Microsoft Studios brings you three epic Age of Empires III games in one monumental collection for the first time.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,872 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

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"Really great RTS game and in a complete package. Somewhat overpriced though so better wait for a sale on which it rarely goes."

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About This Game

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.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:64 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon X1300
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:12 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
119 of 157 people (76%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
135.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Super great game, I was so addicted that my wife left me, I played it on work so I lost my job. Now I have no income, my friends won't talk to me, and my wife moved to canada so I didn't have a bad influence on the children, my parents hate me every christmas I am all alone, All I have is Age of Empires during the holidays, but that's enough and I think it was worth it. I sometimes play for 36 hours straight, the next days I only lie in my bed, I haven't been outside for 2 years now, I order all my food, I now live on foodstamps. But it is a great game, so it was all worth it.
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
All the feels are comming back when i played this game 8 years ago . I loved it so much i have two copies cd and steam, you can not go wrong if you puchase this game

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33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
73.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
You can force women to mine gold
10/10 would reverse gender roles again
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
I am a big fan of the AOE series, and history. This game is brilliant, although the AI may be silly at times *cough, Napolean* it still has unique gameplay and good graphics, as well a Pretty decent uprgade system. I loved the fact that different units would take up a certain amount of population, e.g. A dragoon would take up 2 population where as the a musketeer would take up 1. There is a huge variety of map choices and with the Asian dynasties pack and The war cheifs DLC, the selection choices are endless, they vary from the Amazon River, The Andes, Anywhere in the US and even the Great silk road in Asia.

Best feature for me? The Expansion Packs were actually expansions that changed the game in multiple ways and added on to the complete/full base form of the game. normally DLC nowadays is required to get the full package of what the final product should've been. AoE3's Expansion Packs ARE NOT DLC. The Expansion Packs in AoE3 add on to the game content enough to make it feel like a different game within a game. The Expansion Packs aren't neccessary to fully enjoy Age of Empires III; however, having them improves upon the player experience greater.

If you enjoy real time strategy games, enjoy managing an economy, epic large battles, and don't like excessive micromanaging then this is the game for you. It offers brilliant combat with amazing scenery. The unit mapping is rather brilliant and the variety of maps keeps you constantly wanting to play more.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
My Aztec navy destroyed the Spanish and British fleets

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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
First played when I was 11, and here I am at 22 still playing. Really wish there was a workshop though.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Age of Empires III: Complete Collection is a real-time strategy game from Ensemble Studios and published by to what now Microsoft Studios. It is a sequel to the Age of Empires franchise. Age of Empires III: Complete Collection also contains both expansion packs from Age of Empire III.

Age of Empires III saw many improvements and feature upgrades in term of gameplay while retaining the unique play of Age of Empires series. Many new features included are the new home city and card deck. Card deck allows you to call many abilities such as reinforcements of units, resources delivery, unique upgrades delivery and many more from home city to your new colony. Age of Empires III takes place in the new world of America. You will be seeing units such as the Musketeer, Dragoon, Minuteman and many cannons. Another new features added here is a trade post. Trade post can be built on trade routes or local tribes such as the Aztec to gain their allegiance and lets you train their unique units.

Graphics in Age of Empires III is definitely far better improved and upgraded than the previous Age of Empires, far better effects, models and textures, shaders, everything is beautiful and fully detailed in this game. Performance is also great, no issues that can ruin your play.

Seeing that many Microsoft games such as the Age of Empires II or Age of Mythology has been upgraded with Steamworks feature, Age of Empire III should see that support too, since this is the latest Age of Empire series.

Age of Empire III: Complete Collection is a great game to play, I recommend this.

Rating 9/10
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
656.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
You will learn how to say: "Yes", "Ok", "I will do it" and "Attack", in basiclly any language.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A follow up to the 2'nd Age of Empires that everyone loved.

Among many this game is not so good, some things were simplified, such as gathering resources - now there are 3 instead of 4 of them and your villagers don't have to come back to the lumberjack or the city centre to store them.
Many smaller tweaks and adjustments, and of course a heavy focus on musket fights, artillery and the transition from Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution and father away into the 19'th Century.

