Age of Wonders 4 Review (Steam)

For our Age of Wonders 4 Review, where we rule a fantasy realm of our own design! Explore new magical realms in Age of Wonders’ signature blend of 4X strategy and turn-based tactical combat. Control a faction that grows and changes as you expand your empire with each turn! Triumph Studios’ award-winning strategy series has emerged into a new age, evolving the game’s iconic empire-building, role-playing, and warfare to the next level. A new storytelling event system and hugely customizable empires provide an endlessly replayable experience, where each game adds a new chapter to your ever-growing saga.

Age of Wonders 4 Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 14.06GB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller support.
  • Uses the Paradox launcher.
  • Graphics settings – display mode, monitor, GPU, render scale, v-sync, quality preset, texture quality, anti-aliasing, terrain quality, soil cover quality, shadow quality, SSAO quality, soft particles, reflections, and volumetric lighting.
  • Mod support through the launcher.
  • Brilliant voicework.
  • Mage Haven is a place you live between worlds, as you conquer Realms and take over worlds the rulers (Godirs) will join your Mage Haven.
  • Interface settings – scale slider, safe area ratio, unit outlines, army banners, show Hex info, tooltip delay, controller deadzone, mouse deadzone, Hex grid, movement grid, city labels, province labels, and borders.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and controller buttons.
  • The camera has an Invert axis and sensitivity sliders. Lock the camera or enable edge scrolling.
  • Three game modes – quick start, campaign, and online multiplayer.
  • Your Mage Haven can be renamed.
  • Seven default Realms (fields of rebirth/Valley of wonders/idella/the dunelands/the vacant throne/infinite forest/deadlands), custom, and create your own realm.
  • Five difficulties – relaxed, easy, normal, hard, and brutal.
  • Realm creation settings – player distance (close/standard/far), players (2 to 9), difficulty, and turn system (classic/simultaneous). Advanced settings let you pick game flow, combat, and full faction control-like difficulty.
  • 20 faction presets to choose from or create your own.
  • Handy tooltip hovers text.
  • Voiced menus.
  • Tutorial pop-ups as you play.
  • Battles show success rate probability, and if you want to auto or manual combat or just retreat.
  • Watch replays of combat even when using auto-combat.
  • Recruitment can be done via the menu, you have a hero cap that can be increased by taking over other strongholds.
  • Familiar controls.
  • Turn-based gameplay.
  • Stability is how you find out about your townspeople and morale.
  • Troops can be hired and trained. They require upkeep so you need to manage your finances.
  • Nearly every menu of the game or option has a clear easy to understand pop-up or info panel.
  • Units can only move X amount of distance per turn.
  • Fog of war at play so the map uncovers as you explore and move around.
  • You watch your units move around the map.
  • Imperium is the influence that you earn and is spent on acquiring new cities, new empire skills, and speeding up city growth.
  • Empire development is done via a skill tree-like setup, here you can manipulate how the world plays out, the powers available to you, and more.
  • Infestations can spawn in a realm and they will get worse as you leave them.
  • A full underground system that allows you to gain valuable resources.
  • As your town expands, you can choose what the new area turns into from a set of options like quarry, mine, harvesting, etc.
  • There is a very handy set of actions on the right to help guide you through all available options and opportunities.
  • Minimap on screen showing who owns what.
  • Spells can be cast and are sparse but powerful.
  • One for the Civ fans out there.
  • Set troops to auto-explore for you.
  • Multiple choice encounters.
  • When dealing with other factions you can create pacts, work together, declare war, etc.
  • Heroes earn exp and level up to get rewards and new skills.
  • You (the ruler) can earn exp and level up to get points to put into stats for your kingdom, discover and equip new items of clothing/equipment, and change your appearance.
  • An absolute time-sink of a game.
  • Every turn feels satisfying.
  • Choose research tasks to add more options and abilities.
  • Pillage enemy resources from their domains.
  • Track/untrack any mission/tasks.
  • Every realm has multiple win scenarios.
  • Play how you want.
  • Auto saves frequently.
  • Times give you new sets of research like Pyromancy and ice abilities.
  • Alignments will show other rulers what kind of person you are and if you can be trusted. It also dictates how much starting trust you get with someone.
  • One of the best examples of game addiction!
  • Have troops merge by both occupying the same Hex.
  • Manual combat is turn-based with each side getting 3 action points. You play in a designated area and can use the environment to your advantage.
  • Retry failed battles.
  • Pantheon exp is earned even if you surrender.
  • The end of the game (by any means) reveals an in-depth look at performance and actions.

Age of Wonders 4 Review Cons:

  • The whole launcher management of linking the game to your account, and doing seperate launcher updates.
  • So much to take in.
  • Takes a few turns to get going.
  • The camera is not always ideal when trying to be accurate in a built-up area.
  • The tutorial is very broken up and you can miss a lot or not trigger the help.
  • Retry failed battles always turn them into manual combat encounters.
  • You never feel like you know everything.
  • Later on in games, the Ai turn can take ages.
  • At times I felt a bit unsure of where to go or what to do.

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Age of Wonders 4:

Official website.

Developer: Triumph.net |

Publisher: Paradox Interactive

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Steam

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9/10

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!