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Age of Empires III (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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 (19677) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.3
Overall MobyScore (56 votes) 3.7


The Press Says

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Game industry News (GiN)
AoEIII does what its predecessors did: set the standard by which other RTS titles will be judged for sometime to come. It remains the gold standard and earns 5 GiN gems for its home city's treasury.
100
Imperium Gier
Zastanawiałem się dosyć długo, jakie to błędy mógłbym wymienić. Nic nie przyszło mi jednak do głowy. Wszystko w tej grze jest perfekcyjne. Świetny multiplayer i wciągająca kampania zapewniają setki godzin wyśmienitej zabawy. Zapomnijcie o Warcrafcie3 i Dawn of War. Age of Empires III jest bezsprzecznie nowym królem wśród RTSów i pozostanie nim bardzo długo. Nie będzie przesadą, jeśli napiszę, iż strategie dzielą się na te przed AoE3 i na te po. To naprawdę gra doskonała, która moim zdaniem nie powinna mieć problemów ze zdobyciem tytułu Strategii Roku, a ma wielką szansę na zostanie najlepszą grą roku 2005. Naprawdę polecam!
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GameSpy
Age of Empires III is an absolutely fantastic title with superb graphics and tight gameplay. Single-player or multiplayer, no matter what your skill, you'll get hours of joy out of this sucker online or off. Age of Empires III may not redefine real-time strategy gaming, but it sets the bar so high that we'll be comparing games to this for years. Shoulder your musket and pony up: this one's a real trip.
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GameZone
Age of Empires III is a must have game for any Real Time Strategy gamer. There are so many new additions in this game that it will boggle your mind. This is one of the best looking games, much less an RTS game, that is out on the market currently. This is one purchase you will not come to regret.
93
Worth Playing
Overall, Age of Empires III is a must-have for anyone fond of the series or RTS gaming in general. The new additions do much to add new depths of strategy, and hopefully the next installment in the series will do even more. The graphics are impressive, and the solid gameplay from previous installments has carried over well. I'm glad the developers didn't radically change the game or try to reinvent it in a large way, as the core gameplay is what initially attracted me to the series and keeps me coming back. With only a few minor quibbles, such as the small role of navy and sometimes lackluster story in campaign mode, I give my full approval to AoE3.
92
GamingTrend
Age of Empires III is a phenomenally awesome RTS, and stays true to all the games before it. The blend of rich graphics, professional quality sound tracks, accurately molded environments and settings, and "kick your feet back and watch" cinematics make this game a real treat. Add to that the outstanding gameplay and you just can't lose. You may have some issues with playing multi-player, so get ready to start untangling wires and/or configuring your router to act as a switch, or just flat out playing on a unsecured network and you'll be fine. Don't let that get you down because your experience with the multi-player may differ from my experience, and like I stated earlier, the single player campaign is worth the $$ any day of the week.
90
Gamers' Temple, The
If you didn’t like the prior Age of Empires games or don’t enjoy real-time strategy games in the classic mold, then Age of Empires III is not for you. On the other hand, Age of Empires veterans and strategy fans in general will find a lot to like with Age of Empires III and should seriously consider adding it to their game libraries.
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PGNx Media
Age of Empires had to meet the lofty requirements that previous entries in the game and recent RTS games have set. The game meets the bar set by previous games in the series though it doesn’t really revolutionize the genre. The additions, changes, and amazing visuals make the game one that is easily recommendable though.
90
eGames
Trudno mówić tu o jakichkolwiek minusach. Naprawdę grałem w tą grę długo i nie znalazłem nic za co mógłbym dać negatyw. Moim osobistym zdaniem wśród strategii wydanych w 2005 roku Age of Empires 3 jest numerem 1. Bardzo dobra grafika, ciekawa kampania i tryb multiplayer, który według mnie jest dużo lepszy, niż ten który mogliśmy uświadczyć w takich produkcjach jak Warcraft 3, StarCraft czy Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War. Nie pozostaje mi nic innego jak stwierdzić, że nowy Age jest warty swojej ceny.
90
Looki
Ich habe lange auf Age of Empires 3 gewartet und ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Die Story ist interessant und um Einiges spannender als die des Vorgängers, schönere Grafik finden Strategiespieler derzeit nirgendwo anders. Über kleine Fehler wie die mangelhaften Formationen kann ich hinwegsehen, das einzige, was mich wirklich stört, ist der geschrumpfte Multiplayermodus, mit dem sich die Entwickler sicher etwas mehr Mühe hätten geben können, da dieser letztendlich für den Langzeitspaß zuständig ist. Unterm Strich bleibt ein fantastisches Strategiespiel mit sinnvollen und nicht übertriebenen Neuerungen, das in der Spielesammlung eines jeden Genrefans auf gar keinen Fall fehlen darf.
