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!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,382 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 31, 2014

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September 17

Wild Magic, Nagas & other Monsters of the Golden Realms

Hi everybody,

Want to know more about Wild Magic in the upcoming Golden Realms Expansion, or about the Nagas and some other monsters you'll encounter. Check the Dev Journals on our website:

Dev Journal: Wild Magic
Dev Journal: Nagas & other Monsters of the Golden Realms

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September 11

Announcing Patch V1.4 - now in Public Beta

Hello everybody,

As we’re ramping up for the Golden Realms Expansion set to be released September 18th, we’re first going to talk about the accompanying v1.4 Patch. There’s a huge list of changes, but the stand out features of the patch are:

  • A whole bunch of AI improvements and fixes, including: a more aggressive AI, trespassing updates, AI surrendering, etc.
  • Updated disjunction mechanics. This also includes changes to abilities removing buffs and debuffs to make these consistent with the disjunct mechanics and more interesting overall.
  • Non-Hero units can now continue levelling up beyond “Elite” and the level cap for Heroes has been raised.
  • Added an option to disable observing other people’s Manual Battles, such that the units and spells of other Players are no longer revealed.
  • Tactical spells balance update, making them – and especially buff and debuff spells – more viable and fun.
  • An update to all Elementals, adding more variety to their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Multiple balance changes – specifically to Arch Druid and Rogue units which – adding racial diversity.
  • Changes Happiness and Morale to make these systems more interesting. Includes changes to Skills, Abilities and Status Effects to add more active and direct ways of influencing Morale.
  • Addition of the Package Manager to facilitate user made maps. This including Steam Workshop support.

See the new post for more information, for how to get in on the public beta and for the full list of patch notes.

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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

    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
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Open connection for online multiplayer. 1024x768 screen resolution.
    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
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Open connection for online multiplayer. 1920*1080 screen resolution.
Helpful customer reviews
620 of 827 people (75%) found this review helpful
61.5 hrs on record
Let me preface this by saying that AoWIII is a very polished game; it looks quite nice, has few glitches, and it seems like the Devs put a lot of thought and work into this game.

However, I cannot recomend it. Why? It's simply not an enjoyable experience for me. Now, don't get me wrong: I've always been fond of TBS games. I loved Civs 3-5, and have played quite a bit of Fallen Enchantress, as well as some Galactic Civilizations. I'm acquainted with the genre, but am by no means an aficionado.

So, why don't I enjoy this game? Well, a large part of stems from how narrow your in-game options are. There are plenty of choices between class and race, and those choices feel significant enough, really, but once you actually start playing the game, you realize that there's really only one way to win: expansion and conquest. I knew going in that this game would be more heavily conflict oriented, but to the point where that's the only means of victory? Not exactly what I had in mind, though I can certainly get by with that.

But it's not just that you'll have to go to war to win. It's more holistic than that: everything in this game is about conquest. The only real purpose of your cities is to produce soldiers, in some form or fashion. You build buildings to unlock units to fight wars. You conduct research to unlock units to fight wars. You manufacture "merchandise" to fund your wars. You "build housing" to increase your domain to capture "resource nodes" (that only provide a slight buff to production rather than serving as actual resources) to more quickly produce units to...wait for it...fight wars. Now, fighting wars isn't necessarily a bad thing. The combat is very well designed and has a good deal of depth to it, especially when you take into account the racial and class distinctions. But, this generally superior combat seems to come at the cost of the depth of everything else.

And that's just the problem: this game lacks depth. There is no real economy management, no real resources to capture (the only two "currencies" are gold and mana, the former of which is over abundant and the latter of which is often too scarce), and no real tech tree to navigate. You just plop your identical cities down to increase you GPT to support a bigger army. There's nothing else to it. You don't have to worry about acquiring special resources or developing advanced industry to train particularly powerful units, you just unlock them via research. And you can complete that research very quickly (late game starts at around turn 50 in a standard game, though the overall pacing can be sped up/slowed down during setup). By the time you've done that, you've rendered most every other standard unit in the game obsolete. You can really spam your way to victory against the AI (assuming they're not doing the same; otherwise you just get caught in a gridlock). And so, you lose that depth again.

