The Old God has left the world and the pretenders are awakening and coming out from hiding. You start the game by designing one of the pretender gods that will compete for true ascension to godhood. The type of god can range from a magically powerful arch mage to an ancient kraken or a mystic monolith that people pray to. Your pretender controls one of over sixty different nations and with the help of that nation he will spread his word and battle the other pretenders. Dominions 3 is a turn based strategy game. You can play single- or multiplayer (1 - 23 players) with simultaneous turns. There are more than 1500 different units, 600 spells and 300 magic items in the game. The game also features a medieval musical score by Erik Ask Uppmark and Anna Rynefors, both awarded the title of Musicians of the Realm by the Swedish Zornmärkeskommiten. Dominions 3 is a highly detailed game and a 300 page pdf manual is included in the download.
I have owned this game for many years and never get tired of playing it. And that is just playing it in single player, because I have heard multy player is better even again.
If you want value for money out of the games you buy then Dominions 3 offers one of the best deals you will ever have. There are things that could be better such as the graphics. But they must be 2D because 3D graphics always looks awful for turn based games. The User Interface as well takes a lot of getting used to, but it does do the job well enough.
But overweighting all of the bad things are the good things which are the endless replaying value, the great sense of emersion in a rich gameworld full of lore, and the infinite options when it comes to deciding what strategy to use to defeat your enemies.
If you only like games that look nice and can boast of big album full of pretty pictues, then this game will not be for you. But if you care about what is truly important in games, then you are really missing out if you do not buy Dominions 3.
To be frank, for many gamers, this game probably doesn't deserve a 10/10. For a certain (not small, to be sure) subset, it surely does, and those are who this review is for. Dominions 3 has a both breadth and depth of experience unmatched by any other game on the market, and the multiplayer is simply fantastic, despite the age of the game and the prohibitive cost it had from its release until it came to Desura. If you have an itch that isn't scratched by the other grand strategy games on the market, I suggest giving Dominions 3 a try.
One of the best strategy games out there! I immediately fell in love with the carefully wrote and deep nation and unit descriptions, medieval music and minimalist graphics. Quite contrary, the game's graphics make the game so fun as it gives your imagination some blank space, thus making it personal (for me at least) and emotional. That is what lacks from today's games.
Basically an accessible strategy game with moderate learning curve and high complexity. Difficult to master but easy to pick up. At first could be a bit frightening because of the somewhat poor UI but if you're open minded, you have some imagination and dare to dive in an artistically created world, you'll do just fine and get an unforgettable experience.
This is quite possibly my favorite game of all time. I bought in the dark days of shrapnel for 60 (!) bucks. I see no reason for someone to pass up on it now with how cheap it is. I've only played the single player but I've still had over a hundred hours of fun in three seperate countries with it.
The deepest and the most satisfying turn based strategy game that I've played. The multiplayer is really addicting and fun, and at the same time
easy to fit in your scedule due to its pbem structure. I recommend this to anyone who loves deeper strategy game and rewarding game structure as long as you put some time into it.(multiplayer might be quite hard for beginners due to the steep learning curve) But definitely worth it!
I bought this game after I was already hooked on the Second. I never regretted a single dollar towards it.
After a while I noticed that it was one of the games that I went back the most to and played since its released up until me re-purchasing it digitally on Desura.
The depth of the game is hard to define, its advanced chess except you have 3000 pieces. And its up to you to decide how you want to move them. Forget the modern graphics, those sprite graphics definitely have their own charm. You will definitely be lost in time and space because of this gem.
how to describe how much I like it hmm I can only think of this situation I was in when I once played the game.
I those the Merfolk ( Tritons I think they are called ) I was hunting for a new province and walk my troops from there watery path and up on land where the battle began. it was a horrible battle merfolk against lepardpeople and just as I celebrated my victory the neutale undead walk into the water and attack my capital.
my only troop in the city was my pretender against 30 or so longdead because of her High dominion she had additionel support and some seadogs for company. the battle to a long time as not much of her magic seemed to work ( knew I should had kept a priest with her) and when only on enemy left he killed her and I lost the game.
though I lost the game it was still so much fun to see that the AI Neutrals can be this smart.. I do love this game Series for every thing in it and the reason I plan to get them all when I have the money for it :)
I rate this third in my greatest games of all time (behind Morrowind and Skyrim for what it's worth, and ahead of Warcraft 3 in 4th).
Utterly engrossing, hours and hours of fun. My three favorite things about Dom3:
- it's incredibly deep, and for me that's usually prohibitive. But in this case, it's incredibly deep for perhaps half an hour a day (if you're playing multiplayer). That level of depth would be a barrier to entry in a continuous game, but in the small chunks it's fantastic. This is a hardcore game that's accessible to the not-quite-as-hardcore players out there.
- when I play Dominions 3, I spend my spare time thinking about my game, about strategies etc - it's not just the time you spend in front of your computer.
- the atmosphere. People tend to look at the game and say "ugh...what's with the graphics?". But every unit has a writeup, each has different types of armor and weapons and nuances that give the game a deep feel. Your pretender has half a dozen titles. Provinces have different races. And the music is beautifully atmospheric.
grammar sorry. Me Orc!
This game is so deep. Most of humanity culture present in it. Each rase is not only different from the rest but like whole different game, and U can just read through races, items, units and spells descriptions. And music! It is somthing. It is the thing that must be played in not writen about. I just like it!!! 100 of 10.