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.
It's pretty much the best campaign I've ever played, and I'm upset that the special edition never came out. Jack Sherall and his friends stay with you forever, I mean it. It's an unforgettable experience that my words can't do justice to.
From the music choices to the map design, the atmosphere is perfect. As PC Gamer said when they featured this campaign in 2007, the RPG-like atmosphere "makes you cringe every time a Zerg gets close to one of your grunts." You're taken to the battlefields of open plains, dark Zerg infested caves, heavily industrialized space platforms, and creepy as hell abandoned installations. No matter where you go, you get a very strong feeling from the place.
All in all the best part of the experience is the characters and plot. The witty, strong dialogue gets you attached to the characters and makes you feel like you're part of the journey. From the young and inexperienced yet capable and cunning Jack Sherall, to his joking, information-filled sidekick Craig Skillen, to the psionicly adept Katherine Logal, and finally to the witty ex-confederate Vertigo, this cast is unforgettable. It's a wonderful experience that no StarCraft fan should miss.