Age of Empires III Review
Age of Empires 2. Now thatís a tough act to follow. Not only is the game one of the classics of real-time strategy gaming, itís still going strong. You can fire up the game today and find opponents online without too much trouble. Now the game that keeps on going has a sequel in the form of Age of Empires III and itís got some big shoes to fill. Letís hope that itís got some big feetÖ
The first thing going in Age of Empires IIIís favor is that it doesnít just take Age of Empires 2, slap a 3D engine on it, and call it a day. Thatís not to say that it radically alters the gameplay that made its predecessor so enjoyable. Instead it takes what was good, tweaks what was not so good, and adds some interesting new gameplay aspects that make it a worthy entry in the Age of Empires series.
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Another new gameplay feature new to Age of Empires III is that the maps include indigenous peoples. While this does mean that youíll be subject to raids or to have your ships cross paths with war canoes, thereís more to it than that. Maps will have native villages and trading posts that can be captured and developed by players. The villages are sources of military units and technology upgrades and the trading posts are sources of experience points and resources. As you can probably guess, locating and capturing these sites early in the game is key to victory.