Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition introduces its own, unique approach to empire-building while still capturing the spirit of the Age of Empires series. It differentiates itself from and improves upon previous titles with features and gameplay that were fair ahead of their time; a great example is the Card and Shipment system, which increases the pace of matches and the strategic choices offered every time you play.
With the release of Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition coming October 15th, this is a great chance to look at these awesome and varying mechanics. Let’s check out some of the gameplay pillars that make Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition special!
At the beginning of each match, you start with an Explorer: a courageous adventurer that can explore the map and claim treasures by defeating menacing guardians. Each treasure collected will grant you a bonus in the form of experience, resources, units, or other advantages to help your civilization gain the upper hand.
As your civilization gains experience in a match, you can request shipments from your Home City. These shipments can be resources, units, or other interesting and unique bonuses.
Shipments are represented by cards, and each match lets you bring a fully customizable deck of cards to use over the course of the game. A deck can contain up to 25 cards, of which there are over 100 to choose from when creating your personalized deck! You can even have multiple decks premade to suit your differing strategies, civilization choices, or play style.
When you want to advance to a new Age, you’re required to choose a Politician to lead the way. Every Age will offer multiple choices in a Politician, each of whom grants their unique bonuses upon advancement. Politicians may offer you additional resources to kick start your economy, military upgrades, military units, and even hot air balloons if you choose to adopt their policies for your civilization.
Most military units can be trained in batches, allowing you to quickly recruit groups of soldiers to enter the fray! It also opens the door to orchestrating clever ambushes and traps—especially when combined with Home City shipments.
Resources gathered by Villagers are instantly added to your stockpiles without having to be dropped at the Town Center or other drop-off points. This streamlined system lets you focus your attention on the action, and helps expand your civilization across the map.
Maps in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition are designed to push players to expand into the open, which naturally leads to tense moments and action-packed sequences of gameplay. You’ll be constantly battling for access to resource locations and Trading Posts—creating an ever-evolving tug of war for map control!
Alongside these key pillars, you’ll experience countless unique and interesting mechanics that make Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition the definitive next step in the Age of Empires franchise.
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