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Age of Empires 3 is a historical real-time strategy game that is, obviously, the third title in the 'Age of Empires' series under the formerly Microsoft-owned Ensemble Studios. Despite being horrible at these kinds of games I really do love this series and the first two games in particular are part of my childhood. The third game was released in 2005, but I actually didn't purchase it until this time last year due to it being on offer online from Windows Marketplace (10p for this game and its expansion packs, and no this offer isn't still available I'm afraid!) and also as my previous PC wasn't powerful enough to play it upon release but my current laptop is.
Each Age of Empires (henceforth abbreviated as AoE) game is unique in that it follows a particular period in history; the first game was set in the ancient world from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, the second set in the Middle Ages and this game is set between the 15th and 19th centuries, focusing on the colonization of the Americas by the various European powers. I'm not a big fan of this period compared to the other two games, but after playing AoE 3 I can say that the fantastic core gameplay present in other series instalments yet again suckered me in!
The general objective in AoE is to build a civilization from scratch on a map. This involves getting your people (Settlers) to gather resources which allow you to build buildings and in turn create military units or develop "technologies" that improve your civilization in various ways. Depending on the game mode the aim of each game is different, but usually you're expected to defeat or merely curb any other nations in order to become the best empire of all. This may sound complex but fortunately there are five "Ages" that you progress through which unlock new levels of technologies, units and buildings, so you don't get overwhelmed especially if you start playing from the earliest ages.
There are several game modes to choose from in Age of Empires 3. Newcomers can select the *"Learn to Play"* option which allows them to play through a basic scenario with step-by-step instructions and suggestions on how to play the game. From the Single Player button you can choose from:
* Campaign Mode:* You play through preset maps following three generations of the Black family from Malta to settling in the Americas. Each generation is covered in an Act with an average of five scenarios: Blood, Ice and Steel. Each scenario has different objectives to accomplish (e.g. destroy the enemy town center, survive for 15 minutes etc). The campaign maps really kept me engaged with the use of in-game cutscenes to further the storyline. They are a great way to get started in playing the game as they get progressively harder throughout.
*Skirmish:* This allows you to play on a random scenario against the AI. You can change the type of map (including based on actual areas in the Americas), the number of AI players, which players are (initially) on your side and against you, and so on. There is a lot of flexibility here to form your map and put your skills to test.
*Custom Scenario:* Play a scenario you have created in the Scenario Editor (found under Options). Ever wanted to see how hundreds of musketeers will fare against nothing but siege weapons? The Scenario Editor will allow you to create that battle!
*Saved Games:* Load a previously saved game in any mode.
In AoE you choose from one of eight New World powers: British, Spanish, Portuguese, Ottoman, French, Dutch, Russian and German. Although all civilizations have a core set of units and buildings in-game, their strengths and weaknesses may include unique units, buildings and technologies. For example, with the British you will build Manors instead of the normal houses (both are used to increase the maximum number of units in your civilization) which are more expensive but also spawn free settlers; as a result playing as them means a better economy (more settlers= faster resource gathering= units made/buildings created more quickly) at the beginning of your game. Furthermore their special units are the famous ranged Longbowman unit and the siege Rocket. This makes every civilization you play as unique as their different benefits require different strategies to win with or defeat.
This is the main gameplay that is present in all the AoE games, but what's new for the third? Well the key new feature is Home Cities. For certain actions that your civilization does you gain experience points (XP) - defeating enemy units, creating buildings, collecting treasure marked on the map etc. XP is collected along a green bar at the screen's interface and when it builds up to different levels you can select "cards" from your Home City (the civilization capital back in Europe) with different things to help your civilization out, such as a group of units or hub of resources. Cards not only provide these resources for free- great for helping you out in a pinch- but also some have unlimited usage. Whilst some players may think this makes the game a little easier, in my opinion the boosts are minimal and you'll benefit most from this system actively doing stuff that will increase your XP rapidly rather than sitting on the fence waiting for that next card to come through. The card and XP system carries across all scenarios that you play with the same civilization, so you can unlock more powerful cards the more you play and carry them across into even using online. So this is a very good way of keeping me playing then!
