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  • Summary: Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders series, bringing all the exciting tactical turn-based combat and in-depth empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new, sci-fi setting.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Sep 13, 2019
    90
    You will hardly find a more elaborate sci-fi 4X turn-based strategy. Functional diplomacy, solid AI and brilliant battles are further supported by a highly modular approach to hero and unit customization.
  2. Sep 11, 2019
    89
    My overall experience with the mechanics of Planetfall is that their complexity brings the worlds to life, but the mechanics described above may be too much for beginners, even with the comprehensive tutorial system. That said, I really hope that Triumph Studios takes some design decisions for future fantasy installments.
  3. Aug 16, 2019
    85
    Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a large, ambitious strategy game that succeeds in many ways but falters ever so slightly in its grand scale. If you can grapple with the scope it's well worth the purchase and time, offering a great sandbox that could be played for hours on end. Newcomers to the genre might want to try one of the earlier Age of Wonders games before seeing if they should truly take the dive into this massive commitment. Those who do won't be disappointed.
  4. Aug 5, 2019
    80
    Age of Wonders: Planetfall has its issues. I confess I haven’t cared very much though. The jank is usually a result of over-ambition, of Planetfall trying to let the player do too damn much where another game would’ve gone for a simpler (or “more elegant”) solution. I can’t fault Triumph for that, even if the holes are obvious when listed out.
  5. Jan 7, 2020
    80
    Overall, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a solid sequel that differentiates itself sufficiently and improves upon the franchise's formula. It has a diverse mix of units and races, wonderful artwork, and what appears to be a massive range of strategies. Customizing your forces with an array of passive effects and active abilities is handled effortlessly by the UI, and it's very rewarding to use it in the tactical combat. The campaign should take anywhere from 30 to 60 hours to complete, depending on how quickly you play, and that's before stepping into the random scenarios and multiplayer, where a wide range of options and customizations can cater to your play style.
  6. Aug 8, 2019
    80
    Planetfall sets some new standards for 4X games that would be wise not to ignore, and is an excellent start of a new strategy journey.
  7. Aug 19, 2019
    60
    a satisfying strategy experience with a ton of replayability, and factions that feel truly distinct. Its randomly generated maps can feel so organic you might think they were hand-crafted. It has a bevy of minor issues, however, like a cumbersome UI and stilted animations, and its lack of tactical depth on the battle map leaves it feeling like a game from a decade ago.

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. Aug 12, 2020
    10
    Emerge from the cosmic dark age of a fallen galactic empire to build a new future for your people. Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the newEmerge from the cosmic dark age of a fallen galactic empire to build a new future for your people. Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders series, bringing all the exciting tactical turn-based combat and in-depth empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new, sci-fi setting.

    Build your empire with one of six unique factions, ranging from the militant Vanguard to the dinosaur-riding Amazons and the cyborg-zombies of the Assembly. Progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy, exploring planetary ruins and encountering other survivors as you unravel the history of a shattered civilization. Fight, build, negotiate and technologically advance your way to utopia in a deep single player campaign, on random skirmish maps, and against friends in multiplayer.
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  2. Aug 11, 2019
    10
    Damn. Playing Triumph Studio's previous games, I expected this one to be AoW3 reskinned into sci-fi - and damn, was I wrong. Which is both aDamn. Playing Triumph Studio's previous games, I expected this one to be AoW3 reskinned into sci-fi - and damn, was I wrong. Which is both a good, and a bad thing.

    AoW3 was very intuitive and easy to get into, while still having a considerably high skill ceiling. Planetfall is significantly more complex, and while it's good because you have more ways to express your skill, it also makes the game less accessible. Basically both skill floor and ceiling got increased, and I wouldn't call that a good thing.

    The tutorial will very quickly overwhelm a new player, feeding player with a ton of information that he will undoubtedly forget 30 minutes later. And the campaign is basically throwing you blindfolded into the deep end of the pool, with your hands scuffed and your knees broken. But once you get the grasp of it... You are just getting sucked in with no way to escape.

    The combat phase is a direct upgrade from AoW3, so if you liked that one you're going to like this one as well. The general principles are basically the same, but it's a lot, lot, deeper now, and the designs are much better too. In previous games the best strategy was spamming tier 4 units endlessy, here the low-level units don't lose their worth that quickly, and while the strongest units of each faction are exceedingly powerful, their designs are smart and you need to build your team of lower-tier units around them, rather than just spam the big boys endlessly.

