The third Microsoft's strategy game of the saga
Age of Empires III is a real-time PC strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios in which you will have to create your empire starting from zero, using one of the eight civilizations available. Each of these empires has its own way to play, with characteristic units from each empire, such as British Musketeers or the Ottoman Janissary.
This game is the third Age of Empires of the series; and it was made on an enhanced version of the Age of Mythology game engine, with significant changes such as graphic upgrades. Besides, the title has some important awards, like the one awarded by GameSpy for the “Best RTS game of 2005”, and was one of the best selling games of 2005. If you enjoy the main game, you can download additional expansion packs in order to expand your gameplay experience. There are two available packs: The War Chiefs, introducing Native American civilizations and The Asian Dynasties.
How to play
The player begins with a town center, one explorer and some settlers. You are free to explore the map and search for new fields to start gathering resources to build new structures, research technology and train units in order to increase the size of your modest town. This process is common to most strategy games, but there is one thing that makes this title’s gameplay different: Technological Ages. In Age of Empires III, you will go through “Ages”, which represents historical time periods.
These ages will provide you with new improvements such as stronger units and new buildings. There are different ages included in the game, such as the Discovery Age, which represents the exploration of Americas by the Europeans. The Colonial Age represents the expansion of the Europeans to the new world. The Fortress Age depicts the fortification of European colonies and allows the player to have a more complete army. The Industrial Age triggers the economy due to factories and allows the player to buy all the units and shipments. Finally, the Imperial Age, which unlocks every single building and upgrade.
The campaign mode in Age of Empires III will take you through different acts, while you play as a different character every time. This mode will show you the different civilizations: in the first act you play with the Spanish empire, the second one will take you with John Black’s mercenaries, and the third act allows the user to play as the US civilization.
Age of Empires III Features
Here you can see some of the features of this PC game:
- Highly addictive strategy gameplay
- 8 available civilizations, each with characteristic units and buildings
- Huge campaign mode
- Different technological ages
- Multiplayer mode
If you are interested in this PC game and you need some more information before you download it, feel free to visit the developer’s official website .
The minimum system requirements to download and run this game are listed below:
- Operating system: Windows XP or higher
- Processor: 1.4 GHz or higher processor that supports SSE
- RAM Memory: 256 MB
- Hard Disk: 2.0 GB free space
- DirectX 9.0 or above