“ Genre: Simulation - World Building / ESRB Rating: Teen / Release Date: 2007-11-02 / Published by Microsoft „
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Age of Empires 3, obviously the third installment of the game. A little different than the others. You of course have your major players, the guys you see everywhere, being the British, the French, the Spanish, and the Dutch. The Russians, the Portuguese, the Germans, and the Ottomans. A neat feature of this game is the mercenaries, I liked this about the game a lot. As well as indian camps / tribes! They show up in the game as well. Something that just adds a lil kick and twist to the general game. Into the gameplay however, first we will start of with the base plot of the game. You start out being given control of a little colony. Its a colony just starting out and you are the man (or woman) for the job to bring this colony to greatness. You must build up your settlement, and to do that you need resources of course. If you are a player of the other two you will remember the food, wood, stone, and gold resources. This game drops the stone, and you only need to worry about food, wood, and gold. Also, a part I appreciated was the queuing up of units. You can produce 5 at the same time it takes to produce one now, which is helpful to amass a large army quick. Or, if your being attacked to hopefully mount an effective defense! Like the other games, you must build up your economy, while balancing your defenses, and army. The military units are pretty generic. You do have your race specific units however, the British have their famous longbows, and the Turks are very big on gunpowder units. It leads up to some pretty interesting and fun battles, with strategy being a big key. Better graphics than the older games, and simplified controls in certain areas. You will notice (if you played the previous games). All in all I rate this 3 stars. The reason for this is the game did not BLOW my mind, therefore, can not be granted 5 stars. Also, its a 3rd line of the series, its hard to really make new things pop out and be effective. That along with the occasional bog in frame rate,( could be my computer though) I have to give this game 3 stars! Still worth the play, although I'd wait to find the game on sale personally.