Gamers will be pleasantly surprised at the quality – and replayability – of this free-to-play game. Whether you opt for the default mouse and keyboard controls or use a controller, Century: Age of Ashes feels good to play and control. Plus, the game looks great, offers intense aerial dogfights in various maps, and has some depth with the various dragon classes, customizable upgrades, multiple modes, and other gameplay features. It’s music and sound effects are also noteworthy. To keep players engaged, there's ranked and unranked play, quick game skirmishes and more advanced maps. It also includes character leveling up, and a global leaderboard to gauge how your skills match up with other riders. Plus, players can take part in two different live events, which will change monthly, each with their own set of rules and themed rewards.
The in-game Bestiary lists all dragons you can unlock, while other tabs show classes and upgrades. Speaking of classes, there are some subtle differences, such as the fast and accurate Marauder, the more defensive and tougher Windguard, or the stealthy Phantom -- and new classes are supposed to be added to the game regularly. Despite a couple of the maps that feel similar, there isn’t too much to complain about with Century: Age of Ashes. Even the concern of having to pay to really unlock the fun in this game isn’t an issue here. Without paying for any content, it's quite easy to find yourself booting up the game to play another round, grinding through matches to use virtual currency for unlocking new things. For action fans, this is a fun and smooth fantasy shooter worthy of your time.