Microsoft Studios brings you three epic Age of Empires III games in one monumental collection for the first time.
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

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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
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Very Positive (429 reviews)
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( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Beautiful game! All time classic and never fails to enthrall you!
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( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
A decent reimaging of an old classic.

While not a classic in its own right, or a master class in startaegy. Age of Empiers III is a decent strategy game that manages to bring update the franchises play style and strategy components.

To those who are familiar with the franchise its a lot of the same with a few interesting new additions. To those who are not, its a pretty standard romp in real time strategy. You have a city you build buildings, workers, gather resources-- pretty much what you'd expect.

The gameplay is solid and very, very similiar to its predesesor. It does feel a bit stream lined. There are less things to build and research overall. In fact, they basically combined stone and gold into a single resource, only leaving the player to have to gather and manage three resources (food, wood, gold). Far from a bad thing, it seems like these changes stream line the game and speed up the play. Other new additions like trading posts which establish trade routes place emphasis on controlling the map at all times and further keep the player active at all points in the game.

The really new: RPG lite. Affecting the gameplay, but technically outside it, AOE III has introduced a RPG-esque elements that allow you to level up your different civilizations and build "decks". Technically cards, they are a series of upgrades you can pick off several techs tree (some unique to your civilization) that can then be activated in the real game using experience gained in that game by fighting and kiling units. It's not the most well implemented system, but it is novel and I had a great time looking through it, planning things out, and seeing how each civilization could specialize.

Overall, its a decent game. The graphics and UI are up to date. There are some novel additions to the genre. It isn't a must play. But as cheap as it is, you may want to consider checking this out if you are a fan of real time strategy games.
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Balson Yorfayce
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Very awesome RTS, one of the best, I still think AoE 2 is better but that's just a personal preference.
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( 102.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
One of the Best all time 3rd person strategy games. Plus you may learn something of earths old empires.
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( 126.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
a simply amazing game, the online community can still be very enjoyable and really nice as well, and the online custom game mods add hundreds of hours more, when your done with the campaign or skirmishes
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Zombie hunter
( 29.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
When you play this game it feels like your a Leader for your colony try to survive in multiplayer
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( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
this is most interesting RTS game confine to History theme.
i play it until i die.
thanks for developing such a good majestic.

i really don't regret buy this super funny game.
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( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
i personally enjoy chicken but i feel like a meat feast pizza is good as long as the meat is a metaphor for the male genitalia as it would be very tasty and woulda porbably feel good in and around mouth depending on color as black is usually bigger than white (i heard... from a friend...) so would give it a Battered Sausage out of 14
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( 163.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Best Strategy game i Ever Played ! that would be enought for review......... try and u wont regret...... The Multiplayer would change ur mind completely !! :D
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( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
played 1000 hours on CD 10/10 replayability, multiplayer is absolute cancer though
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55 of 64 people (86%) found this review helpful
59 people found this review funny
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Play as Japanese.
IMMEDIATELY wall yourself in.
Get resources.
Build your samurai army and ignore the outside world.
Help no one, fight no one, only samurai army, keep out invaders
Wait until you can no longer hold in your giant army or you've reached the utmost max samurai population with only having like 3 villagers.
Unleash the samurai-pacolypse.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Age of Empires 3 (AOE3) will always be my favourite RTS of all time. I have played this game since 2008 and on my disc copy (actually 3 disc copies lol) I would say I have played around 1500 hours or so total.

The Campaign: The campaign is not a hugely different playstyle from skirmish or multiplayer but it allows you to feel more like you're involved with the people and characters than usual which definitely makes the campaign worth playing through. Each expansion has a separate campaign and I remember them being highly entertaining and interesting each to their own. The campaigns also allow you to use civs not playable in any other game mode.

Map Editor: Not something I played around with too much, but it was fun to just create giant battles, or create your own scenarios and historical events.

Civilizations: The civilizations are really interesting. So interesting, that my interest in European, Native American, and Asian history are based from this game. I play this game as an excuse for studying for my history tests but I can't say that it helped with much more than trivia-like questions. Anyways, This game makes every civilization slightly different from each other (The War Chiefs and Asians are much different respectifully though) and every one is recognizable by not only building styles but troops as well. Each nation is given at least one troop that is unique to their civ. In the original there is 8 European nations (Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Ottoman Empire) with War Chiefs, 3 Native American tribes were added (Iroquois, Sioux, Aztec) allowing 11 total playable nations, and finally with Asian Dynasties, 3 more were added (Japan, China, India), with a total of 14 playable civilizations . Apart from the 3 civs that are just a little bit better than the rest (You'll know soon enough), it is pretty balanced when playing online (IF playing with someone with similar experience).

