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Age Of Empires III: Gold Edition (Full Game & The War Chiefs Expansion Pack)

Released on 02 November 2007

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (4 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Age of Empires III
In this highly anticipated next installment in the Age of Empires franchise from Ensemble Studios, Age of Empires III places players in the time period of roughly 1500-1850, picking up where Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings left off. As players work to establish their empire, they will take on the role of a European power struggling to explore, colonize and conquer North and South America. Age of Empires III introduces exciting new gameplay elements, including the all-new Home City and an incredible combat system. Players will find new civilizations to discover, random maps to conquer and a single-player campaign unlike any other. Players also will find stunning graphics as a result of a revolutionary graphics engine that pushes the limits of PC graphics technology in an entirely new way.

The War Chiefs Expansion Pack
Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs is the new expansion pack for the best-selling real-time strategy (RTS) title of 2005: Age of Empires III. Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs will engage gamers of all ages and types in epic warfare in the Americas, where they will lead proud, playable native civilizations to expand their empire and fight for control of the Americas.

Includes Age of Empires III and The War Chiefs Expansion Pack

Age of Empires III features:

  • Engage in epic strategic battles - As players control the action, they can experience a new level of exciting combat with realistic physics effects, and have the option of engaging in battle with blades, gunpowder or both. Victory depends on the player's strategic battle plan.
  • Develop and strengthen a unique, customized Home City - The Home City represents a player's capital back in Europe and plays a supporting role in the attempt to control the New World. The better the player performs in the New World, the more powerful his Home City becomes. Players can customize their Home City to reflect unique personality traits, making the Home City a vital character in the game.
  • Discover culturally diverse civilizations - Gamers can play as the British and have a stellar economy, or play as the French and easily ally with Native Americans. They can choose to play as the Spanish and have more support from their home country in Europe. Players have the option of playing as one of eight civilizations and, whichever one is chosen, players are guaranteed a unique and fulfilling experience.

The War Chiefs Expansion Pack features:

  • Playable Native American Civilizations - Lead one of three proud Native American civilizations, including the Iroquois Confederacy and the Sioux Nation, to expand their empires and fight for control of the Americas. Each Native American civilization will have its own unique units, led by the powerful War Chief unit, buildings reflecting each culture's architectural style, and a distinct approach to its Home City feature.
  • Gripping New Single-Player Campaign - Age of Empires: The War Chiefs will introduce a new single-player campaign that continues the saga from Age of Empires III. Play through 15 new missions with a rich story and a cast of characters that interact with real historic figures and events.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (4 reviews)

 Age of Empires 3 + War Chiefs Expansion Review

| | See all Prostanc3's reviews (4)

Package:

I received the game in no time at all as is usual with play.com, the first thing you are met with is the half hearted packaging although not the worst packaging I have seen its still not what you call ascetically pleasing, it comes in a thin cardboard box with the 4 CDs in those little tacky white paper wallets however all manuals and quick reference guides where included so I was prepared to overlook the bad packaging.

First Impressions:

I installed with no problems and proceeded to start the game, as I entered video and game setup for the first time like most gamers do when they get a new game I was surprised at how many options there actually where, what can only be described as a "quality" job has been done with the interface options.

The Game:

As an AoE fan I was sceptical about what to expect from AoE3 after the disappointing AoE2 release, the graphics are great quality and massively improved from AoE2 while still keeping that important original feel, I have yet to find any glitches in the graphics which is a near unbelievable for an RTS game,

AoE3 has introduced something in game called the 'Home City' (which has a number of benefits earned through levelling it up by playing skirmishes) which allows you to send shipments of resources, troops and special upgrades to your town center after earning a relatively small amount of EXP during a single game through killing enemy troops or capturing treasures,

There are several campaigns available to play offering many hours of game play though they do start of relatively easy, but I advise even the most seasoned AoE player to do the 'Learn to play' as there are differences and new things that will catch you out, the skirmishes are a little more intense than in previous releases due to the addition of trade routes and native camps (war chiefs expansion) which really adds something special to the game,

Analysis:

Though disappointed with the packaging I was far from disappointed with the game which has offered hours of fun game play with fantastic online support available however skirmish mode does get a little repepative after a while as the computer AI is fairly limited and after several games you can find ways to easily cripple your enemy fairly early on meaning you have to take it online to keep it fun.

Packaging: 6/10
Graphics: 9/10
Playability: 9/10
Game Options: 10/10
Online Play: 9/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

 AN amazing game and expansion

| | See all boffer27's reviews (1)

Age of empires 3 is an awersom statery game, very clever, and brilliantly designed, i would recommend this to anyone, for hours on non stop fun on campaign, but online is even better as you go up ranks
A must buy

 Why is everyone so bothered about the packaging?

| | See all khp247's reviews (25)

Firstly does is really matter what box the game comes in?? I mean honestly people.

@Prostanc3 not sure what you are on about reg. AoE2, that is the best game of all time and is better than this release by far.

The game though better graphically in some respects just doesn't look or feel right. I would expected much better for the year of release as it's on a par graphically with Command and Conquer Generals - a great game which was released long before AoE3.

I expected a lot more from this game

 Great game but poor package

| | See all yohhan's reviews (3)

The game and expansion are great, but it comes in a cheap paper box which was badly damaged on arrival. There was no plastic box which seems to be a standard these days. Also, they come on CDs and not single DVDs. For a big budget game this is a real letdown from Microsoft.

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Rating12+ (PEGI)
Minimum RequirementsWindows XP
1.4GHz Processor
256MB RAM
2GB HDD Space
32x speed CD-ROM Drive
64MB Graphics Card with support for hardware transformation and lighting required
Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
Mouse and keyboard
Optional internet connection for online play
Please Note! These are the requirements for Age of Empires III.