Age of Empires is one of the most amazing and legendary civilization style strategy games that ever existed.
Now in this third part, you're taken into the New World. Players are able to develop European nations from the Age of Discovery through to the Industrial Age. There are eight playable nations that battle across a wide variety of lands - from the early beginning of the swamps of Florida to the Rocky Mountains. You can recruit Native American tribes along the way and with them, try to seize control of trade routes while being supported by your Empire back in Europe.
There's no doubt that visually, the game looks superb with some of the best graphics ever seen in the Age of Empires series. However, the developers seem to have concentrated on graphics more than the realism aspect. An exception to this is the fact that you are supported by your home European nation in your quest to plunder the New World which is something unseen in previous versions.
However, it is attention to detail and unfaithfulness to the realities of history that really let the game down. in Age of Empires, American Indians are portrayed as mercenaries rather than spiritual tribes and gold mines suddenly appear hundreds of years before they ever did!
Age of Empires 3 looks great and has the potential to be a great game but the developers probably need to pay more attention to historical facts than the graphics themselves.
It's the dawn of a new age in real-time strategy (RTS) games. A brave New World is rising – a hostile yet beautiful world, filled with innovative gameplay, new strategic scenarios, eye-searing graphics and much more.
In this action adventure tale of historical fiction, players take on the role of Morgan Black and his family, struggling against the hostile wilderness and a mysterious cult that's crept in from Europe. In a series of 24 scenarios divided into three acts, Morgan Black and his descendants help the Aztecs resist conquest by Spanish conquistadors, pit the French against the British in the French and Indian War and help Simon Bolivar lead revolutions in South America.
Not only are you in command of large and diverse armies of infantry, cavalry and artillery, but also Native American warriors, mercenaries and tall ships. You can assign different formations to your army for different strengths and weaknesses, or have the game automatically choose the most appropriate formation. Shingles, shutters and whole towers may fly off a building and interact with the terrain, such as crashing into nearby water. This next generation effect is done on the fly so that each building always has a unique destruction, no matter how many times you see it.
"Edited Version of Last Review"
Another reviewer claimed that this was no better than AoE 1 and 2. I don't know how 3 isn't better than 1 or 2....If you claim this then please explain. 3 is great. The demo provided here is great. My only comment is that is that in these types of games you seem to either win...or lose, and that is pretty much determined within the first 20 minutes of the game; once key positions have been gained, trade routes claimed and and advances made, it's pretty hard for you or an enemy to make a come back. What this means is, it's either an enjoyable but quite boring walk over, or a frustrating. total defeat by a far more advanced civilization....The ships are beautful and the movements of the tiny characters are great. (edited version of last review)
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