If you love TBS combat, you'll probably enjoy this game. If you're looking for something more well-rounded, consider picking it up on sale. If you're expecting something akin to Civ V, check out GalCiv III (maybe; it's really expensive and still early access).

ADDENDUM 1: Since patch 1.093 (I think), pacing has been slightly improved through the addition of new production-related buildings and other changes. However, there have been no major changes made to the other mechanics, so, take it for what you will. Mana has been capped as well, which helps to prevent surpluses. T4 spam is still prevalent, though it occurs about 20 turns later for non-summoning classes.

ADDENDUM 2: Since patch 1.12 (or something, I dunno), different races have received different buffs/nerfs, and different gamespeeds have been added. This does indeed help with pacing, and provides more strategic depth to the potentially longer early/mid-game. However, economy and diplomacy are still pitifully simplistic, meaning that my core issues with the game (the near single-minded focus on combat) remain. The late-game is still shallow, even when opponents are on fairly even footing.

ADDENDUM 3: A new expansion has been announced, Golden Realms (I guess? Heck if I know.), that adds a new shorter campaign and race. It's Halflings, and it's only three episodes long, compared to Vanilla's 6? So, basically, it's half-sized, just for the Halflings. It's pretty clever. More importantly, (to me, anyway), it's supposed to bring a lot more to the table in regards to empire management, like special, competitive city projects, new, powerful effects for "special tiles" like treasure sites, and exclusive racial defensive improvements. A new victory condition has been added, as well. Unsure as to what they'll be doing with diplomacy. Iffy on the price, too. Something to think about, though.

ADDENDUM 4: Golden Realms is out and it can be yours for a cool ten dollars. If you're American. Not quite sure about the pricing in other regions, as Steam doesn't do direct conversions. I've played a teensy, tiny amount of the new campaign but, to be honest, I really couldn't get back into it. Diplomacy has been upgraded (for free) as well, as part of patch 2.4 (I never get these right). It's an improvement, but you simply won't see specialized treaties or tech trading a la Fallen Enchantress or Endless Legend. No manipulating multi-national councils, either, even though they exist per in-game lore.
Posted: April 3
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80 of 102 people (78%) found this review helpful
136.6 hrs on record
Update for Golden Realms Expansion: A True Expansion Pack

This game is extremely well made and very true to fans of the franchise, and most of the concerns and reservations I had about it are put to rest. Developing a custom wizard is rather enjoyable, you can create a variety of interesting characters. Each class feels unique, the races despite having been slightly homogenized still feel unique, and there are a lot more units than I had originally believed. The game has recieved content expansions through patches as well which is a promising sign.

In this game, Underground is actually fun to play, and a player can easily spend so much time building a subterranian empire that they forget that there's a world above them. There are a variety of map options which allow a great deal of map customization, and the random map generator does a good job at making each map unique. There are also overworld spells that alter the terrain so it's possible to create a garden paradise, a frozen tundra, or a blasted desert.

The campaign is divided between the Elven Court and the Human led Common Wealth, and the new DLC is a true Expansion Pack complerte with a Gnomish Campaign which from what I've seen so far is actually quite good. The Campaigns have persistant heroes and challenging maps, and have opportunities to make decisions that effect the ending at some point. The game also comes with a lot of scenarios, which seem to range from skirmish maps to hand crafted mini-campaigns, and features a world builder that allows custom scenarios and campaigns to be created.

Online multiplayer games are fairly easy to find with an internet search, though it's best suited for small one on one matches and most map settings are not suitable. Large maps with more than two players tends not to work very well mechanically. Play by Email is on the list of things a developer has confirmed the desire to add in the future.

The Diplomacy is improved in many ways over Age of Wonders 2 and is functional but falls short of other 4X games. There are a variety of neutral races and dwellings you can recruit by doing missions, conquering them, or buying them out. Generally there are just too many features and too many nice things to cover.

If I had one complaint it would be that there aren't enough overworld spells, particularly for Earth and Water.

Highly reccomended, you will not regret buying this. I'm genuinely excited about the future after playing this game.
Posted: March 31
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160 of 245 people (65%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
I looked forward to this game for months, pre-ordered it and took the afternoon off to play it the day of release. I consider myself well within the target market for AOW III, as I mostly play games along the RPG-Strategy spectrum.

