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Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Expansion (PC)

by Microsoft
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations, Japan, China and India
  • Unique groups, armies,wonders and buildings
  • New gameplay elements
  • Exciting new single-player campaign
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000VWQWE0
  • Release Date: 2 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,364 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

"Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties" is the second expansion pack for the massively popular "Age of Empires III," one of the fastest-selling titles in the franchise history*, from Ensemble Studios and Microsoft Game Studios. Engaging gamers of all ages and types in epic warfare in the Eastern world, "Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties" will lead Japanese, Chinese and Indian civilizations to expand their empires.

"Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties" is the latest installment in the award-winning "Age of Empires" franchise, developed collaboratively by Big Huge Games and Ensemble Studios for the Games for Windows platform.

Product Description

Expansion Pack Requires Age Of Empires III To Play

  • Playable Asian civilizations. Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations - Japan, China or India - to expand its empire and fight for control in the Eastern world. Each Asian civilization, led by powerful leaders, has unique groups, armies and wonders, as well as buildings that reflect the culture`s architectural style.
  • New gameplay elements. Extending the innovative gameplay of Age of Empires III, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties introduces new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic Age of Empires game styles, and 15 new Asian Wonders.
  • Exciting new single-player campaign. Returning to the historical, civilization-based single-player campaigns, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties offers gamers who enjoy the solo experience a chance to engage in strategic combat with Japan, China or India through several engrossing scenarios.
  • Expanding a successful formula. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for the massively popular Age of Empires III, one of the fastest-selling titles in the franchise history, leading and innovating the real-time strategy genre through exciting and revolutionary gameplay features.
  • Games for Windows franchise. This expansion pack also ships as a Games for Windows title, offering easier installation, reliability standards and support for key features of Windows Vista, including the Games Explorer and Parental Controls.

System requirements:

OS -Windows XP or higher 256MB RAM. Processor- 1.4GHz, Memory- 2GB free hard drive space (plus space for Age Of Empires 3). Video Card- 64MB with support for hardware transformation and lighting. Online/multiplayer requirements - 56K dial-up Internet Access or LAN.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Asian Expansion 20 July 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Age of Empires was one of my favourite games as a child. I remember having a lot of fun playing it about 9 or 10 years ago. When AOE III was released I was slightly disappointed with it, as it seemed to be all style and very little content.

Now that I have a new PC, and the Asian Dynasties and Warchief expansions installed, the game finally feels complete. The Original AOE III felt a little dull as it only allowed you to control the European superpowers in the Americas. The Warchief's did add a little spice by allowing you to play as the Native Americans, but it still felt a little flat. Asian Dynasties on the other hand is like a breath of fresh air, bringing some much needed variety to the gamer's plate.

This game adds three new civilisations, the Chinese, Indians and Japanese. Each of these have their own unique units, architecture as well as strengths and weaknesses. The Indians for instance have their Sepoy infantry and war elephants, the Chinese their Shaolin masters and firework artillery and the Japanese their Samurai and Ninja. The introduction of the asians to the game also means there are a number of fantastic new asian maps in multiplayer and single-player Random Map. This makes a nice change from battling in the New World.

There's also a new campaign that's divided into three chapters that allows you to play as each of the three new civilisations. The first chapter takes place in early 17th century Japan, as the Samurai Warlord Tokugawa Ieysau attempts to unite the country. The second chapter will see you in command of the vast Chinese fleet of Jiang Huang as he sails to the New World in the early 15th century.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The icing on the cake 12 Jun 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
When Age of Mythology first appeared, I thought that the Age of Empires series had reached its full potential. When The Titans came out, it got even better. The original Age of Empires III was, in my opinion, a step down from the AoM series, though both expansion packs improved the quality of the game. This particular expansion is quite possibly one of the best games of all time. It is certainly in my top three video games. Anyone who owns Age of Empires III should definitely buy this expansion.

