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Sir Penguin
05-01-2005, 01:27:46
AoE III screenshots up here:


They're beautiful; I wish I was interested in the game.

05-01-2005, 01:50:33
Yeah, I think that game, and maybe even that genre are way played out.

05-01-2005, 13:46:53
I got the preview e-mail yesterday:

Here is the offical annoucement:

January 4, 2005

Dawn of a New Age: Age of Empires III Announced for 2005 Release

Microsoft Game Studios and Ensemble Studios are proud to announce the return of the king of real-time strategy games: Age of Empires III is scheduled to ship in the second half of 2005. This will be the latest landmark release in the award-winning franchise that has sold a staggering 16 million units worldwide.

Age of Empires III will offer gamers the next level of realism, with advanced battle physics and unparalleled visual detail. The new game picks up where Age of Empires II: Age of Kings left off, placing gamers in the position of a European power determined to explore, colonize and conquer the New World. This time period features stunning scenes, from towering European cathedrals to courageous tribes of Native Americans, and spectacular combat with Industrial Age units like rifled infantry, cavalry and tall ships bristling with cannons.

Age of Empires III will once again demonstrate Ensemble Studios’ reputation for excellence and innovation in the real-time strategy (RTS) genre. The game will set a new standard for visual quality and amaze players with detail never before seen in an RTS. Age of Empires III will also excite strategy gamers with new game-play elements, including the concept of a “Home City,“ new civilizations, units, technologies and an immersive new single-player campaign that will span three generations.

For images and more information about Age of Empires III, please go to www.ensemblestudios.com.

07-01-2005, 15:59:00
Just over ayear ago I played AoE II, but then i discovered BF1942 and CoD, and I play nothing else anymore.

07-01-2005, 16:28:01
Screen shots look nice as hell though.

07-01-2005, 20:00:04
Still won't be better than Starcraft.

Sir Penguin
07-01-2005, 21:43:56
Blizzard rat.


07-01-2005, 22:04:00
Yes, and?

Age of Empires III will feature fantastic graphics, crap sound design and clunky gameplay based around building towers everywhere.

I can't wait to start pracisting my boar luring for a 4th time... :/

Sir Penguin
07-01-2005, 22:06:42
Blizzard has never made a game I've enjoyed.

Of course, I've never played any of their games. That could have something to do with it.


08-01-2005, 08:10:19
Starcraft is lots of fun, and it's well-made too. Good artwork and sounds as well as gameplay. Maybe it didn't use the 3D or voxel tech of other games like TA or C&C2, but the gameplay was great. Games could end in 10 minutes or go on for a couple of hours. Kill stats per unit were nifty. Upgrades made high-tech units more effective, and gave basic units traction later into the game.

08-01-2005, 08:14:40
starcraft is still the one I play mostly

I can't imagine a starcraft game going on for more than an hour

and honestly, if we didn't win in 30 minutes, something was seriously wrong


08-01-2005, 11:00:20
Why is it III? Wasn't it Empires, Kings and Mythology? Or was the last one a completely different game?

08-01-2005, 16:43:17
Mythology wasn't in the series, that was based on the series.

08-01-2005, 16:59:02
and the marketing people thought III would sell better than IV. :)

11-01-2005, 01:08:59
And it'd get right confusing if they cut to Age of Mythology V... :)

03-01-2006, 13:26:46
I just got that game for Xmas - is anybody else playing it ?

03-01-2006, 18:36:53
I did when it came out, but it seems the lest open ended of all the series.

03-01-2006, 19:56:18
I downloaded a copy a few weeks ago and burned it. Played it for maybe 3 hours. Blah.

06-01-2006, 18:10:23
You burned it? Was it so blasphemous? :o

06-01-2006, 18:14:29
It offended my lord Jesus Christ and the other gardeners.

06-01-2006, 18:15:22
Along with the Beatles records I guess

06-01-2006, 18:25:44
Yep, you long haired hippy freak!

Immortal Wombat
08-01-2006, 03:54:53
I played the demo for a while. It's not better than AoK. Blah indeed.

21-01-2006, 18:42:09
Originally posted by Aredhran
I just got that game for Xmas - is anybody else playing it ? I have been again the last week or so, there are some fan scenarios for it now, which I ahve been waiting for.

My biggest complaint is the lack of historical campaignes, the only one included is a dopey fantasy one.

26-01-2006, 07:17:24
My bruv picked it up yesterday at last, and it's already magiced itself into my bag and is crawling it's way to my laptop as we speak. Can't wait to have a play though. Yaaaay.