As much as I hate to say it, I agree entirely with the top-rated negative review (by dacasonic). AOW III isn't bad, it just lacks depth. There are way too few units (really just one type of : light infantry, heavy, infantry, archer, cleric, light cavalry, heavy cavalry, trebuchet for everyone + 4 class units?), the research is one-dimensional (unlock a handful of units, terraforming and some spells), tactical spells are somewhat varied, but can't be used nearly enough and don't feel impactful due to a (in my opinion) mediocre resource system....

In essence, my biggest qualm with the game is how little there is to look forward to. In HOMM, I look forward to unlocking level 5 spells, top-tier creatures or upgrading my hero, because those things immediately feel impactful and rewarding. In Shogun II, I can't wait to get those hero samurais on the field or finish a massive citadel in a border city. In civilization, reaching milestones (wonders, key techs, even your first settler) feels bloody great and is immediately rewarding gameplay-wise. Even in Fallen Enchantress, a second-tier X4 game, upgrading towns, levelling heroes and reaching certain research milestones feel rather gratifying and makes the player want to go on "one more turn".

There is no equivalent in AOW III. Cities don't feel worth caring about (and it's a drag to keep them from getting overtaken by sneaky flying invaders). There are no great projects to feel excited about. Units are obtained early and the game turns into a variety-less grind within an hour of its start.

Maybe the game could have been salvaged by a better hero progression and XP distribution system, to give the player something worth caring about. Levelling up heroes (XP earned when attacking other units) will grant a few points to invest in simple stats or underwhelming perks (20% resistance to an element). A talent tree with meaningful incremental investments (see shogun II, or even fallen enchantress...) coudl have helped the game a lot.

I played AOW III on a mid-level laptop bought a year ago (well within reccomended specs), and the game ran rather poorly after a while. Naturally, this could be a problem on my end.
Posted: April 4
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46 of 59 people (78%) found this review helpful
122.3 hrs on record
The third part of a game franchise is often where things are starting to go downhill rapidly, especially if the franchise has been around for a long time (1999) and managed to establish something like a "cult following". The franchise left some big shoes to fill when they released Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic 11 years ago, and Age of Wonders 3 fills them admirably.

At its core the Age of Wonders series are turn-based strategy games with turn-based strategic battles set in a fantasy world full of fantastic creatures and magic. You pick between different races, create your leader, build an empire and set out to claim the land as your own. You can forge alliances with other leaders (both AI or other players, if you play multiplayer matches) or try to conquer the world on your own. Your leader and hireable heroes are different to your main army in that they can level up and gain a plethora of new abilities and equippable items. Magic is an always-present factor in Age of Wonders. You constantly research new sorceries and in battle you will most often find yourself flinging powerful spells with your heroes while the rest of your army engages in more traditional combat, which also has its own nuances with line-of-sight penalties and flanking mechanics, on top of other things.


Age of Wonders 3 stays true to the spirit of the previous titles while bringing new features to the table. The most game-changing feature is the introduction of classes. When you start a game you pick a leader, race, class and specialization. Each class gets many dedicated units that are restricted to this class only, for example Arch-druids can get hunters while Mages can summon wisps. The same is true for spells, a Warlord could get a spell that sends an enemy unit into a fit of rage, making it unable to tell friend from foe, while a Rogue might send a plague of brigands upon an enemy city.

Here are some of the features you can expect:

+ 6 playable races, all with their benefits and drawbacks (Draconian, Dwarves, High-Elves, Goblins, Humans, Orcs)
+ Many different spells and units to research, depending on your chosen race, class and specialization
+ Units can level up and gain increased stats, while heroes gain new abilities
+ Neutral cities and dwellings that offer quests and access to unique units and items for your heroes
+ 2 full campaigns serving as a tutorial
+ Random map generator with a plethora of changeable settings to tailor maps to your liking
+ 8 pre-built scenarios of varying sizes with their unique twists, for multiplayer as well as singleplayer
+ Multiplayer with up to 8 players
+ Ships with the same level editor the developers use

If you are into turn-based strategy games you owe it to yourself to at least take a closer look at Age of Wonders 3!
Posted: April 6
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155 of 268 people (58%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
This game is fun to a certain degree, thats true, but this game seems incomplete. Shallow, at most.
Do not expect a civ4 type of depth in this game. Expect a turn based Warcraft 3. Now let me explain.

