Demons of the Past is the epic new chapter of SpellForce, the unique blend of RPG and RTS. Experience this worthy conclusion of all previous games in the SpellForce-series. Check out the new single player campaign with 25+ hours of gameplay, in which nearly all races are playable – Pact, Clan, Shaikan…The Story Zazhut is free, and his...
User reviews: Mixed (79 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 16, 2014
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Reviews

“It is an interesting and fun experience, especially more so for people that haven't tried the role-playing and real-time strategy cocktail before.”
8.5/10 – Softpedia

“Spellforce 2: Demons of the Past is a great game with plenty of content and addictive gameplay.”
7.6/10 – OnlySP

“Overall if you’re looking for an epic campaign story and a fun multiplayer this is the game for you.”
8/10 – Pure News

About This Game

Demons of the Past is the epic new chapter of SpellForce, the unique blend of RPG and RTS. Experience this worthy conclusion of all previous games in the SpellForce-series. Check out the new single player campaign with 25+ hours of gameplay, in which nearly all races are playable – Pact, Clan, Shaikan…

The Story

Zazhut is free, and his wrath now descends upon Eo. The Shaikan are hopelessly outnumbered – but you, an Elder of the Shaikan, are not willing to give up hope. Joined by companions old and new, you head out towards the Realm of the Gods, for only they seem able to oppose Zazhut's power.


However, the Gods play a game of their own, and don't seem to be inclined to help you... The fate of Eo now rests within your hands; face the demons of the past, collect information about Zazhut and banish evil from this world, once and for all. Much has changed in time... are your foes as dangerous and your friends as faithful as they used to be?

Key Features

  • 5 totally new worlds – 8 worlds in total
  • Many side quests and optional gameplay (Around 50 main quests and around 40 sidequests with lots of subquests)
  • A gripping story that continues the narrative of all previous SpellForce games
  • A lot of new items and item sets (used as rewards, loot and at merchants), new spells, new weapons
  • Various Single- and Multiplayer modes: Campaign, Free game, Free game Coop, Skirmish, Domination
  • First SpellForce series appearance: Survival multiplayer mode up to 3 players with new Boss Fight mode
  • Major Engine & Technical Re-Design/Re-Work
  • Choose between a Female and Male Avatar
  • Stand Alone Add-On, no previous SpellForce titles are required to play Demons of the Past

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP 3/Windows VISTA SP 2/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL Dual-Core 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card with shader model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Nvidia GeForce 8800 / AMD Radeon HD 3870 or better. Other cards may work, but are not explicitly supported.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP 3/Windows VISTA SP 2/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL Dual-Core 3.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 2048 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card with shader model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Nvidia GeForce 560 / AMD Radeon HD 6850 or better. Other cards may work, but are not explicitly supported.
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
i got this off a bundle and played it for the cards. before i noticed i already had racked up several hours of play.

rather than our sily skirmishes where we start off with resources and move on slowly, this game lets you play the way you want to(to a certain extent, of course). rpg mechanics that let you build your heroes up to your liking with different active and passive abilities, quests and equipment. add to that some nice rts elements(hate it or love it :P) and you get a rather enjoyable game. i recommend it.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Well, I've always been more or less a fan of Spellforce games. Granted the first one was vastly superior to the 2nd one, Spellforce 2 still had some good things going for it. However... this "expansion"... yeah stay away from it. It's horrible build, has "quests" that barely work. It wouldn't be a bad thing if you could skip the majority of these quests but most of them are main storyline quests which do hinder your progression. The only redeeming quality is the Freeform Game which is also horribly bugged in some levels.

What more can I say? It's a badly made expansion and I do hope that the devs who worked on this never touch another piece of software again. But that seems to be wishfull thinking since the rumor is that Spellforce 3 is already being made. At least I know which game to avoid in the near future. A real shame the Spellforce series dies here because of this "expansion" for me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
This is a honist review if you call it that from my play though of the game I enjoyed it even with the bugs granted some where almost game breaking but I would say its a pin shot better than Faith in Destiny the campain will test you even on easy and the Free Mode is also worth a go granted with freinds its all the more fun

