Generally favorable reviews - based on 48 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
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  1. Oct 14, 2020
    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 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition offers us a spectacular remastering. New content for the campaign and visual improvements make this title an unmissable installment for RTS fans.
  3. Oct 14, 2020
    Smart and much-needed changes bring Age of Empires III to a new level, providing a quality strategy experience newcomers and lifelong fans are both likely to enjoy.
  4. Oct 15, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is an unmissable title for lovers of historical RTS and is an excellent finishing touch to the great work and commitment that Microsoft has put in to relaunch one of the most iconic sagas in memory.
  5. Oct 15, 2020
    The game offers tons of different things to do while also bringing 4k resolution and a very well made soundtrack. While it may not be one of the best games in the series, this game is still a big win to me with the addition of 2 more civilizations and more game modes.
  6. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is capable of offering the same old experience in a new format. Everything that fans have been waiting for and also everything that new players need to enjoy this must-have franchise. It works perfectly and comes with graphics adapted to the new times making this game the best way to enjoy a renewed game that's still offering a kind of a retro experience.
  7. Oct 16, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a fantastic remastered game that's greatly enhanced in terms of graphics, UI, and gameplay.
  8. Oct 14, 2020
    An undeniable and great improvement on the original. Featuring a huge amount of content, including some brand-new game modes, as well as a revamped and improved portion of the original campaign, there's a lot on offer. The AI is improved, though does have a few niggles here and there. Particularly so with pathfinding. This issue is overwhelmed by the amount of content on offer, great improvements to the aesthetics of the game, improvements to multiplayer as well as changes to the home city system outside of the campaign. While not as outright fantastic as Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, this is still a brilliant release and comes in at a very low price.
  9. Oct 14, 2020
    This is a generous re-proposal, in which functional filings intersect in the management of playful mechanics and an important aesthetic modernization.
  10. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a great remake, packing in loads of new content and addressing some issues that other developers might simply have swept under the rug.
  11. Oct 31, 2020
    Age of Empires 3 is still flawed, but Forgotten Empires and Tantalus Media have delivered an excellent remaster that improves the game in almost every way.
  12. Oct 20, 2020
    No matter how you felt about undoubtedly polarizing Age of Empires 3 before, the dev teams at Tantalus Media and Forgotten Empires gave us a chance to relive nostalgic days that already long gone. Now this classic game feels a lot more expansive, prettier and acceptable.
  13. Oct 20, 2020
    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).
  14. 80
    Completing the updated trilogy, Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition breathes new life into the franchise with the impending fourth instalment on the horizon. Fans of the original are sure to love the tweaks to the gameplay and graphics as well as the addition of two new civilizations, while new players will be able to dive right in to learn the mechanics of the game as well as jumping into the historic battle story mode. Now, all that’s left is an Age of Mythology revamp.
  15. Oct 15, 2020
    It’s not a Final Fantasy 7 style remake, but the Definitive Edition comes closer to a remake than a simple remaster can, and that goes a long way to making the game enjoyable for the modern gaming audience.
  16. Oct 15, 2020
    Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is still a solid game. Its single-player content will last you over a dozen hours, and its multiplayer matches will last you several dozen more. While there is no longer that drive to farm XP for updates your Home City, the game itself is good enough that you'll be coming back for rematches time after time.
  17. Oct 15, 2020
    Age of Empires III Definitive Edition is a lovingly reworked classic of the RTS genre that modernises in all the right ways. It also serves as the perfect way to prepare for next year's long awaited Age of Empires IV.
  18. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a great remaster of the most controversial AoE. It still looks fantastic 15 years later thanks to new textures and visual effects. Despite the lack of new campaigns, the game adds new civilizations and new modes for the enjoyment of the fans.
  19. Oct 14, 2020
    This is a great remaster that carefully updates a classic title to give us a new chance to discover it.
