I am still working on my review of Dominions 4 Throne of Ascension, the latest entry in the uncompromisingly challenging and complex games from Illwinter. But this week GamersGate has put the game on a tremendous 66% off sale, so let me say that I’m really enjoying the game and highly recommend it to any fan of complex strategy games.
In Dominions you take control of a powerful being that rules a nation and aspires to godhood. The type of Pretender Gods can vary from magically powerful arch mages to huge titans or large monuments. The pretender gods have different strengths dependent on what kind of god you choose and what nation you play.
When you start the game you decide what kind of god you are and how your Dominion affects your lands and followers. It is an expression of your divine might and the faith of your followers. If your dominion dies, so do you. Your dominion also inspires your sacred warriors and gives them powers derived from your dominion.
In order to win and become the one true god you have to defeat your enemies one of three different ways: conquer their lands, extinguish their dominion or claim the Thrones of Ascension.
Here are some of the features:
•Many monsters (2000+) and many many special abilities.
•About 75 different nations to choose from, varying from Marignon with paladins, witch hunters and inquisitors to under water nations like the Lovecraft inspired R’lyeh.
•Three Eras to play in, Early era is most magic and the late era is more technologically advanced with good steel weapons and armors.
•Design your pretender god and how his dominion influences provinces and his sacred units.
•Multiplayer with simultaneous turns (up to 28 players).
•Teamplay with one Pretender player and a bunch of Disciple players per team.
•Network or Play by E-Mail for multiplayer.
•AI opponents for single- or multiplayer game.
•Random maps with cave, mountain passes and rivers (rivers can only be passed when frozen).
•An extensive magic system with over 800 spells.
•Blood magic, power your rituals with human sacrifices.
•Global ritual that affect the entire world.
•More than 300 magic items.
•Unique magic artifacts that all players compete for, once forged no one else can make it.
•Mercenaries are bought on a global market.
•Scouts, Assassins, Spies, Seducers, Corruptors, Werewolves, Illusionists and more can be sneaking in your provinces.
•Claim the thrones of Ascension to gain special powers and eventually win the game.
•Permanent battle afflictions.
•Easy to Mod (2d graphics)
•Playable on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux.
Here is a gameplay trailer: