SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars

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SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars cover
Developers
Phenomic
Publishers
JoWood Productions
Nordic Games
Release dates
Windows April 20, 2006
Reception
Metacritic 80
Taxonomy
Monetization Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG, RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series SpellForce
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars on HowLongToBeat
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars on IGDB
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars on MobyGames
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars on Wikipedia
SpellForce
SpellForce: The Order of Dawn 2003
SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars 2006
SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm 2007
SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny 2012
SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past 2014
SpellForce 3 2017
SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest 2019
SpellForce 3: Fallen God 2020
SpellForce 3: Versus Edition 2020

Key points

SpellForce 2 - Anniversary Edition offers full compatibility with modern operating systems.[1]

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
TAGES DRM. StarForce DRM for European release[2]
Windows
Amazon.com
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GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
SpellForce 2 - Anniversary Edition
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Steam
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Windows

Version differences[edit]

SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm[edit]

SpellForce 2: Dragon Storm is an expansion to SpellForce 2: Shadow Wars and comes with a campaign scenario, Skirmish Mode, and Free Play mode which allows the players to run the game without any known missions. Throughout the storyline the player will encounter new allies or enemies dependent on the choices of the player.
SpellForce 2: Gold Edition includes the base game and the Dragon Storm expansion.
SpellForce 2: Anniversary Edition is an updated digital-only variant of the Gold Edition which includes native widescreen resolution support, bug fixes, additions to the free game mode, and a redirected multiplayer server.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SpellForce2\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39550/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SpellForce2\save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39550/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Native support in Anniversary Edition. See Widescreen resolution for vanilla game.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
UI does not scale with resolution and is extremely small in 4K.
Field of view (FOV)
See Widescreen resolution.
Windowed
Use SpellForce 2 Windower.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA and SSAA (125,150,175,200)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No FPS cap.
Color blind mode
Deuteranope, protanope and tritanope. Added in Anniversary Edition.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Edit config.xml[3]
  1. Go to %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SpellForce2\
  2. Edit config.xml
  3. Change screenheight= and screenwidth to match your resolution, then save your changes.
  4. Set config.xml to read-only to prevent the game overwriting your changes.
  5. Open the in-game console by pressing Ctrl+] and type:
    • UI:SetCameraFOV(0.94) for 16:10
    • UI:SetCameraFOV(1.027) for 16:9

Notes

This will make the game Hor+, however, the cutscenes will remain Vert-.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Russian
Spanish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
G3D
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.
Note:This profile may not work with Demons of the past.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6
Online play
6

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0[4]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2
Processor (CPU) 2.4 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3870
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/39550/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39550) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References