Age of Empire III or Civilization IV?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Joyus, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Joyus macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hey Guys,

    As above, Im looking for a decent RTS that will keep me occupied. I have seen the two mentioned, (but please offer other suggestions if there are better ones)...I know both have two expansion packs and tbh i havent played many RTS and dont know which is worth going for? Which would you advise?

  2. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    Personally i`m a sucker for Age of Mythology, cos i love the god spells. But any Age of `game` is pretty good.
  3. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    Rise of Nations is pretty good. You have to go through all the ages and stuff, but it is really good.
  4. Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    After you ever played an "Age" or "Civilization" game? I ask because the game play is very different. Civilization focuses on developing the infrastructure of your country along with turn based combat. The "Age" games are more combat focused and (as a rule), the only infrastructure development is in direct support of combat, plus you have many more units to control requiring, (as a rule) much more micromanagement, requiring a higher level of real-time strategic input on your part.

    Because Civilization is turn based, you have lots of time to think about your choices. I could never stand Civilization multiplayer because games drag on FOREVER. It could be argued you micromanage in Civilization too, but there it is on a different level and you can automate infrastructure units. Battles are conducted looking at the big picture, and consist of moving one or several large group of units into another square, where combat commences and based on stats, the game decides who wins. If you want involvement in the battle, "Age" games are better.

    Big picture, I'd say both style of games are fun and in some ways Civilization can be more satisfying -if- you are into that style of a game.
  5. Joyus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009

    No i havent played either before, i just heard good things about them. Tbh i think i would be more into the combat and conquering side of im thinking that the "age" games will suit me better...Thanks :D
  6. Ol3s macrumors regular


    Dec 6, 2008
    L'viv, Ukraine
    Buy Cossacks if you're using boot camp, the game was inspired by age of empires, it's set in the 17-18th century, and you can have much larger armies than in AoE
  7. txa1265 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2002
    Corning, NY
    I prefer Civilization personally, but RTS games are a blast and AoE is excellent.

    Turn-based vs. real time *does* make a huge difference. And until you get decent skills, a RTS can be much like herding kittens.
  8. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    age of empires was one of the best RTS games in the biz when it was released. I have various versions for mac and PC. I love the stuff :)

    I would go with age of empires myself, but thats just my personal feelings :)
  9. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Civilization: Turn based
    Age of Empires: Real Time

    above all I prefer Rise of Nations.
  10. lixuelai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2008
    I still think AoEII was the best.

    Civilization would offer more replay value IMO. Mostly because a round takes can take awhile.
  11. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Rise of Nations Gold
  12. gregorsamsa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2006
    (Metamorphosing near) Staffs, 51st State.
    I'd go for AoE 3 (+ both exp. packs), then try AoE 2, AoMythology & RoN. All proper Mac-native ports & well recommended!
  13. John89 macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2008
    I played age of empires 3 and thought it was rubbish, so im sticking with age of empires 2!!
  14. Joyus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    Thanks for the input guys :D

    I heard that Sid Meier's Pirates is good as well?? Anyone played this?
  15. Matti macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2007
    Yes, it's very good game. I would heartily recommend it, altough my opion is influenced by me being old as Moses and having played the original 8-bit Pirates! on Commodore-64.

    Of course, it's also totally different genre and gaming experience compared to the two games you orginally mentioned.
  16. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    I liked AoE3 more than AoE2, but I spent far more time playing the various Civ games than AoE. Completely different types of games. No need to choose, just get both. And yeah, get Pirates too, that's a good one....

  17. Pur3 Macs macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I think Age Of Empires 3 is the best choice, as it has many campaigns in single player mode and offers two expansion packs adding 6 new civilisations and and 6 new campaigns.
    AOE3 is about building up your village for military troops if you have none you will lose so you must train up as many units as you can some of these units include:

    Calvary: Bowmen, Swordsmen, Lance-men
    Infantry: Spearmen, Pikemen, Swordsmen, Long Bowmen, Red coats
    Artillery: Great Bombard and a few more cannons.....

    theres plenty of buildings and has 5 different difficulty settings. This is a great game and has really addicting gameplay that has you coming back for more every time you turn on your mac!

    Although note because the battles are quite nice it may require you to have a decent graphics card if your unsure you should probably check the back of the box for compatible graphics cards just saying.....

    anyway I would give AOE3 a 10/10:D
  18. Winni macrumors 68040


    Oct 15, 2008
    Civ IV is not a real time strategy game, it's turn based. And it's extremely complex and very addictive - in my opinion the best computer strategy game that was ever created. I've been regularly playing it since the original Civilization (for DOS) was released and never grew tired of it.

    I don't know the "Age" series, but if "Age of Mythology" compares to "Zeus", then it's definitely worth playing.

    BUT: If you have the option of playing those games in Windows, I strongly recommend buying the Windows versions. The Mac release of Civilization IV is buggy and slow, and you can also get the game with both expansion packs for less than the price of the Mac version without the expansion packs.
  19. lilbro2468 macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2009

    Dude get Age of Empires 3

    and get a game ranger account

    tonssss of hours playing

    i love the game
  20. Jayomat macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2009
    Age is Real-Time-Strategy while Civilization is Turn-Based-Strategy... you're comparing apples to oranges^^ completely different genre...
  21. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    I still play AoE III all the time, I like that you can get the expansion packs for it. I have the War Chiefs expansion (Native Americans version) there is also an Asian themed expansion pack. :cool:
  22. icedvovo macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2009
    Go for AoEIII. It is simply amazing graphics + gameplay (plus cheats are hilarious eg, a giant Tommy truck + giant stone head of george "crushington" washington that jumps around crushing enemies)
  23. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    I have both version for mac and i think you will find AOE much easier to get into. The learning curve isn't as steep with this game and i prefer it over Civ 4. But then that could just be me as i find it hard to get into Civ games. I never liked the way the battles are all stat based and random as opposed to AOE where you have direct control over each unit and can employ tactics in combat

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