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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Oct 26, 2020
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Oct 16, 2020
    A modest remaster of a fun but flawed RTS that’s stuck in the ever-lengthening shadow of its predecessor.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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]
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 111
  2. Negative: 35 out of 111
  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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