Reviews for Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection

92

Something worth to try out

Arcq30 | March 10, 2015 | See all Arcq30's reviews »

As far as i am concerned, there aren't many games in the market that can compete with this masterpiece which involves strategy, thinking outside the box and determine the right move that could assure your win from the start but that's something you will find out once you at least completed the game once and you are getting used to the specific vibe extracted from all the battles you experienced so far. I hope that my review will lead you to take a good decision so if you like strategy games that involves outsmarting your enemy( it may be a BOT but it is pretty annoying) and leading your army or people to victory then give this game a try.

94

Best of the best

DeaD | Feb. 1, 2015 | See all DeaD's reviews »

First of all: are you into RTS multiplayer games? Buy it. Do you like the series? Buy it. Does it sound like a bad advertisement? Even so B... Ok i got it. But what makes me start a review like that? Well let me explain. Age of empires offers you different factions, with different units, different types of gameplay for anyone. It offers you to select the upgrades you want as you get further in the game. You even have the ability to upgrade Home Cities.The graphics are pretty, physics look nice too. And I have to tell you something: In most cases I hate if a strategy game offers way too much raw materials to handle, and AoE 3 is not one of them. It may take a bit of time to get used to the game, but it will give you countless of entertaining hours. Love it.

84

Quality but uninspired sequel

vipe_1 | Jan. 27, 2015 | See all vipe_1's reviews »

Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection is now a mostly overlooked entry to the terrific strategy series from Ensemble. While most people fondly remember (or still play) Age of Empires, Mythology, or the remastered Age of Kings, this is mostly forgotten. This is a bit unfair, but makes sense because the game is much more forgettable for various reasons.

Set in various civilizations around the world in the developing world of the 18th/19th century, you will travel the America's, Imperial Japan, European powerhouses, and others. Combat largely revolves around cannon/cavalry and musket equipped soldiers. The campaigns, missions, and overall structure are completely typical of the series. The game looks nice and is a steady upgrade to the previous games.

Why is it so much more forgettable? Perhaps the lack on focus on a handful of civilizations? The time period and type of units? I would probably vote both, amongst other little things. Still, this is worth the play for most strategy fans.

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.