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Old 12-04-2005, 12:38 PM   #1
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I just can't resist. AOEIII is installed (yes, I still have finals this week). The demo version and the actual retail is a bit different. The demo is like a dumbed down version. There are way more storylines, and tons more features you have access to than just the tiny basics from demo (of couse , this is retail--hello). The songs are exciting and comes with a wide variety, oh man especially the intro. I almost pissed my pants because of the cinmatic structure of the intro. (I love the nVidia intro. You have someone whispering 'nVidia' and if you crank up the sound there and having a 5.1 sound system, you can hear it swallowing you up).

Looks like watching a movie almost. I cranked up the volume to listen and the special effects were flying all over me during the introduction. I have an old Z-640 5.1 but I need to upgrade to the Z-5500 (more wattage, more power). Graphic wise, where can AOEIII go wrong? It's just perfect. I'm playing on 1280x1024 on a 19" so you can imagine the detail I'm experiencing. I am "absorbed into the game". There's a single click that you perform and all the trading posts collect that particular item you want instead of going to each trading posts and specifying one by one that way. The trading posts is not available in all campaigns which makes it fun. Now you are using more skills. You still have the Hometown in case you do need some resources right away, but in limited quantity. Each civilizations have their own unique Hometown which is real neat.

This is by far the best looking game and the fun factor is tops because there are so many things you can do. The water, OMFG, what can I say about the sea. The water looks like crystal glimmering in the sun. It looks "liquid", duh. Imagine watching a high def. picture of a lake. So clear and the ripple effects is just amazing. You can truly grasp what the developer's at Ensemble try to pass on to the consumers. A feeling of realism. This is by far the best AOEIII series ever designed. It's not like FPS, but you still get to kill a lot of people. I love the bombards or cannons. Oh man, I can watch the bodies fly right into the sea (when it hits the water, you can see the splash and ripple effects made by the motion). I just finished one chapter of a single campaign. Still tons more to go through. The cave experience was rather bizarre.

Here's the deal with that. There is a cave entrance I'm suppose to go into, but how the developer's depict it is by a black "void" you have to cross and then, you are automatically inside the cave. Ehhhh, needs a bit more work there but good concept. It's like a cut-out view of the cave because it has to show you playing in there from the top view. There's a new story line in there kind of like an Indiana Jones type deal. So neat. I'm still way early in the game so I haven't even unlocked the bigger stuff yet but from what I can see now, it totally OWNS among RTS games. There's an EB Games retail outlet where I live so I snatched the game about a week ago without even looking at the price in anticipation on how good this game really is. Worth every dollar. AOEIII fans, this is a MUST have.

Just watch as Microsoft and Ensemble come out with an expansion pack to this game.
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Old 12-04-2005, 02:38 PM   #2
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Yeah, AOEIII is nice. I prefer the Command & Conquer series though. More militaristic.
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Cant be bothered to spend that much on games...Never have done never will do.
Might just speak to my "contact" in school about getting it for me cheap
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i like both of them as i get borred of doing one or the other, also, you need to remember the sims!!!
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:31 PM   #5
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i also have AOEIII and i love it. its soo addictive! the graphics i agree are totally awesome =D
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Old 12-04-2005, 07:58 PM   #6
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I was just playing it right now, haha. One thing that I have to gripe on is the boats sailing in the waters. It's great and all, but realistically, shouldn't the water ripple when those big galleons ride through them? You can see the little fishes swimming underneath the water which is so neat.
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lol yea the fishes, and i like the birds that fly past and stuff.. im gonna go play it now!
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once again, is it out on a mac?
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aaahhh i've wanted AOEIII sence last year....well really probably 4 years ago or so. AOE has always been my fav. series ever! lol, i want the collectors edition for xmas but it's 70 bucks! lol :P i can't download the demo for some reason but maybe i will be able 2 on my new hd! lol :P
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once again, is it out on a mac?
Considering it's made my Microsoft, I dought it'll be coming out on a mac anytime soon.


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