Reviews for Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection

87

Good end to the series

howard195 | Nov. 18, 2014 | See all howard195's reviews »

I picked up this game in a Humble Bundle for a fraction of the cost. Definitely worth it. The graphics are greatly improved. Other changes include the home city which as you progress will give you different bonuses or sometimes will send you resources or units. I really appreciated this addition. Another change was that almost every single unit also has a ranged attack now, i.e. a little fire bomb looking thing they can throw. At times this works for you, other times against you and you have to plan accordingly. In the second Age of Empires you could bombard people on shore with a ship without fear of reprisal, but now they can just throw their Molotov things at you. A big change is they moved forward with the level of technology you can progress to. Decently early on, your units can get firearms, a la muskets. Anything still shooting arrows quickly gets outmatched in my opinion. If I rember correctly they took away a few of the options regarding unit command such as formations, and the setting to not attack unless attacked, etc. Kind of a con for me. Overall, worth getting and wasting a couple months on.

90

A great continuation of a great game.

Suppression555 | Oct. 10, 2014 | See all Suppression555's reviews »

Age of Empires makes a comeback by jumping forward to the Imperial Era. Cannons, muskets, armed cavalries, large vessels and more cannons present a change of pace from the old sword-and-shield Age of Empires II. The third instalment of the franchise also introduces trading routes, a set of locations that you have to capture and control by building trading posts on it, reinforcing your income and XP gain. You can order shipments of goods from your mainland at intervals of time and befriend local indigenous tribes.

In a sense, there are plenty of new features to keep long time fans of Age of Empires interested, while retaining the same core gameplay. Build stuff, gather stuff, advance Ages, kill baddies. Only this time, with more cannons.

95

Last of great series

Demilisz | March 25, 2014 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

Age of Empires III Complete Collection is a worthy epilogue for great series. In main campaign we follow a three generations of the Black family, that one way or another influence historical events that took place in New World. For the first time in AoE history we get a 3D game with physics and while main game allows to play only with chosen European factions, the expansions introduce Native American tribes and Asian empires and reintroduce some features missing in main game (like Wonders now available only for Asians) as well as bring new ones (like Revolutions).

Gameplay wise this is, like its predecessors, a classic RTS with building bases, training units, researching technologies, advancing to new eras and destroying enemies. But there is one big new feature - Europeans has access to Home Cities that can be upgraded during games (skirmish and multiplayer) and lasts until player decides to delete them. One Home City can support only one nation, but chosen upgrades are transferable from map to map.

Every RTS fan should buy this collection, it offers hundreds of hours of great gameplay.