previews\ May 18, 2003 at 8:00 pm

SpellForce - The Order of Dawn - PC - Preview 2

E3 2003 -  First Look


Anyone who has read my bio knows I like FPS titles. I also like a good RPG or RTS at times too though; as do many people that I know and play games with. Well, what would happen if you took all of those styles and combined them to form something new? Sounds like a lot (or a dream, one of the two), but JoWood has done it with Spell Force … and this was one of the more impressive titles I saw at the show this year.


Spell Force starts out innocently enough … you create a character RPG style through a list of options ranging from physical attributes down to skills, magic, and even what type of magic element class you want to belong to. From there, you enter the world and play it out RPG style for a while. During this time, you can also switch from an RTS viewpoint to an FPS view, making it more like a Morrowind kind of feel. In addition, JoWood also added in a neat option list for combat, so when you click on an enemy to fight with him or yourself for healing or modifying magic … a list of all available option comes up for you to select from taking a lot of the pausing or guesswork out of gameplay. Later on it adds in the RTS element of play, where you can summon workers, monsters, etc … but can even enter large-scale RTS battles in an FPS view to really get a good view of the action and carnage ensuing.


The graphics for Spell Force are looking stunning so far, with great lighting and spell effects, and I saw a battle scene where there were literally hundreds of orcs, mages, warriors, and other creatures battling it out with no slowdown and easy control. Be looking out for this one around November.




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