First thing, Town management lacks real depth, there simply isn't enough tiers of buildings to keep going. Eventually your towns become "perfect" and becomes a building of RTSes where the sole purpose of building a building is to create units.
This is very disturbing to immersive gameplay, coupled with the fact that it is very easy to sustain whole armies of troops without having to worry about anything, as long as upkeep stays positive. Works in Warcraft, not in games like this, especially when there aren't much choices when it comes to units.

Yes, I said it. Sure there are a lot of them, but since a lot of units are unique to class, unique to race et cetra, when it comes down to you making the choices, it all just fall down to "class of units", archers, infantry and so on. And how many varieties do I have for each of these classes? Usually just one. The choice spectrum becomes even narrower once you realize a lot of units are too underpowered/overpowered - balancing is a big issue here.

Research is so broken as well. Imagine a bunch of research-lab-type-of-buildings in a RTS. Now hide them inside cities, and put everything into a single UI. Plus make it seemingly random. Sounds confusing? Because it is. This becomes even more frustrating once you finish your whole research tree: All of your research points are now wasted from then on.

Practically the only interesting thing you can do in this game is teraforming. To sum up; if you want a couple of hours span of gameplay each session this might be one for you. If you want a couple of dozens of hours of gameplay session, look else where.

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Yes, of course, Xerberus86. Bringing in the "grown-up" factor really helps in a video game debate. I hope you are grown-up enough to get the sarcasm, in case you don't, it means you should realize that the games are games, and opinions are opinions. Different people have different opinions about game they played, and they end up with different thoughts. I thought I would share mine, so that people won't jump in making the same mistakes as I did.

I agree on the point that combat is the main focus on the game, but as far as I am concerned, AoW3 failed to deliver anything new on the table. The combat felt mostly like downgraded version of that of King's Bounty, if you want the whole thing in a single sentence. Let me say it again. The units are poorly balanced, the unit pool have tendency to lack "valid" variety, and units simply pour out from cities in 1 turn making combat rather tedious than fun. Think how many times you rather auto-resolve because you can't be bothered, and end up with a dead hero for no reason, then have to reload to do it manually because you know that is ridiculous.

Plus, repeating what I said about rather playing Civ or mentioning the fact that research "only gives you spells and researched bonuses", just proves my point. To add on that "rant", to see how lazy the game developers were, for example, Civ series have "future tech" research option, which keeps going forever, so that all the universities and observatories you built in cities doesn't go to waste. Not a function AoW3 has. In AoW3 if you over-shoot your research capacity you are left with the feeling you wasted a lot of turns building useless buildings that do you no good. Is this a sign of good game design? Well maybe for you, but for a "grown-up gamer" like me, not a chance.

Lastly, I am a gamer for around 20 years now, and I do find myself occasionally falling back to SNES to enjoy some timeless classics such as Chrono Trigger or Earthbound. Having a bit of history however, doesn't mean it can bypass all the criticism. The game is out on 2014, for fu-ks sake, and it should be reviewed as any game that is out on 2014. Not 10 years ago. Hope you keep up with your fan"boy"ing to this franchise, it really helps this franchise to stop improving from 10 years ago.
Posted: April 1
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839 of 947 people (89%) found this review helpful
47.4 hrs on record
Review based off of playing the Closed Beta. (Which is voluntary, and invites were sent based off of forum participation.)

I like TBS games, generally ones with interesting combat systems, and the last one I genuinely liked was XCOM. I've spent the past years lamenting every TBS game that came out, because of the combat systems that resolve the battle in damage exchanges on the World Map. So I was excited about Fallen Enchantress, and I played it for a while, but it had no multiplayer which inevitably killed it for me.

So, I was overjoyed to hear that Age of Wonders was returning with all the Tactical Combat and multiplayer features that I so loved.

I've played each of the games in the series, I thought that AoW1 was excellent, AoW2 was abysmal and Shadow Magic was great. For whatever reason, I actually expected to be disappointed by this entry and was considering not buying it. After playing the beta, I can see that my initial instincts were unfounded.