90
Playback
Jest to obowiązkowa pozycja dla fanów RTS, jednak im nie musze tego chyba mówić... Dla reszty będzie to jedna z ważniejszych pozycji w tym roku. Śmiem chyba nawet twierdzić, iż AoE3 jest dla RTS tym, czym Far Cry był dla FPS, ale to tylko moje zdanie i pewnie kilka osób się z tym nie zgodzi.
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Gamelog - Strefa Gier Komputerowych
Czas na podsumowanie. Mówiąc wprost, mamy tu do czynienia z bardzo grywalnym produktem. Rzecz urzekła mnie od pierwszej chwili i siedział przed monitorem przez długi czas, chcąc zobaczyć kolejną misję i kolejną, i kolejną. Już samo to świadczy, iż "Age of Empires 3" to gra warta polecenia, nic tak bowiem nie robi dobrze grze, jak fakt, iż jest wciągająca. Dodając do tego wspaniałą oprawę audiowizualną oraz wiele nowych i ciekawych pomysłów, mogę o tym tytule powiedzieć tylko jedno: zdecydowanie polecam. I to nie tylko wszystkim miłośnikom strategii.
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Miasto Gier
Podsumowując Age of Empires III jest zupełnie nową, a jednocześnie starą poczciwą strategia, którą większość znasz doskonale zna i kocha. Po takim zakończeniu nie ma chyba nikt wątpliwości czy jestem za wydaniem pieniędzy na tą grę ? Zwłaszcza na wydanie, które szykuje dla nas CD PROJEKT – z nieprzeciętnym gratisem w postaci kufla.
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Gamestyle (Germany)
Also reicht es für Age of Empires 3 zum besten Strategiespiel? Nicht ganz. Warcraft 3 hat einfach die bessere Kampagne. Bei Age of Empires 3 fesselt die Story nicht so stark, auch zu den Charakteren baut man keine solch starke Bindung auf wie beim Kokurrenten. In Sachen Mehrspieler-Modus hat jedes Strategiespiel einen schweren Stand gegen Warcraft 3, allerdings kann Age of Empires 3 mit dem Kartensystem punkten. Trotz allem ist Age of Empires 3 das beste Strategiespiel des Jahres. Das liegt an der kontinuierlichen Weiterentwicklung der Stärken der Serie, an den Neuerungen, wie Kartensystem und Heimatstadt und natürlich an der atemberaubenden Grafik. Eine absolute Kaufempfehlung!
90
Electric Playground
Age of Empires III offers everything you desire in an RTS and more. Whether or not you've played the other titles in the series is of no consequence. The luscious graphics will draw you in and the game play will keep you there.
90
Netjak
Age of Empires III had a lot of expectations to live up to, given the popularity of its predecessors. The home city concept adds a new twist, making the game slightly more interested than it had been before. If you’re a fan of historical RTS games, then you’ve probably already picked this up, but if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to make a purchase, Age of Empires III absolutely deserves a spot on your desktop.
90
Gamezoom
Eine atemberaubende Grafik, ein sehr gut gewählte Story und ein Multiplayer der es in Sich hat. Das sind nur Bruchteile, welche Age of Empires III zu bieten hat.. Selten ein Strategiespiel mit soviel Spaß und Spannung gespielt, wie dieses. Normalerweise bin ich kein Freund von Echtzeitstrategiespielen, aber seit Age of Empires III ist alles anders. Selten hat mich ein Spiel so gefesselt wie dieses und dank AoE III habe ich viele „durchzockte Nächte“ und einiges an Schlaf nachzuholen. Jeder Fan von Echtzeitstrategiespielen sollte keinen Moment zögern und sich Age of Empires III sichern, jene die mit Strategie am PC wenig anfangen können, sollten wenigstens einen Blick auf das Spiel werfen. Sicher eines der besten Spiele am PC, die es im Moment im Handel zu erwerben gibt.
90
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Overall, I think AoE III is a great addition to any RTS library. Yes it has some of the old rehashed game mechanics, but I think straying to far from formula would alienate player base. So if you’re thirsting for a good RTS, pick up Age of Empires III.
90
GotNext
Diehard fans will appreciate the depth and intuitive controls while working to build a successful empire throughout the ages. Plus, the easy pick-up-and-play makes AoE III a blast when playing amongst friends in varied multiplayer courses. While I can't say AoE III will be the definitive game for everyone, it is a "must-own" for players with a love for the historically correct or anyone who craves a good escape from their usual genre favorites.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I have to move fast as there are only moments before this outpost is overrun by French Army regulars.. After that it will only be a matter of time before the capitol falls. Two days ago an advance unit reported back to us that they had spied enemy activity near here No sooner had we begun to shore up the defenses we were being bombarded by cannon fire. Why has there been no word from the capitol? They were supposed to send reinforcements long ago; meanwhile our own infantry regiments are barely keeping their nails dug into the front lines to prevent our inevitable defeat.