The graphics in AoE 3 are stunning. Everything is in crisp 3D that is very detailed. If your computer will allow it you see that armies move smoothly over terrain and ships sail through the water creating ripples and having reflections. The Home Cities in particular look wonderful with realistic-looking buildings and people wondering around them. This is also due to the new "Havok Engine" that has been implemented in this game. So, when siege weapons hit a building or ship you'll see shrapnel and wood fly off as it would in real life; when you attack people with siege weapons they will be flung across the ground before dying and quickly decomposing (time passes very quickly in these games). It's probably a little dated now compared to more recent games but the improvement from AoE 2 is remarkable and it's still fascinating for me to watch stuff coming off buildings while playing the game. The interface design is very clear and not at all cluttered, with more advanced options hidden away so as not to confuse beginners.
AoE's music is orchestral songs that fit the theme of the game well. They even change depending on whether you're attacking/being attacked or not which I think is quite atmospheric. My favourite is the main game theme song (also in the second game) that plays at the menu- it opens up with drums and followed by a fanfare of horns that definitely give a feel for the player who is itching to conquer the New World.
The sound effects are also a nice touch for either upgrading your military units or your civilization to the next age. The "Your colony is under attack!" fanfare is back as always. This does get very annoying but I think that's point because it spurs you to action!
I must admit I've had little experience of multiplayer (I'm rubbish enough as it is against the computer, so how do I think I'd fare against human experts!?) but I do know that's available playing either through an LAN connection or Ensemble Studios (ES's) own online hub. You can choose different types of scenarios to play against up to four players (human or AI). I have played with my cousin a couple of times via ES Online. I experienced no lag between either of us (although admittedly we were in the same room, just on different computers!). There is still quite a community of players too despite the game's age (since there doesn't seem to be a direct sequel coming out soon) so you won't be short of players unless you're playing in the daytime when most people would be at work/school.
There is so much to do in Age of Empires 3. After you've completed the main campaign you have the option of playing under a variety of different scenarios or create your own. Even then there is the online mode to pit your skills against other players, and download other custom maps from the official community website's forums. The game is more or less endless and it'll be unlikely you'll get bored.
Age of Empires 3 is a brilliant game. The gameplay is addictive and challenging, the graphics are amazing even six years on and improvements to the series appeal to fans and newcomers alike. If you're someone who likes strategy games then Age of Empires 3 is a must by for your collection, but I fully recommend it for any fan of PC games in general!
The price for this game varies from £7-14 from different online stores (it's £11 officially from Amazon if you use that as a guide). Alternatively, you can buy the "Complete Collection" (original game plus two expansion packs, plus makes game playable on Windows Vista and 7) from about £15 which I think is a reasonable price if you're prepared to shop around!
Thanks for reading and maybe I'll see you in the New World!
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Age of Empires PC game.
I found this game a week ago in my draw and i hadn't played it in ages. i have recently been hammering this game and playing it on a daily basis, its such a fun and entertaining game to play due to all the different countries and types of units that you can be whilst on the game!
Price and Availability
This game is rather cheap to get a hold off now, you can find it online for about 15 pounds, this is really good for a game which is so entertaining and can keep you wanting to play more every day! This can then be delivered to you in a couple of days with sometimes free shipping if you find it at the correct place and make the most of the offers around the internet.
If your impatient like me when it comes to buying new games and your like a little kid in a candy shop and you just want to play the game now! then dont fret you can go into game and find it in there for around the same price second hand, as im pretty sure you wont be able to find this in game any longer brand new.
Appearance and Design.
The front cover of this game drew me in straight away, with the "III" having characters in each of them the centre being the British army which you can be! then on the right you have the Spanish and the left being the natives which you can find through-out the game. this game is rated for 12+ which i think may even be a little high as there isnt much blood or gore within the game play but i suppose you could see rather alot of death when one of the biblical wars actually happen!.
Inside the case once you open it up you are greeted by a three disc combo, these three discs are only for the installation, when installing you will be prompted when to insert the next disc and what else you need to do (eg: typing in your serial code) once you have successfully installed the game you then just need to play with disc one, simples. Also inside the casing you have two booklets of paper,
This is a small booklet which opens out and tells you the units which you can get at each age when you evolve your army! this also tells you what you need to do to be able to see what you need to buy in the game to be able to advance to the more advanced stronger units which will help you win that war!... on the back of this booklet/leaflet you have a section called "Civilization Attributes" this tells you what army has which perks to make them better than the rest and how it works all together! then which army has certain units, for example. The Spanish army can have Pikeman which are strong against Horsemen but then the Russians cant have this units, they instead have men called serelts. These are just some of the examples which will change how this all works together.
