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Chris
23-09-2005, 19:32:58
Just got this email, won't be long now!

September 23, 2005



Prepare for Battle as Age of Empires III Goes Gold

Armies of the Third Age Prepare to March on October 18

Ready your troops! Age of Empires III, the stunning real-time strategy
(RTS) landmark from Microsoft and Ensemble Studios, is complete and
poised to invade retail on October 18. Available in two versions -
standard and Collector's Edition - Age of Empires III will fire up
gamers with groundbreaking new features like the persistent Home City
and jaw-dropping graphics never before seen in an RTS. Gamers can now
experience the game first-hand with a recently released playable demo
that offers hours of exciting combat challenges, as well as the ability
to upgrade the player's Home City.



The third game in the illustrious Age of Empires series that has sold
more than 16 million copies and defined the historical RTS, Age of
Empires III is being hailed by critics as a new benchmark for real-time
strategy games. The minimum system requirements for Age of Empires III
are: 1.4GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card that supports
hardware transform and lighting, Windows XP, 56k modem for online play,
and 2GB hard drive space.



In Age of Empires III, players assume the role of a European power
between 1500 and 1850 A.D. as they struggle to explore, colonize and
conquer North and South America. Find out more about Age of Empires III
by visiting http://www.ageofempires3.com <http://www.ageofempires3.com/>;

MattHiggs
23-09-2005, 20:16:49
Stupid question, but what does it mean when a game goes gold?

Chris
23-09-2005, 20:17:58
The release version is sent to the manufacurer, and they start pressing copies from the 'gold' (IE production) disc.

Venom
23-09-2005, 20:22:44
You mean that was a serious question?

Chris
23-09-2005, 20:28:01
I thought so, but then again, I ain't the brightest bulb in the pack.

MattHiggs
23-09-2005, 21:19:30
Ah, always confused me - as it's different if a record goes gold. I should stop typing now :D

Venom
23-09-2005, 21:42:08
:lol: Yeah, Champ, why don't you sit out for a couple of plays.

MattHiggs
23-09-2005, 21:53:54
I'm just glad I'm less of a nerd than you guys.

Venom
23-09-2005, 22:02:19
Congratulations, you're stupid!

MattHiggs
23-09-2005, 23:39:29
I'll learn, you'll always be ugly.

Venom
25-09-2005, 03:03:27
Not with that face transplant surgery on the horizon. So Ha-HA!

Chris
25-09-2005, 05:24:13
I understand this was the only face available
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Venom
25-09-2005, 17:47:51
I'll wait for something else.

Shining1
26-09-2005, 11:30:08
Guns and Railways. Ensemble got Siditius?

Chris
07-10-2005, 22:42:26
The game arrives Monday for review, but I'm forbidden to release details till next friday.

Offered exclusively to the Windows XP operating system, "Age of Empires III"
challenges you to explore, conquer and colonize new worlds as you build your
empire. While doing so, you will experience exciting new gameplay elements,
including the all-new Home City, incredible combat system and an all new
online service. You will also witness stunning graphics as a result of a
revolutionary graphics engine that pushes the limits of PC graphics
technology in an entirely new way.



As you play through the game, you'll notice a variety of compelling
features.



* Engage in epic strategic battles. As you control the action, you
will experience a new level of exciting combat with realistic physics
effects, and have the option of engaging in battle with blades, gunpowder or
both.
* Develop and strengthen a unique, customized Home City. The Home City
represents your capital back in Europe and plays a supporting role in the
attempt to control the New World. The better you perform in the New World,
the more powerful your Home City becomes.
* Explore a vibrant New World. You can take advantage of elements of
the colonial time period, including the ability to ally with Native
Americans. You can also explore and find new resources in the Amazon rain
forest, recover buried treasure from Caribbean islands, hunt bison on the
Great Plains, compete to establish trade routes, and fortify the coast of
New England.
* Experience stunning graphics. Witness new lighting effects and
shadows while immersed in a world that feels bright and sunny, which yet has
a softness and depth that is revolutionary to PC games. Thanks to the new
physics engine, you will never see the same scene twice.
* Discover culturally diverse civilizations. You have to option to
play as the British and have a stellar economy, or play as the French and
easily ally with Native Americans. Another option is to play as the Spanish
and have more support from your home country in Europe. You have the option
of playing as one of eight civilizations and, whichever one is chosen, you
are guaranteed a unique and fulfilling experience.
* Challenge others in exciting multiplayer action. With the all new
online service, you have the ability to compare persistent Home Cities, chat
with friends, join clans, make friends and pests lists, monitor your
progress on dozens of ladders, and work to unlock new avatars for your
online persona, all without leaving the game.

Chris
11-10-2005, 23:43:46
I have a few screen shots from my first game.

Take a look.

http://www.freefirezone.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=4077&stc=1

Chris
11-10-2005, 23:44:37
http://www.freefirezone.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=4078&stc=1

Chris
11-10-2005, 23:48:20
This is a new feature, you have a home city that is off map.

You can upgrade it if you do well in the new world.

http://www.freefirezone.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=4079&stc=1

Chris
11-10-2005, 23:50:48
The game is a resource hog, it won't run well on older systems, but you can modify options and make it work on older machines.

Funko
12-10-2005, 09:51:32
So, when can you tell us how it plays?

Chris
12-10-2005, 10:38:37
Been playing it, its similar to AoE 2, but the tower and Castle thing is corrected.

You need to build soldiers, walls and towers are not very strong, you need infantry and artillery.

Everytime you build something or kill something, you civ gains experience, which helps your home city grow(its off map), and enables the home city to send you things, like settelers, soldiers, ships and so forth.

Gathering materials is a little different, as is food. Now, you just build one farm, and it can hold ten colonists and the food supply is steady. Your settlers/colonists still mine for coins and chop wood, which runs out, but there are no more mines, nor do the settlers have to walk to a place to store stuff, it goes automatically.

Unfortunetly its still two dimentional, the camera angles are the same as the first 2 AoEs, a disapointment.

The game reminds me of CDV's No Man's Land, which I thought looked better.

Chris
15-10-2005, 16:34:11
OK, review can be found here. (http://www.killerbetties.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=799&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0)

Nav
17-10-2005, 11:47:00
eh how can you write for a woman's games site!? (unless there's something you're not telling us!).

Chris
17-10-2005, 14:14:39
Easy, they provide games so I don't have to go begging to game companies to get them.

I would NEVER have seen AOE 3 if I had to ask for them.