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  • Summary: SpellForce 3 - A blend between RTS and RPG. SpellForce 3 goes back to the roots of the SpellForce saga and combines the RTS and RPG genre in a unique way - all in real time. Explore the world of Eo and become a true legend.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Dec 22, 2017
    90
    SpellForce 3, despite not being very deep, makes an excellent fusion of RPG and RTS, becoming one of the best PC games of the year.
  2. Dec 6, 2017
    80
    As an RPG, SF3 is a solid game with an interesting over-arching story, believable characters, a lot of lore and deep systems. As an RTS, it is a unique if at times frustrating tactical game focused on a clever use of limited number of resources and building a working infrastructure. While each one of its parts might not hold out against a “pure” game of respective genre, the mix makes the game something uniquely fulfilling.
  3. Dec 20, 2017
    80
    I’m a pretty big fan of RTS and certainly a big fan of RPG’s, I love being able to dig into a character and forge them the way I would like. Spellforce 3 does a good job of mashing those two genres together and the result is a pretty decent campaign that should have you entertained for quite some time. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, in just the right doses and you get a great game that stands above the sum of it’s parts.
  4. Dec 18, 2017
    74
    SpellForce 3 is a good strategy RPG. It isn’t very deep, but it’s addictive and a lot of fun.
  5. Jan 22, 2018
    70
    If you're willing to think of the prefab fantasy setting as comfortingly familiar, Spellforce 3 is a pretty fun. The voice acting is terrific, and the plot easy to understand without requiring weeks of learning why THESE giant wolves are different to other games' giant wolves. Whether this familiarity is a brave counterpoint to the endless setting creep of gaming is really a matter of personal taste. And if you're looking for a fantasy RPG/RTS hybrid, this is a promising contender. However, by trying to do two things at once, it fails to be really remarkable at either.
  6. Dec 31, 2017
    70
    While both the RPG and RTS elements presented here stay true to form, the overall game is more than the sum of its parts because of how it makes such disparate concepts serve the goal of creating a militaristic role-playing epic.
  7. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Mar 2, 2018
    56
    Unfortunately, Spellforce doesn’t qualify to be neither titular nor spiritual successor of the series. It’s made by different people, on a different budget, and let’s be fair – the times are different too. [Issue#226, p.52]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 35
  2. Negative: 9 out of 35
  1. Dec 5, 2019
    10
    Great game. But please do Russian voice translation! And we really miss the 3d camera from the back of the hero, as it was in the past parts.
  2. Dec 8, 2017
    10
    great game. the camera control can be a bit enoying thats why i did not give it 10. but awesome game already looking forward to go into multigreat game. the camera control can be a bit enoying thats why i did not give it 10. but awesome game already looking forward to go into multi player in this game... Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2017
    10
    Amazing game, nothing like Wacraft 3 or Age of Empires level of amazing but still insanely good.

    A consistent RTS with some little RPG bult
    Amazing game, nothing like Wacraft 3 or Age of Empires level of amazing but still insanely good.

    A consistent RTS with some little RPG bult in, it offers awesome soundtracks and gorgeous graphics. Top notch quality right here
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  4. Apr 4, 2020
    7
    Quite underestimated game, but i recommend it to everyone who likes RPG, CRPG and RTS. I heard that DLC is better than the main game, and ifQuite underestimated game, but i recommend it to everyone who likes RPG, CRPG and RTS. I heard that DLC is better than the main game, and if that is true, then it will definitely become one of my favourite games.
    P.S. Don't look at the yellow marker of metacrtitics-7 is good for a game!
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  5. Apr 20, 2021
    6
    Great storytelling and graphics are welcome, but they are much less impactful without a solid gameplay foundation.

    This game has many
    Great storytelling and graphics are welcome, but they are much less impactful without a solid gameplay foundation.

    This game has many sections of fascinating storytelling, but they are usually followed by extremely hectic RTS segments which completely break the pacing and mood.

    In these RTS segments you have to manage armies and settlements at the same time, but your gameplay experiece is made as difficult as possible by way of ridiculous mechanics. The game feels like something of a throwback to Age of Empires 2 on harder difficulties.

    There is honestly no room for a breather in the RTS segments. Any strategy you practise is usually devised through trial-and-error. Normally failing and learning from your mistakes is a good thing, but not in this game. There is simply no way for you to know the right approach from the get-go and you will likely fail until you know what exactly you need to be focusing on to beat some particular segment.

    In these RTS segments, the game will constantly throw you off by alerting you of events like "being attacked" when there is just one enemy dude running into an army of your men or one of your outposts. In such cases you end up wasting precious seconds checking out the situtation, then wasting some more trying to figure out where exactly your camera is now, where your nearest soldiers are and where you need to go next to do whatever. Every aspect of the RTS gameplay feels very unorganized and barely controllable. It actually feels infuriating when you think you're doing all you possibly can and at the same time there are plenty more things the AI is doing while you f*ck around with those decoy units they send out to divert your attention all the time.

    Not to mention all your efforts with character development go to waste when you simply do not have time to micromanage their skills during combat.

    The game would receive an 8/10 if I had a better control and overview of what is happening during the RTS segments.
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  6. Jul 20, 2018
    5
    This could be an amazing game. But some aspects leave it only in the doors being just another semi-rts title expecting too much from theThis could be an amazing game. But some aspects leave it only in the doors being just another semi-rts title expecting too much from the players.

    Graphics are amazing. Sound is amazing. The work on the story and dialogues is amazing too.

    Now. What i do not like

    - Endless loading screens. Seriously??? i mean, even for loading the world map you need to wait a
    loading screen that in some cases, will take over more than a minute to load. Unacceptable in 2018.

    - RTS? this game is not a strategic game. I mean, the AI cheats you constantly building units with non stop relying in unlimited resources lol.

    - Bugs. Serioulsy, i did stop playing this game because of bugs. Specifically one of em that will prevent me to advance throgh the main story line.

    - Missions with missleading instructions. Sometimes you dont even know what to do , or better yet, how to do it. Sometimes you will get killed for osme reason because you failed to achieve an objetive that apparently, wasnt mentioned in the mission instructions. And things like that.

    And some other things. But the most annoying thing about this game is the loading screens, and bugs, a shame because this could be one of the greatest, but again, you cant complain about piracy if you keep releasing unpolished and rushed games.
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  7. Dec 2, 2020
    0
    A huge disappointment compared to spellforce 1 and 2.

    It's a shame they couldn't simply copy the old games, and chose instead to make a
    A huge disappointment compared to spellforce 1 and 2.

    It's a shame they couldn't simply copy the old games, and chose instead to make a broken version of dawn of war.

    Why can't these devs have their own ideas and chose instead to steal ideas from others? Even the trolls expansion is a blatant copy from battle realms.
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