Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is an expansion pack of the original Age of Empires III which includes new features, units and civilizations.
This new edition of the franchise adds the possibility of playing with different Asian empires in order to take control over the continent. Play as Japan, China or India and complete their campaigns to learn about some historical events that marked the fate of these countries.
This new expansion adds more diversity with new units, resources and civilizations that will increase the amount of strategies and styles during the game.
Three new factions
A new continent implies new people and ways of doing things. The addition of new civilizations enlarges the possibilities during the gameplay with new units and different methods of achieving your objectives as well as more resources. The three new factions, Japan, China and India, incorporate unique soldiers like the Ikko-Ikki, the Shaolin Monk or the Gurkha.
China has the highest population limit, 220 points instead of the 200 usual ones. They can create blocks of different types of units that will be ready to fight. Certain Indian troops can ride elephants which make them fearful opponents. Villagers of Japan cannot hunt or harvest but they can build shrines in which all these actions are made automatically by collecting resources.
Modes and novelties
This new expansion includes new game modes for multiplayer such as King of the Hill consisting on defending a territory against your opponents, Regicide, about killing the enemy monarch or Treaty which grants you some time to build up your army to win the game.
Exportation has also been included as a new resource. With this one you can obtain different technologies thanks to external influences and also new neutral units to fortify yourself.
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties Features
The main features of this game are listed below:
- Three new civilizations to play with: Japan, China and India, with new units, weapons and buildings according to their culture
- New units like Rajputs (India), Monks (China) and Shogun (Japan)
- Three new campaigns modes with different characters and enemies
- Eleven Random Maps and new Home Cities
- Players will have the possibility of creating relationships with natives
- New game modes (King of the Hill, Treaty No-Blockade, Treaty and Regicide)
- As players increase their level in their gameplay, they choose a Wonder to build
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This new expansion for Age of Empires III grants new additions to the franchise with new units and civilizations that gamers would love to try. In The Asian Dynasties you will have to create new strategies and take over the continent to rule them all.
Only some missions available
- New content
- Mode addition
- Improved gameplay
- Predictable campaigns
An expansion pack that offers a great presentation of Asian dynasties with interesting gameplay
By Sam James
On Friday, August 1, 2014
I enjoy playing this game and the expansion pack called The Asian Dynasties, was a welcome addition. Aside from the main civilizations of China, India and Japan, there were also minor civilizations that were included in the game namely the Sufis, Udasis, Jesuits, Shaolins, Zens and the Bhakti. It is different from its predecessors since the three civilizations can have an alliance with foreign nations like Russia, Germany, Spain, France and many more through the Consulate. This is an important aspect of the game that you can consider since you can gain military units, research technologies and even infrastructure. On the other hand, the combat scenes are thrilling and the units have distinct qualities that make it more interesting. At the same time, the detailed designs and visuals of the game are amazing. The voice acting is also worth mentioning. It added more appeal to the game. I find the expansion pack of this series as one of the best games that you can buy in the market today.
- Three Asian civilizations with six minor civilizations
- Interesting units and the return of Wonders
- The maps are quite small
The introduction of Asian dynasties added more diversity to the game
By Daren Garius
On Friday, July 25, 2014
As compared to the earlier games of Age of Empires III, this expansion pack focuses on Asian countries namely China, Japan and India. The main task of each civilization is to expand their territory. The goal is the same as its predecessors - to gather coins, wood and food to be able to gather an army or construct buildings. But first, you need to get a large number of people to collect your resources. I like that majority of the scenes were taken from the rich history of the Eastern world. The graphics and sound effects are excellent. Although the characters are fictional, it did not affect the appeal of the game. I enjoy playing with the new groups like the Flying Crow of the Chinese and the ninja units from the Japanese civilization. Another thing that they included in this game is the use of foreign consulate which you can utilize to ask aid from a European country. Through it, you will have a better advantage to win the battles. All in all, the gameplay of Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is top-level and you will truly enjoy this addicting game.
- New campaigns for the civilizations were included
- Introduction of new characters in the game
- Music is similar to existing Age soundtracks