aside from the bugs that the patch did not fix I would say its a nice game but if you are the type of player who wants a game that does not have a tendancy to explode in your face or cause a restart of several hours as you did not save then its not for you.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
This very much feels like a rushed beta-version at best. They forgot to put in the tutorial, which I don't mind (seeing as I own all of the Spellforce games before this), but for anyone new to the series this could be a huge issue. The game is littered with a relatively boring story-line that involves cut-scenes (multiple minutes at times) that one can't skip. To be fair, the story might be good, but the video at the very beginning did not work for me, which is just one of the many bugs that make the game-play a frustrating experience. I am probably still going to finish it (if the game lets me), but I would strongly discourage buying this unless you are a die-hard fan of the previous games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
like the older ones. i dont do campigns so shortness is nothing . free mode is cool and has extra fromm the old. 1080 screen is welcome since last i played the gold version :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
I love the mix of rpg and strategy elements. Graphics are slightly imporved and it runs much smoother than previous games. No new faction but there are new game modes. My main (and only) annoyance and I hope developers fix this, its the lack of save game in the skirmish modes. Its really annoying not being able to save your game. But once they fix that, Best game ever!!!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
38.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Has a few annoying bugs, but was worth playing.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Good game but cant restart which ♥♥♥♥s up when ur doing missions
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73 of 91 people (80%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Although Faith in Destiny, the previous (also chronologically) installment of Spellforce series, was slightly disappointing, Demons of the Past is an amazing game, especially for the fans of the Spellforce series.

Gameplay - RTS and RPG mix still exists. Although I always liked Spellforce 1 (platinum edition on Steam)'s RPG system (skill building, etc.) more, the RPG side of Demons of the Past is pretty great still. Many side quests and main quests give you many details about the story, making it long, good and rich. RTS, on the other hand, is really good - challenging, yet easy to do still. The system also makes it easier to use some of the skills, spells and other special abilities. Army often can even do it on their own. It may be a bit hard for the newcomers at the start, but not too hard.

Soundtrack - as always, soundtrack to this new part of the series is pretty good.

Voice acting - it has certainly improved from previous titles.

Bugs - there may be a couple, but nothing too big. They haven't really bothered me.

I haven't played multiplayer with DotP much yet, but previous titles were already a lot of fun. You can even play the campaign with someone cooperatively.

Overall - 4 out of 5. It brings a good end to Spellforce 2, similar to Dragon Storm, and perhaps equally dark to Shadow of the Phoenix. Although the engine is old, it was improved. It may have some bugs and/or a downside or two here and there, but it has been a very enjoyable game with a very good story and also a good to Spellforce 2.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Spellforce II: Demons of the Past is an old-looking game, both in graphics and gameplay. There is some kind of narrative value here, but will appeal only to faithful fans of the series.There’s a lot of content here, with a sprawling campaign and varied multiplayer modes, but ultimately it’s not worth the slog of what amounts mostly to tedious battles and glorified fetch quests. Despite this, the core gameplay is solid and the mash-up between RTS and RPG is a lot of fun. If you are a long time fan and follower of Spellforce 2, then I can imagine that Demons of the Past is right up your alley. You’ll easily understand the events surrounding the main storyline, and you will have been used to the nuances of properly playing the game. For everyone else, Demons of the past is a mediocre game that is not particularly memorable.Maybe SpellForce 3 will be a game that anyone will have to play, unfortunately Demons of the Past is for hardcore fans only.
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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Actually I am sitting on the fence a bit with this new Spellforce game. I've clocked a number of hours but haven't got a long way through as yet. But I'll give it a thumbs up merely because I think it will end up ok - vastly different to the number of thumbs down reviews here from people who have spent little time in the game and their issues sound more like technical or other problems rather then an actual "review" of the game itself.

Sure, it's got a few bugs, but I haven't seen a game release in ages that didn't have bugs first up - sometimes badly affecting even being able to play. It does have some other developer issues like the stealth mission in the Stepping Stones "My god what were they thinking!". This kind of mission doesn't suit this type of top down rpg/rts at all. And there are bugs where if you skip missions, do things in the wrong order or something, some weird things show up. But like all other games, the dev's do hear about these issues and I'm sure there's patches coming.

The game itself, well if you have ever played the other Spellforce games, it will be instantly recognisable. it's much the same gameplay. What they are doing here is finishing up the story of the entire series. Considering the series started a long time ago, I've forgotten most of the story anyway... but, certain things do spark a memory flash in my brain at times.

The game is reasonably priced, it's not an "A" title, so don't expect the latest graphics and latest engine, it's running on the old Spellforce 2 engine. So far it's reasonably enjoyable, although sometimes a little frustrating. Mainly because the game so far is pretty linear in format. Even though they have lots of side quests (so they say) they are really nothing and get swallowed up by the main quest ie: if you complete a section of the main quest line then bang! Those side quests you had are now irrelevant or unplayable because you moved on - literally - it shifts you to a different area in the game world.

