Trade in. Get paid. Go shopping.
Ship it to us for free.
We are unable to process your trade-in order.
About the product
- NA DVD BOX CD
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for the massively popular Age of Empires III.Features:
- Playable Asian civilizations. Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations--Japan, China and India--to expand their empires 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 cultures architectural style.
- New gameplay elements. Extending upon the innovative gameplay of Age of Empires III, Age of Empires: The Asian Dynasties introduces ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic Age of Empires game styles, and 15 new Asian Wonders.
- Exciting new single-player campaign. Returning to the historical, civilization-based single-player campaigns, gamers will enjoy the solo experience a chance to engage in strategic combat with Japan, China or India through several engrossing scenarios.
- This second expansion pack will also ship as a Games for Windows title with easier installation, reliability standards and support for key features of Windows Vista, including the Games Explorer and Parental Controls.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The core game has always relied on giving each nation a gimmick, but the nations in this game are pretty much nothing but gimmicks. In War Chiefs each of the tribes had a theme which gave them certain strengths and weaknesses, but they all had the same core gameplay, which was little different from the European powers. With this expansion, the developers seem to have focused on shoveling in as much "unique" content for each nation as they can, which becomes monumentally distracting, as all this additional content is, indeed, additional to core gameplay. None of these nations share units, and most of the units they have are useless. For example: I thought to play as the Indians because, hey, elephant cavalry. I spent five minutes figuring out how their economy worked before I even tried to really get going, and when I did I discovered that elephants are effectively a separate, extremely expensive unit type, and I couldn't figure out a way to integrate them into my army. Similarly, the Chinese army building mechanic is infuriating, and the strength of the unique infantry for each nation means that I pretty much never build cavalry. Also, it must be stated that the Japanese are horrendously overpowered: I've never even been threatened with defeat in any game playing them.
Given that, if you liked the core game, you'll probably have some fun with this. I did. You have to treat it as being somewhat silly to have it be really enjoyable, as some of the mechanics are hilariously ahistorical or unrealistic but still deeply rooted in the common culture. So, yeah. Don't buy the core game on the strength of this expansion, but if you like the game, this is probably worth a shot.
Whether you're marching towering elephants of India, Japanese samurai, or Chinese Cho Ko Nu, the new units look and feel real and impressive. In addition to the 3 new units, their naval units also have a distinct look and the new maps and Asian locales are truly impressive. People who watch this game take one glance and say 'wow.'
This is not as good as the Age 3 'vanilla' edition or the Warchiefs expansion, but a worthy addition to your RTS collection. For those who haven't purchased any of these, the entire collection of Age3, Warchiefs, and Asian Dynasties can be purchased as a single product now. Otherwise $20 isn't bad to complete your collection.