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Age of Empires III

Platform : Mac OS X, Mac OS X Intel
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  • Explore uncharted territories to stake your claim in the New World
  • Command powerful rifled infantry and a naval fleet
  • Gain valuable experience to level-up your Home City and strengthen your economy, technology, and military
  • Lead one of 8 civilizations - Spanish, French, British, Dutch, Russian, German, Portuguese, and Ottoman
  • Fully 3D graphics, destructible environments and dynamic physics
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  • Platform:   Mac OS X, Mac OS X Intel
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Item Weight: 59 g
  • Release Date: Nov. 20 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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You've landed on the New World. Ready to stake your claim? So is everybody else. So have some before you. Many will follow after you. How do you attain satisfaction, wealth, and power? Then manage to keep it? It takes lots of strategic thinking. If you think other are standing idylly by, you're wrong. It's going to be rough and nasty. Crush your enemies with devastating cannons, rifled, infantry, and your naval fleet. Build a thriving empire with a booming economy. Form strategic alliances with Native Americans. UNIVERSAL BINARY - Works with both Intel and PowerPC Macs GameSpy Top 5 Game of the Year 2005 award System Requirements (tentative) - Macintosh computer with a G4/G5 or Intel processor running at 1.4GHz or faster, Mac OS X v10.3.9 or higher, 512MB RAM, 64 MB Video Card (with support for hardware T & L). 56K dial-up Internet access or LAN for online play

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia D on Jan. 15 2010
I bought this game for my son (soon to be 13). He absolutely loves it & plays it every spare moment he can get on the computer for. The graphics are great, seems to be a very challenging game. His favourite xmas present!
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This was on my boyfriends Christmas list. He loves it!! He had just recently purchased a Mac mini and was happy to see this game was available for the Mac.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheSupreme777 on June 25 2007
This game is great. I've only played the demo and It was awesome. You can choose from many nations and begin building a new nation. To win you must destroy the other team using all you have. If you like strategy games this is a must try game.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Errol Block on April 17 2015
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I did not buy this product. I don't even own a MAC.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful but Imperfect Jan. 10 2009
By David N. Allen - Published on
I'm really more on the fence about this game than my score indicates. It's really more of a 3.5 than a 4.

As for the Pros, first of all it's gorgeous. The game utilizes different lighting very effectively which provides different regions of the American hemisphere their own unique aura (for the most part). The Yukon winter, the subtropical fauna, the Caribbean waters, and the New England fall are all portrayed very well. It's also nice to see such a variety of regions portrayed (who else would have thought to include Patagonia but Ensemble?).

Next, the graphics engine really is a pioneer among RTS games. To see a cannonball shot from a culverin, scream over the landscape, smash into a town center, blow out the windows and a corner from the building's steeple, come out the other side, and come to a rolling stop a few relative feet from the building with splinters falling around it sets a standard that no other RTS from here on out can afford to not meet. No more scripted death scenes no matter the style of death. In AOE3, if you get plugged by cannonshot, as in real life you don't fall dead where you're struck. You careen 10 yards back, flop around, and then you die. It opens the door for more realistic (and potentially horrific) gameplay than any other RTS has.

Also, I like the combat style. Some don't because it can take away the hold-your-breath moment when two armies collide in hand-to-hand combat like AOE2 was able to preserve. However, AOE3 has done a good job at making the stand-around style of 17th, 18th century combat more exciting than it could be otherwise, particularly with visuals supplied by the smoke registering from the musket barrels. Unlike other games such as Empire Earth where soldiers of this time frame appear to just flash lights at each other, in AOE3 there's no question that the two sides are shooting weapons primed with gunpowder. This is especially true on the high seas with ships firing broadsides at one another.

However, I shall also use this point to start highlighting the Cons of the game. First of all, armies during this time period tended to be very ornate and march almost in parade fashion - even in the face of fire. Flags flew, drums tapped, officers shouted commands to their troops, and those troops, especially the regulars, tended to be disciplined, disciplined, disciplined. Even in the New World. The game should have provided these kind of units (and not just via the scenario editor where they currently exist). Flag-bearers or drummers could provide combat bonuses so as to encourage their presence and keep them from being superfluous. It's been done before (think Lord of the Rings).

