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Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.0
Value 9.5
Distributor: Microsoft
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
November 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

9.5

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Age of Empires III

Strategy fans, its time for you to get excited! Microsoft Studios has released the title that drove us nuts when the first game came out. Age of Empires III is upon us and once again I think that this game is going to redefine the way that most of us will play real time strat games. 

First things first, this game looks amazing and most players will simply stare at their screens in amazement at the gameworld that is waiting for them. Every filter or effect that you can think of is in this game and the sheer level of detail means that once you get over how good it all looks you are going to be lost in this game, I can almost promise you that. 

As with other games in the series, the idea is to take over everything. This is achieved by some of the most spectacular battles that you are going to have in the confines of a real time strat world. Again, itís the sheer realism of the game that is going to be telling you to dance sucka! Itís simply the most incredible gameplay that Iíve had thus far in this genre. 

With a break of about six years since the last Age of Empires you can tell that this title is here for the long run with newsgroups slavering over the new release. For long time players of the series, the main focus of the title is still on the European nations with some action from mercenary groups outside of that main sphere of influence. 

Many actions are simplified in this game which was something that I really appreciated in terms of just getting in and enjoying the game instead of fumbling around all the time. As you build your empire using the available resources, your populace grows and you give them the skills and facilities that they need to keep them happy and also in a position that they are able to defend their own territories and also take over others. That really is a simplified overview as you will manage on a much, much grander scale. 

As you make your way through the game, you gain experience points and you then get access to other shipping options through a series of cards that can be won. This is a great idea and makes sure that you are progressing and learning the intricacies of the game at a rate that serves as almost a training of sorts for later in the title. 

Finally you can take this game online and whilst we experienced this to a certain extent, I far preferred the single player experience. This was for one reason in particular. When playing a human opponent you could only win if they surrender or if you kill every last member of their group. So all that happens is that your friend can hide one person, refuse to surrender and the game drags on! 

In any case that aside, Age of Empires III is amazing and is going to be a title that you find yourself playing for a very long time. I give this one a very high recommendation.






 
 



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