Conclusion: 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. This little expansion is packed with all kinds of minor improvements that are fun to discover.
Golden Realms fulfills the promise of Age of Wonders III. And adds hobbits.
Quarter to Three
2 October 2014
Excerpt: Halflings? Halflings? Really? The race that no one wants to be because you might as well be an elf for the charisma bonus? The most human of non-human races, which is quite an accomplishment next to half-elves?
Conclusion: It seems as if about one good turn-based, epic fantasy strategy game comes out every year. If that trend continues to hold, then Age of Wonders III should be your choice for 2014. The complex tactical combat that has given the series its identity is as strong as it has ever been.
Excerpt: Age of Wonders III is a massive visual spectacle that attempts to combine the best elements of Civilization, Warlock, and League of Legends into a single, sprawling game. It is, for the most part, a turn-based strategy game, but it's got a MOBA influence in the way that it incorporates heroes that...
Excerpt: From my perspective, it’s always seemed that the moment Civilization broke onto the scene, developers have dreamed of creating the perfect fantasy-themed version of it. Starting with Masters of Magic and continuing on with mods and games like Fall from Heaven and Elemental: Fallen Enchantress,...
Conclusion: Concept: A strong turn-based fantasy strategy game mixed with a simplified 4X empire simulator that can feel like a chore
Graphics: Features a nice diversity in unit types, but the simple environments won’t push your GPU to the breaking point
Sound: A peppy drum-filled soundtrack will get you pumped...
Excerpt: Take Civilization V , greatly simplify city management, throw in tactical RPG battles and replace all the ethnicities with classical fantasy races. You now have a close approximation of the addictive experience that is Age of Wonders III .
Conclusion: Since I never played the earlier games, I can’t make the call as to whether or not this game was worth waiting 11 years for. Saying that, I’ve been waiting since I saw the game at GamesCom last year to get my hands on it, and it was definitely worth it.
Excerpt: The thing that makes a good 4X game, I think, is how well it delivers the fantasy of leadership. Whether it’s the historical drama of Civilization or the feeling of ascending from basic technology to the ability to destroy and create planets in Master of Orion 2, the very best of the genre have...