89
GameStar (Germany)
Meine Augen können nicht glauben, was sie sehen: Kanonenkugeln zerreißen den feindlichen Schiffsrumpf in Einzelteile, die Trümmer schlagen Wellen im Wasser. Meine Ohren können nicht glauben, was sie hören: Kanonendonner, Explosionen, Wasserrauschen – alles wie in echt. Und mein Hirn kann nicht glauben, wie sehr es arbeiten muss: Wo gehen meine Truppen an Land, welche Verstärkung fordere ich von der Heimatstadt? Hinter der Grafikpracht von Age of Empires 3 steckt immer noch die süchtig machende Kombination aus komplexem Aufbau und taktisch fordernden Massenschlachten, die uns schon in den Vorgängern so fasziniert hat. Es sind Kleinigkeiten, die den Begeisterungssturm von Zeit zu Zeit abflauen lassen: schuss-durchlässige Mauern, unflexible Formationen, biedere Kampagnen-Inszenierung. Aber genau diese Kleinigkeiten verhindern den Sprung an die Genrespitze. Fürs beste Echtzeit-Strategiespiel des Jahres reicht’s aber allemal!
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De weinig innovatieve gameplay wordt meer dan goedgemaakt door de immer aanwezige verslavingsfactor en de grafische pracht.
89
PC Games (Germany)
Frieden und Freiheit - suchten die ersten Siedler in der Neuen Welt. Doch der Krieg warf seinen Schatten bereits voraus. Werden Sie die Kolonialkriege überstehen?

Pulverschwaden ziehen über das Schlachtfeld, Kanonenkugeln schlagen in Ihren Linien ein. Plötzlich tauchen Rotröcke aus dem Nebel auf und setzen zum Sturm an. Ein dramatischer Kampf Mann gegen Mann entbrennt - so spannend kann Age of Empires 3 sein.
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Krawall Gaming Network
Das Thema Kolonisierung mag zwar nicht sonderlich prickelnd sein, ist aber in diesem Fall gut umgesetzt. Etwas wirr und ziellos wirkt die Hintergrundstory. Spielerisch funktionieren die neuen Elemente, also vor allem die Heimatstadt, hervorragend. An der Präsentation gibt es ebenfalls nicht das Geringste zu meckern. Für Fans der Vorgänger und damit Fans “klassischer” Echtzeitstrategiespiele ist „Age of Empires 3” ein Muss. Und wer gerne mal ins Genre schnuppern würde, für den ist „Age of Empires 3” ebenfalls ein guter Kandidat.
88
Game Vortex
While the persistent Home City is a nice feature, it’s not the kind of replay value that most people are looking for in a RTS. Despite this new addition, the game feels more shallow than others of the same caliber, including its own prequels. The advancements in the graphics are wonderful, and the addition of the Home City is different and slightly innovative, but the game is actually more suited to newcomers to the genre. Age of Empires III is still a fun game to play, it just doesn’t provide the kind of deep gameplay experience that we have come to expect from this line of games.
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Gry OnLine
Kiedy ostatni raz grałeś w naprawdę dobrego RTS-a? Właśnie. Ten niegdyś najpopularniejszy gatunek gier ostatnimi czasy uległ poważnym przeobrażeniom, ewoluował na tyle, że rzadko widzi się produkcje takie, do jakich przywykliśmy tych kilka lat temu. A tu, proszę, gra idealnie łącząca to, czym były dawne real-time’y z rozsądną dawką nowych pomysłów oraz rewelacyjną oprawą audiowizualną. Trzeba zagrać, kurczę. Obcowanie z tym tytułem daje niekłamaną, iście fizyczną przyjemność, poczucie nasycenia zmysłów i zaspokojenia uśpionych nieco w graczach instynktów. Warto się dać ponieść klimatom kiełkujących Stanów Zjednoczonych, upolować bizona, wypalić fajkę pokoju z Indianami, skopać tyłki konkwistadorom. Ensemble nie zawiodło, to najważniejsze. A Mikołaje ruszą do sklepów już za miesiąc, więc...
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DarkZero
While the game was definitely not what I had expected it to be, Age of Empires III was quite fulfilling and exciting to play through whether it was campaign or skirmish. As the franchise always has, AOEIII continues the tradition of easy-to-learn, original gameplay, impressive graphics, and that little spark that keeps us playing for hours on end having immersed ourselves within it. Assuming your computer meets the games requirements, this game is undoubtedly worth a try as it is an exceptional RTS experience that should not be missed out on by any fan of prior games in the AOE franchise.
88
Gamigo
Die Computerspielindustrie wird zunehmend ein attraktiver Massenmarkt und so ist es kein Wunder, dass man bei den Ensemble Studios ein dementsprechend massentaugliches Produkt auf die Beine gestellt hat. Absolute Hardcore-Strategen werden an Age of Empires III wohl kaum ein gutes Haar lassen, da ihnen einfach der nötige Tiefgang fehlt. Da kann es noch so schön „Rums & Bums“ auf dem Bildschirm machen!
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IGN
Age of Empires III is a superbly balanced and polished game and it definitely ups the ante for the C&C and 'Craft developers. Discounting a few niggles in the interface, the whole presentation is rock solid. Each new release in the Age of Empires series has added something to the mix. But while Age of Empires II seemed to focus on quantity, Age of Empires III sacrifices some units and civilizations in order to make the whole experience much tighter.