I guess Spellforce has always been a bit like this - just wasn't expecting for it to hit me so hard in the face with it, like when it transports you off to the Stepping Stones and you are sitting there going "No, I need to level up and I wanted to visit the merchants and that side quest I was doing...oh...bugger".

But as I said, it's not an "A" title and it's price means it's most probably worth it, so give it a shot - whether you've played Spellforce before or not.
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75 of 120 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Now then, I have been very fond of the Spellforce series this far, and have many fond memories of them. Unfortunately though, this release is still in a serious need of further updating. As the game is currently, it is nothing more than seriously frustrating and an annoyance.

Leaving the lack of missing patches aside, this standalone release of Spellforce may provide many hours of joy and feelings of nostalgia to everyone who remembers playing Spellforce 1. But until those bugs have been removed, a bit of patience may be useful.
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24 of 43 people (56%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
I loved, SP1, SP2 and all the expansions. This game is not the same. My first map was bugged, i spent an hour getting to the point where you can actually build a base, you are then MEANT to be attacked by waves containing 5 mobs, one wave every few mins. My map - i got his by 6 waves of 5 at once. Game over. Reloading - same thing. Only fix is to restart the game.

Then ther eis the AWFUL stealth mission that took me 3 hours to get passed, Your char gets detected once, GAME OVER, go back and start again. Worst SP mission i have played.

Then the Build and Defend the Ziggurat mission, you are meant to make an army of 30 and then defend the orcs are they build this temple thing. Apprently you have to defend them for 45 mins. MY game? I have been defending them 4 HOURS!!! and the tempe is barely 50% done. Not a single orc worker has died in hours.

I cannot recommend this game to anyone. Such a sad end to the excellent SP series.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
I like it allot. Although I like all of them, this one was different in some ways, allot alike really, just changed campaign but it was really well created and put together. Can't wait for Spellforce 3. (completed it, clocked it, did all quests) #level30
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117 of 223 people (52%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
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24 of 46 people (52%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Bugs, bugs, bugs. Lacking a serious tutorial. There are so many things a new player to the series will not understand. I you haven't played the earlier versions, don't buy this game. Unless you enjoy spending time on youtube trying to find out what you are supposed to do; or writing and waiting for answers on the Steam forum. I think this was the worst money spent. I am tired of half-made games being put on Steam for developers to make a quick buck. MAKE YOUR GAME THEN SELL IT. You have been warned......
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38 of 74 people (51%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Don't buy this game if you are a fan of the real past Spellforce Games and their story (like the Order of Dawn, Breath of the Winter, Shadow of the Phoenix, Spellforce 2 and Spellforce 2 Dragon Storm). This game is as worse as Spellforce Faith in Destiny and there is no chance that any fruther game will ever connect to the original games.

And besides the worse story there are many bugs and the dialogues are most of the time that stupid that I've just skip them. The only "good" thing about this game are the graphics, which haven't changed a bit since the original Spellforce 2 and still look pretty good.

TL;DR: If you don't care about the story and the dialogues and just want to have some fun with a RPG/RTS mix, you should buy it when most of the bugs are fixed and the price is about 5 $/€.

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
If you aren't already a fan, start with an earlier game. Lots of content here, not all of it's great, but if you've stuck with SpellForce 2 games for this long, then keep going because it's not like this is much worse than previous entries. I think the camera kinda sucks and managing units and hero skills is a chore, personally, but maybe other people are used to it. The only real disappointment for me comes from not being super into this game when I used to really like RTS games - and no one really makes RTS games like this anymore.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This game has too many bugs as compare to its predecessor. It is sad to see such decrease in quality. From items with rediculous mod that makes your character immunes to damage and the bug that nullifies these mods, and the campaign mobs with rediculously overpowering damage and health, make this game broken. When will gaming return to days of better development.... sigh

I didn't even bother trying out the multi player... but seeing as the campaign gave me more than can swallow already.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Im having a hard time liking the missions. Each one seems to get more boring in the design, and each mission gets more agrivating on the things that I must do. These developers need to realize that people want sandbox or open ended worlds. Not I must save the game every 4 minutes in case I die or fail to do a stupid puzzle quest right or wrong like Im in some kind of college class trying to pass the final and have learned nothing about what is really going on in the game.

I am giving this a thumb down because it is not worth $20. If it was sold for $8.99 I would of at least gave it a thumb up for the price. Save your money or wait for this to go on sale.
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