Gravehold remains the last bastion of The World That Was. As the otherworldly incursions from the creatures known only as The Nameless intensify, a cadre of strange survivors emerges from the void itself. Will they be Gravehold’s salvation or its undoing?
In Aeon’s End: War Eternal, players struggle to defend Gravehold from The Nameless and their hordes using unique abilities, powerful spells, and a cast of dynamic characters. It is a deck-builder co-op game that is a standalone from the original Aeon’s End and builds on the lore from the series.
At first, this game seems overwhelming if you are not used to heavier weight games like me. But once you get into it, it makes a lot more sense and gets easier to do the basics and you can then focus on strategy. And there is a ton of strategy to this game as your turn can be played out in many different ways. The weight is also relieved from the fact the game is co-op, so you can work out your turns as a team instead of being against each other. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this game if it was not co-op since the weight is heavy.
I like how that when a player loses all of their health, they are not eliminated but instead become the city essentially. So any attacks that hit that player affect the cities overall health. It keeps the player in the game which is much preferred over eliminating them entirely.
Expansions seem needed to help with replayability, but generally, with the diversity in characters, it is more replayable than expected. If you want to strategize differently, try a different character and see what you can do. And then if you really love the game you can get the expansions and other games.
Overall, I would play this game again because it has a lot of strategy options, it is a co-op so the weight is less daunting, and players can all see the game to the end.
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