    The strategic phase, research, diplomacy, victory goals and much more got basically redesigned for the game and has not much in common with the previous installment of the franchise. It's too much to talk about in a 5000-characters review, but if I had to sum it up, I would say it's a big upgrade across the board, with some sidegrade due to worsening the game's accessibility and clarity. For example, AoW3 research system was really simple... But it also provided you with like 10-12 choices at a time, mostly without strict regulations about what you need to pick to get a thing later on. Here, you get to see the whole tree with all its requirements, having to look into the next couple of choices, planning like 20-30 turns ahead. The game has a ton of depth, and it's not exactly a bad thing, but its just going to overwhelm a lot of people. Don't even get me started on the mods...

    Overall, I would rate the game 9/10 or 9.5/10 due to its inaccessibility, but I'm going to give some extra points for the passionate devs and how incredibly invested they are with the community, being active on forums and Steam, reaching out to the fans and not ignoring their suggestions. The game might not be perfect, but the developers are a prime example of how the communication between them and players should be like. And they provide powerful modding tools alongside the game, too, letting you make new units, factions, buildings, items, and much, much more. They once again do not fail to deliver and I really feel that my money was well spent.
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  3. Aug 6, 2019
    10
    Deep systems, great sound and graphics, interesting factions and units, lots of customization options, and engaging combat. If you enjoy theDeep systems, great sound and graphics, interesting factions and units, lots of customization options, and engaging combat. If you enjoy the setting, Age of Wonders series, or 4X in general, it’d be hard not to recommend this game. Expand
  4. Aug 7, 2019
    8
    Played maybe 10-12 hours now. Haven't had any crashes or any technical problems. I have seen other people say they get very long load timesPlayed maybe 10-12 hours now. Haven't had any crashes or any technical problems. I have seen other people say they get very long load times later in the game, but I have not experienced that, at turn 60+ in my game, it still loads in about 5 seconds. And my PC is a few years old now, i7-6700K and GTX 1070, SSD.

    I'm still figuring out some of the new systems. You don't spam cities in this game like you did in AoW3, and the amount of combat units you can support seems much smaller. The sector influence system in Planetfall seems more simplistic honestly, which can be a positive or a negative depending on how much you like to micromanage. I liked the equipment system for heroes in AoW3 better than the mod system in Planetfall so far, still getting used to it though. Maybe I'm just playing wrong so far =)

    Game can definitely use some mods/DLC. Diplomacy seems pretty iffy. I like the quests for different factions, but sometimes factions you are friendly with will turn on you for no apparent reason. Maybe I'm getting framed by another faction or something.

    Overall, I like Planetfall so far and have had no technical issues, so I give it an 8. Definitely could be more complex and interesting with some mods and DLC though.
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  5. Aug 10, 2019
    7
    Устаревшая графика, убогие анимации, отсутствие физики, маленькое древо исследования, скучные, однообразные надоедающие бои. Очередная поделкаУстаревшая графика, убогие анимации, отсутствие физики, маленькое древо исследования, скучные, однообразные надоедающие бои. Очередная поделка людей которые сами не играют в игры. Из-за малого количества стратегий,вечерами по часику можно поиграть. Цена вообще другой разговор, такая халтурная поделка не может стоить более 500 рублей Expand
  6. Oct 19, 2019
    5
    1) A boring and complicated map gameplay with a cheating AI that knows your base positions from the start 2) 90% of upgrades in the game are1) A boring and complicated map gameplay with a cheating AI that knows your base positions from the start 2) 90% of upgrades in the game are useless and the modding system is not fun 3) Very slow gameplay even during combat it makes you want to go to sleep 4) Boring objectives everything feels very generic with a forgetable plot and stupid weird cartoon characters (space dinosaurs riding by amazons with ecology sensivities what a stupid idea)... Age of Wonders 3 was a much more mature and interesting game from this anyway i got bored during the final campaign missions and just uninstalled the game. Expand
  7. Sep 7, 2019
    0
    The game is not what supposed to be.

    Is turn-based strategy as when you start your own Scenario you only have 150 Turns to make a victory.
    The game is not what supposed to be.

    Is turn-based strategy as when you start your own Scenario you only have 150 Turns to make a victory. The options are few, only 4 RACES. ONLY 4 and 4 NPC's. The technology tree is extremely thin. By 70 turns you already finished 70% of tech tree without many improvements of even fun.

    I've played 23 hours trying to find some FUN in it.

    It adds NOTHING new to the game. You could play a lot more fun 4X games then this one.

    Considering also the PRICE TAG that is HUGE vs. the LOW QUALITY OF THE GAME. Is not worth it.

    It's real value would be 19.95$ at max. This was an abuse by producers because they used the name: "Age of Wonders".

    My advice? DO NOT BUY IT. The developers are doing lame updates , no NEW units , no NEW races and extremely boring game and action in it.
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