It's a shame that there weren't any additional elements added to the Steam release of the game.
Controls being one of the more touchy ones. For instance, to change the hotkeys you need to manually go through each tab. There is also no Steam Cloud, but they did add Trading Cards so that's one interesting thing to look forward to.

This game is soon to have 10 years after it's release. But this edition is by far the best one yet. You get all the expansions. Working multiplayer with a community that still lives. And of course that same old strategy many remember and honor as "one of the best".

The modest presentation of it's ancestors passed away. I'd say that the magnificence of the soundtrack itself says a lot:

A Musical score composed by Ensemble Studios musicians Stephen Rippy and Kevin McMullan.

If History is of any interest to you, if the New World conquests were something you're keen on. Buy this game, especially when on sale!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Can roast the Crossbowmen with with china-made flamethrowers, need i say any more?
10/10, would roast again
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Awsome strategy game
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection Review

Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection is a nice bundle for RTS fans that offers many hours of gameplay. I have been a fan of this series from its beginning. In fact, Age of Empires (the original) was my first PC gaming experience ever and a big reason why I switched from console to PC. If you enjoy this game then I recommend picking up Age of Empires 2 HD and Age of Empres Gold as well. Now, let's get on with the review.

Age of Empires 3 is a lot different than its predecessors. Aside from improvements on graphics, it introduces several new features to the series. Home cities are a huge addition to the game. Players get to tinker around and spend upgrade points on their Home Cities to change the appearance of the buildings and environment, but more importantly, during each mission map you are able to receive a variety of shipments (resources, settlers, army troops) from them that help you achieve your goals. These shipments are selected from another new feature, a deck of cards. Players can build custom decks of cards that are somewhat unique to the civilization they are playing as they gain experience from missions played. The shipments you receive from your Home City are based on the deck the player chooses to use prior to beginning each new map.

Another new feature is the addition of hero-type units based on the chosen civilization that regenerate health and can perform special abilities. A few new buildings have been added to enhance gameplay in a variety of ways: the fort, the factory, the capitol, and the plantation. Maps now contain a few new features as well. Players will find treasure locations scattered across each map that can give a variety of rewards. Also, maps now contain "trading routes" that enable players to gain additional experience (used for receiving shipments from Home Cities) or resources once building a trading post along the route in designated areas.

The new features added into Age of Empires 3 are integrated extremely well. They enhance overall gameplay and are not just thrown in hastily just to add something different. The bundle contains the base game, the Asian Dynasties expansion, and The War Chiefs expansion. Each of these contain lengthy campaigns to keep players entertained for hours. There is also a new multiplayer feature that players have been wanting for a long time (they even added multiplayer to AoE2). Overall, this game is really great. It plays smoothly on most all systems and is virtually bug-free as it should be since its been on the market for a long time.

As with any game, there are some setbacks though. Firstly, it is way too expensive for a game this old. There is a lot of game content included in the bundle but its still not worth paying full price in the Steam store. It doesn't go on sale often but I recommend waiting till it does or else find a 66% off coupon for it. Secondly, players who have previously played other AoE games will find that the maps are much smaller and cramped up compared to the oher franchise releases. To compensate for this, the developers decided to include hefty population costs for various troops. This means that the days of having a huge army to overwhelm your opponent is a thing of the past.

The city-building aspect has also been dummied down to the basics which will take some of the enjoyment out of the game for a few. Resources collected by settlers now go straight into the stockpile instead of needing to be deposited at resource collecting points, which takes some of the realism away from the game. Research is still included in the game but is not as intriguing as in the original games. Most notably, there isn't much diversity in the civilizations offered. The troops and research options seem to be the same regardless of which civilization is chosen. The map editor tool feature used to create custom maps and campaigns is no longer included so don't expect a lot of new player-made content to add even more life to the game. And lastly, only two types of smirmishes are available compared to the four types in the previous versions.

