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  • Summary: Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition completes the celebration of one of the most beloved real-time strategy franchises with remastered graphics and music, all previously released expansions and brand-new content to enjoy for the very first time.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Oct 14, 2020
    91
    The odd-ball of the AoE family is back and is better than ever. This remake won’t change the minds of people who didn’t like it upon its original release, but it does celebrate an RTS that dared to try something new.
  2. Oct 16, 2020
    85
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a fantastic remastered game that's greatly enhanced in terms of graphics, UI, and gameplay.
  3. Oct 20, 2020
    80
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is just what we want when we talk about "definitive edition": new graphics but classic style; technical upgrade and all the content to date (and new games mode).
  4. Oct 26, 2020
    75
    This particular journey simply didn’t hold the appeal for me that it once might have. If you’ve got fond memories of this series, then the Definitive Edition of AoE 3 will hook you good. This new model looks and sounds great, there’s a ton of new battlefields to conquer, and new ways to do that conquering.
  5. Nov 12, 2020
    70
    A solid remaster of a good old-fashioned strategy game. Its biggest problem? It will forever lie in the shadow of its famous predecessor.
  6. Oct 16, 2020
    70
    A modest remaster of a fun but flawed RTS that’s stuck in the ever-lengthening shadow of its predecessor.
  7. Nov 3, 2020
    50
    Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition has been polished up considerably graphically. There is also a lot of content available. Unfortunately, the original design flaws have not or hardly been addressed. This is a game that generally wants to do too much, makes it too complex and doesn't give enough in return. This is a nice remaster of a game that we would rather not play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 46
  2. Negative: 19 out of 46
  1. Oct 18, 2020
    10
    Excelente remasterización le doy un 10, me gusto mucho el trabajo de forgotten empires y tantalus, nada más me encantaría que aumentenExcelente remasterización le doy un 10, me gusto mucho el trabajo de forgotten empires y tantalus, nada más me encantaría que aumenten batallas historicas y más revoluciones latinas como la de Bolivia, y pongan las campaña de la independencia de las colonias españolas, las guerras napoleónicas. Expand
  2. Oct 20, 2020
    10
    The game is really good , I love this game and the development team (Ensemble Studios)
  3. Oct 16, 2020
    10
    amazing new game, practically everything improved, 2 new civilizations and 8 new revolutions. Personally I loved that they respected theamazing new game, practically everything improved, 2 new civilizations and 8 new revolutions. Personally I loved that they respected the factions historically, in terms of uniforms and names, highly recommended Expand
  4. Oct 18, 2020
    6
    A good upgrade for the most part, the changes to Native Americans is fine, if a little under implemented. It plays well so long as it doesn'tA good upgrade for the most part, the changes to Native Americans is fine, if a little under implemented. It plays well so long as it doesn't crash, which it does. Often. On very good hardware, on average hardware, and on bad hardware. Doesn't matter, I've had maybe 4 crashes out of 12 or so multiplayer games played. It is buggy and crashes frequently. If you crash in a multiplayer game, you're out. You can't reconnect, if you time out of the game because you crash, you just resign. It's lame. Until then, you're lucky if you can get it to work properly on windows 10. Units gets stuck behind trade posts, unable to move. Until these bugs/crashes are fixed, the game is not really worth buying unless you're playing with friends. I've had zero crashed in the original AoE3, but crashes aplenty in definitive. Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2021
    4
    Aoe3 DE by itself is already a problematic game, but the fact that this was a remaster done by one of the largest companies on earth trullyAoe3 DE by itself is already a problematic game, but the fact that this was a remaster done by one of the largest companies on earth trully shows that the Dutch Diseases may also be present on the gaming industry.

    For starters: I have no idea of why the game is so heavy and badly optimized (I will put my two cents on the new models). There are mods and fan projects of the original game with good enough designs that were infinitelly lighter than this one (and mind you, with a better color pallete and saturation).

    Secondly, the multiplayer does not properly work. The age of Empires remakes and HDs are known for being bad, but the last AOE and AOE3 DE really settle a lower a bar from what was already underground.

    Third: The game fortunatelly adds some aspects of fan patches of the original aoe3, but their insistency in archaic mechanics (like the way that some natives colect gold) leads to a more slugish game, as many of those mechanics dont fit here.

    The menus got clumcky and confusing. Homecity cards are just ''thrown'' in the Metropolis without any visual consideration. Honestly, the visual designers don't seen to have put much tough on the subject at all.

    Lastly, regarding the changes to some ''Problematic'' age names and abilities: Changing the Natives power of converting animals was a good move (even back them it was a Pocahantas steryotype) but everything else? Changing colonial to commerce, plantations, etc. They put their hand on a fire on purpose being fully aware that people would take that bait, and sure as hell it brought atention. But i don't recomend you biting it. Unecessary changes that only serve to havoc the community.

    If you want to play Age Of Empires 3, buy the complete colection. It is cheap, it is light, it has a great fan patch (Esoc) and it works online.
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  6. Oct 20, 2020
    3
    The netcode is disastrous, it has not been updated at all. You have connection problems, lag and lack of smoothness in the animations of theThe netcode is disastrous, it has not been updated at all. You have connection problems, lag and lack of smoothness in the animations of the units in the online. I give it a 3, as long as they don't fix the netcode of the online multiplayer. Expand
  7. Jun 12, 2021
    0
    The game itself is easily a 10/10. It is balanced, it improves the gameplay from previous entries of the saga.

    The problem comes to the
    The game itself is easily a 10/10. It is balanced, it improves the gameplay from previous entries of the saga.

    The problem comes to the Definitive Edition itself: not only is full of bugs (new bugs come with every update), but the game has also received some unnecessary changes.
    It’s a game about COLONIZATION, don’t start on the moral high ground and talk about how colonization was a bad thing and so on. I don’t care about it: I WANT TO PLAY THE GAME.

    Devs invested so much time about this politically correctness non sense: if half of this time were invested in fixing bugs, then we would have a working game.
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