Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!
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Release Date: Mar 31, 2014

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Reviews

“This is a deep experience backed by intricate mechanics and a concerted polish that makes gameplay immediately intuitive and rewarding. Age of Wonders 3 will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning, constantly muttering that you'll crawl into bed after just one more turn.”
9/10 – Joystiq

“A war worth sinking your teeth into”
83/100 – PC Gamer

Digital Deluxe Edition

Get the game and also the Dragon’s Throne Stand-Alone Scenario and the two hour Official Soundtrack.

Dragon’s Throne Scenario
An extra large Stand-Alone Scenario. Legend tells of dragons who ruled the fabled Sea of Flames at the dawn of time. However nobody has seen a True Dragon in living memory. The isles are still loaded with treasure and have become popular with adventures, merchants, scoundrels and sightseers. Now eight rival lords have found a mysterious dragon’s egg, and each sees it as proof of their claim to the Dragon’s Throne. The sages warn they risk unleashing the wrath of the Dragons, but the Lords pay no heed as they prepare for war. You can play the Dragon’s Throne versus AI opponents or in multiplayer with up to 8 players.

Age of Wonders III: Original Soundtrack
The two hour Age of Wonders III Original Soundtrack is composed by maestro Michiel van den Bos, of Unreal, Deux Ex, Overlord and Age of Wonders 1 fame. The OST features thirty one crisp, high quality 320kbs MP3 & FLAC tracks from Age of Wonders III and five exclusive bonus tracks. To top it off the OST includes liner notes by the composer - english only - and jewel case CD inlay jpg files. Be enchanted!

Songs and OST materials will be placed in your AoW3 folder in the Steam Directory: "...Steam\steamapps\common\AoW3\OST"

You can get there using your favorite file manager or by following these step:
1) Right click 'Age of Wonders III' in your Steam Library.
2) Select 'Properties'.
3) In the 'Age of Wonders III - Properties' tab, go to the 'Local Files' tab.
4) Select 'Browse Local Files...' to open the folder that contains the game.
5) Here you can find the 'OST' folder that contains your music.

About This Game

Age of Wonders III is the long anticipated sequel to the award-winning strategy series. Delivering a unique mix of Empire Building, Role Playing and Warfare, Age of Wonders III offers the ultimate in turn-based fantasy strategy for veterans of the series and new players alike!

Create an Empire in your own Image
  • Rule as one of 6 RPG style leader classes: Sorcerer, Theocrat, Rogue, Warlord, Archdruid, or the tech-focused Dreadnought.
  • Research powerful skills unique to your class to develop your empire and arsenal.
  • Choose your allies from among the six main races - Humans, High Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Goblins and Draconians - and fantastical monster dwellings.

Explore and Exploit a Living Fantasy World
  • Explore a rich fantasy world that is more detailed and alive than ever with over 50 location types to raid for treasure.
  • Expand your domain by building new settlements, forge pacts with monstrous allies and capture valuable resources.
  • Wield earth shattering magic and terra-form the lands for your needs.

Fight In-depth Tactical Battles
  • Recruit legendary heroes, equip them with magical weapons, and let them lead your armies into battle.
  • Crush your enemies using the detailed 3D turn-based Tactical Combat System.
  • Become a master tactician. Crush city defenses. Learn to use flanking and master your army’s hundreds of abilities.

Master Age of Wonders III’s many Modes!
  • Immerse yourself in a rich single player story campaign, playable from two sides of an epic conflict.
  • Create endless scenarios using the random map generator.
  • Compete in multiplayer wars with up to 8 players online.

