Microsoft Studios brings you three epic Age of Empires III games in one monumental collection for the first time.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,565 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

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Buy Age of Empires Legacy Bundle Including The Forgotten

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

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Includes 5 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition


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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
145 of 154 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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72 of 81 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
113.2 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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87 of 112 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I made women hunt and cut trees, while men worked at the farm.

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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
149.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I remember playing this game as a child. I would come home every day hoping that my brother wasnt playing so i could play. The game only got more fun. I only had the original game and no DLCs so when i saw this game on steam 8 years later, it was obvious that i had to buy it. If you havnt played this game yet, i acctually feel bad for you.

10/10 Would "Tuck tuck tuck" again.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Though many people say AOE2 is the best in the franchise, I actually think AOE3, with the abundance of exotic civs from 2 expansions and unofficial mods, has surpassed that timeless classic.

Graphics: AOE3 looks great at distance, even up to today's standards. That's mainly due to the excellent using of lighting effects (shades and HDR), the textures and animation on a closer look however, are on the same level as Age of Mythology (kinda obvious they used the same engine), which is a little bit dated. But it doesn't hurt at all, for some of the best RTS games like SupCom and COH aren't beautiful up close either.

Sound: Soundtracks are awesome, definitely the best in the franchise and probably one of the best in the whole genre. I especially love the track of revolution event, it pumps me up so much that I want to punch a freaking baby in the face. Sound effects are even more impressive, more so the sound of canons. God how I love the sound of canon fire in this game, every shot is like the mixture of bass solo and Morgan Freeman monologue coming out of a subwoofer. Pure heaven.

Gameplay: Quite different from the previous games. The tempo has been speeded up a bit. Range attack becomes the mainstream and melee the sidekick. Resources are down to 3, which I think is acceptable. Civs feel very distinct from each other especially those from different continents. Balance is marginally okay, with 3 pretty OP civs and same amount of trench tier ones. Many new features like homecity and card deck building are actually great fun and add a lot to the strategic depth. Online games are quite stable and smooth, and usually end in stomping.

Mods: I love the mod Napoleonic Era to death. This along with another mod called The War of the Triple Alliance make me rate this game among top 3 RTS on my list. Holy crap the additional civs and features are mindblowing. I really wish for 2 things, that we will one day get Steam Workshop for AOE3 and one day the devs of these two mods be contracted by Microsoft to combine the mods into an official expansion, just like The Forgotten to AOE2.

Community: Friendly, steady, small in size but alive. That's all I can say.

Conclusion: Don't let nostalgia get the best of you. AOE3 is different from AOE2, but in a good way.
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