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Dominions 3: The Awakening Reviewed
8:03 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

GameSpot recently posted a new review of Dominions 3: The Awakening, the latest turn-based fantasy war game in the series from Illwinter Game Design and Shrapnel Games. D3 offers over fifty nations to choose from and a huge variety of spells and units. GameSpot gave the game a score of 8.2 out of 10.

From the review:

The sheer breadth of options and approaches, combined with decent artificial intelligence, makes Dominions 3 a great single-player game. But to truly appreciate the ultimate experience, you need to play online. You'll have no problem finding a multitude of online games that will welcome you, no matter what your level of experience, and an online game with 20 other players, divided into opposing and shifting alliances of nations, can provide an epic feel unmatched by many prettier but shallower games. The wealth of options means that no single strategy or nation is a sure win (as opposed to other multiplayer games, where playing as certain factions and using certain units and tactics can practically guarantee victory), and you are likely to encounter something you've never seen before every game.

Therein lies the beauty of Dominions 3. Whether playing single-player or multiplayer, you can experiment with a practically infinite variety of tactical and strategic choices and never find a "best" one, because your opponent has the same breadth of options. Dominions 3 is a world both deep and ultimately mesmerizing to the strategy fanatic. If you prefer your games fast and flashy, you'll hate Dominions 3. But if you're the kind of strategy gamer who revels in hunkering down with a highly complex and deep game with a phone-book sized manual and a steep learning curve that really makes you pause, ponder, and think, this is definitely the game for you.
Head over to the site listed below for the full review.

GameSpot: Dominions 3 The Awakening Review
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