A universe of your own...

User Rating: 8 | Age of Wonders III - Eternal Lords PC

Age of Wonders is a saga that has been around for a while now. This new entry tries to expand their already huge universe and redefine their style of gameplay. Did they pull it... we'll see...

The game looks amazing. Everything in the map feels alive, you travel around with your heroes and armies and you see fish swiming in the water, birds flying and as you scroll out the colorful world changes into a sepia map, which i found fitting and interesting since somehow it helps immersion into the world.

In Age of Wonders III you play a Leader which you can choose from the selection already created by the devs or create your own. In order to do this you must choose your race, profession, spheres of magic and the looks of your hero. The hero creator tool is not necesarily bad, but lacks some variety. After all, i don't really need 25 different types of eyes, but i would have liked more than 3 types of cloth. Still it is enough to pull a decent number of unique heroes, and you can virtually create every single type of character you decide... if you ever wanted to play a female dwarf with beard look no further.

The units and spells you would wield in battle are directly influenced in the race, profession and spheres of magic you chose. The different combinations add significant options for you to try out, though in the overall experience each path doesn't feel as different as you would think. From the huge pool of options the game gives you, you may find yourself using the same tactic again and again and abusing a few selection of units and spells to fullfill your goals. But this is not the case in multiplayer where "Good against remotes is one thing. Good against the living, that's something else." - Han Solo.

The game is by no means bad, but i believe that it has so many options that it takes a while to really understand everything this game has to offer, and so it will take some time to appreciate all the little details the devs added into it. But it really shines in playing against another human oponent where strategies must change and all this options come really fluid and interesting. Where against the AI most options seem useless, against a human oponent you will appreciate having so many units to choose from and therefore being able to change your tactics after every encounter.

The expansions add so much more value to an already huge game. If you want to give this game time and learn it's so many options you would find a game big enough to tailor your own epic campaigns and stories that would last your for decades, but to my point of view this game may look simple and repetitive to the casual player. If you give this game enough time and really appreciate everything the devs did, from the amounts of lore and the inmense in-game manual, you will understand that with Age of Wonders III you don't own a game, but a universe of your own...