Summary: Game isn't bad and not the greatest. I bought it out of curiosity and it was worth it for the price. I really don't go by reviews myself but honestly I bought the game out of boredom one day and it's a decent time killer. I'm pretty happy about my purchase.
Summary: If only someone else owned and published this title so perhaps the occasional crashes were distant memories along with Sierra Games 286 programs of long ago. If only when selecting an item, the game would not pop me to the non interactive edge of the map. If only the AI would not cheat and spawn fresh enemies from off the map. If only automatic militia building placement had a tad forethought. If only there was a minute of grace period at the start of a provincial war.
Summary: The EMPIRE EARTH series have always been trying to occupy the ground between the CIVILIZATION and the AGE OF EMPIRES franchises. Their downfall was mostly their over-complication - in this way, limiting their audience. So EE2 (although a great game!) came and went mostly unnoticed; this was the release that should have been the comeback. Well, it managed to come back as AGE OF EMPIRES 2½ - at the most... There are a number of "innovations" in this third installment.