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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.
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  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 8 out of 37
  1. 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
  2. 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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  3. Aug 13, 2019
    10
    Thumbs up! Sleek, well-tested 4x strategy game with an added layer of deep tactical combat. Lots of variety, tactics, and content. The AI willThumbs up! Sleek, well-tested 4x strategy game with an added layer of deep tactical combat. Lots of variety, tactics, and content. The AI will give you a run for your money. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2020
    8
    I had some initial trepidation on Triumph expanding the AoW franchise into a sci-fi setting, but upon firing it up, the bones of somethingI had some initial trepidation on Triumph expanding the AoW franchise into a sci-fi setting, but upon firing it up, the bones of something good, like AoW 3 are there.

    I feel like with some time, patching, DLCs, Planetfall will emerge as a very complete and more enjoyable product for those who may have been underwhelmed by what some deemed as lack of content.

    I will say that I expected maybe a few more factions, and some of the design choices weren't my favorite, but I'm still actively firing it up and playing it as frequently as I did and still do with AoW 3's complete edition.

    Updating after the first DLC:

    1. Not really a huge fan of the furry pirate factions, or a lot of the light faction interactions in general. Their relationships with you offer no real value aside from being drains on your resources in exchange for very little of real substance.

    2. Some of the elite units could definitely use an overhaul, especially the Vanguard carrier, considering I much prefer the Walker units with heavy firepower mods.

    3. The battles are still deeply engaging, with massive firefights, powers and tech skills being thrown around, much like the siege style battles that I had massive amounts of fun with in the AoW proper series. This portion is still insanely fun to me.

    4. Tactically, generation of resources feels slightly easier with the addition of more "dungeon" style buildings, or new uniques that can be unlocked by doing the adventure side missions with your heroes. I definitely recommend giving a hero a maximum spec into adventuring for this reason.

    5. The bugs have started to be ironed out, and the planets you generate have begun to feel alive, with creature generation and pirate/merc camps spilling out random units at a higher frequency, even on lower difficulties, giving you more opportunities to level your units and heroes.

    All in all, I'd say my 8 still stands, and I'd recommend at least giving the game a try, if you're a fan of strategy games in the vein of Warlock or AoW proper, or Civ 5/6.
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  5. 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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  6. Aug 8, 2019
    5
    I have spent many years playing Civilization and this looked similar so I thought I'd take a look. Suffice to say this is nothing likeI have spent many years playing Civilization and this looked similar so I thought I'd take a look. Suffice to say this is nothing like Civilization. I could not figure out what I was supposed to do and even when I could it was not clear why I was doing it.

    The interface was far too busy with too much going on. I definite sense of sensory overload and worse still no real tutorial just a talking head spouting far too much information to actually be meaningful.

    I also got the sense that you had little control over how decisions are made and a lot of it is controlled by the AI.

    I'll persist a little longer but so far not very satisfying. Indeed quite frustrating. I suspect this may be refund territory.
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  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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