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  • Summary: Golden Realms greatly expands Age of Wonders III’s empire building mechanics and introduces new content. These new features are used in random maps, new scenarios and a new story campaign, where Halfling survivors settle in a distant land filled with danger and treasures never seen before.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 2, 2014
    100
    As far as I’m concerned, playing Age of Wonders III without Seals of Power is like watching a movie without the ending. Golden Realms, which provides Age of Wonders III with its ending, fulfills admirably the promise of a promising game.
  2. Nov 10, 2014
    90
    If you played through the campaign in Age of Wonders III and you are looking to get a jolt of fresh energy out of the game, then the Golden Realms expansion should have what you are looking for.
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    85
    Golden Realms packs everything that you would want to have added to the base game: a better late gameplay experience, quests that offer milestones as the game progresses, letting you know how everyone fares, some truly interesting spells, and a unique new faction to pilot.
  4. Oct 4, 2014
    80
    Golden Realms have improved both tactical combat options and magic. They add tens of game units along with the ways of playing. While the game mechanics are not changed, the game's new content will surely make you happy.
  5. Oct 19, 2014
    79
    Age of Wonders 3 combined with this expansion is definitely worth buying now.
  6. Sep 25, 2014
    70
    Golden Realms provides plenty of hours of entertainment, but feature-wise there’s still some room to be filled in this Halfling’s stomach.
  7. 70
    The Golden Realms Expansion does not reinvent the Age of Wonders III wheel, but it does an excellent job of adding content to an already fun title that already had lots of replay value. With that being said, it would have been nice to see the expansion address one of the real issues I had with the first game - the limited combat variety for a feature that is meant to be the game's real point of differentiation.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. R20
    Jan 30, 2015
    10
    Great DLC which adds new features and make game play more interesting. Mythical city upgrades definitely was super innovation which couldGreat DLC which adds new features and make game play more interesting. Mythical city upgrades definitely was super innovation which could change your battle experience. Buy it, you wouldn't regret it. Expand
  2. Mar 15, 2015
    10
    a good DLC that add so much to the base of the game, a new race the halfings and a 3 mission based campaign with some references to Apocalypsea good DLC that add so much to the base of the game, a new race the halfings and a 3 mission based campaign with some references to Apocalypse Now, heart of darkness and to the che guevara, a new dwelling that harbor the nagas, a new victory condition and a partisan specialty, is all great Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    Golden Realm is an excellent expansion. It adds a new race, Halfling, which is very fun to play because of its unique Luck mechanic and a WildGolden Realm is an excellent expansion. It adds a new race, Halfling, which is very fun to play because of its unique Luck mechanic and a Wild Magic specialisation (well, two specialisations of Adept and Master) that very interesting to play.

    It also addresses the problem of "blandness" in cities by introducing buildings that only can be built with certain world improvements. That Vault of Knowledge is very useful now, since players can build a Focus Chamber in cities with Vault of Knowledge, and any archery units produced in the city will have increased power. Well, hello, deadly High Elven Mounted Archers!

    It would be a perfect 10 if GR also introduces a new class, but Triumph had declared that they will introduce Necromancer class in the next expansion.
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  4. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    Amazing game, you will not regret buying. Anyone considering this should buy because it is a worthy investment both for your money and forAmazing game, you will not regret buying. Anyone considering this should buy because it is a worthy investment both for your money and for your time spent as a gamer on this top quality product/company. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2015
    10
    What can i say, best combat turn-based strategy of decade got epic DLC. Domination mode in Multilayer worked even better than it looked onWhat can i say, best combat turn-based strategy of decade got epic DLC. Domination mode in Multilayer worked even better than it looked on paper. Changes are that it brings are worth the price. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    Great, well-priced expansion. The Halflings have some very interesting dynamics, with their racial unit lineup (The Halfling 'archer' unit -Great, well-priced expansion. The Halflings have some very interesting dynamics, with their racial unit lineup (The Halfling 'archer' unit - Jesters shooting fireworks!) and the Luck mechanic.

    The new specializations add a lot of possibilities! I haven't made a leader without Wild Magic since getting this gem - not because Wild Magic is OP or anything (though the mini elementals can get pretty strong if you take good care of them) but it adds a slew of interesting, chaotic spells, useful for most everyone. Most of the original spells got healthy tweaks, too.

    Get it. It adds so much additional, fun stuff to AOW3.
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  7. Jan 19, 2015
    2
    Okay, i've played turn-based games for nearly 10 years consistantly, and i had my hopes set high after AoW2:SM.

    Pro's: Better graphics then
    Okay, i've played turn-based games for nearly 10 years consistantly, and i had my hopes set high after AoW2:SM.

    Pro's: Better graphics then previous games
    Cons: Where to start...
    Less units
    Less Strategy
    Less Spells
    Clunky Interface
    Limited Replayability
    A LOT less races
    Less items
    Less "unique" world feel
    Smaller Maps

    So, 'im sorry to say, but with all these steps backward i cannot rate this above a 3. NO game should remove elements when making a sequel. They destroyed the fun of the series by reducing the amount of choices. If you want a game with so many possibilities your not bound by "he built this unit, so I HAVE to build this to counter it" then steer clear from this game and go back to AoW2.
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