There are obvious graphical improvements, and I can't really fault them, beyond what I feel is an issue with the change to lower tier unit parties. Though each of the models is well detailed, because they are stood together in a tight stack I feel the units lose a bit of their definition, this might be because of the level at which I zoom out to, but at the end of the day I need to do that to see a practical amount of the battle.

I think the time it takes to enact tactical combat is good, there are speed settings to allow you to increase unit movement and attacks if you're in a hurry, and I generally am. The game ran smooth for the most part, and my biggest issue, which is fairly minor, with the combat is that the hitting animations don't feel particularly visceral in terms of sound, graphical action and reaction. (Some do, but for the T1/T2 melee clashes I didn't feel it was as brutal as the earlier games.)

I prefer the combat system to any TBS that I have played in the past years, and it allows for larger scale battles as well in beautiful settings. (When I compare it to HoMM, which I dislike, or XCOM's, which I loved, or Civ's, which I found boring as I'm sure I would Warlock, etc.)

Each of your Heroes/Leaders has access to a number of upgrades when they level up, leveling up is fairly easy and painless compared to the earlier games (where you had to get the final hit to get the exp) so your heroes become quite strong, quite quickly, but still steps below higher tier units until they reach higher levels. Each hero has it's own class, which grants it access to class specific upgrades, but they all share access to basic upgrades to upgrade stats like Defense, Attack etc. which are fairly straight forward.

Each Hero can become a spell caster, and each class has its own subset of spells, though only one spell can be cast a turn (regardless of how many spell casts you have in a battle) which prevents the issue of your army getting instantly destroyed by a barrage of spells in the first round.

Your heroes have items slots, and you can get items from exploring dungeons etc. You can also make your own items if your city is advanced enough. I felt that there the items available were interesting, particularly the range of mounts (which unlike other gear displays graphically) that allow you to fly about, in the case of wyverns or manticores, and offer other abilities.

I thought the leveling system for heroes was quite good, I found myself often upgrading the default stats and I didn't feel that there was much variation between each hero class type, though there were some cool melee orientated abilities for the Warlord and some interesting ones for the Theocrat, as well as the Rogue. A lot of abilities amounted to global damage reduction to your party, and so the differences amounted to a change in damage type.

The class you choose for your leader (which has its own levelling/point allocations and is quite similar to a hero) will determine what research/units you will have available to you through the game, as well as three sub-specialitions you can choose when creating your hero which can give you access to new schools of magic, or more practical exploratory/empire building skills. In that regard I thought that there was a good variation of research/summons/units across the six classes and the sub-specializations added extra replayability/variation to that.

Unfortunately, I haven't had time to play the multiplayer.

I thought that one of the campaigns was excellent, and that one of them was good, I had some issues with it, but I expect those will be resolved before release. Both of the campaigns were a cut above any TBS campaign I've played in the past, featured interesting protagonists, solid writing, and excellent voice acting.

Each campaign has a text, voice-acted prologue, and an epilogue for each mission, and throughout each mission there are text pop-outs for dialogue from your enemies and allies. In both campaigns there is a branching point where you have to choose sides so I believe that would result in at least four different endings, though I'm not sure.

Either way, there should be a good amount of replayability and entertainment value from the campaigns, and I'm sure that there will be more to come (both from the developers, and users using the editor), and the excellent mechanics of the games themselves (combat, beautiful world design, variety of units and strategies) will add to the enjoyment of those campaigns.

There are currently six races, each has different benefits/negatives to its racial units, there are some instances where lower tier units are quite similar, but I think that's to be expected. Overall, I thought there was a good range of units available and that each of the races/class combinations offered a good variety of choice. Across the campaign you play multiple leaders (races/classes) though your main character always sticks with you, either as the leader or as an accompanying hero.

I would recommend the game simply for playing the campaign, or for playing the scenarios available or using the random map generator. If you enjoy TBS games then you'll probably like this one, and it should provide you with hours of entertainment. I intend to play the multiplayer when it comes out, and I imagine it's going to be fun, but as I haven't played it I can't really say for sure.
Posted: March 2
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