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Age Of Empires III - Mac

by Microsoft
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Platform: Mac
Mac
Edition: Standard
Standard
  • Explore uncharted territories to stake your claim in the New World
  • Command powerful rifled infantry and a naval fleet
  • Gain valuable experience to level-up your Home City and strengthen your economy, technology, and military
  • Lead one of 8 civilizations - Spanish, French, British, Dutch, Russian, German, Portuguese, and Ottoman
  • Fully 3D graphics, destructible environments and dynamic physics

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Product Details

Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HZRLIM
  • Item Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,325 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard

You've landed on the New World. Ready to stake your claim? So is everybody else. So have some before you. Many will follow after you. How do you attain satisfaction, wealth, and power? Then manage to keep it? It takes lots of strategic thinking. If you think other are standing idylly by, you're wrong. It's going to be rough and nasty. Crush your enemies with devastating cannons, rifled, infantry, and your naval fleet. Build a thriving empire with a booming economy. Form strategic alliances with Native Americans. UNIVERSAL BINARY - Works with both Intel and PowerPC Macs GameSpy Top 5 Game of the Year 2005 award System Requirements (tentative) - Macintosh computer with a G4/G5 or Intel processor running at 1.4GHz or faster, Mac OS X v10.3.9 or higher, 512MB RAM, 64 MB Video Card (with support for hardware T & L). 56K dial-up Internet access or LAN for online play

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This surpasses AEII! March 13, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This far surpasses Ages of Empire II. This is the game update that should happen for the previous game.

Patience is key, and a few spare hours do not hurt much, either.

I'm more glad I bought this (and waited for it) for MAC than PC.

This game was worth every penny, and even my husband, who is hard to impress, was kinda impressed by how smooth everything played. You really have to admire 17th & 18th century warfare to LOVE this game. A little knowledge about who was ally and who was enemy makes the game all the more fun.....

Enjoy!!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but Imperfect January 10, 2009
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm really more on the fence about this game than my score indicates. It's really more of a 3.5 than a 4.

As for the Pros, first of all it's gorgeous. The game utilizes different lighting very effectively which provides different regions of the American hemisphere their own unique aura (for the most part). The Yukon winter, the subtropical fauna, the Caribbean waters, and the New England fall are all portrayed very well. It's also nice to see such a variety of regions portrayed (who else would have thought to include Patagonia but Ensemble?).

Next, the graphics engine really is a pioneer among RTS games. To see a cannonball shot from a culverin, scream over the landscape, smash into a town center, blow out the windows and a corner from the building's steeple, come out the other side, and come to a rolling stop a few relative feet from the building with splinters falling around it sets a standard that no other RTS from here on out can afford to not meet. No more scripted death scenes no matter the style of death. In AOE3, if you get plugged by cannonshot, as in real life you don't fall dead where you're struck. You careen 10 yards back, flop around, and then you die. It opens the door for more realistic (and potentially horrific) gameplay than any other RTS has.

Also, I like the combat style. Some don't because it can take away the hold-your-breath moment when two armies collide in hand-to-hand combat like AOE2 was able to preserve. However, AOE3 has done a good job at making the stand-around style of 17th, 18th century combat more exciting than it could be otherwise, particularly with visuals supplied by the smoke registering from the musket barrels.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another ADDICTIVE Entry to the AoE Series! January 21, 2008
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What a wonderful game! It's story blends pirates, soldiers, villagers, pioneers, natives, legends, history, etc. and it's gameplay is simply revolutionary. I believe the AoE series has gotten progressively better, topping itself at this third installment. The graphics are gorgeous, the gameplay is very addictive, the voice acting and score are both wonderful, and the story is excellent.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel raises the bar again February 4, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is awsome! Very well done. Anyone who has played the previous age of empires should catch on very fast. Even if you havn't played before it won't take long to get the hang of it. I have a 2ghz intel mac and have no problems. Graphics are amazing as well as the gameplay.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun..if a little dull August 8, 2007
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Age of Empires III is an enjoyable hybrid between a classic city building game and a historical strategy game of the Civilization genre. As such, it can be a little slow once you've mastered the basics. The graphic quality is very good, and the scenario story is engaging. However, once I completed a full campaign, I didn't find myself wanted to play it through again.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent But Archers on the Plains of Abraham? July 5, 2008
Platform for Display:Mac|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is an excellent strategy game. I am very interested in colonial and Eighteenth Century warfare so I enjoy the era and the animations of musket loading pioneers and soldiers. It mimics linear tactics although it is not an exact reproduction. The naval warfare is also good although you will not see ships in linear formation.

There is a definite improvement over Age of Empires II in that there are very real differences between the cultures that require differing strategies when playing different nations. I really like how they were able to make it so that particular nations have an edge in certain periods. For example the Spaniards and the Ottomans are stronger in the colonial age while the other nations such as the British and French begin to excel in the fortress and industrial ages. There are more nation specific technologies than in the earlier version and there is no denying certain what I would call basic technologies to certain nations to create variation.

I like buildings that will produce resources continuously such as mills and plantations, and factories, rather than relying on mines that are eventually "dried up." The shipments from the home cities is an interesting feature although "additions" to those cities seems to be little more than "decorating."

My quibbles with the game have nothing to do with game play but more to do with historical accuracy. One of the British special units is the longbowman, also featured in the earlier AoE2. The computer will continue to produce this unit well into the industrial age of the game because it remains cheap and effective. I want to battle against redcoats, not medieval yeomen!
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1.0 out of 5 stars CD Insertion required
I expected the details to be clear. So, let me be - you cannot load the whole game. You need the CD Drive. So having an Apple MBAir - you need to drag along your CD player... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kurt B Bickler
5.0 out of 5 stars very fun
excellent game for the mac. i spent countless hours on this game and didnt get bored with it. it was easy to beat once you learned the tricks of it
Published 4 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome game
Very fun game! lots of different stratigies and the graphics are extremely good. Will work no problem on a regular macbook.
Published 8 months ago by Isaac
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong game
I ordered the game for Mac and you sent me one for PC. Lost 60$ thanks a lot. I wish someone could fix this problem but I'm sure it will not even be noticed.
Published 10 months ago by Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good game to take your mind off of the stressors or school, well at least for me. The campaign is nice and it makes me laugh, its relatively short if you shoot through it all in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by tyriq
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
This game is by far one of the best games I have ever played. You have the ability to "change" history. You choose a nation and settle land in the new world as a colony. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW $90?
This is an awesome game, but $90 for it? get real. I would get this game for the mac in a heartbeat, because it was so much fun on the pc, but the price to do so is insulting.
Published 18 months ago by J. Parker
1.0 out of 5 stars Incompatible
This game will not work with the Lion OS on my new iMac despite Amazon's statement that it is a "Mac version." There should be some warning that makes this clear. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laker
4.0 out of 5 stars Verry good game!
This game it is a legend... The best! Only have one problem, is not possible change the language. Verry advisable!
Published 23 months ago by Ricfralo
4.0 out of 5 stars Age of Empires III or Age of Empires II?
I love strategy games.. I have played them since I was a child, and I am quite good at them... I realized this when at the age of 8 I caught my father cheating me at chess. Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. E. Anderson
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Platform: Mac | Edition: Standard