The Good:
+ 3D graphics with rich detail
+ Smooth gameplay and controls
+ Offered in a bundle
+ Quality DLC content
+ Great storyline and 3 full campigns
+ Numerous new features to enhance gameplay
+ High replay value
+ Numerous patches to fix bugs from initial release
+ Multiplayer online play available

The Bad:
+ Extremely over-priced for a dated game
+ Small player maps
+ Limited Skirmish Options
+ Simple tech tree
+ Civilizations lack true diversity
+ Its not Age of Empires 2

Final Thoughts:
Overall, Age of Empires 3 is a fun game that will keep players busy for numerous hours and I recommend it to all RTS game lovers as long as you can pick it up on sale. However, don't load it up and expect it to be anything close to the other Ensemble Studios titles. In general, the game feels generic and simplistic compared to other games such as Age of Empires 2 or Age of Mythology. Instead, it offers a different style of play due to the numerous new features added and for that reason its worth playing.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
My all time favourite RTS game, I got this game for christmas in retail version back in 2005 and its the only christmas present I can remember even now in 2015.

I really love and recommend it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
It should be known by now that I've been a fan of the Age games from way back. There's just something about the historical nature of the games that appeals to me. To be fair, I think elves and space marines are neat too, but I think it's more exciting to explore the what ifs of real, historical situations. Though not quite as faithful to "reality" as some strategy games, the first two Age games offered us exciting sojourns into the worlds of "capital A" Ancient and Medieval strategy. The third title, Age of Mythology, proved that the mechanics were just as solid even if the historical inspiration was a little loose.

Now Ensemble is back on the history train with the third official Age of Empires game. Age of Empires III moves the action to the New World, letting players lead a variety of European nations from the Age of Discovery through the Industrial Age. Eight playable nations battle across a wide variety of geographies -- from the swamps of Florida to the snowy passes of the Rocky Mountains. Players can recruit different Native American tribes and seize control of various trade routes. Material and technological support will be offered by the player's home city back in Europe.

The 24-mission campaign is very well designed. Divided into three large acts, it tells the story of three generations of the Black family. First Morgan Black, a Knight of St. John races to the New World to stop the Spanish from seizing a powerful natural wonder. Next, Morgan's grandson John and his Native American allies find themselves in the Seven Year's War. The final act shows John's granddaughter Amelia as the head of a railroad company making their way west.

I won't spoil the particulars of the story here but a common quest and a common enemy unite all three acts. The connections aren't always clear at first, but the associations start to build as the game goes on. Putting the pieces together isn't terribly hard but it gives a nice sense of purpose to the whole game and keeps you invested in the action.

While we're talking about the game's story, it's refreshing to see a game that covers this era of warfare without referencing either Napoleon or the American Revolution. While both are fertile ground for strategy game developers, it's nice to get something a little different this time around. Meeting Washington and Bolivar and taking part in the Seven Year's War adds a little authenticity as well as variety. On the other hand, some of the choices -- like finding Russians in Colorado -- may leave gamers scratching their heads in wonder.

The range of missions is pretty broad. There are plenty of defense missions where you have to protect a given structure or a whole town from enemy assault. In other cases you'll have to destroy or capture key structures. Along the way there are plenty of other objectives: rescuing captured settlers, seizing trading posts, liberating Native American settlements and a whole host of other tasks. Better still, many missions combine a variety of these objectives at once. While most of the missions let you build a base and start collecting resources, there are some missions where you have to make do with a set number of troops.

Outside of the single player campaign, Age of Empires III benefits from a very soild multiplayer interface. A few simple clicks take you to ESO2, Ensemble's online matchmaking service. Finding and joining games is remarkably easy and there are a wide variety of options to choose from. Different starting eras and resource levels will let players jump into as advanced a game as they want. The AI offers up a few taunts from time to time to (sort of) replicate the personality of a human player. It's a nice trick honestly.

In general the AI is very strong. You can find some exploits here and there but, for the most part, the AI knows how to make a good army and how to lead it. While the computer opponents in some RTS games send out trickles of units from time to time in order to keep things interesting, the AI in Age of Empires III tends to rely more on groups of units and will hardly ever use them in pointless, suicide attacks. In my games the AI has had a good handle on when to press an attack and when to retreat. The only real weak point in the AI is its tendency to leave some of its settlers too isolated. (Since there are no resource dropsites anymore, it's also hard for human players to keep tabs on where all their settlers are.)

