Summary: I was never a huge fan of this series after I found Empire Earth. This game is nice since it includes others but is still trumped by other series' games. I would recommend it since it gives you a nice look at the past but only if you already have Empire Earth.
Great buy at >30, above average game but not one of the best.
10 May 2011
Summary: AoE III is a great upgrade to its predecessor. The graphics remind me of Starcraft 2 and it seems like they used the same game engine or something. I'd call it a Starcraft 2 clone! I didn't get to play the expansions yet but they look quite exciting. AoE III is definitely worth picking up for less than 20$!
Summary: I loved playing age of empires II and thought I would enjoy this one as much, but it came in below my expectations. I probably need to upgrade my graphics card but for an RTS game I didn't think I would need to spend that much money to enjoy it!
Summary: I love the Age of Empire series. I've been playing since the very first one! I like 3 somewhat, but its not my favorite one so far! The game itself is similar to the others, but the graphics are a little different and its not as easy to comprehend as the others either! It might just be me but when I first played the game I had trouble telling the building apart. I really think the publishers could have done better with the graphics, thats my biggest disappointment!
Summary: If you like the previous Age of Empire games, you will like this one too, but the game is no better than the previous versions. The graphics is the same & so is the gameplay except for now you have the option to choose missions to complete. What I dont like is that you get to choose difficulty level, I think it should be one difficulty level & nothing more. If you like the whole command & conquor war theme this is the game for you. Lots of gaming hours & fun gameplay.
Summary: Game Play 3 of 5 stars Graphics 4 of 5 stars Sound 2 of 5 stars A.I. 3 of 5 stars Pros: Cons: Overall: This is a good title and will provide several hours of entertainment. Had to install an automatic update to allow the game to resume from pause mode after a saved game load. Please note: this title was reviewed using a Dell XPS Gen 4, P4 HT @ 3.20 GHz, 4 Gig RAM, Dual 160 SATA RAID(0) hard drives and a nVidia GeForce 6800 256mb PCIe video adapter.
Summary: It's true that AoE III does bring new elements to AoE series like Home City and experience points (sort of like career tracking). The matchups and strength/weakness between range units and infantry units and siege units are indeed deeper than ever before (i.e. in AoE I, you could win a lot of games with just HAs and CATs coupled with few priests and villagers without much planning).