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Friday, September 21, 2007
Age Of Empires III Reviewed
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MacNN has released a review of Age of Empires III, the third incarnatio of the popular real time strategy series. AoE III uses the colonization of the New World as a backdrop for improved graphics, realistic physics, and a new campaign. MacNN gave AoE III a score of 4 out of 5.

From the review:

One evening, I intended to sit down and write this review only to find myself sucked into an epic battle with my two sons against an Expert level computer opponent. Of course, we waged this battle over our home network, but the game also supports online networking through GameRanger. We used a Dual 2.7 GHz PowerPC G5, a 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4, and a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo MacBook. All three ran the game with ease, with the graphic display speed being the obvious major difference between them. Even on the MacBook, the well-defined and detailed graphics were actually quite satisfactory.

The objective of each game is to move through a series of five ages, each giving you new military units and economic upgrades that increase your options and chance of success against human or AI opponents. Every civilization has its own Home City, which offers different improvements. For example, the Spanish have a strong military, particularly their hand infantry and cavalry. They also earn early Home City shipments, allowing them to attack early. The British on the other hand spawn villagers faster and have one of the strongest economies in the game. Furthermore, the British military is formidable but takes longer to build. There are eight civilizations in all, and each offers a slightly different style of play. There are also a multitude of different maps upon which you can build your empire, allowing you to emphasize land or naval battles.
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