88
Game Informer Magazine
Well balanced, beautiful, and easily accessible to any RTS faithful, Age of Empires III may not offer a lot of surprises, but it has the fundamentals pretty well covered.
87
Strategy Informer
Age of Empires III is a good and entertaining game packed with truly amazing looking Age of Discovery world. If you have a thing for this great age and RTS games, you should pick Age of Empires III for sure. It will give you many hours of joy. If only A.I. was better…
87
GamesFire
Ensemble Studios kann man eigentlich in jedem Punkt loben. Die Erwartungen waren extrem hoch und wurden auch annähernd erfüllt. In jedem Punkt kann Age of Empires 3 kräftig trumpfen, nur ein kleines bisschen mehr Innovation hätte sicher nicht geschadet. Das Konzept ist das der Vorgänger und bietet wenig neues. Age of Empires 3 setzt dennoch hohe Standards für das Genre. Der Mangel an Innovation gerät beim Spielen zunehmend in den Hintergrund, Prinzipien wie das der Erfahrungspunkte und der Heimatstadt kommen hervor. In Age of Empires kann man viel erleben und ist deshalb definitiv einen Kauf wert.
87
Game Captain
Die Erwartungen an AoE III waren sehr hoch. Leider konnten die Ensemble Studios um Senior Game Designer Bruce Shelley nicht alle drfüllen. So gibt es kleinere Schwächen bei der KI, hektische unübersichtliche Schlachten und einen lieblosen Multiplayer-Part. Warum man durch Schutzwände schießen kann, bleibt wohl das Geheimnis der Entwickler. Neben der Heimatstadt sucht man nach weiteren Innovationen vergebens. Damit reicht es nicht für die absolute Genrespitze. Einen GameCaptain-Award hat sich das Spiel dennoch verdient, weil es sonst handwerklich perfekt umgesetzt ist. Als Kenner der Age of Empires Reihe setze ich mich vor das Spiel und fühle mich sofort zu Hause. AoE III ist „Old School“-RTS vom Feinsten. Alles passt, ist stimmig und sehr gut ausbalanciert. AoE III hat eben das gewisse Etwas, was vielen Nachahmern und Konkurrenzprodukten einfach fehlt und hebt sich dadurch von der Masse mehr als positiv ab.
87
PC Action
In der letzten Ausgabe durften wir schon mit heruntergeklappten Kinnladen die technische Opulenz von Age of Empires 3 in der Beta-Test-Version bewundern. Auch die erste Kampagne war schon komplett spielbar. Sie wissen nicht, wovon wir reden? Dann mal aufgepasst: Als Schottenrockträger und Schwert schwingender Kreuzritterheld namens Morgan Black prügeln Sie sich zunächst durch das europäische Malta und verfolgen die Osmanen, die angeblich hinter einem mystischen Jungbrunnen her sind, der sich in der Neuen Welt befindet. Dort angekommen, errichten Sie ganz Age-typisch Ihre Siedlungen, heben Militärs aus und zeigen Indianern, Konquistadoren und dem frei erfundenen Zirkel von Ossus mit seiner Knochengarde, wo Barthel den Most holt. Punkt, erste Kampagne abgehakt.
87
PC Powerplay
Konquistadoren, Kolonien, Indianer, Unabhängigkeitskrieg, Eisenbahnbau: Die Vorgeschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika ist vergleichsweise kurz, aber dramatisch. Age of Empires 3 inszeniert diese Ereignisse in drei fulminanten Kampagnen - mindestens genauso dramatisch, mit brachialen Gefechten und Zerstörungsorgien.
86
JustPressPlay
If you are looking for a great RTS, this is it. AOE III is sure toplease any gamer, from children to hard core adults. Well balanced.Great graphics. Fun to play. Challenging. This is a good choice for anygamer, period. It was a struggle to find flaws with the game. Itdefinitely was an awesome surprise. I'm glad I was picked for thereview. Thank you Microsoft! I will be waiting for your next one...
86
GamingExcellence
Age of Empires III is a very solid title as a whole, but in the end it is still another entry in an overcrowded real-time strategy genre. It offers a very solid gameplay model and superb graphics, but it isn’t really a revolutionary game. It may not be what people were expecting, but that doesn’t stop it from being a very solid entry into the real-time strategy genre, and a recommendation to say the least.
86
GameBump/Gaming Horizon
Colonial America hardly seems like the most exciting backdrop for an RTS, but the campaign mode in AOE 3 makes it not only worthwhile, but also leaves players longing for more. This game sets a new bar for graphical effects in RTS games, one that seems mighty high but is very welcome. It also brings about a few changes – some more appropriate than others, but everything is done well enough that I’m willing to forgive it for trying to ride the customization-craze wave and failing. The verdict: fans of the first two should pick it up for sure, and other RTS fans would be smart to do the same. Even if it isn’t a perfect ten, it’s still worth the price of admission.