The game should have also provided a larger variety of formations on both land and water. It has effectively taken a step back from AOE2:the Conquerors which opened up some formations to armies and finally allowed you to keep those capricious and moronic ships from going off on their own and getting in each other's way. Now we're back to the original AOE. Games are supposed to evolve - not devolve.

Also, and this is one of my biggest complaints, diplomacy is gone from single-player. Completely. In an age where international law was born and treaties played such an important part in activities in the New World, I find it incomprehensible that Ensemble, so committed to providing a balanced perspective on history, would decide to boil this period down to something a hair beyond cavemen clubbing each other. What they did in AOE2 was fine. You could start off allied, neutral, or an enemy and you had full control over that at any time. You could potentially bribe someone to be your ally (or at least not your enemy) or you could help them to defeat a common enemy and then turn around and stab them in the back. It kept you on your toes because, like people tend to do, nations could change their minds. Not so here. In skirmish mode, you're either someone's ally or their enemy. There is no neutrality. There is no bartering for favors. The game is simply black and white despite its many colors. AOE3 devolving again.

I'm also not fond of the campaign. I think the story-line campaign, with its semi-interesting plot, doesn't do near as much for the history of the New World as separate campaigns based on the lives of key figures do. Because of AOE2, people now know more about El Cid and Saladin than they would have known otherwise. AOE3 could have done campaigns based on the exploits of Pizarro or an Incan leader (to avoid a recap of the Montezuma campaign in The Conquerors), the Marquis de Montcalm, a whole campaign devoted to Simon Bolivar, Pontiac, or on particular wars such as Queen Anne's War or the Seven Year's War (and not just a shoddy blip in the campaign story that it currently is). I know that the game isn't supposed to be just a pure history lesson but the previous AOEs did nothing wrong with those campaigns. In AOE3, Ensemble has attempted to fix something that isn't broken. This point of view is further vindicated by the return to the AOE2 campaign format in The Asian Dynasties.

To wrap it up, I love the choice in time period, I love the graphics, and I like the combat (I don't buy the arguments that the fighting ends up becoming just a mesh of humanity when things get hand-to-hand. That's what ALWAYS happens. Even for those armies who like to stay in formation and keep discipline e.g. Roman legions, hand-to-hand always becomes messy and disordered.). But this game is like a ditzy cheerleader - nice to look at but not much substance.
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
This surpasses AEII! March 13 2007
By Jessica M. Landreth - Published on
This far surpasses Ages of Empire II. This is the game update that should happen for the previous game.

Patience is key, and a few spare hours do not hurt much, either.

I'm more glad I bought this (and waited for it) for MAC than PC.

This game was worth every penny, and even my husband, who is hard to impress, was kinda impressed by how smooth everything played. You really have to admire 17th & 18th century warfare to LOVE this game. A little knowledge about who was ally and who was enemy makes the game all the more fun.....

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Another ADDICTIVE Entry to the AoE Series! Jan. 21 2008
By Media Lover - Published on
What a wonderful game! It's story blends pirates, soldiers, villagers, pioneers, natives, legends, history, etc. and it's gameplay is simply revolutionary. I believe the AoE series has gotten progressively better, topping itself at this third installment. The graphics are gorgeous, the gameplay is very addictive, the voice acting and score are both wonderful, and the story is excellent.
30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Great Sequel raises the bar again Feb. 4 2007
By S. Weidenbach - Published on
This game is awsome! Very well done. Anyone who has played the previous age of empires should catch on very fast. Even if you havn't played before it won't take long to get the hang of it. I have a 2ghz intel mac and have no problems. Graphics are amazing as well as the gameplay.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fun..if a little dull Aug. 8 2007
By Brian Cairns - Published on
Age of Empires III is an enjoyable hybrid between a classic city building game and a historical strategy game of the Civilization genre. As such, it can be a little slow once you've mastered the basics. The graphic quality is very good, and the scenario story is engaging. However, once I completed a full campaign, I didn't find myself wanted to play it through again.