Dont let you fool by the low Meta-Score:
SpellForce is a great game and a hidden gem, even more if you regard the price for the platinum edition.
It is by no means perfect, and can become really annoying at times, but it still is one of the best games i have played this year!
About pros and cons:
One the negative side, this game does neither feel like "real" role play nor like "deep" strategy.
The strategy part is extremely simple, without real tactics involved, and the role playing part leaves very little room for character developement.
Additionaly, the game gets repetetive, and at times, unfair, which means, that your main objectives are, to defeat all opponents, which will produce endless units, the further you get the more, until you stop them.
And finally, theres a lack in comfort. Moving around a map is painfully slow, and every time you re-enter a map, you have to discover it anew.
On the positive side, theres a lenghty campaign (easily 100+ hours, if you plan to finish every quest in the game, which i strongly recommend), including a great and interesting story, different races with unique buildings and units, tons of side quests and stuff to explore, beautiful graphics and sound, great atmosphere, very intuitive controls, a great interface and a lot of fun!
After all those hours, i still have plenty to do, lots of motivation and the digital world has really grown on me. Rediscovering known places in order to finish a new side quest, feels like coming home, as i have so many memories about every world.
I really am getting sad, that SpellForce will come to an end, and that there wont be any more challenges after i beat the game...
I usually dont like and play real-time, but this game is different. I would buy it again any time, and have already purchased the complete second part as well!
Every chance to get to play more SpellForce is very welcome!
Everybody who likes strategy and role-playing will love this game!