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Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition is a decent remaster of an underrated game

ByMarshall Honorof14 October 2020

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Our Verdict

Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition still possesses some of the original game’s flaws, but also builds on a lot of its charms in ambitious và satisfying ways.

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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a robust, ambitious game that’s buoyed by strong gameplay và held baông chồng by a few strange design decisions. In a way, it’s a nearly perfect remaster, since you could have sầu said exactly the same thing about Age of Empires III when it debuted 15 years ago. This real-time strategy sequel for the PC is brimming with style và atmosphere, but doesn’t feel as beautifully balanced as its predecessor, the almost-incomparable Age of Empires II: Definitive sầu Edition.


To be clear, Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition can still be a rollicking good time, whether you’re playing through improbable random bản đồ matchups, proving your worth in multiplayer or even enjoying the delightfully campy campaigns. And at only $đôi mươi, it"s an incredibly good deal, too. At the same time, there’s not nearly as much new stuff as there was for AOEII’s remaster — just two new civilizations and a handful of standalone historical battles.

AOEIII: Definitive sầu is, at best, a ton of fun — & at worst, a distraction before you go baông xã lớn climbing the AOEII multiplayer rankings. But either way, it’s a faithful và satisfying remaster for one of the more uneven entries in the series. It’s also our last stop before we get the highly anticipated Age of Empires IV. Read our full Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition đánh giá for more information.



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Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition gameplay

For those who have sầu never played Age of Empires III before, it’s an historical RTS phối in the Early Modern era, roughly the 17th century through the 19th century. (This picks up roughly where Age of Empires II left off, although there’s a little overlap in early Ages.) You choose a major civilization from that time period, lượt thích the British, the Dutch, the Ottomans, the Sioux or the Japanese, then build up a mighty gunpowder empire.

In most scenargame ios, you’ll start with just a Town Center and a few resource-gathering villagers. From there, you can invest your resources into lớn building up a military, researching new technologies và even moving from one historical “Age” lớn the next, which increases the variety of buildings and units that you have sầu at your disposal. Like most RTS games, the whole game is a delicate balancing act between spending resources on stuff you can use right now, and saving it for more powerful units và technologies down the line.


As in previous Age of Empires games, each civilization offers unique advantages và disadvantages. The Russians, for example, can field a huge military early on, but it’s tough khổng lồ build up their economy. The Dutch can produce massive sầu amounts of gold, but fielding a good army can be very expensive. The Sioux’s cavalry is unparalleled, but they have no siege weapons khổng lồ speak of. For the most part, the game balances these civilizations well, although we’ll have sầu to wait & see what the multiplayer community figures out, now that each civ has been rebalanced slightly for the Definitive sầu Edition.

The biggest difference between AOEIII and its predecessors is that the game is based on exploration in addition khổng lồ city-building. As such, when each match begins, you get an “explorer” unit, who can uncover big swaths of the map & collect small treasures along the way. Every action you take in-game also earns you experience, which you can use to collect “shipments” from your civilization’s Home City. Each civilization has different cards that you can set & match for different trang chủ City shipments, which adds another layer of strategy khổng lồ a game where there’s already a lot lớn bởi vì.

In fact, if there’s a criticism of AOEIII’s core gameplay, it’s that the exploration and Home City mechanics take away the laser focus that the first two games had on building and fighting. I personally like the variety, but the pacing & strategy are both quite different. Fans are still arguing about whether that’s a good or bad thing, but the Definitive sầu Edition doesn’t make any changes to lớn the formula.



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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition new features

Age of Empires III has three big new features, plus a handful of smaller quality-of-life adjustments. All of the additions are good, although it doesn’t feel quite as generous as what we got for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

The big changes for AOEIII: Definitive sầu are the two new civilizations, and the Historical Battles và Art of War modes. The two new races are the Swedes và the Inca, both of which fit in well with the existing civilizations. The Swedes are an aggressive sầu military civilization with some excellent early-game gunners và artillery. The Inca can build up vast stores of food early-game, và spend it on diverse, affordable armies later on. I can’t say how either one will fit into the multiplayer structure, but neither one seems vastly over- or underpowered after a few sessions.

