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We first set out to reproduce the rich detail of Age of Empires II: Age of Kings. As we strove to make the fascinating Age of Empires III time period come alive, that goal quickly evolved: We at Ensemble Studios wanted to create the best-looking game ever. From the stunning water effects to the hundreds of units battling on-screen, you'll feel like you're a part of the action in the New World.
With all the talk of next generation consoles its somewhat ironic that the most graphically impressive new game is actually PC real-time strategy title Age of Empires III. The last game in the series was a rather clinical looking 2D isometric game but this new iteration features some of the most complex, organic looking 3D graphics ever seen on any system.
Thankfully the gameplay appears just as developed as you take control of a civilisation from around the time that Age of Empires II left off in the 16th century and continues up to 1850, as you battle to take control of the New World. Gameplay is actually split between the Americas though and your home city back in Europe, which you must also maintain and upgrade in order to keep the populace happy.
The most exciting element though is undoubtedly the new combat system, where the dull and mechanical "tank rushes" of the previous games have been replaced with stunning looking battles of gunpowder and sword blades as you fight angry natives and rival colonisers.
As is demanded of any PC game nowadays theres also a cool sounding multiplayer mode, with the eight different civilizations you can control allowing for a large variety of different play styles. Thats if you can actually gather your wits enough to form a strategy and stop ogling the frankly incredible looking graphics. -- Harrison Dent
This preview is based on an incomplete version of the game; features or problems mentioned above may not appear in the finished game.
It was too old a version so it wasn't compatible with the new windows versions don't waste your money.Published 4 months ago by ellen corry
Great game. Not as good as some of the current up to date games in terms of graphics but anyone who know this series will like it.Published 5 months ago by dix-neuf
my boyfriend bought me this game, i haven't played the game yet because it took so long to figure out how to change the language to English after spending some time on google we... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven Drinkwater