Please note that:
  • Level Editing Tools are provided as a courtesy to fans. They might have different system specifications from the Age of Wonders III game, are not tech supported and have an English only interface.
  • Coop: Random maps and stand-alone scenarios can be played using player alliances versus computer opponents.
  • Local Coop: Random maps and stand-alone scenarios can be played using “Hot Seat” mode on the same computer using player alliances versus computer opponents.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia 8800 / ATi Radeon HD 3870 with 512MB or Laptop integrated Intel HD 3000 with 3GB system ram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.3 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce GTX 250 / ATi Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB or integrated Intel HD 4000 with 3GB system ram.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
    Minimum:
    • OS: SteamOS, Ubuntu 14.10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce GTX 250 / ATi Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB or integrated Intel HD 4000 with 3GB system ram.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Additional Notes:
      • Requires a 1024x768 screen resolution.
      • Requires an open IPv4 connection for online multiplayer.
      • A Triumph Account is required to use the game's online services. The game's single player and Hot Seat modes are fully playable using the guest account.
      • Please note that the Editor is Windows only.
      • Not running SteamOS or Ubuntu 14.10? That doesn't mean your machine won't run the game, it just means we haven't seen it run on those distributions in the office. Visit the various AoW3 forums to learn more and share your experiences. Please post feedback on how the game runs on your system to help your fellow gamer and to help us improve our Linux build.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 Ghz or AMD Phenom X4 9900 @ 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 460 1GB or AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB
    • Additional Notes: A 1920x1080 screen resolution.
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DV8R
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This game has a great combat mechanic for people like me who aren't always interested in controlling every minute detail of every battle, while simultaneously allowing you to choose to get deep into the details as if you were playing a traditional jrpg.

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White Knight
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Awesome game, but if you intend to buy this, forget about Civ. This isn't Civ, there's just some similiarities (I mean, this game is not a copy of Civ with Dragons), and with Might and Magic as well. If you like those two games, I recommend you watch AoW3 gameplays and see if it is for your taste.

+Beautiful word
+Variety of races & monsters
+awesome OST

-Font size on box and tips are very small.
-/+ The DLCs are too expensive, I bought all the package cause of Civ (in this one, you have the complete game experience after getting the DLCs). In AoW, for what I searched, the DLCs are (good) expansions.
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ashtrail
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
So this is a civ like based mainly on combat. Which doesn't work cuz every unit takes 4 turns to create. It's just plain boring. Either you make a fast paced tactical game focused on combat, or you do a slower game based on diplomacy, ressources and some combat.
There's a "combat" mode where you can move your units and make them fight and it sucks. The diplomacy also sucks.
I wish steam refund existed when I bought this game.
If you want a combat-tactique game get a Fire Emblem, if you want a strategic turn based game with ressources and diplomaty then buy civ but please, for your own sake, don't get Age of Wonder.
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clip
( 161.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I've always enjoyed the AoW series, having spent enormous amounts of time playing and crafting maps in the previous versions. Alongside with HoMM, AoW made a definite game where exploring the map, killing monsters and conquering cities was greatly enjoyable. The variance between races and magic (somewhat) allowed for different playstyles. In AoW3, this all seems to be expanded to greater degree, with even more variance to the races due to the different hero types.

The only thing that I've always felt was lacking was magic. Compared to an another old time classic, Masters of Magic, where you could raise volcanoes, corrupt the land and blight enemy cities, the spell selection seems limited and rather straightforward. Of course, in MoM, one could actually select their wizards starting spell-books from different domains of magic and even expand their library through hard challenges. But besides this single small thing, the series still seems enjoyable.

While writing this, I've played the main game and have continued somewhat into the first expansion, where I'm currently stuck. I loathe to downgrade the difficulty from hard, so lets see how long this takes.
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Major Von Schoff
( 178.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I really enjoyed this game. Reminded me of hex based games of days past such as Master of Magic. The battles were great and the strategy map was fun. Lots of different units and battle situations. It's a game I qill be returning to year after year when the current ones get dull.
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rudolf.buirma
( 194.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Summary
Age of Wonders is one of my all-time favourite strategy franchises. Standing among Heroes of Might and Magic and Red Alert. This is a game built to last, with a gorgeous soundtrack, diverse race, class and unit variations and an overall gameplay ambiance that has soaked up many of my free hours.

