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Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension

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You are a God! You are master and ruler of a loyal nation. You have unimaginable powers at your disposal. You have claimed this world as yours. But there are others who stand in your way. You must defeat and destroy these pretenders. Only then can you ascend to godhood and become the new Pantokrator.

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.

In Dominions 4 you can also play team games where one of the players take the role of supreme god, and the other members of the team are his servants and loyal subjects. The lesser gods rule their nations, but you all share the dominion of the supreme god.

Dominions is set in a fantasy world that draws inspiration from historical nations, cultures and myths. You will not encounter the elves of conventional fantasy in this game. Instead you might lead a nation of vanir from old norse myth. Aztecs, romans, israelites, greeks, shona and kievian rus are just a few of the inspirational sources of the game.

The first Dominions game was released in 2002 and was well received by strategy gamers. Since then Dominions has been much refined and Dominions series is still actively played making it one of the longest running 4x turn based strategy games.

Dominions 4 is also a highly moddable game. You can create your own monsters, spells and entire nations. Since Dominions 3 there has been a vivid modding community and Dominions 4 will enhance this capability even further.
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Illwinter Game Design
Illwinter Game Design
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: 10.3 or later
  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
  • Storage: 500 MB available space

System requirements for Linux

  • OS: any 32 or 64-bit distro
  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
  • Graphics: OpenGL and libSDL1.2
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Dominions 4: Thrones of Ascension reviews and comments

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Dominions 4 stands out from the other Classics for a reason. These include, first And foremost, the more detailed Graphics (at least for today's Standard) and the pronounced Game Mechanics. Compared to other Strategy games, this is far more complex and more deeply anchored with all Game Content. The real Meaning in Strategy games is given by a Plethora of Possible Uses and also thanks to a good Amount (the tens of times) of game Content, you can create a good Change per Round. What in itself may sound good for Professionals, or at least Players with a Dose of willingness To Imagine, shows all the More clearly the weaknesses of the Game. The Game requires some Familiarisation, at least if you also want to win and not always want to lose. Personally, I have no Fun to gain on a slight Degree of Difficulty. It should be a little higher. A short Note (You can of course determine the Degree of DIFFICULTY of the AI, also whether it should play more balanced, offensive or deoffensive) The Quantity is on the one hand a Quality Feature that Makes it difficult to keep track of it. You have to be one of the Kind players who likes to take some Time or find your way back to their beloved Game, if they have lost the Desire to do so. Some Imagination balances the low-detail graphics and gives the Game a certain Fascination. I forgive The greatest Criticism to Music. On the one hand, there is no Variety In music and on the other hand, the Gedudel bothers me a bit. Ok it sounds a bit relaxing but that's it. Certainly you can get over it. All in all, I give the Game a Thumbs up.
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For Years, as a great strategy/simulation fan, I was looking for a good Strategy game again. I had felt over the last Few years that the Genre was finally going down the Drain, as all The games hadn't offered me the necessary Depth, instead the Developers (why ever) focus on the Graphics of the Games, which is not important to me personally . When I almost gave up Hope and kept afloat With more mediocre Games (:P) I happened to Meet Dominion's 4. And lo and behold, this Game has really, really everything you could ask for. That's exactly what I had imagined as a Game!!! So If you are also looking for a Game that offers an unbelievable number of Possibilities and still does not get bored after countless games (since you have an unbelievable number of peoples who again have an unbelievably large number of different special Units and Magic) and you Also interested in Gods, Myths, Legends, Heroes and a profound Story (Which can also be invented for yourself [Imagination]), this Game is just right for you! It is not possible simply to use the same Strategy for every People in every Age (there are 3) and thus to be successful. Moreover, the Appeal is far too high to make it in a different Way, with another People. Short and concise (and without Irony): One of the deepest turn-based Strategy games I've ever come across. The Graphics, many would claim, do not meet today's Standard, but it fully serves its Purpose and is therefore simply efficient. In Addition, despite all the Restraint in the Graphics, there is a lot of love with it and Richness of Detail. And the Community is just Awesome!!! :D So, for this Price, as a Strategist, I would never miss this Game;) Snaps to! 9/10 if not 10/10
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