I have been a long time fan of the strategy genre, and while RTS genre hasn’t impressed me much in the last five years, I have found that other aspects of the genre have thrived, one of which is hex-based strategy-RPG hybrids like Age of Wonders, Heroes of Might and Magic etc.
Age of Wonders 3 was a Triumph (pun intended) of the genre, and engrossed me for hours, upon hearing the same team were back for another game, I immediately turned into meme mode and yelled “Shut up and Take my money” springing for the premium package.
You had me from hello.. aka that darn smile.
Love at first sight exists, but I don’t think I have ever fallen in love with any game as quickly as I have Planetfall, From the moment I hit play, I just wanted to play more, with branching narratives and consequential choices, I find myself second and third guessing every move I make, its added a new layer of depth to what is already my favourite genre (strategy).
Graphically the game is gorgeous, and while it lacks the vibrancy of Age of Wonders, this can be explained by a lot of maps taking place on hideously scarred worlds, and I am sure as the games life cycle processes more vibrant locales will be added.
Makes me care about the world.
I started with the Vanguard campaign and honestly, its made me care about the world, It’s left me wanting to find out why the Star Union fell, I physically sat in silence at my PC as I debated siding with the AI faction vs the Paragon.
I wrestled with the moral and ethical complications involved with destroying an entire world to save thousands of others.
I feel in control
From RPG Style heroes to custom units, I feel every army I field I created and tailored to my playstyle, from heavy troopers that focus on organic damage to dedicated siege armies, lead by cable heroes, that wreck havoc to defenders, My armed forces are my own, and if a unit design fails, I know I can always go back and design another.
Something for everyone.
There are difficulties levels for everyone, and the AI seems a lot better than in many strategy games, and while AI will never replace human mind, It can give us a decent run for our money, Planetfall demonstrates that very well, with levels of AI difficulty to nicely match player skill levels be it novice or seasoned strategy veteran.
I am excited to see what comes next?
Having purchased the season pass, I am already excited to see how the developers take an already fantastic title and push it to whole new levels.
Worth a buy?
Yes 100%, now I have to go and lead my whale army on the undead cyborg navy base!