SpellForce 3 is out now, but our review is still cooking

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After a few delays, SpellForce 3, Grimlore Games’ RTS/RPG hybrid, is finally a thing that you can play in its entirety. I’ve been traipsing around the fantasy land of Eo myself, though you’ll need to wait until Monday for my review. In the meantime, chow on the launch trailer below, and then read on for some quick impressions.

I’ve been delighted to discover that, though I remember the last game being just fine, if not particularly special or memorable, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying myself in SpellForce 3. For the most part. Neither the RPG layer nor its RTS counterpart quite stack up to their inspirations — namely Baldur’s Gate and Age of Empires — but together they create something that’s more than the sum of its parts.

Also, it’s painfully pretty, as you’ll no doubt have already noticed. It’s simultaneously one of the best looking isometric RPGs and one of the best looking RTS games. It’s just about striking enough, and novel enough, to make you forget about how very Modern Fantasy the story is. Bigotry, mages being demonised, big ol’ moral choices to make — there’s nothing new under the sun, but SpellForce 3 still plays it a bit safe.

I’ve only played the single-player campaign so far (it’s meant to be about 30+ hours long just for the critical path), but there’s also co-op and multiplayer skirmishes. Are they any good? I guess you’ll have to wait until Monday to find out.

SpellForce 3 is out now on Steam, GOG and the Humble store for £39.99/$49.99/€49.99.

11 Comments

  1. Pliqu3011 says:

    They’ve got some really talented environmental artists on their team. I’m rather impressed with the verticality of the terrain and the sense of scale of the environments (in the trailer), very few top-down perspective games manage to get this right.
    Looking forward to the review.

  2. Kefren says:

    I’m not overkeen on the fart attack animation at 0:18 and 0:21 in the trailer.

  3. Nolenthar says:

    Now, imagine Pillars of Eternity running on that pretty engine !

  4. Kamestos says:

    My APM is abysmal so I am a bit worried I will be able to enjoy this. This looks gorgeous though.

    • Caiman says:

      Yes this. I always enjoyed RTS games for the first few levels, then it gets way, way beyond my ability and I give up. The first Spellforce was like this, made it about halfway through but it just got to be too much. Steered clear of the sequel because of it. Now this does look great, but once bitten…

  5. Dewal says:

    The cinematic trailer of this game is narrated by the same guy that voice the witcher. It’s weird to hear Geralt talking about another universe.

    Source : link to youtube.com

    • draknahr says:

      I was thinking about this, and in the Witcher universe there is multiple dimensions, so I always just think of it being another dimension with a different version of him.

    • skyst says:

      I’m a few hours in after completing an optional prologue and working through the first chapter of the actual campaign and it seems like Geralt is the main character. There are probably hundreds of lines of dialogue done by this talented voice actor and he’s totally delivering as Geralt. It has been fun.

      The gameplay is good, too.

  6. RubberbandAU says:

    I’m 10 hours in and Doug Cockle’s (Geralt) character is one of the main NPCs, and is only playable during the intro.

    The game is excellent, with only moments of dodgy voice acting and dialogue. Great story, solid characters, strong and varied gameplay.

    So glad I grabbed it :)

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