This is the user manual, this tells you all the little parts of the game, so if you get stuck at all from the installation to the hot keys in the game, dont worry this will tell you everything ... this is the age of empires 3 bible for the time being! Its a rather thick booklet but you can easy get through it and find the sections which will best meet the needs that you need as the front page is a contents section. very handy when you cant be bothered to continue through the whole book (such as me)
Once you start the game you are greeted with a nice little movie section about how the army's walk up to each other and start to have a war. its entertaining the first time that you see this. watch it the first time round! you then enter a screen where you choose which you would enjoy to do. there is a skirmish section, a campaign mode and also a online section (be warned, online there are some people who play who are almost superhuman! there to good to be true haha) There are eight teams which you can be a choice off and each of these have there own town centre which is the backing page where you can choose to unlock certain units for that army and make the town look better. its a nice little perk which is just something that makes the game that little bit more special!
The teams are, Spanish, British, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, German, Ottoman. so there is much vary on who you can be each of them having perks in there own way making them better or worse against other opponents! When you play the game you start with a small village which it rather useless if you were to go to war straight away, this forces you to have to go around and collect resources to be able to build up and then go on the full frontal. The villages can start to look really good as you can add castles, archer and gun towers and build giant walls around your base! Then with a large army behind your walls ready to defend you at the point when you say attack! perfect game to get out some old angry you have held in for the 1700's haha!
There's no bigger rush in life then when you are marching an army of 200 men with cannons against another army and the men start to drop and shout when the buildings are blowing up around you and the graphics of the game make it really realistic and start to blow chunks off from the corners and roof sections then fall into the house and set on fire, really makes you feel like your there in the moment
The campaign mode also has a very well lead storyline which makes you be able to follow certain historical events and some of them made up, there is some sections where you have to find the fountain of youth, yeah might seem good to do that and your not wrong it is. the whole point of a game is to be able for you to do something which you never would in real life! these capture this perfectly!
Excellent game and well worth a buy to be able to see what this game has to offer, go on you tube and watch a trailer and i promise for you guys and gals who love a good war game, this will wet your appetite alot!
XP - 256MB RAM
Processor - 1.4 GHz
Hard Drive - 2GB
Video Card - 64MB with support for hardware transformation and lighting
Multiplayer - 56K dial-up (that's the lowest, i recommend broadband ... if you aint got broadband, this is the 20th century, catch up please, your ruining internet gaming for the rest of us :) )
Other - Sound card and Speakers
*I hope this review is more to the standard which is expected, ive really gone to town sharing all my knowledge on this and im trying to improve my writing skills, any advice on where i could improve would be greatly appreciated.
As the third continuation in the epic Microsoft Games Age of Empires series, Age Of Empires 3 lives up to the greatness of its predecessors, adding numerous new features that both rookie and veteran players will welcome. In Age Of Empires III, you begin with a settler, a hero, and a few military units, and you're set off against the world, racing through the colonial time period (and 5 different epochs) to conquer all in your path!
The Age Of Empires III graphics are pretty much what you would expect them to be for a game of its time and reputation. The water reflects objects, the grass has all the particles you could ask for, and the unit models are perfectly detailed. A great new addition to the series is the visualization and animation of structures breaking apart. If units attack a ship or building, pieces of it will fly off, and the building will remain deteriorated until it is repaired.
The background music is superb, it's soothing and not annoying like in so many other games. The rest of the sound is of a high quality too, units have individual voices, and none of them are inappropriate. The voice acting in the game is good, but not quite up to the standard of other games.
Finally, the most important aspect of the game... the gameplay! ge Of Empires III does much to improve the fun factor of the series; units no longer move their goods back to a storage area or town centre; all units harvest directly. This greatly speeds up the game and allows for greater mobility and control of troops. Farms can now support 10 farmers, and they never run out of food. This allows you to focus on more pertinent micromanaging and warfronts, rather than continually check back to the farms to make sure half your workers aren't standing around.
Microsoft have added a new feature to the Age of Empiure series, The Home City. This adds much value to the game. After obtaining a certain amount of experience (through killing enemy units, finding treasure, and completing game objectives), you are allowed to send cards to your colony. In campaign mode, you unlock cards for a civilization, allowing different units/upgrades to be sent to the colony.