And to the person who recommended the Chinese campaign being about the unification of China, I say this: This game is set in around 1450 - 1900 AD. China was unified under the Qin in 221 BC. 1671 years BEFORE this game begins.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed but still good. 7 Dec 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I think this game is not as good as the Warchiefs expansion. Firstly it is much easier and less challenging - I waltzed through this game in ultra quick time so it does not have the longevity as previous titles.

The music also has not changed from the Warchiefs which is the games developers just being plain lazy. Would have been great to have music fitting to the Empire being played and era. The music ended up being irritating after a while.

I quite liked the plot of the Chinese visiting the New World and there is some evidence of their massive fleet actually discovering America way before Columbus did.

The game is still good and fun in parts but lacks the atmosphere to make this a great game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great expansion 6 July 2011
By Ryan
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For those who have enjoyed playing AOE2, AOE3 and TWC TAD is a must have expansion pack that allows you too take control of some new civilisations that each have a unique twist on the current system. Incredibly fun to play this has made playing AOE3 even more addictive it's amazing that I get any work done!!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The asian dynasties 21 Nov 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I eagerly awaited this and was not dissapointed the new civs are properly diffrent and not just diffrent pictures and there are many minor tweaks that make the game much more freindly. I was dissapointed not to see any new improvments for the natives and the eauropeans but there are alot allready. Overall i thnik this is a very good expansion and worthy of the previous games.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable expansion... 18 Nov 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The campaign scenarios are okay, but nothing more; they do introduce you to the period and the units available, and to a certain extent the different strategies required, but historically, they are a bit PC, and if any player is even remotely interested in the periods concerned - read a relevant book from Amazon's listing for a more accurate understanding of the period.

That said, most gamers aren't interested in history per se. The gameplay is as before, but to me it seemed that the AI was less versatile, it was a bit like napoleon vs wellington, attack in the same old way, be defeated in the same old way. There is no opportunity within the game for manoeuvrist stategy, but an all-arms force will always prevail over single-type force. Play from defence then on to attack, and you will defeat the AI eventually; learning the technique of each new force enemy is actually the real pleasure in this expansion.

I would echo the other reviewer's comment - the music, which has been an important part of the game through all the "Ages" series could, indeed should, have been updated too.

Ultimately - worth the money if you like the original game!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 13 Aug 2013
By Aistis
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This game is best. I can recomend this to everyone.! Amazing graphics, good storyline, and multiplayer is fun to play. Very good strategy game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Having been a fan of Age of Empires ever since .. well ever since I could work a computer, this was an awesome expansion and I can't wait to see what happens in the future
Published 13 months ago by James Douglas Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to complete the set
Have not got the chance to play through this one yet as I recently bought the AoE 3 Gold Edition pack and still need to finish it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elliot
5.0 out of 5 stars another game
another con rating form to fill in why do they pester you to fill in this crap when all you want to do is play your game
Published 18 months ago by Wilfy
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
I had this DVD game for years but my original exploded in the DVD Drive qwrecking the drive . was and is my fave game. Thanks guys
Published 18 months ago by D. N. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
for years i have enjoyed the AOE series and this just finishes it off nicely with this expansion pack, great new abitlities that don't out match the old ones either, top score!
Published 22 months ago by Lachlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game, however
I have played the product in the past and it is fantastic.

However, I have a quarrel with Amazon and the sellers of the product. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2010 by GM
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting addition will suit hardened fans
This add-on allows you to play as Japan, China or India. Each has its own unique battle units and technological advantages. Read more
Published on 19 July 2010 by M. McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent game from ensemble studios
Although just an expansion pack this game has enough content and new additions to reawaken my thirst for the game. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by Ms. C. Woodhead
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but shies away from the point a little.
This expansion is brilliant in almost every regard! It's just as good AOE 3 as the others, and everything it brings in blows what the war chiefs brings in out of the water! Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by S. Lockwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good RTS but not the best
The game is decent at best. But its cheap so how can I complain?
A good add on and the units are very diverse. Read more
Published on 18 May 2009 by John
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