Age of Empires 3

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Great graphics – Plenty of strategy – Innovative features
  • Made some big leaps in the genre, not all of them worked

Age of Empires (AoE) 3 falls under the real time strategy genre and was developed by Ensemble Studios for a 2005 release (2006 release on Mac).


The game has two expansion packs available (The Warchiefs and The Asian Dynasties) that unlock additional campaign content and introduce 6 additional civilizations to play as. Both of these expansions are available with the core game through the Age of Empires 3 Complete Collection which is a highly recommended bundle purchase option.

The main Age of Empires 3 campain takes place during the European settlement of America from the late 1490s until the late 1800s. The core game offers 8 different civilizations for players to experience each with their own unique playstyle and benefits.

The Age of Empires series has long been at the peak of the real time strategy genre and Age of Empires 3 continues this with many innovations over the previous games. The most notable of these innovate features is the creation of a home city which adds some RPG elements into the real time strategy gameplay. For the most part gameplay in AoE is still the same experience though with players starting each map with their own town centre or wagon along with some settlers and an explorer.


From here you’ll explore the map for resources, advance through the ages, upgrade a variety of technologies to give you an edge while also building units to meet your various objectives (be it destroying your enemy, creating a stronger economy or building the ultimate construction). Unlike other games in the series players lose if all their villagers and explorer are destroyed.

To add further depth Age of Empires 3 also uses a similar system to the Age of Mythology minor gods, known as the politician system. This allows players to choose from a number of politicians as they advance through the ages to provide a bonus to their settlement. Overall Age of Empires 3 lives up to the bar set by the other Age of Empire games and won’t disappoint strategy fans.


  • Impressive visuals and gameplay.
  • Politician system adds another level of choice.
  • Some RPG elements, earn experience for completing tasks and objectives to upgrade your home city.
  • Experience the European settlement in the main campaign.
  • Great as a single player or multiplayer game.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on August 17, 2014. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

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1 Comment

  1. This sounds great! Though I haven’t played much Age of Empires, I am a fan strategy games like it. This seems to have a lot of potential. Thanks for sharing, Rakesh.


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