Verfasst: 28. Dezember 2014
While it certainly has its flaws, Spellforce is an old gem. The main campaign is lengthy, getting through it took me about 90 hours, the story is quite fascinating as well. The RPG part of game is well developed, there are lots of side quests that make exploration rewarding and encourage you to step away from the main storyline. Apart from the main character, you also control up to five different heroes. The RTS part is also cleverly designed - an army is tied to the monument of the respective race, which also provides you workers to build a base. The number of structures of each race is quite big and there is room for customization, as you acquire building and unit plans through exploration usually tied to the main storyline but at times leading you to places you would never think of checking out. The fact that the main character is a rune warrior possessing worker and hero runes also makes the RTS part slightly more believable than usual.
The game highly favours a warrior type of character (such a character is, at times, even able to solo entire areas) and you might find yourself struggling if you decide to play a mage. Nevertheless, there is a variety of interesting spells and magic branches for you to explore, inviting those who demand a bit of a bigger challenge to choose their own path. Your small party of heroes can potentially be more efficient and less time consuming than an army and one could argue that base building seems pointless at times, but that is up to the player to decide.
To name a few flaws as well, the AI seems to be amazingly stupid at times and the translation isn't that splendid - there are a few spelling mistakes and some inconsistency, an example being the area Frost Marshes, which is referred to in the game with three different names. Despite its flaws, the game is well worth checking out. If you're looking for a more simplified and friendlier experience, you might prefer the sequel, but I would definitely recommend this game to any fan of either genre. The platinum edition also contains two long and challenging expansions, which, in my opinion, makes it more than worth the price.