Excerpt: Continuing the era-based gameplay of the Age franchise, Age of Empires III progresses the real time strategy game from the Age of Discovery into the early 1800's Industrial Revolution. The single player story is based around the Black family, a group of heroic relatives that have one common enemy during their respective lives. By spreading the story over three centuries, Ensemble Studios was able to create an epic adventure of good versus evil.
Excerpt: Stunningly beautiful – that’s the first thing that is going to occur to you as you get started with Age of Empires 3 – the latest in the AOE series from Ensemble Studios and Microsoft. Colorful birds flit, herds of animals roam, schools of fish and whales swim about, trees, grasslands, rocks; it really is all spectacular. The people are intricately drawn and smoothly animated; peasants are distinct from archers from pikemen from musketeers.
Excerpt: Six years have flown by since Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings became one of the definitive real-time strategy games on the market. Age of Kings typified this style of gaming in many respects, but it innovated and improved the style in many others, establishing the template for untold numbers of historic real-time strategy games to come.
Pros: Tried-and-true formula still makes for a complex and interesting strategy game, Innovative "home city" system creates long-term depth and strategy, Plenty of content and modes of play, Spectacular visuals, if you have a fast system
Cons: Some aspects of combat don't look and feel quite right, Frame rate can bog down at the wrong moments, Falls into some of the same traps as many older real-time strategy games
Excerpt: La série des Age Of Empires prend le large et vogue vers le nouveau continent. Le troisième volet prend la suite directe de son prédécesseur "Age of Kings" et nous entraîne au début du XVIème siècle, une époque riche en découvertes et marquée par la conquête de l'Amérique. Un cadre idéal pour un jeu de stratégie temps réel très attendu.