Age of Empires III was actually the first game in the franchise I played, and that’s when I fell in love with it. Now, it’s true that Age of Empires III wasn’t as well received as Age of Empires II, but it was a more accessible, digestible game that really worked for me. And after fifteen years, those feelings came back while playing this remaster, this is still my favorite — mainly due to the setting and the story. With completely redone cutscenes, updated animations, Ultra HD textures for up to 4K resolutions, and new civilizations make this an easy sell. Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition is a bit slimmer compared to its predecessor, with less civilizations and not as complex, remains a tremendous adventure with its singleplayer and multiplayer content.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings remains the best reviewed Age of Empires game in the series history. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release with a whole host of improvements, an expansion with new civilization, Ultra HD graphics up to 4K resolution, and a complete modernization of the gameplay. This is a “definitive edition” that lives up to the name. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is a game that’s aged like a fine wine.