Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Review (PC)
Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a new entry into the Age of Wonders list of games, but with the awesome addition of sci-fi. Age of Wonders games, in general, are ‘4x’ strategy games. 4X stands for “explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate”. To be perfectly honest, this is the first time I heard of ‘4X’ but it fits so well. Those are the steps needed to do, multiple times, in fact, to win your matches. But I got distracted! Let’s get to the game!
Age of Wonders: Planetfall is absolutely fantastic. Any fans of this genre will enjoy the new sci-fi twist added to this game. The same plays the same as the existing Age of Wonders games. You start with a settlement and you have to choose how you want to complete the scenario right off the bat. Story missions will have specific conditions set for you to obtain victory, while with random maps you choose from total conquest, unification or purification. If you’re looking to purify the planet, you will wipe all life on that planet, it also has a 10 turn countdown, and resources get capped, so beware.
The gameplay is a blast. Every round gives you a million options to go through and at least the game is nice enough to remind you if you have a settlement that is able to build something for you. You will need to focus on how you want to complete the victory. If you’re looking to wipe everyone off the map, you’re going to need to focus on building and updating your upgrade tree to get you there the fastest. You do need to be good at multitasking and thinking ahead, as with many strategy games. You cant always be thinking attack, the defense is very important as well as you don’t know when someone will start wiping your undefended settlements. Just remember though you can plan ahead, things can go wrong. You may lose resources, your army may have limited move speed, you may accidentally upset someone and they close off their borders. Oh and queuing up buildings, building and moving armies, gaining resources, and leveling up your tech tree…is just the beginning. Combat is a whole other beast.
Combat is also turn-based and is extremely fun. You can choose to auto fight for you, but sometimes you can do a better job than the AI. Even with a fully powered army, in an even fight, you can still get destroyed. What’s nice is if you have multiple armies around an enemy when combat starts it will join in on the battle getting you an even better advantage! You need to use your range and skills of the different classes to kick ass. What’s nice is the game recognizes flanking so with multiple armies that’s a HUGE bonus! But then again, there is the auto fight option. If it looks like you’re going to smoke the enemy in battle (you get a little estimated visual on how well you’ll do), you can save some time by simulating the battle and keep moving.
Age of Wonders: Planetfall has some great graphics. The buildings, armies, NPCs and characters all have a different look and feel and fit so perfectly with the Sci-Fi theme. Each planet felt different and fresh and it even felt like there were different ecosystems in place. Well done!
Having a sci-fi Age of Wonders is enough to blow you away. The team did an amazing job getting a fresh feel on an already amazing game. Fans of Age of Wonders, this is a must buy. If you are at least bit curious, take my recommendation and snag this, or wait for a sale.
Note: A digital code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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+ The Sci-Fi twist to Age of Wonders is damn good
+ Gameplay is smooth and existing fans will ease right into it
+ The graphics add to the overall experience
+ Just damn well done!
- It did lock up on me once, never happened again with multiple reboots.