With many strategy gamers currently locked away in their bedrooms with Napoleon: Total War, those who aren’t really up for spending a quiet night in trying to campaign through the Russian winter might prefer the slightly more manageable alternative of Age of Empires III. And while this classic RTS might seem a tiny bit dated compared to the scale and detail of its strategy game descendants, it’s a title which continues to stand the test time. You can now pick up a copy of the Gold Edition for £9.95 (which includes the War Chief’s expansion).
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The Age of Empires series has been amongst the most influential of all RTS games, and anyone who’s had any experience of the early editions will feel right at home with this sequel. The third iteration still contains the same fundamental gameplay of its predecessors. Players will need to create villagers who they can delegate with tasks such as of gathering resources and building structures, and as the society and economy develops, the player can research new technologies and progress through various historical ages. It has to be said that the ages in number three are not as dramatic as what we’ve seen before – partially because gun powder is immediately available – but there’s still an impressive away of units to uncover.
Unfortunately the game doesn’t exactly revolutionize the Age of Empires series, and it does have issues. The AI is often extremely incompetent, and the most interesting matches often derive from online play. The game does contain an interesting campaign game however, which is split between the various ages and follows the exploits of the Black family. The missions are a good mix, and vary from defensive scenarios, assaults, rescue missions or a mix of different objectives which you must try to accomplish with limited troops and resources. Overall, Age of Empire is a compelling and challenging title which still manages to provide a rewarding strategic experience even several years down the line.
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