A couple of weeks ago I was rummaging through my old PC games and I came across Age of Empires 3, which is the 3rd instalment of the Age of Empires gaming title. Immediately I had a rush of memories about the enjoyment I got out of this game when I played it the first time around. I just had to have another go and I was pleased to discover it is just as enjoyable and thrilling as it was then.
Age of Empires 3 is a military strategic game in which you get to command one of eight civilisations. These civilisations are; Spanish, British, French, Portuguese, Russian, Ottoman, German and Dutch. This instalment of Age of Empires is set in the "New World," in which the major European civilisations are discovering and battling for power in unchartered regions of the world.
There are multiple game modes to choose from; Campaign: This game mode is a story based mode. You are given specific missions and targets within a continuing story arc about the exploration of new territories.
Skirmish: This mode allows you to set up your own ideal game. You can choose the civilisations involved, the map in which the game will take place, and the manner in which victory can be achieved. Random Map: This is similar to Skirmish, but the computer chooses all the variables.
Online play: This mode allows you to battle your wits against others over the internet. A true test of your tactical skills.
Within each game one must create a town, use villagers to gather resources which can then be used to build various buildings that will all aid in your campaign to destroy the other civilisations in the game. You must create an army of men large enough to destroy the other country's army, villagers and buildings. The game is highly addictive, but also relaxing to play when you have a busy day. It is suitable for ages twelve and up and is worth the price tag of about ten pounds.
AOE3 is the third instalment of Ensemble Studio's lovable RTS series. Set in the period between 1492 and 1850, it is set during the period of colonisation of the New World and has 8 playable colonies to chose from.
I have always tended to steer clear of age of empires, mainly because older versions looked a little basic and visually poor. However, after purchasing AOE3 I can say it has become an all time fave to play. There have since been two expansion packs to continue the on-going fun of building your colony.
What makes this game so great is the way in which you progress through the ages, with many technological advancements, and changes in building infrastructures. It all starts off looking very basic, and ends up looking like a proper little city to make you feel proud of. There are land and sea battles, real damage and a hugely diverse range of troops, horsemen, cannons and naval vessels to make use of.
Each team has its own strengths and weaknesses for you to draw on, and get used to trying out different strategies. You can make friends with the local natives to draw on the help of local tribes, of which many are available. There is a campaign mode with an on-going story where you face many enemies including the Ottoman Empire, the British, pirates and more. You play as several different characters and progress through the time-line until you finish up in 1850.
One of the great things about this game is that you can take control of your home city during both campaign and skirmish modes, where you can unlock customisable items, including banners, street lights, shipments to your colony and so much more. The shipments help you during gameplay to call upon troops, units, resources and more. The resources being gold, wood and food which you must mine and grow.
The game does not require massive computer specs as it was released back in 2005 so modern computers shouldn't have a problem dealing with it. One of the things I think is a little disappointing is the fact that you can only ever support a maximum population of 200. So you never really ever build up a massive army after you peasant and boat/cannon population are taken away which all take up population points. Sometimes it can be difficult to gather enough resources at a fast enough pace and build a big enough army to attack and defend. 200 is not really enough but adds to the difficulty.
That aside, this is a truly awesome game which a lot more to offer. Brilliant for any RTS lover.
Once again Ensemble Studios prove why they are one the undisbuted masters of the more underrated of game genres, the RTS. Like its predecessors, Age of Empires III draws massively on historical information and events to combine engrossing history with fantastic gameplay. The game comprises of three seperate, but related, campaigns that stretch over the entire period of the discovery and colonisation of the New World that was America. Whilst the campaigns in themselves provide an engrossing aspect of the game, it is the online aspect that provides the most wealth of fun and enjoyment that can be gathered from AOE III. With 8 different civilizations to play with, each with there own advantages and disadvantages and uniques units, buildings and upgrades, there is a great deal of gameplay derived from variation.
For the last game in the Age of Empires series, AOE III is an excellent example of an RTS game, a genre defined, refined and made world class by Ensemble Studios. If you havent played this game then i strongly recommend that you do. You will never live to regret it.
The game Age of Empires 3 is a real time strategy game where you create a build empires through the ages, and attempt to win the new world over. The game does not have crazy system requirements and needs 512MB of Ram and 2GB of Hard drive space, which generally most computers can handle now.
