"game needs improvement"2.0 starson by maverickwhistler
Pros: goodmusic, concept of home city & shipments
Cons: no shortcuts keys
Summary: well heres my review
i had left playing aoe2 age of kings casue it wudnt run due to corrupt installation cd and also i was young back then-in 11th and didnt know anything about strategy or shortcut keys. and was defeated very badly on msn gamig zon by a army of 20 elephants by my opponent .so switched to RON as son as i got my grpahic card.fter hating AOM. and found RON to be the best. interms of graphics and shortcut keys. and needed a good reason like age3 to comback to aoe series.
now over to the aoe3 demo-
the game started after much speculation from my side.
and advice from digitforum friends that it wont run.
installation was slow. and so was the loading.but in game loading of the actual scenarios, was quite fast.
its showed the window that my proccy was very slow as compared to what was actually needed(1.4ghz) but still i chose to run it(cause i had spent 4hs and 380 mbs on it-so i wasnt gonna leave it without a try)
but my decision to go ahead with the download paid off.
so it started finnaly. and lo! my jaws dropped to the ground on seeing my home city. superb.
i straight went to the options and set reso to 800*600 and all options low.
and then started the skirmish game(new england) on sandbox mode.
but quit cause i didnt understand what to od.
my mouse cursor was sluggish and moving very slow or very fast and jumping and missing everything on the mini map. had to drag it really slow and use keyboard arrow keys for navigating on minimap.
graphics: maybe b'cause i was playing on all lowest settings so i didnt find anything mindblowing like all the pics i saw before.
graphics felt like age ofmythology just a li'l better.
ships looked the coolest. but buildings and peple were like aom.
but aoe2 grphics were very good especially the pikemen or soldiers.
and rise of nations grpahics wer too cool
sound: music and sounds r superb. especially the games starting and ingame music with all orchestras and instruments. i have a diff playlist of these tunes on itunes which i listen to regularly.
as not much variety of souns/music in RON
i loved battlemusic (from ageofempires3.com)
concept:the concept of home city and getting supplies was cool. ans so was of railroads-highilighting the concept of imperialism where home city was like london and colonies like india or america. and the people moviing about and building being show while selcting cards.
so the objectives were well defined and no simply attacking but micromanagment was needed for a good army to defend allrail roads. it took me 3 tries to complete the campaign missions- rail roads. completed on third try. railroad gave supplies so were good.
terrian was cool and so was the concept of hidden treasure.
it was a good thing that the hero didnt die. but defeating a group of treasure gaurds single handedly was tough unless i use some army force
and good there was no starting in the dark ages with stone weapns. but directly guns.
infantry was useless unless acompanied by atleast10 horsemen or 5 cannons. it wasnt defined as who is strong or weak against whom? as in RON. making selection tough without knowing their strike power in the beginning.
lack of shortcut keys(espicially after being an avid fan of RON)
i cud manage to find shortcut keys for building,idle people, finding my hero/explorer and some of my minutemen.
but the lck of keys for selecting buildings and single button for all researches (like tab key in RON), depleting forests and silver,etc. was very frustrating.
i hope before the final game is launched, thses probs n the gamplay are rectified.
overall the game was good but waiting to see the full game.
P3 933 mhz
vesta mobo with intel 810e chipset
Samsung Syncmaster 793S 17" monitor -
256 mb 133 mghz Sd ram
geforce4 mx440 pci graphic card with agp 8x
800 Watts 2.1 speakers.
WD 20 gb 5400 rpm hdd
Seagate 7200rpm barracuda 40 gb hdd
LG DVDrom + Lite-on 5232 CD writer
intex headphones with 'uni-directional' mic
samsung keyboard and optical mouse.
Wipro 500vAUPS,connexant 56k modem
Umax Apus 101 USB penrive