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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: 27 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  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 14, 2020
    87
    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.
  3. Oct 31, 2020
    80
    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.
  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 13, 2020
    70
    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.
  6. Oct 22, 2020
    70
    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.
  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: 14 out of 37
  2. Negative: 17 out of 37
  1. Oct 17, 2020
    10
    I wonder what people are expecting from a remaster. It has better graphics, better resolution and works better on new PCs. That is exactlyI wonder what people are expecting from a remaster. It has better graphics, better resolution and works better on new PCs. That is exactly what AOE3:DE is doing.
    If you didn't like the 2005 version or the enhanced one released a few years ago, don't bother buying this one, you won't like it either. But if, like me, you loved the previous versions with a passion and wants to play a version enhanced for your 2019 rig, then pay 20$ and you won't regret it.
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  2. Oct 20, 2020
    10
    The game is a blast and the negative reviews are just superficial whining. Yes it needs patches but remember aoe2de? Chill and enjoy someThe game is a blast and the negative reviews are just superficial whining. Yes it needs patches but remember aoe2de? Chill and enjoy some colonialism bois. See you all on the battlefield. Expand
  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 24, 2020
    6
    the game closes suddenly on 1vs1 ranked matches, thats the mayor problem why i stopped playing. Also closes appear game doesnt respond" onthe game closes suddenly on 1vs1 ranked matches, thats the mayor problem why i stopped playing. Also closes appear game doesnt respond" on windows when playing 4vs4 Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2020
    3
    Unfortunately, the creators are leftist morons, who allow themselves to censor the word colonial. Plus the game is buggy and poorly optimised.
  6. Nov 2, 2020
    3
    This has been such a lazy remake of an original game. Despite some improvements, there are a tonne of bugs and continued issues from the firstThis has been such a lazy remake of an original game. Despite some improvements, there are a tonne of bugs and continued issues from the first game.

    Pros:
    * Graphics look great
    * Audio including theme songs sound fantastic
    * Card system improved (although new cards could be added as feels more basic) to make your
    game your own

    Cons:
    * Disconnection issues with players not being able to reconnect to games (why is this a thing in
    2020 especially after this being a problem on the original
    * Tonnes of bugs of characters getting stuck on things
    * Upgrades for units to go from Veteran to Guard etc, there aren't directly below each unit (this was a
    problem in the original, the whole point of a remaster is to fix problems...
    * Steam update not at same time of Xbox update so can't play with friends on Steam due to them not
    pushing updates at the same time and have to wait till they both get updated.
    * Renaming to be politically correct on a game that is set in the 1800s is ridiculous and so SJW
    focused
    * AI bot games, sometimes enemy character's economy stays at like 60 as they don't build their
    empire as glitched out
    * Lots of lagging with times when it takes up to 15 seconds to register a click
    * Poorly optimised and runs at a very low FPS
    * Stuck at 200 population (now that hardware is more powerful, maybe allow this to be changed to allow for bigger battles. Also allow you to select more than 50 units at a time.

    Overall this is merely a slight refresh with some very minor improvements but a tonne of issues of things not fixed and other bugs. Glad I didn't buy it on Steam but play on Xbox Game pass in my subscription.
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  7. Oct 17, 2020
    0
    Как игра age of empires 3 definitive edition - всё ещё точно такая же хорошая ртс, но как ремастер - кусок вонючего, мерзкого, противногоКак игра age of empires 3 definitive edition - всё ещё точно такая же хорошая ртс, но как ремастер - кусок вонючего, мерзкого, противного говнища, с кучей червей и мух. Если вы думаете, что ремастеры делают, чтобы добавить новые идеи и улучшить старые, то вы очень сильно ошиблись, когда подумали так про эпоху империй. У старой игры был ворох проблем. Во-первых, итерфейс. Угловатый, занимающий полэкрана и просто выглядящий отвратительно со своими этими иконками мяса и дров - он полностью перекочевал в ремастер и теперь бесит своим видом и в 20(мать его!)20 году! Сука!! Интерфейс в империи - это так как делать НЕ НАДО, но разрабы этого не поняли, они подумали, что это фишка серии или еще что-то и облажались. Во-вторых, это графика. Клянусь, дать вам два скриншота и вы никогда в жизни не поймете, где ремастер, а где оригнал. Как может в 20(СУКА!!!!)20 году игра выглядеть точно также как в 2008? - спросите у кретинов-разрабов. В результате весь ремастер - это переиздание старой игры в новом году. Гениально, сука! 10 из 10 толстых членов вам в рот. Expand

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