Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. SpellForce enlisted my involvement and playing dedication with the incredible opening cinematic, the brilliant tutorial and, ultimately, the absolutely captivating game adventure itself.
  2. Amazing graphics, and it expands on everything that previous RTS and RPG games have created.
  3. Its success at blending all of its parts together into a smoothly flowing, finely-crafted whole are more than just the final word in the development of the game; it’s a testament to the thought that went into blending the best features of two of the most complex genres in gaming, and creating an interface that’s easily accessible and suitably detailed.
  4. A title that deserves credit for breaking the cookie-cutter mold that RTS games have fallen into. Even maps with simple goals can turn into endeavors that last for hours, if you take time to smell the roses and just enjoy playing with powerful, fully customizable avatar with the ability to raise a monstrous force.
  5. If you enjoy third person action titles or RTS games, and enjoy some really good battles in between building and resource gathering all wrapped around a good vs. evil story which is interesting and contains some decent plot twists, you will definitely want to check out Spellforce.
  6. The avatar system is a beefier system than what you'll find in any other RTS game on the market and offers for a little higher degree of flexibility and even strategy, outfitting your avatars with various weapons and spells in order to complement the other normal units of your attacking force.
  7. 82
    There haven't been a lot of games that manage to combine large scale strategy and role-playing together and be successful. Phenomic has made a damn good stab at it with this one though.
  8. It is neither the best RTS nor the best RPG out there. However, SpellForce offers enough of a quality experience in both genres, packaged in a pretty environment that you could spend dozens of hours exploring as a Warrior of the Rune.
  9. 80
    The music and visuals are excellent. And you know what? So is the core play of the game. There's a lot of innovation here in SpellForce. Although parts of it are rough around the edges, there's too much good gameplay here to pass up.
  10. Graphically stunning, infused with a rich storyline, and so full of subtle touches your head will spin trying to keep track of them all.
  11. It may have a familiar-seeming premise, and it may have a few noticeable shortcomings, but SpellForce's unique combination of role-playing and strategy elements makes it worth a look for fans of either kind of game.
  12. An impressive fantasy setting, intriguing plot, and reasonably lengthy missions make for a solid experience. The thing is though, those who don't prefer a hefty dose of classic epic fantasy storytelling should probably stay away.
  13. The RTS portion of the title, which is mostly very well-done, suffers from one problem that almost utterly kills my enjoyment of it: Unit AI is freakin' terrible. [Mar 2004, p.113]
  14. What makes this game a winner for me is the fact that it combines two of my favourite genres brilliantly and manages to achieve the best of both.
  15. It's a quality game that can become addictive very quickly, and only loses a few points on replayability, linearity, camera controls and voice acting.
  16. The AI of the game is its most irritating aspect. The computer’s strategy always involves sending small sallies of units to die on your defenses every couple of minutes until you have built up a large enough force to attack and overwhelm them.
  17. Gets an "A" for design, and a "C-" for execution. Let's hope major patches can revise this game to greatness. [Apr 2004, p.81]
  18. But as a hybrid of the two genres, SpellForce has a funky sort of synergy that elevates it above the sum of its ho-hum parts. [May 2004, p.58]
  19. It's a combination of role playing and real time strategy that goes together like chocolate and peanut butter. In other words, it not only works, but it tastes great too.
  20. If you can put up with acting which is more wooden than Pinocchio with a semi, and want a simple but entertaining strategy game to help pass the long winter nights, then SpellForce may be your vial of poison.
  21. 60
    No game has this sort of RPG/RTS mix, and I got just as much a kick out of getting a new spell or a new suit of armor as I did in guiding my hordes into battle.
  22. In the played-out field of fantasy real-time-strategy games, SpellForce rises above the muck with ambition, a few original gameplay touches, and some truly spectacular graphics. [May 2004, p.80]
  23. If you were piecing together the ultimate stereotypical PC game, our guess is that the end result would look a lot like Spellforce. [Christmas 2003, p.127]
  24. 45
    A disappointing compilation of ambition without practical delivery. It's a game broken into several fundamental components that never work on their own and never contribute to a whole that can be appreciated.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 3, 2014
    10
    its one of the best games i had ever played.this game is the perfect example for the time where the games were made with love.its 2014 now butits one of the best games i had ever played.this game is the perfect example for the time where the games were made with love.its 2014 now but this game is so good that you can buy it even now Full Review »
  2. AlexP.
    Mar 24, 2006
    9
    Has given me weeks if not months of fun. The combination of RTS and RPG is the best seen so far and the beautifully programmed sceneries and Has given me weeks if not months of fun. The combination of RTS and RPG is the best seen so far and the beautifully programmed sceneries and story make for perfect gaming hours. Full Review »
  3. MarkD.
    May 16, 2004
    3
    There are some major technical problems with this game...it crashes a lot. I went so far as to play it on a system with just Windows 2k, There are some major technical problems with this game...it crashes a lot. I went so far as to play it on a system with just Windows 2k, NOTHING else running. That helped but it still crashes my system and requires a reboot one an hour or so. JoWood basically has no technical support so you're on your own. FYI I've been playing games since The Bard's Tale ('87) and making a nice living writing software since '75 so I'm no pilgram when it comes to computers. Good luck if you buy it. Full Review »