86
FOK!games
Ondanks dat AoE3 veel weg heeft van zijn voorganger zijn er tal van vernieuwingen die het tot een totaal nieuwe game maken. Het "Home town" gebeuren, de Indianenstammen, de Explorer en de schatten zijn voorbeelden van vernieuwingen. AoE3 ziet er fantastisch uit, de maps, de units, de animaties van de units; het is allemaal piekfijn in orde. Vooral de animaties van de schepen zijn echt erg mooi. De zeilen worden gehesen voor een schip gaat varen. Er wordt niet meer op gebouwen gehakt met zwaardjes of speren, maar er worden brandende fakkels gegooid. Vooral de map in het Caribisch gebied is prachtig, witte zandstranden en wuivende palmbomen. Deze prachtige graphics worden vergezeld van een goede soundtrack met bijpassende achtergrond muziek en de soundeffects zijn ook erg realistisch.
85
Gamesmania
Keine Frage, Age of Empires 3 ist ein sehr gutes Echtzeitstrategiespiel mit einer Traumgrafik und bewährtem Gameplay. Doch gerade letzteres steht einer höheren Wertung im Wege. Beim Spielen der drei Kampagnen stolpern Fans der Vorgänger von einem Dejavue ins andere, ein paar mehr Innovationen wären wirklich wünschenswert gewesen, zumal die Story auch eher langweilig ist und das Missionsdesign nicht immer überzeugen kann. Auch die groß angekündigte Heimatstadt ist im Laufe der Kampagnen längst nicht so wichtig wie gedacht und entfaltet ihr Potenzial eigentlich erst in Mehrspielerduellen. Letztlich werden alle Strategiefans natürlich dennoch viel Spaß mit AoE 3 haben, doch dem Hype im Vorfeld wird das fertige Spiel abgesehen von der Grafik leider nicht ganz gerecht.
85
GBase - The Gamer's Base
Die Vorfreude auf Age of Empires III war gewaltig, die Preview-Version hatte sie sogar noch steigern können. Ich bin zufrieden mit dem Endergebnis, doch hellauf begeistert bin ich nicht. Mir wird geboten, was ich erwarte habe: Ein Strategiespiel mit sehr hübscher Präsentation, einer interessanten und abwechslungsreichen Kampagne, sowie einem spassigen Mehrspielermodus. Doch die Schwächen bei den taktischen Möglichkeiten bleiben nicht im Verborgenen und so schneidet der dritte Teil der AoE-Reihe ein kleines Stück schlechter bei mir ab als der Vorgänger, den ich nach wie vor für unterhaltsamer im Mehrspielermodus halte aufgrund seiner besseren strategischen Optionen.
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HC.Gamer
Szóval az AoE 3 jött, látott és győzött. Nem üt akkorát, mint a hat évvel ezelőtt született bátyja, de alighanem arra a performanszra már a további epizódok sem lesznek képesek. Kit is érdekel ez? A negyedik részig biztos kihúzzuk ezzel, ha meg valamilyen oknál fogva mégsem, akkor bőven van lehetőségünk a régebbi darabokból, esetleg másból válogatni.
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Gry Onet
Podsmumowując, „Age of Empires III” nie jest może tą wyśnioną, wyczekaną grą, o której przez 6 lat marzyli stratedzy. Jest jednak świetną i wyróżniającą się pozycją, z której żaden z graczy nie powinien być zawiedziony.
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Pelit
Age of Empires 3 on kuin komea prinssi, joka tulee isänsä vanhaan valtakuntaan viisi vuotta myöhässä, pyyhkii jalkansa perinteisiin ja heittää viisaat neuvonantajat vallihautaan. Tämä keisarikunta ei kestä.
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Gry Mocny
Nowy twór studia Ensemble jest niezwykle trudny do ocenienia. Z jednej strony mamy do czynienia z wyśmienitym erteesem, posiadającym niesamowitą oprawą audiowizualną, ale z drugiej dostaliśmy produkt z niewielką ilością nowych pomysłów. Metropolia i kilka pomniejszych nowości plus rewelacyjny tryb wieloosobowy to jednak trochę za mało by mówić o Age of Empires III jako o tytule, który spełnił wszystkie pokładane w nim nadzieje. Jednak nie zmienia to stanu rzeczy, że AoE jest głównym pretendentem do miana strategii roku.
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VGPub
Age of Empires III stands as one of those games that it is easier to respect than love. The design is tried and true, so trifling with it too much would be crazy. This is a good game ? a very good game. It has all the addictiveness of the earlier titles, but probably less replay value since there are more interesting and creative RTSs out there. Age of Empires III will undoubtedly sell millions of copies and become a huge hit in multiplayer ? and deservedly so. All the same, it might be time for the father to learn some lessons from the kids.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Simple on the surface, but satisfyingly complex underneath - that's the Age Of Empires series all over. This latest instalment is an evolution of the successful formula rather than the revolution that some of us might have been hoping for, but we can't really blame Ensemble Studios for that. After all, gamers have lapped up all the previous Age games with relish and that isn't about to change with this one. It's surely the best-looking traditional real time strategy game out there at the moment, and more importantly it's a real blast to play. Boom!