  20. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a fantastic job of remastering and enhancing the original. Graphics, historical representation, gameplay ... Only some problems in the AI ​​take us back to ancient times.
  21. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition completes the classic real-time strategy franchise's set of classy remasters and does just enough to modernize gameplay as well as visuals, creating an enriching experience that appeals to returning fans or first-timers.
  22. Oct 14, 2020
    A visually appealing package with AI flaws, which more than other parts of the series is a matter of taste.
  23. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2021
    The developers did a great job at ironing out imperfections of the original game and expanding it without messing with its core. There are some visual shortcomings and performance issues, and the AI needs more work, but I longed for a good strategy game and Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition filled that void for me. [13/2020, p.50]
  24. Nov 2, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition captures what makes the original game great, however, it also constantly reminds us that it isn't as great as its older brother. All the upgrades can't hide that the game is outdated, but it's still extremely addictive and fun to play.
  25. Oct 26, 2020
    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.
  26. Oct 14, 2020
    Microsoft has finally brought Age of Empires 3 out of the dark ages and fans are able to return to the game that they know and love. There’s a lot of quality of life changes to be found with the Definitive Edition, but at the same time there’s essentially the same amount of content to be experienced. Returning players may find that they’re effectively paying for a 15 year old game, but are now able to view it in 4K.
  27. Oct 14, 2020
    It is indeed a very good strategy game, rich, complete and immersive but it clearly does not have the aura of its ancestors due to a main campaign that does not hold in suspense, a gameplay who suffers from pathfinding concerns and a somewhat aging AI.
  28. Oct 14, 2020
    Not the best in the series but still fun and engaging, that comes with a few new gameplay modes, two civilizations and restored graphics.
  29. Oct 21, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a fun RTS. Historical Battles are a highlight and it's an easy game to grasp for newcomers with tutorials and the Art of War mode. However, bugs, lack of variety and a grindy level system hold it back.
  30. Nov 13, 2020
    This is surely the best way to experience a classic and beloved game. Age of Empires III Definitive Edition is a major upgrade to the original even though its gameplay shows its age.
  31. Nov 12, 2020
    A solid remaster of a good old-fashioned strategy game. Its biggest problem? It will forever lie in the shadow of its famous predecessor.
  32. Oct 26, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  33. Oct 24, 2020
    Quality of life improvements, the new UI, and even Historical Battle mode, are additions highly appreciated; however, they are not enough justification to return to Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, unless you are already a die hard fan.
  34. Oct 22, 2020
    For better or worse, this is still Age of Empires III with a new coat of paint. At its core, it’s still the slightly weird and maybe overly ambitious sequel to one of the (if not the) best RTS games of all time, Age of Empires II. I still appreciate the gumption of Age of Empires III Definitive Edition and had a ton of fun going down memory lane. It’s far from a perfect RTS but there is a lot of fun and enjoyment still to be had as we wait for the eventual release of Age of Empires IV. Whether you skipped Age of Empires III during its original release or are interested in dipping back in, I think the Definitive Edition does enough to warrant a look, if for nothing else just to enjoy some good old-school RTS fun.
  35. Oct 22, 2020
    This definitive edition of Age of Empires III will doubly be able to get rid of the "black sheep" label. However, the changes in the interface, as well as being able to choose the HUD of the game that best suits our way of playing, alternating between the classic and the new one, changing the position of the resources and all the indicators, make this game the best version of Age III but, unfortunately, it will have to compete against the prejudices of the vast majority of fans who ignored it for so long.
  36. Oct 17, 2020
    Dedicated remaster with successful new modes, races and detail improvements. Technically and in terms of AI behavior, however, the game is unfortunately not yet running as smoothly as it should.
  37. Oct 16, 2020
    A modest remaster of a fun but flawed RTS that’s stuck in the ever-lengthening shadow of its predecessor.
  38. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is not like Age of Empires or Age of Empires II. For sure is more suitable for newbies and for those who like a more agile gameplay.