The range of technologies and units is relatively broad here. In the early ages, players will have to make do with troops that are very similar to the medieval set from Age of Empires II. Crossbows eventually give way to muskets as the ages pass by. Soon players will be fielding long lines of musketeers and using mortars to bombard enemy towers. While it may seem that some of the unit types are redundant, you'll find that each type has a specific role to play on the battlefield. Like the other Age games you'll have a variety of ranged and melee-focused cavalry and infantry as well as a nice range of artillery units. Identifying the counter units and building a balanced force is just as important as knowing where and when to strike the enemy.

Like the rest of the games in the Age series, the naval element is merely there to support the land battles. The handful of ships and maritime technologies don't offer many options. You will find that the naval side of the game is fairly compelling early on while you're dealing with pirates and chasing your enemies across the Atlantic. Once you start fighting in the interior of the American continent, you won't really miss the naval aspect of the game as much.

Pathfinding seems to be a bit of a problem here and there. Huge formations can easily find their way through the most densely packed settlements but my one hero unit can't seem to find his way out of the middle of a line of infantry. There are cases where the pathfinding is a little too good. Units are able to predict the best routes through a maze even when large parts of that maze haven't been uncovered yet. This is most telling during missions where you're leading a small force through a series of winding canyons. As long as you click on their eventual destination, they'll make their way through the labyrinth with nary a wrong turn.

While we're on the subject, it seems odd that you can't select a single unit out of a group by clicking on their portrait at the bottom of the screen. Trying to grab a specific hero unit out of a large formation should be easier than this. Luckily, there's an option in the game to disregard any non-combat units when you click and drag to select a group. This helps to keep your settlers from marching out with your soldiers.

Age of Empires III also introduces some new elements -- home cities, native tribes, trade routes and such. Taken individually none of these are profound innovations but their cumulative effect makes the game feel fresh and strengthens the appeal of the core design. So in total of this review, I recommend this game to anyone who loves RTS Games.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
80.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Age of Empires 3. An amazing RTS taking place in the "New World" during the colonial age. Great game play that keeps you entertained for hours, continuously coming back wanting more!

-Great game play, keeping you entertained for hours.
-Has funny and entertaining cheats, like "tuck tuck tuck" which allows you to spawn in a huge monster truck. That will drive over anyone or anything, creating global havoc.
-Has a large supply of maps, each map making you have to adjust your strategic plans to win.
-You get all the DLC's, adds more to the game, civilizations, maps and more!

-Dying online community and online support, servers can get high amounts of lag. Servers will go offline sometimes even for an entire day.
-Franchise has been disbanded, meaning no more support. No updates, no fixing current glitches.
-Population cap reaches only 200, meaning that your stuck fighting smaller battles.

I would purchase this game on sale, it's worth to get the game. Just not at full price.
Overall I will give an overall positive review: 8.3/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
AOE III is a great example of a game that was very good and (in my opinion) had lived up to is predecessor. And then Microsoft ♥♥♥♥ on Ensemble Studios and shut it down, very much abandoning the AOE series (And the F2P games don't count) The game has an intresting card system that could have been reworked, possibly with the decks being used in competetive while casual games would be very simmilar to how they were before.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
This review comes after a four-in-the-morning-coffee-fueled 3 hour run of the game, just to give perspective.

So I'd been wanting to buy AoE3 for a while, since I got AoE2HD actually, and the oppotunity came up, so y'know, here I am. After playing a substantial amount of AoE2HD, I thought I knew the system pretty well and there wouldn't be a shock to the system.


This third installment of the series was actually quite surprising, obviously there is the update in graphics, which is really smooth and eye-pleasing. Some of the games mechanics change too, gone are the days of clusters of gold and stone, mining camps and the like, it's been simplified so that all you need are settlers (Villagers). There's also a system where the player can use a card deck for a civilisation that bring in certain imports, such as food crates, siege equipment or units. This spices things up because to unlock these, you must gain XP (another new addition), this is done by killing enemy units, or building trading posts along trade routes or next to native hamlets.

