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Editors' Rating:
Excellent
Average User Rating:
out of 111 votes out of 88 votes

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  • Version:
    Not available
  • Total Downloads:
    1,321,158
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 26, 2005
  • Price:
    Free to try (Two single-player missions, two skirmish maps with two empires); $29.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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Age of Empires III is an historically-based real-time strategy game designed by Ensemble Studios, makers of Age of Mythology and Halo Wars.

After a lengthy installation, say a little prayer that your machine can handle this demo, because the system requirements aren't listed anywhere in the download package. The Age of Empires III demo provides hours of fabulous real-time fun, but lack of documentation and instruction haunts the experience.

The ReadMe.rtf file includes a useful list of shortcut keys, but there's no introduction or explanation of the gameplay, so you'll have to find your own way. In two single-player scenarios (building trading posts along a railroad track and defending a fort) and two skirmish maps (Texas and New England), you'll be collecting resources, raising structures, creating units, and bombarding your enemies.

Gameplay is deep, involved, and addictive, though the one major addition--the ability to send special shipments from home cities--seems extraneous. Noticeable absences in the hot-keys list are the ability to select all of one unit type and to create custom unit groups. Such shortcuts might exist, but without detailed help, we couldn't tell. Also, we were slightly disappointed with the range of view and the graphics overall. The rag-doll physics make for fun combat scenes, but the graphics themselves are actually less impressive than last year's Rise of Nations.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 88 votes

    • 5 star 37
    • 4 star 35
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.0

    out of 111 votes

    • 5 star 52
    • 4 star 37
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 11
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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/games/
Release Date October 26, 2005
Date Added October 26, 2005
Version
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Real-Time Strategy Games
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 426.76MB
File Name aoe3trial11.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,321,158
Downloads Last Week 728
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Two single-player missions, two skirmish maps with two empires
Price $29.95

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