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Dominions 3: The Awakening Reviewed
7:40 AM | Cord Kruse | 17 comments

Shrapnel Games' Dominions 3: The Awakening was recently reviewed by Gaming Nexus. The turn based strategy game offers a bewildering array of units and spells, a customizable game setup, and both single and multiplayer excitement. Gaming Nexus gave D3: TA a score of 8.7 out of 10.

From the review:

As in the rest of the Dominions series, the early choice of nation and Pretender is probably the most important in the game. It can also be incredibly time-consuming, with hundreds if not thousands of different abilities, schools of magic, and various qualities to choose for the burgeoning god. Often the entire strategy of the game is set out in the initial choices, so these are quite important. The developers give some good starting strategies for each of the races involved, but those are only helpful hints. Players can choose to have a terrifying Fire-based Pretender, wrapped in the physical form of a mighty dragon. Or they could choose a puny, mysterious human Pretender, wielding Cthulhu-like powers from beyond the world of the sane. Or, they could be a rock. A rock with aspirations to godhood, mind you.

Play is turn based, and turns are simultaneous. Orders are given to each province and unit, and all carried out when the turn is ended. Dominions uses the hero/army concept found in many strategy games, meaning armies need a hero-type unit to lead them around, and they fall apart should the hero fall. While setting up orders for these units, orders and battle positions are also set in place, as battles themselves take place during the mid-turn number-crunching. While players can watch the battles unfold, they have no control once the fighting starts, which means careful planning is a must. Each unit in every army can be preset with an entire battle queue, from spell-casting to charging forward to meet the enemy.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Gaming Nexus: Dominions 3 Review
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