A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestive nature of some specific units from the base game continues to exist in this expansion, including lines of suggestive dialogue and revealing clothing.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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