SpellForce - The Order of Dawn - PC - Preview
First Look - E3 2002
Magic has destroyed the world and now it is up to you to rebuild it.
Phenomic and JoWood have teamed up to bring gamers a real-time strategy game that combines elements of role playing for an immersive game that will delight players with its visual dynamics.
Spellforce is slated for release in the first quarter of 2003, but GameZone was able to get a quick preview of the build at the E3 2002 in Los Angeles.
The game sports a free character system, multiplayer cooperative play and an evolving storyline that will entice fans of both RTS and RPG games.
As the storyline goes, the world has been destroyed by magic, and only a few islands remain, floating above the planet. Your avatar enters the world, must rebuild cities, and recruit heroes to help join his cause to stop the coming evil.
The game world is persistent, and the game features a movable camera that will allow players to zoom in on the action, or view it from above.
Controls have been kept simple, allowing both the novice and experienced gamer the opportunity to jump right in and play. Combat is a mixture of strategy and magic. You can use a spell to neutralize the strongest of the enemy units, and then attack the underlings before rejoining the battle against the tougher foe. Graphically the game is lush, with rich environments and solid character animation.
Spellforce is geared for minimum system specifications of a GeForce 1 video card, and a Pentium II 500 MHz machine.
This is a program that should appeal to a broad range of players, having successfully integrated elements of RTS and RPG in a fluid, immersive game.