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Empire Earth III (Windows)

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The third installment of the Empire Earth-Series leads you again through several different eras of earth history, present and future. Beginning in the Ancient World you move through the middle age and colonial time to the modern days and the future. Each era features different technologies and different units.

But in addition to the normal skirmish fights, you can claim World Domination. Once you've chosen one of the three available factions (Western Regions, Middle Eastern Regions and Far Eastern Regions) you begin the game on the earth globe which is divided into several dozen provinces. At the beginning of the game each province is neutral and is only inhabited by one or more tribes so you need to either defeat those tribes or form a friendly alliance with them.

Once a province is under your control you need to assign a role to it. Depending on what role you assign, the province will either produce one of the three available resources or be a place where you can recruit new armies. You can then move those armies around on the map in turn-based mode. But of course you are not alone on the world and the tribes aren't giving up their territory so easy either. So you will need to fight many battles.

Each of those battles are fought on the ground in real-time in normal strategy-skirmish. You build up your base, gather resources, recruit troops and fulfill the goal on the map. These goals range from just destroying all the enemies to convincing a tribe to join your cause with the means of diplomacy. Although the matches are basically played the same way as in their predecessors there are a few changes. For example the citizen manager and the Picture-in-Picture display introduced in Empire Earth II have been removed.

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Empire Earth III Windows The game even has a few weather effects like rain.
Empire Earth III Windows Treasures like these are hidden all over the maps.
Empire Earth III Windows I discovered a local tribe which gives me a quest.
Empire Earth III Windows A small town of the Incas.

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The Press Says

TTGamer Nov 27, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer Bild Spiele Dec 05, 2007 2.31 out of 6 74
AceGamez 2007 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Nexus Dec 05, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine 2007 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Nov 16, 2007 5.4 out of 10 54
Play.tm Dec 05, 2007 53 out of 100 53
Power Unlimited Jan 25, 2008 50 out of 100 50
GamingExcellence Feb 07, 2008 3.2 out of 10 32
PC Arena - Game Arena Mar 03, 2008 3 out of 10 30

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2007 – #2 Biggest Disappointment of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2009 - One of the "10 Most Terrible Sequels" (The first two parts of the series are very complicated and Empire Earth III was developed with the right idea: simplifying. Unfortunately of all things they cut down the elements which were the biggest motivational factors: historical stories, varied missions and many parties and eras. Also the bad parts of the series, especially AI and Balance, remained.)

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Sicarius (61021) added Empire Earth III (Windows) on Nov 15, 2007