Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Aside from three new campaigns consisting of 15 scenarios in total, Asian Dynasties incorporates a ton of new content in the form of civ-specific units and abilities, additional maps, new cards, multi-player gameplay modes, and the wonderful return of Wonders, among other perks.
  2. Unfortunately, AOE3's ship has sailed for most folks, and this just isn't exciting enough to quite justify also splashing out on the original game if you don't already own it.
  3. The artists at Big Huge Games did a great job of capturing the unique building structures and military units for the new factions.
  4. The Asian Dynasties features three short and sweet mini-campaigns focused on events in Japan, China, and India, but the multiplayer is where you can truly test your mettle.
  5. Gamers will need to get over the dated graphics and artificial intelligence, along with a few design oversights that spoil the Asian setting, but this expansion strengthens the Age of Empires III gameplay and makes it feel almost new again.
  6. The expansion offers good singleplayer levels and great looking visuals, but the gameplay may feel old if you've played AoE III before. I'd still recommend it for RTS fans; just don't expect a classic.
  7. If you haven’t taken to the Age of Empires series, Asian Dynasties won’t be different enough to change your mind. But it’s nice Eastern breeze for veterans and dabblers alike.
  8. The Asian Dynasties is a solid expansion that offers unique Asian civs and some other gameplay tweaks to Age of Empires III.
  9. 90
    A rare and generous package of new visuals, new gameplay, and absolutely crucial improvements to the core game. If you weren't an Age III fan before Asian Dynasties, get ready to be one now.
  10. It's hard to believe that any two-year-old game could be livened up this much with an expansion pack, but Big Huge Games has pulled off this trick just about perfectly with The Asian Dynasties. While the core gameplay is still recognizable, this is a great facelift that makes an old friend look young again.
  11. 80
    A testament to the uniqueness and coolness of the new civilizations is that I can't pick a favorite side.
  12. While a solid title and a good entry into the series, Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties failed to rekindle my interest in Age of Empires 3. A good title for fans, but not worth it for those hoping for a reinvigoration of the series.
  13. 80
    The units are colorful, the combat is exciting, and the story, though not as thrilling as Age 3 or as historically relevant as Age 2, is still strong enough to carry the action.
  14. 85
    If you’re already in the possession of the very excellent Age of Empires III, then this expansion is a must-have.
  15. Developer dream teams should get together more often. AoE III may be an elder statesman in the RTS world these days, but BHG has dipped the game in the fountain of youth with this revitalizing add-on. [Jan 2008, p.80]
  16. One for hardcore online fans only. [Christmas 2007, p.95]
  17. TAD is pricey for an add-on pack, but if you can stomach the cost, there's plenty of succulent, meaty goodness to be had from TAD. Plus it will big up your brain, and that can't be a bad thing for a pony. [Christmas 2007, p.82]
  18. What's incredible is that Big Huge managed to introduce so many fresh ideas to the game yet still maintain the essentially balanced gameplay that remains as addictive as it always was.
  19. This is all exciting stuff that breathes exotic new life into Age of Empires III, and it's one of the best real-time strategy expansion packs since "Brood Wars."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    Ostvaren napredak u skladu sa godinama, zaista bolji od Warchiefa te originala,
    broj misija je zadovoljavajuću, prava igra za ljubitelje ovog
    žanra... Full Review »
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties adds three Asian civilizations to the game and a campaign with them. With the adds of Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs, this game is better than the original and the first expansion game. Full Review »
  3. Nov 9, 2013
    Literally the best expansion anyone could have hoped for, the new civilizations were very unique and brought many new features into the game. The main problem after release was how overpowered the chinese were, the patch that came out had them replaced by Japan being the OP civ that everyone played, but the next patch smoothed things out pretty well and the fan patch that's available nailed the balance perfectly. I'm very sad to say, that this was probably the last true instalment to the Age of Empires series, I'd love to be mistaken though. Full Review »