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Age of Empires III Complete Collection [Download]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B00AR05D7I
  • Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

Immerse yourself in the award-winning strategy experience. Microsoft Studios brings you three epic Age of Empires III games in one monumental collection for the first time. Command mighty European powers looking to explore new lands in the New World; or jump eastward to Asia and determine the outcome of its struggles for power.

  • Playable Asian civilizations. Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations Japan, China or India to expand its empire and fight for control in the Eastern world. Each Asian civilization, led by powerful leaders, will have unique groups, armies and wonders, as well as buildings that reflect the culture s architectural style.
  • New game-play elements. Extending the innovative game-play of Age of Empires III, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties and War Chiefs will introduce new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic Age of Empires game styles, 15 Asian Wonders and New World adventures.
  • Exciting new single-player campaign. Returning to the historical, civilization-based single-player campaigns, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will offer gamers who enjoy the solo experience a chance to engage in strategic combat with Japan, China or India through several engrossing scenarios. Or lead New World expeditions with War Chiefs.
  • Expanding a successful formula. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for the massively popular Age of Empires III, one of the fastest-selling titles in the franchise history, leading and innovating the real-time strategy genre through exciting and revolutionary game-play features.

System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or XP SP
Windows 7 or newer may require game to be run in compatibility mode
Processor: 1.4GhZ + with SSE support
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Drive: 4 GB
Video Card: 64 MB video card with support for hardware transformation and lighting required
Additional Info: DirectX 9 or later
Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Online multiplayer: 56K dial-up Internet Access or LAN required

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168 of 178 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but AoE2 is more fun March 19, 2010
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This collection of the basic game and expansions is a good value for Real Time Strategy (RTS) game players. The War Chiefs expansion is ok, campaign short, and not a lot of depth. The Asian Dynasties Expansion is a lot of fun, three campaigns (Japan, India, China), with each nation having their own wonders giving them unique special abilities. The different nations are neat, but not having a United States colonial civilization to choose from in skirmish mode is disappointing, especially after playing the campaign game in War Chiefs. The campaigns are easier to complete and have less depth than Age of Empires II (AoE2). AoE3 campaigns were overall fun, but require much less strategy to win; build one small army to defend your base and when the large army is ready to go, overwhelm the computer.

The graphics have improved, but did experienced significant lag and even game freezing at times due to ship combat on the duo-core Thinkpad, even with all graphic options reduced to minimal levels. Other than naval combat, the game played well. Not sure why the lag occurred.

There are some improvements to the game play where a single large farm can be built and no need to worry about cueing or constantly checking if there is enough wood to re-task the workers to harvest food. The use of a home city for the campaign game is really neat with special cards to provide resources, upgrades, or units. Each nation has unique units and cards. The strategy of the cards is very important, does the player want to have early age villagers to gather resources faster or hold on for the late age military units for the end game battles? This adds depth to the game.

The basic resources are still wood, gold, food, with experience for home city improvement (cards).
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun... But Doesn't Last December 15, 2011
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
For some reason, I never had my expectations set very high when it came to this game, and so, I held out on buying it until recently, when I noticed I could get this complete collection at such a great price. Perhaps it was because of the industrialization- something I detest whenever it somehow sneaks into a fantasy RPG which I often play. Maybe it was just because the formula for the Age series was already done, done again, then done again after that. Or most likely, I have always been terrible at real-time strategy games and found them frustrating, but fun at the same time. I guess I wanted something new, but still wanted something I knew I'd have fun with.

And I did get that. When I first started, I was very pleased at a lot of the new features that added more depth to the Age series' formula. The game is largely played in the same way as previous Age games, but with more depth and strategy. While a lot tend to compare it to Age of Empires 2, this game has most in common with Age of Mythology. You choose sides when you advance in age, create more special units based on your civilization, focus more on bonuses and units, etc. My favorite new addition was the home city shipment system, which allows you to choose units, upgrades, etc. to be sent to your town center throughout the round. You must choose which shipments will be available before each round starts, so there is careful planning involved before the game actually starts. This is mostly emphasized in skirmish and multi-player modes instead of campaign, but after the game starts is where the focus of the campaign should be anyway.

The game's main campaign series follows the Black family, starting with Morgan Black, set in around the 16th or 17th century (can't remember exactly).
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RTS of all time July 30, 2010
By Drag
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is simply amazing!! and to add all the expansions to the game itself just makes it that much better!
The graphics for one is still up to par and its 2010! even when the cannons shoot there is realistic smoke comming out.
The gameplay is very smooth on and offline! you dont have to have an internet connection to play this game in single player and its sad to say that many games now including starcraft 2 has to have an internet connection to be able to play it.
The campaign is long especially with all the expansions
The sound is great
The online mode is simply flawless, i have been deployed in afghanistan and we have really slow internet, and to say that it runs smooth is just awesome! we have tried many other games online but sadly they do not run no were near as smooth. There is also lan for those of you who want to lan with buddies and play many at once.
It is constantly being updated and patched so the game cannot recieve anything less then 5 stars!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange install with this dvd April 8, 2013
By km
Platform for Display:PC| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
There is only 1 dvd that apparently includes AOR 3 and its expansions.

After install, It created no desktop icon or progrem menu item on my Windows 7 OS.

I can start it by double clicking aoe3 from explorer but it asks me for the CD key everytime. I have no way to know how to play the expansion, it always starts from the new world. Maybe there is something in the readme in the install dir, but I haven't read it. I don't think the original game may have been like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Help Me Microsoft. December 7, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I cant install it unto my computer. Microsoft keeps giving me the run-around on how to fix it. Im highly disappointed with the purchase. It also keps making me download new things just to prepare to play the game... and I still cant play it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
Awesome as usual! Super complete and perfect like new. Havent played the Asian Dinasties yet but the box was still wrapped and I have absolutely 0 complaints
Published 2 days ago by Joao L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Age of Empires 3 - Amazing
I've been playing Age of Empires since the original - and AOE3 continues the legend...There are some noticeable adjustments, however as a pure-blooded AOE fan - I love it.... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Adam
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
Slow game play with lots of lagging. Don't buy unless you own a super gaming computer. Waste of 30 dollars.
Published 13 days ago by Christopher Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
I love this game, it is so much fun! But it takes some time to learn how to do everything but I really like the fact that I can play with all my friends! Read more
Published 15 days ago by jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred the older versions
I used to play the old versions of Age of empires. I must say that I prefer the old ones to this. Not what I expected.
Published 18 days ago by Joshua Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars Download does not work
Gives a corrupted file message, I tried several of the work arounds suggested on the net. Do not buy if you have Windows 8.
Published 29 days ago by April Neely
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible purchase got ripped off downloadable version does not work
downloadable version i purchased does not work how it was avertised everytime i go to start it it turns my screen black and wont play
Published 1 month ago by mylz waterman
2.0 out of 5 stars Bugs on the game
Game is good but the start of the game system have bugs! The it self is a good game and I recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Rafael Machado
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible
Paid the 43 dollars for this download but cannot get it to work. it says it downloads and installs but before i can setup it closes and when i open from file it says uninstall or... Read more
Published 1 month ago by nathan lund
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok but
I wanted to replace my AOE 2 but the products on line where confusing. Too may versions of AOE 2, it is hard to determine which was my version; also I wanted a hard copy on a disk,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward R.
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