offer his services to you!
    - Half-of-Everyone - Nobody knows him, but this Jack-of-all-Trades can be the best ally by your side!
    - Ancient Dragon - A new Great Mage - the Ancient Dragon - joins the fray, and wants to show who is the greatest mage of all! Start as a huge almighty dragon who does not need any starting city. Be your own capital and conquer everything you want!

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.

*This game contains in-game purchases.

System Requirements

    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
Helpful customer reviews
253 of 302 people (84%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 30
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 22
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Extremely disappointing. The two new races are ok but would have been better as a simple DLC. The changes to the core rules are not an improvement. Your number of cities is limited and troop upgrades from a building site are limited to 4-5 uses per building site. This has the effect of the upgrades only being applied to your top 5 heroes. Basic troops are much less useful and strategies now must revolve almost exclusively on your heroes. Overall the game just isn't that much fun. I do not recommend it.
Posted: April 1
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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
41.6 hrs on record
I've been enjoying this game immensely, but I can't recommend it until some issues in game receive some much-needed attention. In exiled mode, there are a few critical quests that can break via various common conditions in game, causing them to never be able to be completed. Though it won't halt your progress, it may create cripplingly challenging conditions (Think of all the land you own slowly falling into the ocean turn by turn.) that can be impossible to recover from. The AI behaves much like a stuntman running through glass windows, and it can create an unintentional mess (Or is it intentional?) when an AI settler barges into a dangerous dimension and invites an army of shadow dragons into your shard to do battle with your tier 1 archers. Much of the game seems to be the luck of the draw, and though I do enjoy hitting my head against that brick wall over and over, I don't see the fun a strategy enthusiast less masochistic than me would have with it. I'm saving you a headache. Definitely keep an eye on this title, but I wouldn't throw out any money just yet.
Posted: April 10
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
I really want to like this game, but I just can't stomach the complete lack of balance and the many game-ending RNG factors. Everything from being placed on a tiny Kraken surrounded island on an XL continents map, to having elite mob camps 4 hexes away from starting positions that spawn mobs that one shot your units. Not to mention the tedius never-ending spawning mobs in mid-late game Exiled mode.

For a game that is pretty much a carbon copy sequel, I really expected more polish.
Posted: March 30
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401 of 486 people (83%) found this review helpful
37.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 22
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