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  • Summary: Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for Age of Empires III. Engaging gamers of all ages and types in epic warfare in the Eastern world, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will lead Japanese, Chinese and Indian civilizations to expand their empires. Playable Asian civilizations. Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations — Japan, China and India — to expand their empires and fight for control in the Eastern world. Each Asian civilization, led by powerful leaders, will have unique groups, armies and wonders, as well as buildings that reflect the culture’s architectural style. New gameplay elements. Extending upon the innovative gameplay of Age of Empires III, Age of Empires: The Asian Dynasties will introduce new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic Age of Empires game styles, and 15 new Asian Wonders. Returning to the historical, civilization-based single-player campaigns, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will offer gamers who enjoy the solo experience a chance to engage in strategic combat with Japan, China or India through several engrossing scenarios. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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]
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. One for hardcore online fans only. [Christmas 2007, p.95]

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Jeremy
    Jan 27, 2008
    Excellent Expansion. Each asian race looks different and has different unique units, especially the new wonders. The campaign is interesting, but I recommend playing it on the hard level as the normal level is too easy for most rts gamers. The only problem is that the music is the same as AOE III, unique asian music would have been great. And there is not that much emphasis on naval battles. in the campaign. Expand
  3. Jul 13, 2011
    This is one of the best expansions I've ever bought. While the original Age of Empires was sort of bland, and the 'Warchiefs' expansion added a bit of flair, the addition of 'The Asian Dynasties' twists the game into a whole new beast. The new Asian nations are all very unique and very fun to play. When I first bought the original Age of Empires 3, I was a bit disappointed, it didn't quite live up to Age of Empires 2. Yet today, with all of the expansions, I'd have to say Age of Empires 3 is my favorite rts game without a doubt, and I've played a lot of them (Command & Conquer series, Starcraft 1-2, Warcraft 3, Rise of Nations, Battle for Middle-earth 2, the Total War series, Dawn of War series, and Company of Heroes). Collapse
  4. MarkS.
    Oct 26, 2007
    Great expansion package! The Asian Dynasties is superior to The War Chiefs in most every way. Although I did like the WC; this addition brings more new elements to the table, without losing the feel of AoE III. More maps is always welcome, and with the vanilla game and both expansions, there are finally a good assortment. Big Huge Games should be commended for doing so well with another studios franchise. It would have been nice to have different in-game music, but I suspect that there isn't any was the decision of Ensemble. Still, worth the price. Expand
  5. jasjang
    May 7, 2008
    Great game ever, not surprised if it earns game of the year(which i think it did). New units, building, and actually more strategic. Graphics are stunning for 2005 and it also requires a very weak system. The campaign is nice. The online play is extremely laggy for the "average" internet. Expand
  6. Aug 4, 2013
    Ostvaren napredak u skladu sa godinama, zaista bolji od Warchiefa te originala,
    broj misija je zadovoljavajuću, prava igra za ljubitelje ovog
    žanra... Expand
  7. GeorgeW.
    Feb 7, 2008
    I believe this has very new units and new mapmaking options, but because of the similarity and repetitiveness of campaign to that of predecessors, it is a very disappointing sight in the series. Expand

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