SpellForce (Platinum Edition) Review
By Adrienne Dudek |
It seems like only yesterday that JoWooD and Phenomic released the criminally underrated Spellforce: The Order of Dawn. While the early 2004 release did well in Europe, the hybrid strategy/role-playing title failed to grab much attention in North America. Undaunted, Phenomic crafted two full expansions for the game: Breath of Winter was first, followed by Shadow of the Phoenix. Neither of these saw much shelf space at domestic retailers, but this may soon change due to a recent release of all three efforts bundled together in the Spellforce Platinum edition.
I won't go too much into detail regarding the story arc(s) in this bundle, primarily because it would take far too long to cover it all. I will say that you travel to hell and back (literally), fight off armies of animated black-bladed armor, and get into some tussles with huge ancient dragons, amongst other adventures.
On a completely different note, I feel a particular need to stress the length of Spellforce Platinum. It's incredibly long, perhaps even as long as Morrowind, only this game has a structured storyline and sense of purpose and thus cannot point to raw exploration as its excuse.
To make a long story short, I adore Spellforce and always have. The awful voice-acting has never been enough to turn me off of the extremely fleshed-out and dynamic world setting. The lore is top-notch, and the fact that Phenomic as a team have taken such a tired template and made such an elegant creation out of it has always impressed me. If you love all things "swords and sorcery" and aren't intimidated by the excessive play length, then you should by all means go out and pick up this platinum release.