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

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
    • 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
17 of 21 people (81%) 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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
108.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Little more than an expansion of the previous Warlock, this title's horrible AI, crashes, buggy maps, and poor design choices leave it as a game worth skipping.

All the same design flaws present in the original remain in place, all the same art assets as well. This feels like someone was trying to pad a DLC out and ship it as its own game.

Moderately fun, but not a full price title, not to mention this is Paradox, and therefore will have at least enough DLCs to choke a whale.
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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A simpler version of Civilization but with fantasy theme.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
If you enjoyed the first warlock then this game is more of the same with improvements here and there, most are overlooked however by the new voices you can choose for your advisor (dam the guy from the first one was awful)
New units, new factions, new story... the DLC however feels like a huge let down :( the packs are pretty much the same as the ones from the first game and if you purchased them you feel less inclind to buy similar content for this one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
As everyone says, it feels like an expansion to the first game, though it's a lot harder(at least the Exile mode). Still fun and an improvement. I hope that you have hours to sink into gaming if you get this. 7/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) 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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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
0.9 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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
71.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Hexgame to the max. Each race plays completely differently so a great deal of replayability is to be had. Just make sure the only wincondition is to take out the other great mages and you'll be golden.

On a downside, playing single player can be a bit of a bore, and as with any turn-based game, the wait in between truns can be as well. Luckily if you have a speedy crew, you can turn the turn time limit down.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The game is fun. It has all the basic elements that you look for in this type of game. However it is missing several game mechanics that would have greatly improved it.

I see this game for a more casual gamer. There are better games, but nothing wrong with this one.

For me though, I tired of this one and moved back to others that I enjoy more.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Compared to the previous one, usability is much improved, and the generic gameplay also seems more challenging.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Not much of an upgrade over the first part.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Played the 1st one and it was fun. This one just seems to be missing something.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
The tears of mediocrity stream down the face of this game. Someone please put it out of its misery.
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3 of 10 people (30%) 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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70.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
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 adress 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 dont matter - you'll end up warring and clashing with everyone), limiting how many perks you can give to units, enemies spawining inside your territory at random times (especially when it decides to create enemies FAR too powerful you 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 thived 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 dont 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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334.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
It's a classic 4x turn based strategy game. The production part of the game is very streamlined and lets you focus on the high quality tactical combat. The game comes with an easy to use mod editor so if you don't like something, odds are you can change it. It runs well on my i5 2500k + gtx 560.

On the downside: The AI is weak. You don't get a lot for you're money with some of the DLC, but maybe thats a good thing - a lot of companies try to add too much new and complex material and you end up with something worse than the core game.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
The game is unplayable for me on Ubuntu Linux. I've bought the game because I thought it will run on Linux. However after few weeks it still crashes as start (both beta and official branch). I've checked, and I can run it on Windows, so my hardware is fine.
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6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This game is great I loved the first one and this just is just as good !!
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24.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
awesome game
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