Age of Wonders: Planetfall

released on Aug 06, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is the new strategy game from Triumph Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Age of Wonders and Overlord series, bringing all the exciting tactical-turn based combat and in-depth 4X empire building of its predecessors to space in an all-new sci-fi setting.

Emerge from the cosmic dark age of a fallen galactic empire to craft a new future for your people. Explore the planetary ruins and encounter other surviving factions that have each evolved in their own way, 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 maps and against friends in multiplayer.

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As much as I liked XCOM: Enemy Unknown and disliked XCOM 2, I've grown to really resent both games for popularizing the dumbest and most boring take on combat systems in turn-based strategy games. In Planetfall it's even worse. The painful slog of positioning, the annoying RNG, the cheap AI. This style of combat really has no purpose other than to be frustrating and soul-crushing. It's not HARD, I'm winning easily as I did in both XCOMs, it's just stupid and devoid of strategy. Stop copying XCOM combat, it's cheap, frustrating, boring and provides no strategy whatsoever. The Civilization part of the game is pretty shallow, the story is terrible. I was looking for some kind of hook in this game, but there just isn't one.

A lot of depth, but I found the controls fiddly and the tutorial lacking.

Die Xcomkämpfe hätte es wirklich nicht gebraucht.
Jede Einheit muss einzeln mühsam von A nach B bewegt werden und das in jeder Runde, in jeder Schlacht... oder man drückt eben Autokampf, was bei nahezu jeder Schlacht der Fall ist.

An extremely good evolution of the playstyle of Age of Wonders 3. The latest updates, particularly the galactic empire mode, represent a massive move forward that will hopefully remain present in whatever from AoW takes next.

Really cool ideas, but the online is still terrible.