Microsoft Studios brings you three epic Age of Empires III games in one monumental collection for the first time.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,534 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested

Buy Age of Empires III: Complete Collection

Packages that include this game

Buy Age of Empires Legacy Bundle Including The Forgotten

Includes 3 items: Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten

 

Recommended By Curators

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

Recent updates View all (7)

July 30

Twitch stream 7/30: Challenge ZutaZuta and win Age of Empires Steam keys!

Log on and challenge ZutaZuta to AoEIII! Winners will earn an Age of Empires Steam key of their choice! http://www.twitch.tv/ageofempires

9 comments Read more

July 23

ZutaZuta in the Age of Empires studio!

We're streaming Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties multiplayer live now on our Twitch channel! Tune in to www.twitch.tv/ageofempires.

7 comments Read more

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
328 of 363 people (90%) found this review helpful
58.3 hrs on record
Pros: Excellent strategy game for its time and still today. In general, much more refined and fun gameplay compared to previous AoEs with more of an emphasis on combat, rather than micromanaging villagers. Still has decent graphics even by today's standards.

Cons: The French.

11/10 would buy again.
Posted: July 29
Was this review helpful? Yes No
109 of 123 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
An old classic that i have always enjoyed. There are many nations to play, each with their own special units. a real time stradegy game where you upgrade through the ages, offering better units and upgrades. You can fight with humans or with computer players. The best part of the game by far is the battles. Huge battles with infantry, calvary and cannons, War will be every where and dead bodies will rittle the bafflefied. A must play if you like RTS games
Posted: May 27
Was this review helpful? Yes No
50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Still competing to be my favorite RTS(Real Time Strategy) game after all these years. Singleplayer is just as much fun as multiplayer. Building up your empire is an amazing sense of accomplishment and progression. I'd even recommend this game to people who aren't into war or fighting much and just want to try and build things.
Posted: June 20
Was this review helpful? Yes No
109 of 185 people (59%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Beautiful graphic and great game system.

I really love AoE franchises.
Posted: July 6
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
grear models. beautiful rendering and environment
Posted: May 17
Was this review helpful? Yes No
458 of 478 people (96%) found this review helpful
58.3 hrs on record
This review is a little lengthy, so if you just want to know why I recommend this game skip the Results and read from there.

Age of Empires III not only lives up, but pushes forward the great series that is Age of Empires. Most people compare it as being weaker than its predecessor Age of Empires II, but I find that these people tend to not see the greatness in this game. It seems in this Age of Empires the game became more realistic, in that the Colonial Era was a point in time when no longer were kingdoms limited in wealth by the amount of gold they could mine. Instead it brings in new Cash Crops, which allow each nation to produce Gold outside of traditional methods.

Campaign:
This is a great game with an in-depth campaign that goes through the stories of a Scottish Explorer and his sons/daughters. The campaign is interesting and introduces different styles of gameplay from macro-managing to micro-managing with scavenging and hording. Definitely worth the play through, for Age of Empires III and Age of Empires III: War Chiefs. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is fun, but the campaign has nothing to do with either of the other two expansions.

Gameplay:
Age of Empires III offers a brilliant combat system that no longer requires precise delegation of finite resources, but allows for macro-scale battle. Allowing some players to turtle and others to expand, depending on your gameplay you can grow or stay at home. Mining gold and gathering food will always garnish better results than farming gold and food. Not only can you focus different resource harvesting strategies, but you can also use different strategies in your combat choices. You can buy mercenaries which cost only gold, or even capture native towns and create tribal units. This can allow you to vary your tactics based on your environment as well as your team.

Teams:
This game introduces new challenges with Teams that are complex and highly differentiated, unlike in the predecessors where each team essentially was the same as the last minus a few shifts in upgrade options and one special unit (plus two special upgrades). Age of Empires III and its two expansions offer a variety of teams which include peoples of Europe, Americas, and Asia. Age of Empires III includes the Spanish, British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Germans, Russians, and Ottomans. Age of Empires III: War Chiefs then offer three more teams including The Aztecs, Sioux, and Iroquois. Finally Age of Empires III: Asian Dynasties adds an additional three teams the Indians, Chinese, and Japanese.

Hints:
If you actually want to enjoy this game make sure you edit your cities in order to get all the cards, as earning all the cards takes more than one lifetime. I have owned all three of these games before they were on steam and I put over +300 hours into it still to not have one civilization at maximum level.

Results:
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.

Pros:
+Fun campaign with a rather interesting story (for a strategy game).
+High level of variability in teams
+Allowing for turtle or rushing player types
+Good difficulty curve in AI (allowing boosting resource harvest rates to find the best balance of difficulty)
+Each civilization is like a whole new game
+On map bonuses to give reasons for exploring and moving quick across the map.
+Brilliant strategy diversification with special tribal towns on each map type, and special mercenary units for each map.
+Many different types of gameplay which keep the skirmishes from seeming repetitive.
+Loads of cards to choose from allowing you to choose if you want to Turtle, Rush, or Support.

Cons:
-Leveling civilizations is rather dull (just edit the text file)
-You cannot select your AI team members’ cards, which means they will just use resource cards, villagers, and soldiers (not team cards).
-Some civilizations seem unbalanced. (figure it out for yourself as we all have our views on this).
-Rather than producing names for the map choices they are named after states (which can be really hard to guess what type of map you will get if you're not familiar with US Geography).
-You can only have two teams in skirmish mode, which is really annoying if you used to like playing 2v2v2v2.
-You cannot have repeat civilizations; this means there is only one England per map.
Posted: February 26
Was this review helpful? Yes No