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The two new modes are also good additions. The Historical Battles are what they sound like: standalone scenargame ios that depict early modern military campaigns in Algiers, Ethiopia, Russia & more. These scenarquả táo are generally longer and more difficult than what the campaigns provide, và should satisfy experienced AOE fans. Likewise, the Art of War missions are helpful for getting up to speed with comtháng multiplayer strategies.

My only issue here is that it’s not quite on a par with what AOEII: Definitive offered: four new campaigns và four new playable races. Additionally, Age of Empires II had many more expansions, meaning that its Definitive Edition had dozens of civilizations và hundreds of campaign missions. AOEIII is not stingy with nội dung by any means, but it’s a much smaller experience overall, and a new proper campaign would not have gone amiss.

Quality-of-life adjustments include features like auto-scouting for your explorer và action queues, which are welcome additions. The Iroquois & Sioux civilizations have also received massive sầu overhauls to make them more historically accurate & respectful portrayals. The changes take some getting used to, if you invested a lot of time in the original WarChiefs expansion, but better accuracy in a historical simulation is always a good thing.



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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition campaigns

While it’s not worth belaboring the point, the campaigns in the original Age of Empires III had their issues, và they’re more or less the same in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. Instead of historical narratives based on real military campaigns, as in the first two games, AOEIII focuses on a fictional family that squares off against a secret society throughout the ages. The campaigns vì chưng intersect with some real events, lượt thích the American Revolution & the Transcontinental Railroad construction, but for the most part, the campaigns are campy, over-the-top, và more invested in a made-up story than real-world history.

This isn’t khổng lồ say the campaigns are bad, granted. The mission structures offer a lot of variety, and the characters & situations can be charming, in a B-movie kind of way. Two of the Asian Dynasties campaigns also hew a little closer lớn real life, making them feel more like traditional Age of Empires scenarquả táo. The campaigns are worth playing, but don’t expect them lớn give sầu you a satisfying feel for the rest of the game — particularly since you play as made-up civilizations specifically created for the campaigns, rather than learning the ropes as regular civs.



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Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition multiplayer

Since Tom’s Guide reviewed Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition before its wide release, there wasn’t much going on in the multiplayer servers. We can say that the game offers both casual & ranked multiplayer options, as well as a spectator mode, making it suitable for esports. If the netcode runs as well as the first two AOE: Definitive Editions, then it should provide a satisfying multiplayer experience; if not, players may floông xã back khổng lồ AOEII before too long.


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Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition graphics and sound

Two big selling points for Age of Empires III: Definitive sầu Edition are its graphical overhaul và its remastered soundtrachồng. The graphics now are considerably better than they were baông chồng in 2005, with redone character models and resolutions up to lớn 4K. No matter how far you zoom in, characters look sharp và well-defined, & the physics effects — particularly buildings falling apart as siege weapons demolish them — are even more impressive sầu now.

Likewise, the soundtrachồng sounded gorgeous before, but it’s even more refined now, with a perfect mix of easygoing strings for exploration and brassy horns for battle. However, most of the bugs I encountered in AOEIII: Definitive sầu had khổng lồ vị with its soundtrack. It would very often cut out completely, especially when loading saved games, and wouldn’t reactivate until I went into lớn battle. Other times, the volume was wildly inconsistent, as other sound effects và voicework seemed to make the music quieter. I hope the devs can address this issue soon, as an AOEIII game without music feels only half-complete.


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Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition bottom line

Our Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition nhận xét discussed how it’s an ambitious, imperfect remaster of an ambitious, imperfect game. The new races và modes are worthwhile additions, và the core gameplay is as solid as ever. On the other hand, it could have sầu used a new chiến dịch or two, especially since the original ones aren’t up khổng lồ usual series standards.

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If nothing else, I hope that AOEIII: Definitive sầu prompts fans to take another look at this underappreciated installment. Like the time period it represents, it’s often chaotic and unpredictable — but there’s a lot of historical richness, if you know where khổng lồ look.


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