About the Product
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.....
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
....i am addicted to this game.....i play against the computer.....and it has lots of levels so you can just enjoy the building and farming without getting attacked every... Read morePublished 6 months ago by darlene guyett
I've played this game on Microsoft, but knwo own a mac book pro. Does this product work on MAC or specificaly Windows? I can't find the MAC version anywhere.Published 13 months ago by Abner Collazo
This is a great game, but there's nothing about the game that justifies the price. Even when it first came out it didn't cost more than $50. What the hell is Amazon thinking? Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jack A Howell
I didn't like the game but maybe you would it's just not my type of gamePublished 22 months ago by D-Goods