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The newest release builds on the past two with all of the fantastic strategy included in the earlier games. The new improvements are vast and I'm sure that other users and reviews will be able to expand on them more directly. However, if you've played AoE games in the past, this one will not disappoint. They've dropped some of the more esoteric and mundane steps (like villagers constantly returning to town center) and have added simplifying features but haven't sacrificed any of the strategy. I think version three finally brings it all together.
There are a few features which are lacking, however, the scenario game play is a little weak in AoE III and I didn't see any addition in the expansion pack. Also, the scenario creator has so much potential for active users to build situations that others might like to play but requires so much time and effort as to be useless.
On the whole, I certainly recommend this game and the expansion pack to anyone who is interested in strategy games.
An Expansion Pack adds to existing features by adding new content. Not new features, not new physics.
Even then, Warchiefs adds new content AND new features. From the three new Indian civs that play remarkably different from each other and from the europeans to the addition of needed units for various strategies, to new maps, new play types, new victory conditions, new no-rush abilities...the list of new content and features for Warchiefs is enough to fill several pages.
In short, if you like Age of Empires 3, you need this expansion pack. Even if you don't like Age 3, this X-Pak may possibly bring you around. Age 3 is a great addition to the series and this is almost as fine an X-Pak as the Conquerers was for Age2.
Warning: It comes with several new bugs, but unlike what the previous reviwer stated, it actually fixes several problems (Ott endless barracks glitch, German settler wagon pathfinding issues to name a few) from Age3. Buy it, play it, get it patched, and you'll find this is beyond a brilliant game.
And the WarChiefs Expansion fixes a few annoying problems with the original Age of Empires III. One example -- the healers now automatically heal wounded units around them. Before you had to target the healer to a particular wounded unit. That was too much trouble, and I never did it. Now I use the automatic healing all the time.
As a rule, I don't like expansions. Once I buy the game, I don't want to pay the same price again for limited new content. But WarChiefs Expansion breaks the rule. It adds enough to make it worth the money.
I have never been disappointed in any of the Age of Empires Games since the first one and these most recent addition are every bit as enjoyable with so many upgrades and improvements to the game.
The WarChiefs Expansion Pack is well worth adding to your Age of Empires Collection. Enjoy!!!
As with all AOE games (and, let's face it, with any Microsoft product!), there will always be those who will nitpick as to whether a new game is as good as the old, whether an expansion pack really EXPANDED the game, etc. Let's just say that if you're looking for a game with great graphics and audio quality, a rich sense of history and excellent combat and strategy components in either a single player or online environment, you can't go wrong with AOE3 with the WarChiefs expansion pack.
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im very upset, i got ripped off, the CD i received was a fraud and contained no game whats so everPublished 2 days ago by sebastian s.
haven't actually arrived yet but if it is like all the other age of empires games I well love it and I well recommend it to all my friendsPublished 5 months ago by Michael Blackburn
The game had a glitch that would not let the entire program install.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
The item was sattisfactory, however it would not download to my pc. After looking into it, other people have had this same issue so it is not the fault of the product or its... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sixtus Johnson
great as expected what's next? when you changed the editing system there was no new instrutions so now we make an fill a map but nothing moves!!???Published 18 months ago by Robert H.