Tomorrow we will see the premiere of the refreshed edition of Age of Empires III. The “final edition” of the two was warmly received (we rated it 8/10), but will it be the same for the third installment of the strategic cycle? First reviews Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition give us the answer to this question.
Selected Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition reviews:
- Windows Central – 4.5 / 5
- God is a Geek – 8.5 / 10
- EveryEye.it – 8.4 / 10
- Xbox Era – 8.2 / 10
- ScreenRant – 4/5
- GameStar.de – 79/100
- IGN Italy – 7.5 / 10
- Hardcore Gamer – 3.5 / 5
- PCGamesN – 7/10
- Space games – 7/10
The average review score of 79/100 (via Metacritic based on 19 texts) proves that Tantalus Media and Forgotten Empires have met the challenge. Once again we got the good old ones Age of Empiresbut clearly improved from the original release. The changes include, of course, improved visuals (which did not raise objections from reviewers) and a modernized interface (with the classic UI as an alternative option).
However, the graphic facelift is not all that the “definitive edition” of the three offers. The developers also made some changes to the gameplay, including the debut two new nations (Swedes and Incas) and modes known from Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. It was also made more consistent with the historical truth, which we see after starting the game. Then there is information about a slightly falsified showing the Indian factions in the original AoE III edition, which was corrected in the Definitive Edition.
Llamas, llamas and llamas again, or the Inca civilization in short.
There are, however, several reasons why critics have delayed issuing nines and tens. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is still a classic RTS, and while it can be considered an advantage, some elements are clearly dated. This mainly applies to artificial intelligence, although improved, but in practice it works little better than in 2005. Units sometimes have trouble finding the path to the target and are reluctant to attack enemies beyond their reach, even if we put them in an offensive formation. Some reviewers also complained about the slow gameplay, and here and there the stiff, unnatural animations of the units (which are clearly visible against the background of the modernized visual setting) were mentioned. Some also admitted that although the game does not lack significant modifications, they were counting on a bit more.
Ultimately, it should be considered that Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is another successful return of the Age of Empires series, which will make us enjoy the time remaining until the premiere of the fourth full-fledged installment of the series (whenever it happens). For now, we are waiting for the premiere of the refreshed three – this one will be available on PC tomorrow.
- Age of Empires official website