Multiplayer: AOE3 was slowly getting weaker with age a few years back but with the game being more widely sold on steam, I feel the community has a chance to bounce back. Usually when I go on, there are anywehre from 600 - 1000 people on at a time. This doesn't count the community that play on places like GameRanger and other programs like it. Don't get discouraged by people baiting new players into their games when they are veteran players. Host a game and name it something welcoming new players, read the ranks of the people who join, to make sure the game will be fair and welcoming to you if you are new. Or join another low ranked players game or grab a buddy or two and practice between you all. I would recommend being able to beat Hard or Expert computers before playing online, but of course, it is your choice. Multiplayer is the best place to play, practice, and have a competitive and some-what stressful game of AOE3. :)

Graphics: Honestly, in my opinion, the graphics are spectacular for their time and do not look anywhere near "bad" even in today's time. Of course they aren't great for today's standards but they aren't awful enough to turn you away. I actually find them quite nice and I am more than satisfied watching the ships travel the oceans, or seeing the parrots flying through the rainforests. The loading screens are really nice too, all 3 games have different styles. For example in Asian Dynasties there is one loading screen with the Indian Emperor riding on an elephant with the troops behind them. Or the Japanese loading screen with the beautiful Torii Gates. In War Chiefs, one screen is the Aztec emperor on top of a temple with his arms up with the people looking up to him from the ground. This game sparks not only interest, but imagination, its amazing!

Soundtrack: The soundtrack is phenominal! I absolutely love the theme song of each game and I find myself testing my opera skills most times I play this game. The music is great, intense, and is fitting to the epic introduction to the game or the conclusion to the massive multiplayer game you just finished.

Opening: The opening to each expansion has a really cool video based on the game. The War Chiefs has the European explorers searching the forest and them being ambushed by the Native troops. It's epic, and amazing to watch from time to time before jumping into the game! I recommend watching all 3 intros so I'll let you watch to find out what they're like!

Extra Features: Unlike previous installments to the franchise (AOE1, AOE2, Age of Mythology), AOE3 introduces cards, card decks, city levels, city customization, explorer naming, and city naming. Cards can be purchased by leveling up. One level is one card unlock point. A deck can have I think 21 cards to start, and with every ten level ups, can have an extra card in the deck. Cities level up by playing with them, and EXP is given for every building or troop made, or enemy building or troop destroyed. Cities can be customized by upgrading the buildings, such as France's Notre Dam by changing colours, adding features, etc. A minor touch but still interesting enough to have your own sort of style with leading a nation in the game. Your explorer can be named so you can make yourself, a friend, or family member be the greatest European explorer, Native American War Chief, Japanese Shogun, Indian Brahmin, or Chinese Master that has ever existed. The same goes for cities, you can name them the small rural town you live in, or your country's capital city and make it the most advanced city in the world! All theses extra features expand upon the replayability and fun that you can have with AOE3.

Note, AOE3 - The Asian Dynasties expansion was the latest released and updated. All Civs can be played on this expansion and the majority of the people play on this one. I suggest only playing the original AOE3 and War Chiefs when playing with campaign, or really dislike playing with or against the Asian Civs as they cannot be played in the others.

Also, check out Age of Mythology Extended Edition (AOM) on steam if you like this game, or if you're into Greek, Egyptian, Norse mythology. I prefer AOE3 myself, but AOM is my second favourite in the series. Personally, I would wait until this game, and/or AOM, go on sale to buy them but I still feel they are worth the cost. Like I said at the top, I have 3 disc copies of AOE3 that all work (long story) and also disc copy of AOM. These games ARE worth it.

All in all, I want to see AOE3 bounce back strong. If you're new looking for help, a partner to play with, or want to join a clan who are mostly active, just message me on steam and I hope to see you on the battlefield soon!

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Good RTS game, but removed core features such as more than 2 skirmish teams. Campaign is alright, a bit too easy tho. Multiplayer is where the fun at but be warned that it doesn't work for everyone.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I bought, played and delete <.< Wow
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
A very entertaining and balanced RTS. It is probably my favourite RTS out there. I find that the home cities/ shipments mechanic really adds a cool dynamic that is completely unique to AoEIII. Each European faction has similar core units (hussars, musketmen, ect) but each has a few unique units and upgrade paths, similar to AoEII. However each of the expansion factions look and play completely unique from the rest of the factions.

9/10 hard AI can be ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t sometimes
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Didn't really know what I was getting into when I got this game. Heard it was really good though and had to give it a shot. Must say it was a really solid experience throoughout the game. Lots of fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Still one of the best RTS games I know.
I only wish they remastered this or made AoE 4 (never ever happening)
Anyway, I'll take what I can get.

The single player campaign is long and interesting, also both of the DLC add more campaign and civilizations to play as.

Even the multiplayer community is still somewhat alive, though I usually just play with my friends and bots.

If you're used to Age of Empires 2, this game will seem a little confusing as it introduces some new mechanics, one being the "home city" system.
This system allows you to get free shipments to your war, like a bunch of soldiers, boats, buildings or even castles.

Along with that, you also spice up the game with an explorer, a special scout/hero who you can use to gather treasure and other bounties of nature.

Overall a comfy RTS game, even if it's gradually becoming outdated.
It's well worth the sale price.

This is recommendation is coming from someone who has played the game for atleast five hundred hours. (before Steam version)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
131.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
quite a good rts game that brings you into the history of world during the exploration age
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A game way ahead of its time. Incredible. I bought it when it first came up, and it did not ran good on my notebook, nor in my desktop PC. That was the problem with it. It required a lot more of the average gamer of the time. Playing it now I can see it is an amazing and well constructed first class RTS.

Buy it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
This game is an extremely good real-time strategy game and is very fun, though it is quite pricey so try to get it on sale or buy it if you have a coupon.
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