The game follows the same concept as the previous games except this one is set in Europe with 8 different colonies to chose from. the goal of these stories is to gain more territory. The game is graphically more advanced than all its previous version by a long shot.
The controls in game are based on the menus on screen and really easy to use which makes this game simple to play and fun.
The game has really good multiplayer. the games can be played online as well where you can battle other people which makes this game super awesome now. And adds a lot more longevity to the game.
This game had a lot to love upto with the previous 2 games in the series getting better each time. It has done so.
With changes to the game such as adding the bonus card feature which takes a lot of time to get used to, and the graphics becoming more 3D than ever the gameplay was a whole different experience.
This game will be played for years to come, with expansions out adding more gameplay and challenges.
As usual you can pick your own Civilization everyone has their own favourite. Over time you improve your own civ to make the bonuses become better and better, which can turn a game instantly.
Playing online is better than ever, which the town and card features meaning you can improve your civ the more you play (through experience points), the more options you can choose to wipe out your opponent.
With more maps than ever you can visit swamps, deserts and icelands, each having their own hidden ways of getting round to your enemies.
The game, as always has been, can be slow and laggy sometimes when gamers decide to build huge navy's with 10s of ships, but this option can easily be erased in the maps.
Having enjoyed like many the Age of Empires 2 game I felt that I just had to get this game. I got this from Game as a chirstmas present for £30 which I felt was expensive but I was expecting it to be very good indeed. Age of Empires 3 was released in Novemember 2005. It really was a major advancement over the previous version and I feel that it has really lived up to its expectations.
The game itself is a real time strategy game that has been developed by Microsoft. The game requires 2GB of hard drive space which is not so bad and 512mb of ram. I would also recommend having a relatively good graphics card installed in order to get the full potential of the graphics. The instllation of the game is very simple to follow and it is also relatively quick.
The game folows the same concept as the previous versions in that it is your aim to create and develop and empire that develops through the ages and exapnds in power and in size. You have the option of commanding one of eight European powers in an attempt to conquer the New World. It is your goal to get more resources, advance and gain more territory. The gampelay in general really is fanatstic and far better than any other similar strategy game I have played on. The interface is excellent and it really is simple to use the tools makign the gameplay much better.
The first thing that really impressed me about this game was the graphics. When comapred with the previous versions of Age of Empires it really is a colossal difference and the game has really moved on. The gameplay I have found is much enjoyable now with richer more colourful maps. Wehn in a battle or controlling an army the graphics really are superb. There is also different game modes available to play including story based campaign and online multiplayer!
I like the way in which the game has moved on over time, rather like the game and it really is more fun than ever. There are now four ages including the Discovery age, the Colinial age, the Fortress age and the Inustrial age. There are some fantastic new features such as havign trains to deliver resources! There is no doubt that this game is a fantatsic one that will keep you entertained four hours on end just like the previous versions have. There is also expansion packs available including the Warchief version which will add more to the game.
I found the multiplayer to be great fun and it really does add a whole new level to the game. I think that considering there is more to do now than ever and the game has improved in every way this really is an excellent upgrade. Even if you have not played on the age of empires series before the controls are very simple and it is easy to start. There are very good tutorials available to help. There is also a demo available of the expansion back so you can try it for free and see whether you like it or not before actually purchasing the game. You can get the game now for £15 on Amazon and it really is worth it! I hope you found this useful and thank you very much for reading!
I purchased this game after enjoying the previous A.O.E 2 release.
A.O.E 3 looks and plays much better. The graphics are very impressive with huge amounts of detail in the environments, such as birds flying over head complete with shadows on the floor, trails of smoke following the canon balls as you fire into the enemy, splinters of wood flying off your ships as it comes under the attack.
The sound effects are also very good, I played the game with a pair of good headphones on and it really opened up the game to new levels. The sound of canons firing and buildings crumbling are very realistic, even the background music is enjoyable - which could quite easily become annoying, but it never does!
Gameplay is good too, with the campaign you can follow a story and work your way through the levels, or you can just set up a quick battle with a chosen enemy.
AOE 3 is a great war strategy game which is easy to get into and not to complicated to grasp.
I've got to be honest I never really have liked this genre and AOE3 has not converted me either
I have always been an action type gamer and not into RTS in the slightest. I played AOE3 and I was not overly impressed. The game is relatively straightforward to use and the interface can be confusing at first until you do the tutorial. The game, unfortunately though, does not do too great on graphics, don't get me wrong the lighting and effects of the map are superb but the characters and movable objects look like they have come from a much older game.