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PC Zone
Simple on the surface, but satisfyingly complex underneath - that's the Age Of Empires series all over. This latest instalment is an evolution of the successful formula rather than the revolution that some of us might have been hoping for, but we can't really blame Ensemble Studios for that. After all, gamers have lapped up all the previous Age games with relish and that isn't about to change with this one. It's surely the best-looking traditional real time strategy game out there at the moment, and more importantly it's a real blast to play. Boom!
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Game Over Online
It’s a little difficult to call a game like AOE3 dated because so much work has been done on the graphics and interface, but under the hood (with the exception of the home city concept) AOE3 is all AOE2. Is this a bad thing? Maybe. I’m still playing AOE2 online and in skirmish mode (where the computer does relatively well on certain maps), and now in AOE3 I get to play AOE2 with snazzier graphics and a groovy new interface. Perhaps with a couple of patches they can clean up a few of the formation issues and make life even more swell (though I think the ship combat is a total loss). As it stands, it’s a pretty good game. Not a great one, but pretty good.
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Game Informer Magazine
Age of Empires III is a solid, fun game with a lot going for it. On many fronts, though, the series is treading water or even moving backwards with this installment. Dedicated players online will doubtless get a lot of mileage out of it, though, and the pleasantly lengthy single-player campaign ain't half bad. Hopefully Ensemble will focus a little more on substance than style with its next game.
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Fragland.net
Whenever the term Age of Empires is used, nearly every gamer spontaneously recalls himself of Age of Kings, which was released back in 1999. Not only did it look amazing back then, it also offered numerous hours of addictive game play. The multiplayer part is still being played at almost every LAN party out there.

Now, six years later, Microsoft brings us Age of Discovery, third chapter of the series, which takes place during the second half of the previous millennium. But does the game really live up to all these high expectations?
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
'AOE III' is niet perfect, en spelers die te veel verwachten zouden wel eens bedrogen kunnen uitkomen. Maar al diegenen die zoeken naar een ingewikkeld en interessant levensecht strategiespelletje met mooie grafische beelden en een historisch tintje, zullen heel tevreden zijn met 'Age of Empire III'.
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Gaming Nexus
Age of Empires III is a very well-polished old-school RTS, with enough new concepts to freshen the series up a bit. Fans of the Age of Empires franchise will be well pleased, but those looking for the Next Big Thing in real-time strategy will need to look elsewhere.
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GameSpot
Those looking for a complex and interesting real-time strategy game with fantastic good looks and some historical flavor will find just what they want in Age of Empires III.
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Gameswelt
Obwohl die Ensemble Studios ihr ’Age of Empires 3’ mit dem letzten technischen Schrei sowie einigen neuen Features, wie etwa der Home City, vollgestopft haben, bleibt als Gesamteindruck ein ziemlich konservatives Spiel übrig. Zu vieles kennt man schon aus dem angestaubten Vorgänger, man hätte sich schon mehr Mut zum Risiko bei der Wiedergeburt gewünscht. Sicher: Wer befürchtet, mit dem dritten Teil ein Spiel in Händen zu halten, das nichts mehr mit dem ’Age’-Feeling zu tun hat, kann beruhigt zu ’Age of Empires 3’ greifen. Auch die Vereinfachungen in der Wirtschaft, wie zum Beispiel der Verzicht auf Lager- und Sammelstätten oder der Wegfall einer klassischen Ressource, brauchen nicht zu ängstigen. Doch gerade im für ’Age of Empires’ wichtigen Multiplayer-Modus summieren sich die Ungereimtheiten.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Six years is a long time for fans to wait, and Age of Empires III doesn’t meet the expectations. The game does a good job at fixing a lot of the previous problems with the Age of Empires formula, but there are still some issues that hurt the game greatly. There’s certainly enough depth to be found for RTS fans, but once again, it falls a tad sort of our expectations.
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Armchair Empire, The
I was hoping for a revolution, but instead, I found an excellent evolution. Depending on what you expect, you may or may not be disappointed with what you find. However, there can be no arguments made on whether or not Age of Empires 3 is successful in providing an entertaining real-time strategy experience.
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Games Radar
There's no question that Age of Empires III is enjoyable, and the strong multiplayer modes make it worth owning. It's just that it doesn’t strive hard enough to truly usher in a new age of the genre.
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Gameplanet
A classic real time strategy game based on the discovery of the New World. A whole set of new challenges for strategy gamers set in some of the best gaming environments we have seen in the RTS genre. An excellent game and one that needs to be in your collection.
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UOL Jogos
Independentemente disso, o game é divertido, competente e vale cada centavo nele investido, tanto para admiradores antigas da saga quanto para quem está chegando agora. Porém, sem dúvidas, o impacto da nova versão foi muito menor que o de "Age of Empires II" em relação ao original.
