Excerpt: System Requirements: Requires Age of Empires III 1.4GHz CPU 256MB RAM 2GB HDD Space 64MB 3D Video w/ hardware T&L Windows XP Rated T for violence This expansion takes place in the 15th, 16th and 19th centuries. The Chinese campaign takes place in the 15th century as you serve a spoiled brat of an admiral in the Ming Dynasty and head west to distant shores. In 16th century Japan, you play a loyal general taking part in Battle of Sekigahara.
Excerpt: One of the great things about strategy games is that they give you the chance to explore those strange ?what if? scenarios, and no series has done a better job than Age of Empires. Since the release of the original more than a decade ago, players have seen Koreans battle Romans, Byzantines invade Britain, and with the third edition there is the opportunity to explore new and even more surreal scenarios such as ?what if the Chinese had colonies in the New World? or ?
Excerpt: Developed as an expansion for the popular Age of Empires series, The Asian Dynasties adds three new campaigns filled with levels and based on three different Asian empires. Interestingly, this is the first expansion to the series that�s been developed outside of Microsoft. Big Huge Games took over the helm from Ensemble Studios to give the strategy game a Far East flavor.
PC Review - 'Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties'
7 November 2007
Summary: In addition to the introduction of playable Asian civilizations, the expansion pack will provide new content and several new gameplay elements that include new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic “Age of Empires” game styles, and 15 new Asian “Wonders.
Excerpt: How does that advice go? “If you can’t beat them, join them”? In the case of Big Huge Games and their Rise of Nations series, they created a nice competitor to Microsoft’s Age of Empires III franchise. But it looks like both sides worked things out, and Big Huge Games has teamed up with Microsoft to work on the latest Age of Empires III expansion, The Asian Dynasties.
Summary: Since Age of Empires debuted in 1997, the series has grown to become one of the pillars of real-time strategy gaming. Its success is in part due to the way the series has shifted historical periods. The first game covers antiquity, from the Stone Age to the Roman Empire. Meanwhile, Age of Empires II focuses on the medieval era. And 2005's Age of Empires III is about the era of European exploration and colonization.
Pros: Three interesting new Asian civilizations and campaigns, New twists on the familiar Age of Empires gameplay, Wonders make a return to the series, Ninjas
Cons: The campaigns feature familiar plot twists, Audio mostly recycles existing Age music