This game is perfectly designed for turn-based strategy sessions with friends or as an arcade empire builder on your own. With a ton of simple player campaigns, great random map generator and even a detailed map-editor, Age of Wonders III will provide both the casual and the enthusiast hours, if not a life-time of entertainment.

The game has a great many different modes you can explore. And both it’s turn-based and real-time modes are excellent for your preferred method of social play. Growing up with AoW I, I still play turn-based with my brothers online on an almost monthly basis.

Criticism
After a year of playing the game and it's expansions I can safely admit these criticisms:
  1. The game's focus is mainly on combat, and the combat challenge doesn't scale too well in larger games. Luckily you can auto-resolve most battles, but that quickly leaves you missing some of the essential game moments in the game.
  2. The diplomacy in the game has improved with the expansions, but remains too simplistic for my ideal strategic relationship management.
  3. Empire building part is lacking, since all cities have similar building options. This feature is expanded upon with the expansions, but it would be great if there were more micro-management options that could optimise cities or regions.
  4. The campaigns are rather simple and bland at times, there's very little plot to immerse you and the balancing isn't always fair with some random creature spawns that can devastate unguarded empires.

Conclusion
Despite my criticism, I full-heartedly advise this game to anyone looking for a fantasy strategy game to pour their valuable game time in, carving fantasy empires, planning epic sieges or creating a ton of new maps, Age of Wonders III has it all and it’s expansions are definitely worth the investment.
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Kibb
( 142.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
It's just an excellent 4x game!

There's nothing really bad to say about it in my honest opinion.
The DLCs are also very good and definitly worth the money if you like the base game. They just add more of everything you like for a modest price.
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harald_viddal
( 780.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Great strategy game!
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Zoaldyeck
( 49.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I liked AOW 1 a bunch. I liked AOW 2 a bunch. I don't like this one. It doesn't feel like an Age of Wonders game.
A lot of the positive comments go on about how it is good if you like Civ, and I think that is true.
But I don't think that is what Age of Wonders should be.
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(I'm a good) Manager(,) Man
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Plays as Dreadnaughts on first try.

Hires Per Notchson, some random human Dreadnaught hero.

Get the Minecrafted achievement.

Wonders what happened.

OHHHH

Already have good first impressions, now to get to the gameplay.
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Poqreslux
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Its a shame this game has so many problems. It's like Civilization except fantasy. But the units are all very unbalanced, the campaign difficulty is absurd at times, and while the tactical turn based battle are a nice concept, it's not done well at all. Too often, open field battles are way too easy, and on the opposite end siege battles are way too hard. You'll often lose whole armies to a handful of defenders in the campaign because they have one or two uber upper tiered units with some dumb ability that will flat out erradicate your army.

Heroes have spells which are spammable to no end, especially if you constantly tech up your mana and spell pools. AI will of course go out of their way to mess with you, attacking undefended locations that they should theoretically not even know exist, a surefire sign of a cheating AI.

Many times when you win, you'll feel it was undeserved, and when you lose, you'll feel cheated by a game seemingly not playing by its own rules.

If you're a Civilization styled Strategy fanatic, yeah you might like it. But if you're like me and like these types of games to relax, this game caused me way too much stress during my relaxation time for me to reccomend it. Buy it on sale if at all.
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Enzo.In.A.Benzo
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
The Game Play was great. Wanted a miore smoother game when it came to battles. seemed more like a game for a phone.
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Gray Grim
( 137.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I didn't play age of wonders II but I played shadow magic. The core game play hasn't changed at all, and many quality of life improvements that they could and should have made still stand unimplemented. The only reason to buy this over shadow magic or age of wonders II would be the story; Save that the story is a cringe worthy heavy-handed social justice issue for a problem that doesn't exist in any developed nation and hasn't for hundreds of years. I have no idea who they are trying to cater to by adding that in. I do not recommend this game. Shadow magic has exactly the same gameplay and a much better story. I would even reccomend Age of wonders II. It can't possibly have a worse story.
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Kruzil
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is one of best strategy games I have ever played.
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rowdy yobbo
( 140.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Notes: not a 4x grognard, haven't played on highest settings.
This is a great turn based 4x strategy game. It has a good tippiness toward the end, minimizing the endgame grind. Good variation among the factions especially with the expansions. The luck factor is annoying, but the rest of the modifiers are fine to good. Really one of the best 4xes I've played.
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Rev. Lushington
( 22.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Civ 5 meets Final Fantasy Tactics in a Warhammer-like universe.