Basically, if you like the Age of Empires series, get this game (Preferably on sale, as it's bloody expensive when it isn't)

Rating - 8/10 Tentacles
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Buy it, best game ever made! Never felt so alive as i do when i play this game. So good!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
111.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
It's the best age of empire game that been done so far , the different civilizations truly have their own gameplay this time even if there are less of them compared to AOE 2 ... online gameplay is also way better then age of empire 2 HD , even if visually It's look like a game from many years ago the game still look quite nice , the music soundtrack and sounds effects are great and make the experience an epic one.

and of course the steam version come with all the expansion making it the true complete collection that this game deserve.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
65.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
The game that reassigned the life goals of thousands of angry real-time strategy nerds who relentlessly blasted death metal out of their sterephones while molesting the taunt buttons when it first came back - is still alive and well. That is, perhaps not so much as when it first premiered, but AoE 3 still attracts a considerable amount of gamers which is impressive given how the strategy gaming industry was completely dwarfed with upsurge of other games is latter years.

There's not much of a gripe you can hold against this now-classic: the texture and gameplay is focused and realistic, in startling contrast to the puerile graphics of the prequel (although I won't hold back that Age 2 also rocked) as well as the addition of the home city, which granted a completely new dynamic to the game. As is the problem with most strategy games, the inherently incoherent AI (some kind of stratagem devised by evil game planners to render games inconsistent and all puddy) is a bit problematic, but it's still something that can be coped with. The Online could definitely use some revitalizations, though. Yeah, everyone knows Ensemble Studios called it quits years ago, but still... can't someone do something to add some color to the online community and gameplay? The lack of updates is unnerving.

However, AoE retains its place as one of the best RTS games, ever. Even the two expansion packs kicked ♥♥♥. Asian Dynasties in particular added an exotic and 'colonial' palette to the game that made it even more memorable for me. The addition of three new factions (China, India, Japan) certainly made the game the well-nigh perfect, multinational, multi-tactical strategy delight.

So without further ado, here's what you would expect from AoE 3:

1)Strategy rampage.

2)Fast-as-♥♥♥♥ cavalry running down your hapless peasants.

3)Slow-as-dirt peasants 'collecting' resources.

4)No corpses.

5)Finding a mother♥♥♥♥ing enemy base near your town center just because you didn't have a proper sight.


7)Learning the basic words for most languages.

8)General ♥♥♥♥ed-upedness on the battlefield when your batallion of musketeers get creamed by a few cannons.

9)Magical unicorn-horses attached to artillery that appear whenever the artillery piece has to be carried and disappear when you start shootin'.

10)Free geography, history and zoology lessons.

11)Free philosophy lessons from Monks or other atavistic religious dudes whom you'll name after your ex-girlfriend's pet iguana - who can literally outwit their opponents by a having a thick-as-♥♥♥♥ smoke (did they even have that stuff in China back then?) .

12)Flying numbers.

13)Paying attention to the meticulous numerical details of every unit until you realize that your horde of 100 pikemen can be ♥♥♥♥ed by a pack of rockets.

14)Epic flanking action.

15)Facing stubborn ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who wouldn't give in even after you've destroyed their town centers.

16)Taunts! (number 15 in particular)

17)Witnessing the beauty of a New England forest until ramming it down with a barrage of mortars.

18)Imperialism. Exploitation.

19)Where every Wall Street magnate begins: the 100 wood market.

20)Stupid ♥♥♥♥ing peasants getting stuck in between the buildings that they built.

21)Tresures guarded by wolves, dogs, jaguars and other animals who pack a serious punch.

22) Treasures that can be literally collected by empty ships (because ♥♥♥♥ you that's why) .

23)Literally immortal colony explorers who yell like 9-year-old ♥♥♥♥♥es when they 'die' and start clutching their stomachs in agony as if they're on their period.

24)Stupid ♥♥♥♥ing population limits.

25)Villagers that sigh for unexplained reasons whenever they spawn.

26)Realizing that the narrator from the tutorial is the same guy as Arkantos fron Age of Mythology!

And so forth. It's a fun ride. You'll learn along the way.
So yeah, go buy the game. It's not like you've anything better to do.
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