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Overall Rating: 85%
Age of Wonders is back! I was a big fan of the original Age of Wonders back in the 90s, which I remember playing extensively. (Those were the days!) Then there was an Age of Wonders II, which we will politely overlook. Age of Wonders III is the next high fantasy, turn-based strategy game from Triumph Studios that, in my humble opinion, lives up to the standard set forth by the original game. The quality artwork of the original AOW is here again, including lovely 2D scenes and fully rendered characters. The player may create his/her own hero from among several familiar races: Human, Dwarf, Goblin, High Elf, Draconian, and Orc. There is a colorful selection of classes to choose from, including: Warlord, Arch Druid, Dreadnought, Rogue, Sorcerer, and Theocrat. The units that become available to the player depend on the chosen Class and the selected Race. As in the old AOW, it is possible to recruit other units that you may encounter.
The AOW story is divided into two opposed factions: The Elven Court, and The Commonwealth. The Elven Court campaign will have you fighting to preserve old world races and magic, while The Commonwealth represents the oncoming invasion of technology and a new order that threatens to replace the old. Aside from the rich storyline, players can opt to play against each other or the computer in single, premade scenarios. Winning scenarios in either Campaign Mode or in a random skirmish involves conquering territories, developing cities, and managing resources. When a player initiates a battle either against an opposing army or structure, the game transitions from the overworld map into a 3D, turn-based battle complete with melee and magic attacks. You can also discover artifacts that will make your heroes more powerful, or take them from conquered foes.
The only complaint I have with AOW III is its incompatible server selection. Servers are based in the UK, and you are in for some trouble if you wish to battle against a friend that is not on the same LAN as you. Attempting to do so results in a "Poor Connectivity" message that rebuffs your effort to connect to other players online. Hopefully, Triumph Studios will address this issue so that all players are able to play online with equal access. As far as the content goes, AOW III is a tribute to older turn-based strategy games that were abundant in the 90s. The story is deep, the world is vivid, and the music creates effective moods for every occasion. It's also good to see that Triumph Studios is working to add more and more content, which will only strengthen this latest chapter in the AOW series. A keeper for strategy fans, for sure.*Note: This review is intended for people who want to make an informed decision on whether or not to buy this game. Although other players may have differing experiences and credible feedback to offer, this represents my own opinion after experiencing this game.