It's easy enough to start playing ASAP, but there's just layers and layers of strategic and tactical depth. There's such a huge combination of Races, Classes, and specializations, that no two playthroughs need to be the same.

Play as a Goblin Necromancer, slowly expanding your empire throughout the dark underground.

Play as a Elven Rogue, converting your territory into thick forests to conceal your armies of assassins.

Play as a Dwarf Dreadnaut, crushing enemy forces under the weight of iron.
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Foo Fighter
( 31.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Love 4X? Love Fantasy? Then you'll love this game! With the DLC you'll have a lot of 4X fun!
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(Woc_Krehlmar
( 203.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
If you have ever enjoyed Age of Wonders, Heroes of Might and Magic, Civilizations or anything like those I HIGHLY recommend this.

For me, this is the best game in this genre since godamn Heroes of Might and Magic 3. Anyone who was young when that game came out knew why it's such a cult classic.

This game just improves on everything in RTS gaming the last few years with the only complaint being some lack of building veriaty. But considering most RTS's don't even have any building let alone the amount this game actually has, it's still vast.

Do yourself a favor. Buy this game, play it, and feel like a child enjoying a truly good game for once.
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Cayman
( 39.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I must say that my first impression when playing this game was not very positive. It seemed to me that the focus was too heavily on battles, and that the game was forcing every turn the player to do some actions dictated by the progress of the cities, rise of new heroes, etc. I felt a general lack of freedom. But playing again after some time (and a couple of expansions) I have changed my mind. This is a very well done game, and I tend to agree with someone saying that this is one of the best modern successors of the venerable Master of Magic. Extremely good game for those who love fantasy turn-based strategy, with a large variety of troops and spells, and challenging AI players.
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Mr Retro
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I have only started playing but this was the kind of game that I was wanting when I bought Civ 5 and Endless Legend. Dont get me wrong I love those games but I wanted to win by fighting not diplomacy and it seems this is what kind of game this is. I wish I had bought the complete version now and theres no way to upgrade during a sale
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
If there was ever a competition between Heroes of Might & Magic and Age of Wonders, you can sleep easily knowing that it is over.

Age of Wonders wins.

And with the third instalment of the series, the game is giving Civilization a run for it's money as well. Indeed, conquering a fantasy world has never been more fun, and AoW creates beautiful situations and, thanks to the hero/civilization customizer, unique factions. Like technologically advanced elves, or druidic dwarfs. But the battles? The battles are really damn memorable, and can pin up 6 armies against each other (3vs3, or 18vs18 units). You will doing everything possible to not loose your most well trained units.

Another small, but very nice feature is that the custom heroes/civilizations you create can be used by the AI when playing a skirmish. Meaning you can meet Sauron, Tyrion or any other characters you created. (the heroes have some appearance customization options as well, though not too many)

The game will create memorable moments. Like the time when, while busy with my northern expansion, my kingdom of religious orcs was sheepishly invaded from the east by a distant (and so far peaceful) neighbour. After loosing a city, i mustered my entire armada and, like Russia on 90% Georgian sale day, invaded and conquered their entire kingdom in a matter of a few turns.

