Age of Empires III

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by jtam, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2006
    I just purchased this game for my son to use on his 3 year old iMAC G4 and thought it would work. I got home and was reading the requirements and see that it might not. Does anyone know if it will or not? His computer is an iMac PowerPC G4 - as purchased - 1GHz, with 512MB RAM and 32MB nvidia (I think this is the problem??????) The game's box says it requires a 64MB Video card, but I didn't know if it might work anyway???

    Sorry - I don't know much about video card requirements and gaming- I prob. sound like an idiot.
  2. macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2003
    Yes, the game is too graphically intensive for that poor iMac. You can try running with the command button down, I believe. Some Aspyr games used that workaround to bypass any system requirement checks.

    You should let him play it on one of those machines in your sig. :D
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2006
    LOL. Yes, I'll prob. have to let him use my imac. Just got my MBP, so that's off limits :) Not sure that the Powerbook would handle it. Maybe he can try it.
  4. macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    it wont work it needs at least a shader model 1.3 graphics card. Thats a Geforce 4 Ti, not the Geforce 2/4 MX in the imac. And even with a proper Geforce 4 prefomance is very poor even on lowest settings you require something like a 9600 or geforce 6200 higher to play without slowdowns and with some sort of playable settings. You are best to give up on Age of empires 3 and play age of empires 2.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2003
    Definitely the iMac Core Duo. I played the demo on my MacBook Pro and it runs quite well at 1440 x 900. You can turn up a couple of settings, but not too many and still keep the frame rate steady.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    You played the demo in bootcamp? or is there a Mac demo version I didn't know about?
  7. j26
    macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2005
  8. macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    ...And it's just been announced that the expansion (The Warchiefs) is being ported to the Mac too.

  9. macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    Sorry to revive an old thread, but I just wanted to add I tried the demo on my revB 12" PB (FX5200Go I believe), and although it complained about the CPU (1000<1150) and GPU memory (32<64), you can override both of these by holding "p" and "v" down at startup (I guessed the last one!). Once I turned down the video options, the game seemed to run pretty fine.

    So if you aren't sure about running it on an older mac, definitely give the demo a try.

    As for the game, it seems to involve a bit too much micromanagement for my tastes. Or maybe I'm just bad at it!
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    I've just noticed 2 new games in the Apple store too.
    Has gaming on Macs possibly picked up a little even with Bootcamp available?

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