Age of Wonders: Planetfall

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Age of Wonders: Planetfall is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 51 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 51 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 5, 2019

Don’t make the mistake I nearly made and disregard it: if you enjoy the tactical and strategic game styles it draws from, you’ll find a game that doesn’t go out of its way to innovate on either front, but one that performs a bloody lovely duet.

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Aug 5, 2019
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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Aug 7, 2019

Competent strategy pastes flat-footed, surface-level sci-fi over a genre that lives and dies by its nuance.

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Scored Reviews

Saving Content
Aug 5, 2019

It's been a long time since Age of Wonders III was released back in 2014, and Age of Wonders: Planetfall reminds me what makes this series so great. This is a strategy game that feels like classic Age of Wonders in every respect, but thrust into the future with a renewed energy. There's essentially two games here that work in concert with one another, and Age of Wonders: Planetfall demonstrates how to do this flawlessly. The missions feel handcrafted, rather than "make your own fun"; the planets are colorful and vibrant, teeming with life, and the factions are unique, silly, and fascinating. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better strategy game than Age of Wonders: Planetfall this year, or in the past few years.

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AbsoluteXbox
4.8 / 5.0
4.8 / 5.0
Aug 6, 2019

In a nutshell, what Triumph Studios and parent company Paradox Interactive have here is nothing short of magnificent! They have taken a timeless strategy series that is adored by people around the world, and opened the floodgates for a huge new wave of fans to appreciate the franchise across multiple platforms.

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Old Man Mordaith
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Like many of the best strategy games, the complexity of the systems isn’t dumbed down. Instead, the player can customize their experience. You can alter the difficulty, disable some victory goals, alter resource distribution and much more. I love when games do this. It allows a person to ease into the game in a way that leads to mastery and comprehension without frustration. Options and playing your way seem to be a common theme in Planetfall. This customization allows one to sit back and enjoy the tropes presented in this wild game.

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GideonsGaming
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

It is deep, fun and has extremely high replay value. It's disappointing that the multiplayer has a couple of hiccups but the AI is solid and provides a good challenge with plenty of entertainment. Whether you're playing a custom scenario or the campaign, you are in for a good time. Planetfall may end up being my personal game of the year and I can't recommend it enough. Especially for console players who rarely get these type of games. If you like strategy or grid-based tactics, buy it immediately, you won't regret it.

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SomosXbox
9.3 / 10.0
SomosXbox

Top Critic

9.3 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

Undoubtedly an essential of the turn-based strategy genre

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Cultured Vultures
9 / 10.0
Cultured Vultures
Maxim Klose-Ivanov

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a successful venture into the realm of sci-fi for this veteran 4X strategy series. Its greatest strengths are player choice, customization, variance and replayability, which all leads to meaningful tactical and strategic decision-making.

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GameSkinny
Aug 4, 2019

The turn-based strategy game of the year has arrived, and the unexpected transition from fantasy to sci-fi is handled superbly.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Whether you're a veteran of the genre or a relative newcomer, Planetfall will keep you plotting and planning your rise to glory for a long time.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2019

For console owners, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a rare treat. It’s not only a 4X strategy game that they can play from the comfort of their couch, it’s a bloody good one at that.

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IGN Italy
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall brings a new setting, and lots of improvements, to a classical 4X series. The increased complexity can be occasionally overwhelming, but the strategical experience remains top notch.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Despite concerns with the shift in setting, Age of Wonders: Planetfall presents a fun, 4X-style turn-based strategy experience. It's already stellar combat is bolstered by some solid diplomatic options, excellent race design and well-designed environments.

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MMoinGame
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a great turn-based strategy video game that brilliantly combines management with XCOM-style turn-based combat. Recommended.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a game on an epic scale in every sense of the word. Both a world-building strategy sim and a turn-based tactical RPG, Planetfall offers a wealth of content to keep players engaged for a long time to come. While some initial commitment is needed to get past the learning curve, playing becomes smooth and intuitive within a couple of hours. Armchair generals with a penchant for lasers, robots and mysterious planets will find plenty to enjoy in this tremendously deep title.

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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 5, 2019

Initially unwieldy but eventually engrossing, Age of Wonders' latest entry translates its Civ-meets-XCOM formula brilliantly to a new sci-fi setting. Even if the elements of that sci-fi are a bit rote.Phil Iwaniuk

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Gamerheadquarters
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a perfect use of the genre on consoles, delivering countless hours of terrific turn based gameplay.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall, while a bit opaque in some areas, is the most entertaining 4X I've played in years.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall excels thanks to an emphasis on customization that makes it stand out from the competition.

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New Game Network
85 / 100
85 / 100
Aug 16, 2019

Dynamic empire management and deep tactical conquest forge the perfect alliance within the colorful sci-fi worlds of Age of Wonders: Planetfall. With nearly endless replay value, it is one of the most tantalizing turn-based games in years.

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Player.One
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

It might be too expansive for its own good, but for players who can look past that and place themselves in the shoes as a commander leading a space-faring faction to salvation there's no better 4X title out there. Age Of Wonders: Planetfall is a success for Triumph Studios, proving the developer can deliver on proper world-building to take their acclaimed series to the vast reaches of space.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
Gamersky
金闪闪老里

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2019

As a 4X game, Age of Wonders: planetfall may not as perfect as Civ series, but it stands out in terms of the combat system and fantastic sci-fi settings.

