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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Buy World of Ardania Bundle

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

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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

 

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“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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Warlock 2: The Exiled is very much the same game as the first one, with marked improvements in nearly every area of the game. This game is fun enough to spend sometime if you like a simple kingdom management experience with a fantasy background. Graphic and art style are very pleasant, gameplay isn't complicated at all and the goal is simple and clear, this is a game that would compensate all your efforts if you are not asking for a profound 4X gameplay. There's a wide choice of buildings and units you can work towards, spells and other things. Like in first game the diplomacy part is over-simplified and the AI is a too predictable.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
This is one of the most enjoyable games I have ever played and I've played a lot. What I like about the game is that the action is immediate and continuous; it constantly surprises you with it's depth and new features and because of the complex spell system it gives you a ridiculous number of strategic options during any given turn.

The basic combat system is similar to Civilization, but really more like Heroes of Might and Magic, although it does not have separate explore modes to combat modes.

Resources are critical in this game. It is expensive to research and use spells and to hire heroes and combat units. The number of towns you can build is normally limited so it's quality not quantity that's important. Placing your town near critical rare resource items is a must.

Similarly it is quality not quantity in your choice of units to recruit or build. Experience upgrades, equipment upgrades and other perks are the key to victory. Again that creates a lot of strategic use of your resources and upgrades.

By contrast I find the more highly rated age of wonders 3 plodding and just plain boring. This game can be chaotic. It keeps you on your edge. Age of wonders 3 is about spamming units towns and sucking resources. It's just flat, not sure why.

It's just unfortunate that this game was not promoted very well. The sales were too low and the series is now dead. Paradox has abandoned it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
133.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
A well done 4x game. The unit talent trees and fun theme are what set this title apart from other good 4x games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
great game!
lots of units
great looks and sound
the way you can upgrade lords and units is a nice touch
very fun never seems dull
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
I expected mor for 15 euros.
It is basically a worse Civilization game with Fantasy elements.
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452 of 552 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
42.1 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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269 of 327 people (82%) 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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127 of 146 people (87%) 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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176 of 215 people (82%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
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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252 of 325 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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