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Age of Empires III (Windows)

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Description

Age of Empires III is the third installment in the series of real-time strategy games. The main idea of the gameplay remains unchanged: with the limited amount of resources and a handful of settlers, you must think about the expansion of your colony. Besides the strong economic thread, you should also think about the development of your army. Like in the previous games your people start in an early part of humanity's history and progress to new ages (up to the industrial age) with better weapons and other possibilities.

The game offers you a complex single-player campaign that is divided into 24 missions and three acts. You take the role of Morgan Black and his family which struggle against a mysterious European cult. You can also challenge yourself in the multiplayer mode where you can command one of the eight European powers (from French to Russian). A new addition to the game mechanics is the home city in Europe which regularly sends supplies or military reinforcements. It is persistent and after multiplayer successes you gain the ability to upgrade it through a tech tree.

Screenshots

Age of Empires III Windows Home City.
Age of Empires III Windows Distributing new card in our Home City.
Age of Empires III Windows Bombarding enemy town.
Age of Empires III Windows This is the standard battle between the Portuguese and Russians.

Alternate Titles

  • "帝国时代III" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "世紀帝國3" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Rocket" -- Internal development title
  • "AoE III" -- Abbreviated title
  • "AoE3" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Nothing groundbreaking, but a solid game Cadorna (190) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
A good game, but not a worthy successor D Michael (221) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
Nothing new under the sun Sebastian Cardoso (45) 2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars2.29 Stars
The best RTS since WarCraft II Chris Wright (99) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Show me an AOE fan that actually likes AOE 3? I didn't think so. Indra is here (19699) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

The Press Says

PGNx Media Oct 24, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Looki Nov 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2005 89 out of 100 89
Strategy Informer Oct 19, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
GamesFire Nov 14, 2005 87 out of 100 87
GamingExcellence Nov 25, 2005 8.6 out of 10 86
HC.Gamer Nov 12, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 24, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Yahoo! Games Oct 14, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
1UP Oct 14, 2005 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Engine

Age of Empires III uses a modified version of the Age of Mythology engine.

Physics engine

The Windows version uses the Havok physics engine. Few modern Mac titles use it because of its licensing fee. MacSoft gutted Havok from the game and substituted it with a significantly less expensive technology called PhysX, developed by AGEIA for its Mac port.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #5 PC Game of the Year
    • 2005 – PC RTS of the Year
    • 2005 – Best Graphics of the Year (PC)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • 2006 - Best PC Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Voting)
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2006 - Online Game of the Year
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #1 Strategy Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/2006 - #3 Strategy Game in 2005
  • Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication
    • Early January 2007 - Distinguished Award for Technical Writing and Editing (for the manual and quick reference card)
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