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Age of Empires III Complete Collection [Download]

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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 (223 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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170 of 180 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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32 of 36 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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36 of 45 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game after I found the icon to play the game. January 5, 2014
Platform for Display:PC Download| Edition:Standard|Verified Purchase
I was a little leery about buying this game based upon the reviews that said they couldn't find the game after installing it. I had previously played Age of Mythology and loved it. So I went ahead and bought it and installed it. After installing it I had the same problem that many others had. The icon didn't show up on my desktop, or in any file I looked in nor did it open immediately after I installed it. I was so disappointed. I was going to ask for a refund but decided to look through my computer one more time. I have a Toshiba Touch Screen laptop with Windows 8. I was looking through the files that are on my hard drive and then through the program files. I followed the Microsoft Games file (that is the company that sells the game) and the AOE III file that was there. There was a big list of files and after scrolling almost to the bottom I finally found the icon that opened the game. After installing a run program my game opened!

So for those of you who are like me and need a guide-Open up your file folder that is in your start menu bar on your desktop. When that opens click on your hard drive-the one that shows how much memory you have left on your computer under devices and drives. Click on the File marked "Program Files" (it should have a number after it-mine was Program Files (x86)) and then scroll until you see the "Microsoft Games" file. Click on the "Age of Empires III" file and scroll down until you see the icon that has a Black Triangle Hat looking thing-should be the first one with the file name age3. Click on that-install the run program and there is your game. I added the game as a shortcut on my desktop so I don't have to go through this process every time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was a waste of money
After a 5 hour download and 40 bucks it will not work. Ive tried everything i can and nothing! It was a waste of money! Enjoy my $40 Amazon!!
Published 2 days ago by jeremy sewell
2.0 out of 5 stars but I was disappointed.
It's an ok game, but I was disappointed.
Published 2 days ago by Armando Gomez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent game.
Published 5 days ago by Brian Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything I thought it would be
Published 7 days ago by Deano Six
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you!
Published 12 days ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars fun game that i have not played in a long ...
fun game that i have not played in a long time. A classic for wasting time. Good graphics in this version.
Published 15 days ago by Eric in CT
4.0 out of 5 stars Boys are Happy
The whole collection under one roof. The boys are happy and that makes me happy. Had earlier version but would not work on new laptop.
Published 16 days ago by C. White
2.0 out of 5 stars Age of Empires III: Disappointing
I was a big fan of AoE II, so I decided to purchase its successor earlier this week. I installed it immediately, greatly anticipating gameplay at least as good as AoE II, and... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Anathemancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I Love It! I've Been Waiting To Get Another Copy Of This Amazing Game For Awhile.
Published 21 days ago by Jinjier
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I couldnt install it due to requirements.
Published 21 days ago by Carlos Orozco
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