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Gry o2
Age of Empires III to krok do przodu i pół kroku wstecz. Otrzymaliśmy, bowiem produkt uproszczony, może i graficznie powalający, ale z kiepskim pathfindingiem, problemami z obsługą dział i brakiem zaawansowanych rozkazów. Ujmując to w jednym zdaniu: Co z tego że multiplayer można porównywać z World of Warcraft skoro jednostki trzeba niańczyć?
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Gildia Gier Komputerowych
Teraz nadszedł czas na podsumowanie. Mam mieszane uczucia, bo to jest tak – pięknie wydana gra (CD Projekt umie oto zadbać, oj umie), przynosząca ze sobą wiele godzin doskonałej zabawy dla wszystkich miłośników strategii czasu rzeczywistego i historii, ale równocześnie przyprawiająca o palpitacje serca i zawroty głowy wszystkich nie posiadających potworów a nie komputerów (wymagania podane przez producenta możecie zaklasyfikować do kategorii trzeciej prawd ogólnych – g**** prawdy - AoEIII nie chciał się nawet zainstalować na następującym sprzęcie - AMD Windows XP, Athlon Thunderbird 1,4 Ghz, 256 MB DDR RAM, Radeon 9200 128 MB DDR, czyli na odpowiadającym minimalnym wymaganiom). Jeśli jednak masz odpowiedni sprzęt to gorąco polecam!
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videogamer.com
Age of Empires III is a beautiful and exceedingly competent RTS. It doesn't really do anything to take the genre into a new direction or to differentiate itself too much from its predecessors, but both newcomers to the genre and RTS veterans are unlikely to be disappointed by what it offers. The multiplayer mode is likely to entertain well beyond the campaign and will no doubt keep you busy until the inevitable expansion.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Age of Empires 3 n'est peut-être pas le jeu ultime que l'on attendait de par sa campagne solo basique et ses lacunes au niveau des options escarmouche et multijoueur, mais c'est tout de même un excellent STR. Grâce à son contenu très riche, sa réalisation soignée et son gameplay efficace, il parvient sans mal à surclasser ses aînés. De longues heures de jeu en perspective.
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Video Game Talk
The 24-mission single player campaign will take up a huge chunk of your time, but it's certainly worth it. Be prepared to invest a solid 25 to 30 hours in the single player game at the hard level of difficulty. Add in many more countless hours if you get hooked on the awesome multiplayer portion of the game. I recommend this game to RTS beginners & veterans, adventure lovers, or people that enjoy historical eras. The lengthy single player game and the tense multiplayer sessions make this one a no-brainer to recommend even at full price.
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GamePro (US)
Unfortunately, AOE III also suffers from the same combat and resource management that's long been present in the AOE franchise. Units are diverse and well crafted, but heroes, or "explorer" units as they're called, seem bland and undifferentiated between factions. The same goes for the professional but tepid soundtrack. This doesn't suggest AOE III is a bad game by any measure, yet with such visual improvements it's unfortunate that other aspects didn't receive such an overhaul. Ultimately, AOE III has clearly won the battle for graphical supremacy, but for all its improvements elsewhere, it has yet to win the war for RTS dominance.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Age of Empires III is very much the evolution of this iconic franchise from Ensemble and Microsoft Game Studios thanks to its retention of key gameplay features such as Age progression and the addition on new elements such as the Home City screens. The implementation of Havok physics and Bloom lighting have enabled the Age of Empires III look and act fantastically well, and the audio is also satisfying. Overall it's a slick and well presented title that is very much a mainstream middle of the road game that will please RTS fans who aren't hardcore armchair generals.
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Game Chronicles
If you were a big fan of Age of Empires II then you will probably enjoy this title. Though you could just save yourself the money and play Age of Empires II. The additions to the game don’t alter the basic strategy that much. So while this is a solid RTS title, it certainly isn’t breaking any new ground.
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Christ Centered Game Reviews
This is a war strategy game so there is violence and war. There is no blood or gore though. Every civilization has a church you can build though the Ottomans have Mosques instead. No particular faith is practiced and the priests are used for healing purposes. The taunts are funny but a few may be offensive to some. The worst of them is: “Shut your pie hole!” This is a great addition to the Age of Empires series. I’m glad I bought it and have spent lots of time playing this game. With the various difficulties and online play there’s lots of replay ability. From an appropriateness standpoint this game is pretty decent, even though there is war and battles it doesn’t have blood and guts everywhere. I highly recommend this game to any RTS gamer.
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3DAvenue
AOE3 is a good game because it doesn't change the AOE formula too much - the gameplay is essentially identical, and even though 3D graphics are used this time around, they are rendered in a way that makes the game look 2D isometric, even if it isn't. What this creates is an RTS that does feel a little dated bar a few bells and whistles, although the fans of the series will likely feel right at home, which is, after all, the fanbase who made AOE2 a successful title in the first place. However, I still can't help but feel more could have been done to make AOE3 a truly next generation RTS title. AOE3 is still a very enjoyable game, but whether or not it is a true upgrade over AOE2 is questionable.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Vous l’avez attendu pendant des années, le voilà enfin : Age of Empires 3 sort officiellement le 4 novembre. Quel bonheur de retrouver cette série développée par Ensemble Studios, devenue une référence dans le domaine des jeux de stratégie temps réel ( STR).
