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Age Of Empires III (Mac)

Platform : Mac OS X, Mac OS X Intel
3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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  • Explore uncharted territories to stake your claim in the New World
  • Command powerful rifled infantry and a naval fleet
  • Gain valuable experience to level-up your Home City and strengthen your economy, technology, and military
  • Lead one of 8 civilizations: Spanish, French, British, Dutch, Russian, German, Portuguese, and Ottoman
  • Fully 3D graphics, destructible environments and dynamic physics
  • UNIVERSAL BINARY: Works with both Intel and PowerPC Macs
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  • Platform:   Mac OS X, Mac OS X Intel
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 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
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  • ASIN: B000HZRLIM
  • Item Weight: 59 g
  • Release Date: 29 Sept. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,645 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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In this highly anticipated next instalment in the Age of Empires franchise, Age of Empires III places players in the time period of roughly 15001850, picking up where Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings left off. As players work to establish their empire, they will take on the role of a European power struggling to explore, colonize and conquer North and South America.

Age of Empires III introduces exciting new gameplay elements, including the all-new Home City and an incredible combat system. Players will find new civilizations to discover, random maps to conquer and a single-player campaign unlike any other. Players also will find stunning graphics as a result of a revolutionary graphics engine that pushes the limits of Mac graphics technology in an entirely new way.

Engage in epic strategic battles. As players control the action, they can experience a new level of exciting combat with realistic physics effects, and have the option of engaging in battle with blades, gunpowder or both. Victory depends on the player's strategic battle plan.

Develop and strengthen a unique, customized Home City. The Home City represents a player's capital back in Europe and plays a supporting role in the attempt to control the New World. The better the player performs in the New World, the more powerful his Home City becomes. Players can customize their Home City to reflect unique personality traits, making the Home City a vital character in the game.

Explore a vibrant New World. Players can take advantage of elements of the colonial time period, including the ability to ally with Native Americans. They also can explore and find new resources in the Amazon rain forest, recover buried treasure from Caribbean islands, hunt bison on the Great Plains, compete to establish trade routes, and fortify the coast of New England.

Experience stunning graphics as you witness new lighting effects and shadows while immersed in a world that feels bright and sunny, yet which has a softness and depth that is revolutionary to Mac games. Thanks to the new physics engine, players will never see the same scene twice.

Discover culturally diverse civilizations. Gamers can play as the British and have a stellar economy, or play as the French and easily ally with Native Americans. They can choose to play as the Spanish and have more support from their home country in Europe. Players have the option of playing as one of eight civilizations and, whichever one is chosen, players are guaranteed a unique and fulfilling experience.


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Age of Empires is known for being a state-of-the-art real time strategy (RTS) series. And this is the best installment in the series so far. It is well balanced, so all the different kinds of troops has both strengths and weaknesses - which encourages different strategies and styles of play. Just what you wan't from a RTS. The feel is good, and both graphics and sound is stunning. And it has a very rich and interesting storyline for the single player campaign.

I've played it on both Mac and PC, and it translates very well. A clear recommendation for all RTS enthusiasts.
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Let me clear things up here - Age of Empires III is a slightly simplified game when compared to it's predecessor, the Age of Kings, but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. It is by far one of my favourite games... the civilizations are balanced and the online is great (and active). It manages to be easy to learn, but hard to master. I have been playing for about 6 months now and have only recently worked out how to properly use the British to their full advantage. Great stuff.

Pros

Beautiful graphics
Balanced gameplay
Epic musical score
Challenging online

Cons

Online can cut out and disconnect at times
Doesn't use Ensemble Studios Online as in the PC version
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Age of Empires III follows the same pattern as earlier games in the series, you have to build up a town, collect resources such as food, wood and gold, advance through the ages to gain technological boosts and then take the fight to your enemy. As far as that goes it's pretty good and I'd recommend this to people who like real time strategy games. However, there are other real time strategy games I would recommend first, either the Command & Conquer series, Warcraft III or Starcraft are all better games. The problems with this game were that it became somewhat repetitive and the AI was quite poor, making many levels quite easy. While there are a lot of levels in the campaign they didn't take very long each and if you can survive the first few minutes of a level you won't have any further trouble winning that level.

Overall, it's worth buying if you've played the other games I've mentioned and got bored of them.
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By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2011
It is perhaps one of Microsoft's crowning achievements in the field of video games. 'Age of Empires' is a series that, like 'Flight Simulator', has continued to expand beyond the early limitations of computer technology and into a field of unprecedented opportunity. This is entirely the case with Age of Empires III - a game that is absolutely a class above everything which preceded it.

With such being the case, faults are hard to elaborate on, and so I'd only be forced to pick on the sometimes unpredictable movement of your battle units. In cramped spaces and areas with rocky/built-up land, your warriors will walk around like headless chickens as they attempt to 'navigate' a small boulder in front of them. Of course, careful planning can avoid this before it gets too bad, but I find it funny to look at more than anything!

Aside from this glitch, the physics are just beautiful for a game that is several years old. It doesn't matter whether your towns people are cutting down trees which shake and fall realistically, or the manner to which your buildings - literally - fall apart in all the right places and right materials from gunfire, its a joy to look at and totally adds to the sense of realism and fun. There is rarely a happier feeling than invading your neighbours territory and watching their buildings 'crumble' apart in all the right ways.

As standard, the game provides feedback for your gameplay with a reward system; the more XP you gain in-game from fighting well or completing tasks, the more opportunities their are for 'shipments' (which provide you with goods whilst in the game).
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Have played this game for hours on end. Not a big fan of the storyline gameplay but really enjoy the online gameplay. With thousands of players online at any time - there's always someone to play with in your skill level. Sometimes do find problems with getting into gameplay online (maybe internet problems of other players) but nothing serious. At times though, gameplay can get a bit tedious with certain qualities of civilizations (i.e. wall building, super powered special team fighters, etc.)

If you enjoy online gameplay, building civilizations, and fighting with them - this game is for you. Would definitely recommend it to anyone without a doubt.
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I've owned this a while and have all the expansion packs. Its a fun experience and is very addictive. But there a few areas that could have done with some serious work:

Combat is very shallow, the best tactic to win is to simply build a large army as quickly as possible, and rush your opponent. Thats it! Ensemble could've done a lot worse than taken a look at Cossacks (unfortunately not available on Mac) which is a fantastic example of a strategy game set in this era. At least Cossacks allowed for different formations for your troops to take - and if you knew what you were doing - it was quite possible to overcome sheer numbers with the right tactics.

AI has some issues - on maps with islands, or a dividing river, you'll have a couple of attacks early on, but soon the computer controlled players will build an army and then just stay on their island not doing anything. This hasn't been ironed out in any of the expansions either which is just annoying!

I do miss the single player experience of AoE II where the campaigns were loosely based on historical figures (Joan of Arc, Saladin, etc) whereas in this game most (if not all) the campaigns are purely fictional.

Having said all that, the graphics engine is great, with some excellent effects like buildings falling apart under cannon shot (like you'd expect!), and it does tend to take a lot of my free time! I'd love to see AoE II remade with this engine.
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