The campaign is not to my liking and I think I will stick to the scenarios as they are a lot more enjoyable and offer more freedom. It is not the kind of game you can really sit down and play for hours on end, although I know many that would. You kind of have to play for 30mins and have a break.
Also the speed is a pain, you tend to be hanging around for some more settlers or some more ships rather than fighting or something, plus the enemy seems to build too slowly and so they are a pushover allowing win, after win, after win.
Overall a great game, maybe geared towards much older computer users who are not that great with computers (like my nan) or maybe children still in primary school, none the less it still is quite a good game and has kept me amused for several days whilst I wait for more games to arrive in the post.
Age of Empires has always been one of the games for the pc that I have found impressive but now it has taken the next step and become a great game with impressive graphics, sounds, gameplay and every other aspect being beyond just impressive leading to the overall package being amazing.
I purchased this game with the belief that there was no way that this could top what was an extremely impressive game in Age of Empires 2 but Age of Empires 3 has truly blown its older brother out of the water.
Firstly let me start by saying that yes there is still the unfortunate population limit but with the amazing new presentation standards that this game achieves it is not so noticeable as you are mesmorised by the beautifully rendered trees and the shadows they are casting.
I can't give this game enough praise and had expected problems as I had heard that issues were known with Windows Vista and that the game can run slow but I have not seen any of these issues and have found the game to be very stable running which has been a nice surprise as I have had other games have issues due to Vista.
The game is one whereby you are controlling a population of people in order to be the most powerful in the world through developing your people and their knowedge. The way you do this is through a number of things like cutting down trees to build houses which in turn allows you to increase your population further. The difficulty comes in when you have to decide on what your population needs more...are you going to have mostly villagers who can mine for stone, gold or cut down trees or are you going to go for mostly military to allow for you to protect your people and even attach others to allow for world domination?
Simply put this game is one that you can play again and again as your decisions will make a difference but so will the opponents decisions. Stunning graphics, excellent controls and a simplistic gameplay makes this easy to pick up and start but as you develop up the levels you will find more and more challenges there for you.
Age of Empires 3 is a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game based on different civilizations ie, British, Spanish Aztec etc and competing against each other either against the computer or online against other players to conquer and become victorious.
You start with a town center, a scout to explore the map your on and find your opponent, and villager and collect resources such as food and wood to age into another level so that you an build armouries and stables to create fighting units to attack your enemy.
In my opinion a decent strategy game, good gameplay and very good online features. I have learnt the basics of the game against the computer in normal gameplay and then developed my game online, creating a user account and playing against better players which enables you to improve your strategies, gain raings for ins or lose that ratings through losses and interact with friends online. A very fun filled game, and if your competitive I would suggest this great adaptation of the orginal Age of Empires.
--- War Chiefs is the expansion pack of this game ---
An absolutely fantastic game to play if you like the real time strategy games. With invention of cannons and guns, this really comes alive in comparison to it's older bothers, Age of Empires I and Age of Empires II. The player has the choice to do a quick battle, online play or the campaign. The quick battles and online play consist of the player choosing a civilisation and battling against a chosen foe(s) on a map of their choice. You can have up to eight different players in a game on any amount of teams.
The online play can be ranked and you for every game you play you build up your home city and unlock new rewards that enhance your gameplay.
The campaign is both long and very surprising. I have completed it three times and each has been different so far.
Well worth getting this game if you love the strategy based games.
Age of empires 3 is in my opinion the best straegy game available.The game is set in central america and contains native tribes which can become allies.There are 3 game modes available; campaign, single player and multiplayer. Campaign is a story mode based mode which is split up into 3 acts each containing several levels.The acts are set in 3 different times but feature connected characters.Single player is a mode where the player verses the computer.It can be team or free for all and is between 2-8 countries.The countries available are England,Germany,Spain, France, Portugal, Netherlands and Russia. The multiplayer mode is similar to single player but is online against other players.The problem I have found with multiplayer is that a lot of slower/older computers are unable to connect to the server.The games more high detail features such as naval battles require quite a good graphics card.The game is only available on pc or mac at the moment.The game is available fairly cheaply from most shops and websites. The game has 2 available expansion packs; Asian dynasties and war chiefs.