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ActionTrip
My final verdict for Age of Empires 3 is that it's a game with great potential that sadly hasn't been fully developed. No matter how much you may like certain aspects of it, the fact that the retail code feels so incomplete and technically lacking is inexcusable. The pre-release patch only improves things slightly, and it looks to me like a more thorough patch is in order. For our reader, I would recommend that you wait a week or two before purchasing this one. In a few weeks, when the code feels more like retail code, I strongly advise you to get it - the experience will be worth it.
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Game Shark
Again, Age of Empires III is definitely a fun game and if you loved Age of Empires II you're most likely going to love this one, too.
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Gamenikki
Overall, Age of Empires III is a nice update to the series. But especially with the way other historical RTS games have advanced the genre, I was expecting more innovation from the game (and developer) that started it all.
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Yahoo! Games
On the whole, Age of Empires III would be a damn fine RTS if it came out five years ago. Instead, it's some impressive modern technology and bold gameplay ideas unfortunately saddled by an outdated take on the genre. Hardcore Age players? You'll love it. Everyone else? Well, the good news is that there are plenty of excellently designed real-time strategy games out there.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
These hand-outs are symptomatic of the stagnation at the heart of Age of Empires 3. Even with the new home cities, gameplay feels tired and characterless.
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Gamekult
Beau et doté d'une très bonne atmosphère, Age of Empires III est un excellent jeu de stratégie qui ne dévie cependant pas des limites du genre. Extrêmement classique dans sa conception, le jeu d'Ensemble Studios tente quelques percées innovantes qui dissimulent mal un manque relatif d'ambition.
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1UP
And if you loved doing that the Age of Empires way before, you're liable to love this time every bit as much. The new single-player campaign offers an enjoyable trip to the New World over three generations of an exploring family. Multiplayer support has been significantly upgraded with a slick interface, support for clans and a number of other useful features. It's a rock-solid package, one that tightens every part of the existing game with a facelift worthy of the most talented plastic surgeon. Ensemble has proven no one can beat it at its own game, but neither will it be Age of Empires III the wannabes are aiming at in the coming months.
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Gamer Within
I should probably apologize for the lateness of the review. It’s just that, finally, I’ve come to terms with the tragedy that is Age of Empires 3. It’s hardly the romantic reunion fans were expecting to have with another staple in their beloved series, and it’s not even a good RTS when looked at in the grand scheme of things.
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GameDaily
Age of Empires III adds a great deal to the series, bringing about the Age of Discovery. Added to the gameplay is the Home City concept, as well as ranks, troop-specific grouping, experience and exploration reward. Sadly, most of these new advancements are simply refurbished versions of features present in most strategy games available in the last year. This doesn't mean it isn't a great game, however. It does add a bit to the series and the genre, and it is a great compilation of many of the last year's best advancements in some very pretty packaging.
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2404.org PC Gaming
In the end the gameplay remains almost the same as the Age of Kings , except quite a bit worse. The Home City system along with its decks of power-ups detract significantly from any element of strategy in-game, because players can simply call up reserves of troops and stockpiles of resources at a moment's notice, without any consideration given to how the game is unfolding on the map.
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Game Revolution
But no one buys strategy games for the sound effects - they buy them to agonize over tactics and statistics and this is why Age of Empires III is still a recommendable RTS. The steps it has taken in the gameplay department since Age of Empires II are negligible, but at least the new card-based bonus system adds an element of customization and depth to the genre. This result is as detailed as a history book, and about as much fun.
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Gamer 2.0
It manages to avoid complete failure with the marvelous card decks, but pales compared to modern strategy titles.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Рецепт новой RTS от Ensemble Studios удивительно прост. Бросить основные силы на создание графики, потратить неделю-другую на проработку Home City, наплодить побольше рас и законопатить зияющие дыры в дизайне бесцветными апгрейдами. Потом заправить обезжиренным историческим соусом и заняться подсчетом будущей прибыли.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Still, even a bad RTS from Ensemble is better than a mediocre RTS from just about anyone else. With the new lush game engine and the company’s obvious enthusiasm for the subject matter, Ensemble knows how to make all those doppelsoldners, strelets, and culverins look sexy, even if you don’t know what they are. And that’s half way toward making a really good RTS. But only half way.
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1UP
Delightful, disappointing, and frustrating-Age of Empires III in a nutshell. In many ways, AOE3 acts as a shrewd follow-up to developer Ensemble Studios' acclaimed Age series, incorporating choice bits of Age of Mythology with the history-buff reverence of the Empires games. But in many other ways, it paints a clumsy and confused picture of what might have been.