But this is were some might see a problem, and there are a few with this game:
- AI is really not that good, not even on harder difficulties. it can stand it's own in battles, you might even loose a few if you're not careful, but the strategy map AI seems rather dumb;
- "Classes" (aka civilizations) with a level-1 scout spell will have a massive advantage over other civs, since they will get a good scouting unit early and cheap;
- Multiplayer does not have "Simultaneous Turns" options, which in PvP makes sense, since the battles need to take place, but it also makes Coop (players vs AI) almost impossible, unless you like waiting 6-7 minutes in the end-game for your buddy to take his turn;
- zooming out to maximum displays a beautifully crafted map... that displays no borders unless the area is in your line of sigh (minor, personal, grudge). you'd think that, if X kingdom conquered Y city, word would reach my court, eventually.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
206.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
If you like the Civilzation games, you will like this game. Especially if you also enjoy fantasy and adventure.
It is kind of like a mix between Civ, Black and White and WoW (love it!!!); as you have to choose a race and class and you pick up pieces of magical equipment on the way that improves your skills in war scenarios.
Also you can choose to be either neutral, evil or good, depending on how you play the game: do you make people like you by buying them off, win land by completing quests or greedily claim it all being a mean warlord-bully?
It is really fun to try the different classes and explore the different maps hunting for treasure and fighting monsters.
Great game. Many entertaining hours to be played. Civilization gets very boring after a while, this game will take a lot longer to get you tired with all these extra elements, so if you're looking for something like Civ, but more creative and fun, this is your game.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
149.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Imagine Civ 5, but with combat that actually felt fun to do, choices that were actually meaningful and the ability to create and flesh out your own leader of one of numerous races. The gameplay is less than stagnant, it has mob support and it's campaign is awesome.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
371.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
This game is truly a gem amongst the 4x genre. It does a great job of blending familiar combat mechanics of games like heroes of might and magic with the turn based empire building of more well known games like the civilization series. While not as complicated on the empire management side of things compared to games like civ, The very fact that you are constantly having to weigh your ofensive and defensive capabilities from the very beginning of every game prevents the pace from ever getting boring. Being able to combine races with empire classes provide a lot of diversity in unit bonuses and combinations which, between that and the game rule controls makes every new game unique.

Overall: 9/10
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
183.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
This game is similar to 4x games like Civilization or Endless Legend except that there's more emphasis on combat and less emphasis on other aspects like commerce, city building, or diplomacy. *Those other aspects still exist in this game but their purpose is mostly to facilitate battles.

The combat is turn based and highly rewards you for good strategic play. Most fights come down to simply having stronger units but even if you have low tier units you can still sometimes win nearly impossible fights with a good mix of strategy and spells.

Individual battles can range from one unit vs one unit to massive wars that can take nearly an hour to complete. If you're impatient (and are sure of victory or defeat) you can also select the auto option which will measure your strength against your opponents and the computer will instantly dictate the winner of the fight.

Each class rewards you with unique units and spells and each race also has specific units as well as its own strengths and weaknesses. Some classes focus on mobility and ranged units, one focuses on spells and summoning, one focuses on resurrecting hoards of undead, one focuses on spying and debuffing, one focuses on healing and buffing, and the other simply conquers as much territory as they can to produce as many units as possible. On top of all that, when you make your hero you're also given a choice of specializations that even further customizes your spell choices and strengths/weaknesses. As you can see, this allows for nearly endless combinations of ways to play the game. They aren't just superficial differences either, each class/race/specialization you play will have dramatic impacts on how you play the game.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
I love how I just bought this game at full price then steam puts it on sale. Remember my story and never forget ALWAYS wait until its on sale.

Buts its still a freaking great game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
80.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Awesome Awesome game. More 4x elements can be added to the game but they already done a great job well worth the price.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
576.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
To say I like this game would be an understatement. With over five hundred hours on record, and a healthy amount of those hours spent playing multiplayer with members of the Something Awful community, and most if not all the hidden things explored, I still find joy in loading this game up and taking a necromancer out for a spin as I turn the entire world into an open grave. I still find myself impressed by the swathe of modding content, adding more hours to the lifespan of this game.

