Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Invasions

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Sci-fi strategy gets expanded in lots of fun, unique ways.

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Positive Messages

This new chapter in the Planetfall lore doesn't change the game's focus on players' goals to gain control of the war-ravaged star system. It introduces a new, more ruthless and brutal faction into the mix.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not much change or development in motivations and beliefs of previously introduced factions. New Shakarn faction is presented as villainous, bent on taking control of the sector through deceit, sabotage, brute force.

Ease of Play

A complex mix of tactics and strategy, with each faction diverse enough to have distinct differences in gameplay. Expansion content further develops the story, introducing both a new player faction and a new non-player character (NPC) faction to deal with. Expansion also adds new gameplay elements for late in the game, including massive environmental events and invasion scenarios from mysterious and powerful Voidbringers.

Violence

Various factions square off in turn-based combat, using different science fiction-style weapons and abilities to gain the upper hand. A lot of visual effects like explosions and laser fire, but little in the way of on-screen blood. Camera scale also reduces some impact of on-screen violence.

Sex

Suggestive nature of some specific units from the base game continues to exist in this expansion, including lines of suggestive dialogue and revealing clothing.

Language

Some profanity makes its way into the game's text and cutscenes, including "s--t" and "bastard." Players may also run into potentially offensive language via in-game chat during online matches.

Consumerism

This is the second paid expansion pack for the base Age of Wonders: Planetfall game. It's available à la carte or as part of the game's Season Pass package.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters are shown to be smoking in character models and cutscenes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Invasions is the second paid expansion to Age of Wonders: Planetfall and is available for download on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, as well as for Windows- and Mac OS X-based computers. The expansion adds a new player faction, a new non-player race, new game types, and additional story elements to the base game. Invasions' new faction brings a new sinister presence to the game, giving players another opportunity to play as a villainous group. Despite the darker turn of events, the expansion leaves the base elements and parental concerns of the main game relatively untouched. This includes some on-screen blood, profanity, and depictions of smoking. Parents should also be aware that online multiplayer could expose younger players to offensive language via in-game chat with other players.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygoog2006 June 7, 2020

Mediocre at best.

To it's credit Planetfall looks better than you typical average RTS but my God the gameplay and mechanics are 10 times worse. The fights are simply put not... Continue reading

What's it about?

AGE OF WONDERS: PLANETFALL – INVASIONS is the second paid expansion to the popular turn-based strategy game, bringing with it a new faction, new campaign maps, new game types, and a new addition to the epic war for control of the remnants of the collapsed Star Union. This chapter welcomes the Shakarn, a ruthless lizard-like race that sees the current conflict as a prime opportunity for invasion. Skilled in both subterfuge and brute force, the cold-blooded Shakarn are a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. But an even greater threat lies beyond the horizon: The Voidbringers have come to stake their claim and to annihilate everything in their way by using their transdimensional technology to warp enthralled armies throughout the empire. Players can jump into the new campaign missions or battle against others in online battles, putting alliances to the test in brand-new asymmetric "one versus all" Conquered Worlds matches. Fight to restore the Star Union or fight to conquer it. Either way, be prepared for invasion.

Is it any good?

The deep space adventures continue to grow with the latest expansion to this sci-fi strategy game. Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Invasions is more than just a couple of extra bells and whistles. It's actually a substantial addition that extends the game's lifespan for those that might have thought they had reached the end of the sci-fi war. The new playable faction, the Shakarn, feel distinctly different from anything the game has put forth so far. Their mix of disguise and stealth with pure brute force makes the faction a blast to play and a difficult enemy to oppose. The game also gives players their first encounters against the mysterious Voidbringers as late/end game content. This provides players a new obstacle to overcome as portals open up and drop enthralled enemies onto the battlefield, adding a Horde-like element to the gameplay.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall – Invasions goes even further with its gameplay advances, bringing more innovative ways to play. World Events are interesting new quirks that can shake up a conflict at any given moment. These catastrophic events change the environment in substantial ways, granting benefits and detriments to players at random and turning the tide of battle at a moment's notice. The biggest addition, and one of the most fun, comes in the multiplayer Conquered Worlds matches. These asymmetric battles give one player control of a massive established presence while all the other players work together to bring that empire crashing down. It's a unique twist on a familiar formula, and something that should appeal to fans of the game's multiplayer. Invasions is just an all-around excellent expansion, packed with more than enough new and unique content to keep fans coming back for more.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Age of Wonders: Planetfall - Invasions affected by the futuristic setting, which seems unrealistic? Would the violence have more impact if the gameplay was based in a modern setting?

  • How can expansion packs and downloadable content boost a game's longevity? How can this sort of content fuel interest in a franchise, even bridging the gap between franchise releases?

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