SpellForce: Conquest of Eo is the latest in the series of 4X games from THQ Nordic and Owned by Gravity, which combines the tactical depth of traditional strategy games with the fantastical worlds of fantasy RPGs.
In previous articles in this series, we’ve examined three of the four Xs – Explore, Expand, and Exploit – and now we’ll dive into that final piece of the puzzle – Exterminate. This refers to that all-important gameplay element – combat.
The key goal of SpellForce: Conquest of Eo is to spread your area of influence as far as it will go. To do this, you’ll need to go all-out offensive in some heated turn-based battles, which draw from some of the finest games in the genre.
Battles take place on a hexagonal grid, with each side taking turns to execute their attacks. Each unit has three actions to choose from, varying from physical attacks to magic spells. You’ll also have to use one action to move as well, so think carefully about positioning, as well as the range of your attacks. The types of moves you can deploy will vary depending on which units you possess in your arsenal, which in turn depends on which class you’ve chosen.
SpellForce has three main classes, as well as a customisable fourth class, which can be a combination of the three. Alchemists are masters of bottled elements, brewing potions and other concoctions to assist their soldiers in combat, summoning magical creatures, and even controlling the elements of nature themselves. Playing as an alchemist grants players a huge variety of options that allow for plenty of different tactical possibilities.
For players who prefer to lurk in the darkness, consider the Necromancer, an artist of life and death. These gruesome warriors can harvest souls from the bodies of the fallen, creating a brutal horde of undead warriors. These players can bolster their armies by crafting undead units to overwhelm their enemies.
The Artificer is a master crafter, creating glyphs and artefacts capable of providing troops with powerful upgrades that can grant incredible power drawn from the Earth itself. If you prefer quality over quantity – buffing individual units to become as powerful as possible – then this is the class for you.
No matter which class you choose, SpellForce’s combat is dynamic and rewarding at every turn. To launch into some epic turn-based battles, pick up SpellForce: Conquest of Eo today.