Review: Age of Empires III: The Complete Collection

Developer: Ensemble Studios | Year: 2005 | List Price: $49.95 | Buy from Amazon

I was introduced to the Age of Empires series not too long ago when I got Age of Empires: The Age of Kings for my DS around three years ago. It was a great game, but lacked the depth that could only come from a computer game. So when we got a new Mac, the first game I got was Age of Empires III. At the time, my parents had a one-hour-a-day time limit on the Mac, so it took me about thirty hours (one month) to beat the campaign (on easy) and ease into the skirmish. It was my first computer strategy game I’d ever tried and it’s still my favourite. The start of the game takes you right into the action (unlike turn-based games) and the game is usually over in about half an hour. There are eight different civilisations, and each of the two expansion packs add three new ones. I find the historical setting much more interesting than if it were futuristic or fantasy, because it seems much more real. If you’re considering a game for your child, this would be great because (apart from a bit of violence) it’s completely appropriate and teaches a lot of history. It also has excellent replay value, because the maps are random and there are loads of civilisations. I’ve been told that the AI isn’t too good, but since I’m not too hardcore, I don’t really notice. If you want a real challenge, you can play online, but I myself have never tried it. Each civilisation brings a new experience, and you’ll have to adapt to each one with different strategies.

Personally, I quite like the Dutch civilisation. What about you? Tell us in the comments!

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