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Rectify Gaming
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2019

If you’re looking for the next big thing in the genre, or just love the relaxing nature only a great 4X can provide, look no further than Age of Wonders: Planetfall.

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GameWatcher
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

A very capable turn-based sci-fi 4X game that mixes Civ with squad-based tactics.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

Overall, Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a large, ambitious strategy game that succeeds in many ways but falters ever so slightly in its grand scale. If you can grapple with the scope it's well worth the purchase and time, offering a great sandbox that could be played for hours on end. Newcomers to the genre might want to try one of the earlier Age of Wonders games before seeing if they should truly take the dive into this massive commitment. Those who do won't be disappointed.

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GRYOnline.pl
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 8, 2019

A few minor flaws can’t ruin this truly great game. Almost everything in Age of Wonders: Planetfall has been done perfectly. The futuristic world turned out great, the satirical atmosphere is refreshing, and the combination of the best parts of Civilization and XCOM resulted in such an addictive game that the developers should warn about it beforehand.

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IGN
8.4 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8.4 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a dazzling, slick, diverse 4X with snappy and exciting turn-based combat and a story I was always eager to discover more of.

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The Games Machine
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a great 4X, but it lacks in accessibility.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall turned out to be more specific than the triquel. It seems that Triumph Studio managed to get stuck in time, steal some ideas of competitors and at the same time predict development of trends. However, it is still a very exciting game that will be interesting to fans of the genre. Especially it should be recommended to the owners of PS4 and Xbox One, which ignores by Sid Meier's Civilization.

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Screen Rant
Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is an intergalactic strategy game that rewards patience.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

Planetfall is certainly worth exploring, but not all strategy fans are going to want to set up permanent residence.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

No more fantasy setting for Triumph Studios: Age of Wonders: Planetfall brings the 4x series into the future and this transaction in almost perfect.

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PCWorld
Aug 5, 2019

Dinosaur-soldiers, character customization, and strong storytelling help Age of Wonders: Planetfall get over the early-game onboarding hurdles and micromanagement woes.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2019

Overworld missions keep the action moving, but the XCOM-like turn-based combat is the real star

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 10, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a very entertaining strategy title that keeps you engaged for hours after hours. Maybe if you are not an old school strategy fan you get confused at the beginning, but as you progress through the gameplay you'll find yourself right at home. Planetfall is a well executed strategy title and is definitely a step forward for the series.

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USgamer
Aug 5, 2019

Triumph returns to its unique mix of Civilization and XCOM with the new Age of Wonders: Planetfall.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2019

Age of Wonders looks good even in new sci-fi universe. It is amusing mix of Civilization and XCOM.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 14, 2019

‘Age of Wonders: Planetfall’ is truly an awesome game and is excellent value for money.

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Windows Central
Aug 14, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall's strategy aspect is lacking. Despite that, the incredible tactical combat gameplay makes up for it, making the full experience enjoyable overall.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 5, 2019

The science fiction setting puts a compelling new spin on Age of Wonders: Planetfall, with a lengthy single player campaign and half a dozen contrasting factions to see rise from the ashes of the Star Union. There's some niggles I have on console, but this is easy to recommend if you're hankering for a new 4X strategy game.

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Game Revolution
Aug 15, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is one of the most unique 4X games released in recent memory, and that is great news for a genre that can be a bit stale at times.

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PC Invasion
Aug 5, 2019

A number of flaws such as a disappointing campaign, a rigid tech tree, and a couple of bugs hamper Age of Wonders: Planetfall. However, it more than makes up for these flaws with its refreshing charm, tactical battles, and customization choices for the avid 4X player.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019

A good format that optimally mixes two different strategy modes, but which in turn has too much information to process and requires time to adapt, with a somewhat more repetitive campaign than we would like.

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
GameSpace
Jatobi

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2019

If you're a fan of Age of Wonders, or 4X in general, you're going to love Planetfall. While it has a steep learning curve, once you learn the ropes it becomes very fun, very fast. Planetfall combines systems like Civilization with XCOM in a way that blends the two genres together for a wonderful mashup of fun.

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MMOGames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

Anyone who really enjoys 4X or tactical strategy games set in a sci-fi universe with overgrown bugs, androids, and dinosaurs with laser beams should definitely consider picking up Age of Wonders: Planetfall. However, this one likely doesn't break away enough from the mold to bring in players who haven't been previous interested in the genre, and if you're on the fence then possible wait for a sale before giving it a try.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 8, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a robust hybrid strategy game that adds a fifth X to the 4X genre.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 6, 2019

A complex strategy game with some severe accessibility issues, especially on consoles, but give it a chance and it's a rewarding and deep sci-fi experience.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Alas, if you're coming to Age of Wonders: Planetfall for a brand new angle on games you've played before, then you've come to the wrong place. It's novel to see several different recognizable mechanics blended into one genre soup. The final product isn't better than the sum of its parts, though. It makes the 4X a faster game to play, but not a better one, ultimately.

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cublikefoot
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2019
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Twinfinite
3 / 5.0
3 / 5.0
Aug 19, 2019

It has a bevy of minor issues, however, like a cumbersome UI and stilted animations, and its lack of tactical depth on the battle map leaves it feeling like a game from a decade ago. But if you are looking for a 4X game to get lost in, with interesting lore and diverse factions, Planetfall will feel familiar and scratch an itch that isn’t often catered to.

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