  39. Oct 14, 2020
    While it may not hold the same appeal to new players, returning fans can revisit this classic and find themselves transported to a different era. With Age of Empires IV currently deep in development, time will tell whether this venerable series can truly make the jump to the modern age.
  40. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is the remaster the game deserves. The overhaul of aesthetics in gameplay make it look better than it ever has. This Definitive Edition comes supersized with all the previous game’s content plus new missions, campaigns and factions. The new additions are fully developed and integrate masterfully with the base game. While the game is beautiful to look at and still holds true to the formula that makes AoE such a great franchise, it’s also riddled with frustrating glitches and inconsistencies. While I’m sure a post-launch patch will be released to add fixes, players will have to deal with these inconveniences in the the meantime. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, however, does justice to the franchise by recognizing its flaws and working towards a better product. The collaboration with Indigenous consultants helps it regain its dignity by providing historical accuracy. Through these collaborations, developers were also able to solve gameplay issues that plagued all fans of the game. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is by no means a perfect product, but it perfectly honors the spirit of the franchise.
  41. Oct 14, 2020
    We hope that Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is the last step towards the fourth chapter, but this farewell doesn't have a sad taste.
  42. Oct 14, 2020
    Age of Empires III Definitive Edition follows the original formula offering a ton of content and adding a very nice and effective coat of paint, both visually and in the audio department. The old style gameplay could turn off modern RTS players though.
  43. Oct 14, 2020
    It ticks all the boxes it promised to, but feels like it could've gone further with improvements to gameplay, home cities for new civs, and AI.
  44. Oct 26, 2020
    The new content and revamped elements are integrated seamlessly, but bugs, AI issues and well-known, yet still evident problems make this Definitive Edition definitely feel unfinished.
  45. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 4, 2021
    Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a decent addition to Age of Empires family. While not surprisingly good, it is still a good game, which unfortunately suffers from its technical state. [Issue#307]
  46. Oct 15, 2020
    Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is a bold attempt to remaster the most controversial game in a series. The funky experimental RTS at the core of AoE 3 is intact, but it's still just that: Weird. Like a stinky cheese, it just can't appeal to everyone. The new graphics, UI, sound, and content make it much more fun to play and will win converts among those who are trying it for the first time. The rest was harder to update, and though it's better than it was, the single-player scenarios will never be half as fun as multiplayer matches.
  47. Oct 15, 2020
    It comes down to the fact that Age of Empires III has never been the best at fundamental RTS gameplay. The Definitive Edition has done a great job of bringing the title into the modern age with beautiful visuals and a new UI – but that core gameplay remains, and it falls flat especially compared to the standard set by last year’s Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition‘s intriguing campaigns are worth a look, but if you value adaptive and fluid multiplayer gameplay, stick with Age of Empires II.
  48. Nov 3, 2020
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 115
  2. Negative: 35 out of 115
  1. Oct 17, 2020
    Worse than the original game, 15 years later. Is this what they meant by it would be epic?
  2. Oct 17, 2020
    I wrote s long review but metacritic didn’t upload it. Anyway, the game is NOT an improvement of age3 but instead feels like a worse chineseI wrote s long review but metacritic didn’t upload it. Anyway, the game is NOT an improvement of age3 but instead feels like a worse chinese copy where they added some extra features that barely work.
    Its like they said: ”hey, you should buy age4 :)”
    Will maybe buy again if they fix the game, but for now I’ve requested a refund
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  3. Oct 16, 2020
    So I am playing the first campaign and after some missions I am being switched to a completely different campaign and half of its missions areSo I am playing the first campaign and after some missions I am being switched to a completely different campaign and half of its missions are unlocked.
    If a dev studio cannot hire QA to perform a simple task as going through all its missions and validating that they are being unlocked in a correct order, I cannot imagine what other bugs (new and regression) I can come across with this "Definitive" edition.
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