On that note, it is worth emphasising, Please get the collection and not just the base game. Eternal Lords is worth the difference alone, while golden realms is also a really strong expansion. The Delux DLC is a nice bonus but the real prize is Eternal Lords. Necromancers are a very fun class but Tigrans and Frostlings are also great races to play as well.

Now, lets discuss comparisons. This is not Civ, nor is it Endless Legend. In both of those games, you have a few other ways to win, you can play as an economic powerhouse who wins by driving everyone into a happy friendship circle. This is not how Age of Wonders 3 plays. War is here. War is how you win.

* Drive your enemies leaders to their knees and take their thrones.
* Find the seals of power, drive away the guardians and stand upon them, facing rival kingdoms and angry elementals until you master control of the place of power and turn it upon your foes in victory.
* Unite races together and ignite beacons of unity, driving your enemies mad with envy as you prove your mastery of diplomacy by the sword as well as the tongue.

You do not win Age of Wonders by becoming king of treasure hill or cutting into other cultures like a knife, You win age of wonders by the sword and the spell. You will lead mighty armies of golems, backed by the might of goblin riflemen. Armies of high elf berserkers, howling furious challenge. Armies of frostling spellcasters, standing alongside summoned beasts. Armies of undead humans, still wielding spiritual fire even while bound to your dreadful will.

Heroes will be at your command to be equipped by the prizes you rip from ancient tomb and bandit-infested farmstead. From swords to rings to mounts, all waiting to be claimed and lost when your rivals finally kill your promising champion and scatter their prizes to the wind.

You win in Age of Wonders in battle, and battle is what this game does very well. On this note I advise checking youtube for a few videos of the combat. Words don’t really capture it, nor do comparisons. Best to see for yourself.

I think by this point I’ve said enough. There are other reviews that go into more technical details then I have, I am simply writing from a very bias place of love.

There are battles to be won, cities to be courted, inn’s to be explored, caves to be feared, lairs to be cleared, heroes to be leveled, heroes to regret losing, items to be won, armies to be lost, beacons to be lit, seals to be defended and grand spells to be cast. Get to it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
183.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I am... Bitterly dissapointed in many aspects of the game, having come from a group that used to LAN this game quite often. Mostly this is because they have overhauled the wizard/player setup and the research tree into abominations (but there are other things, like how armies are 6 stack, instead of 8 from the previous). There are also a few persistant bugs that still need to be fixed (some units on huge maps sometimes don't renew their movement points after turns are set, and a few other somewhat minor things).

I've put in some 130+ hours or so on it already, and I see myself putting more into it. The campaign isn't really all that in my opinion, but I never played this series primarily for the campaign. If you can get 3 or more friends (and half a day) to play with you on a small-medium map, this game is great. If you can get them to play multiple sessions, going on a larger map is better.

That being said, I can't help but say that while it is only worth getting the game while it is on sale, it IS worth getting eventually. Especially if you can get friends in on it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
143.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Great 4X / Turn-based strategy game with lots of replay value, strong campaign lines and great coöp mode. If you like games like the Civilization series, or the Heroes of Might & Magic series this game is one you're definitely going to like.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game is awesome. The turn-based combat is amazing, and you can have big battles. I love how the map can have surface and underground. Many different victory conditions. You can create your own hero.I highly recommend getting the DLC's also.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Age of Wonders 3 is definitely the best turn based fantasy Civilization rip-off around.

I have a number of competitors and none of them come close to AoW3 in terms of polish, depth, strategy nor fun-level.

The learning curve is steep - but you will never feel like your wasting your time.

There are a good number of units and races, and then on top of each race is the class, so with race and class you end up with like 6² characters, then there is the choice of male or female which doubles that again - this game is huge. Add to that 3 expansions and you're looking at a true Civilization comparable time-waster.

