Age of Empires III review

  • You can't argue with the great graphics
  • Skirmish and multiplayer modes rock
  • Gameplay feels polished and accessible
  • The main campaign feels tepid
  • Poor AI bogs the game down
  • Scenario design is unoriginal

Thankfully, skirmish and multiplayer modes more than make up for the campaign's shortcomings. With eight civilizations to choose from, you can try numerous strategies and tactics to crush your enemies, and LAN or online play is where Age III really shines.

There's no question that Age of Empires III is enjoyable, and the strong multiplayer modes make it worth owning. It's just that it doesn’t strive hard enough to truly usher in a new age of the genre.

More Info

Release date: Oct 18 2005 - PC (US)
Nov 04 2005 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Ensemble Studios
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Violence


  • thebigtarget1 - August 30, 2008 2:58 a.m.

    i have a question...isnt it annoying that you cant tell them to hold position?
  • CreeplyTuna - September 15, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    this deserves at least a 9! best rts ive ever played. nothings more fun than raising a colony from nothing to have it devastate the other players

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