Recommended - especially at 20USD / 8.99NZD!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This review is going to be really short. Age of Wonders III is the best fantasy 4X game I've played. It is worth buying and the DLC is worth the extra cash.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
If you enjoy games like Civ or Heroes of Might & Magic but have a penchant for the more battle-oriented aspects of these games then look no further. Excellent DLC, active Steam Workshop, and oodles of replayability. This game is well worth the investment even if you're only starting to dip your toes into the myre of 4X.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Its a shame this game has so many problems. It's like Civilization except fantasy. But the units are all very unbalanced, the campaign difficulty is absurd at times, and while the tactical turn based battle are a nice concept, it's not done well at all. Too often, open field battles are way too easy, and on the opposite end siege battles are way too hard. You'll often lose whole armies to a handful of defenders in the campaign because they have one or two uber upper tiered units with some dumb ability that will flat out erradicate your army.

Heroes have spells which are spammable to no end, especially if you constantly tech up your mana and spell pools. AI will of course go out of their way to mess with you, attacking undefended locations that they should theoretically not even know exist, a surefire sign of a cheating AI.

Many times when you win, you'll feel it was undeserved, and when you lose, you'll feel cheated by a game seemingly not playing by its own rules.

If you're a Civilization styled Strategy fanatic, yeah you might like it. But if you're like me and like these types of games to relax, this game caused me way too much stress during my relaxation time for me to reccomend it. Buy it on sale if at all.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
185.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Fantastic game. The levels are huge so each one takes a long time which is fantastic my only complaint is that there are too few levels for the campaigns.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
203.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
If you have ever enjoyed Age of Wonders, Heroes of Might and Magic, Civilizations or anything like those I HIGHLY recommend this.

For me, this is the best game in this genre since godamn Heroes of Might and Magic 3. Anyone who was young when that game came out knew why it's such a cult classic.

This game just improves on everything in RTS gaming the last few years with the only complaint being some lack of building veriaty. But considering most RTS's don't even have any building let alone the amount this game actually has, it's still vast.

Do yourself a favor. Buy this game, play it, and feel like a child enjoying a truly good game for once.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
194.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Summary
Age of Wonders is one of my all-time favourite strategy franchises. Standing among Heroes of Might and Magic and Red Alert. This is a game built to last, with a gorgeous soundtrack, diverse race, class and unit variations and an overall gameplay ambiance that has soaked up many of my free hours.

This game is perfectly designed for turn-based strategy sessions with friends or as an arcade empire builder on your own. With a ton of simple player campaigns, great random map generator and even a detailed map-editor, Age of Wonders III will provide both the casual and the enthusiast hours, if not a life-time of entertainment.

The game has a great many different modes you can explore. And both it’s turn-based and real-time modes are excellent for your preferred method of social play. Growing up with AoW I, I still play turn-based with my brothers online on an almost monthly basis.

Criticism
After a year of playing the game and it's expansions I can safely admit these criticisms:
  1. The game's focus is mainly on combat, and the combat challenge doesn't scale too well in larger games. Luckily you can auto-resolve most battles, but that quickly leaves you missing some of the essential game moments in the game.
  2. The diplomacy in the game has improved with the expansions, but remains too simplistic for my ideal strategic relationship management.
  3. Empire building part is lacking, since all cities have similar building options. This feature is expanded upon with the expansions, but it would be great if there were more micro-management options that could optimise cities or regions.
  4. The campaigns are rather simple and bland at times, there's very little plot to immerse you and the balancing isn't always fair with some random creature spawns that can devastate unguarded empires.

Conclusion
Despite my criticism, I full-heartedly advise this game to anyone looking for a fantasy strategy game to pour their valuable game time in, carving fantasy empires, planning epic sieges or creating a ton of new maps, Age of Wonders III has it all and it’s expansions are definitely worth the investment.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
81.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Heroes evolved. Tone of stuff. Extremly detiled game. Well done!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
The game is fun and simple, like a mix between civilization and disciples gold. the manual and auto combat feautures add more to strategy for one wrong move no matter how strong your forces are could spell thier downfall.
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