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Age of Empires III

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Ensemble Studios

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'Age of Empires III' Original Soundtrack Now On Sale

by Rainier on Dec. 5, 2005 @ 10:51 a.m. PST

Age of Empires III is set in 1500 A.D. and chronicles the Age of Discovery that started around the time that Columbus discovered the new world. The single player campaign follows American history up through 1850, and in multiplayer mode, you'll be able to choose from among eight different civilizations, and there will include free-for-all and team-vs-team matches for up to eight players.

The Age Of Empires III Original Soundtrack features an original musical score composed by long-time Ensemble Studios musicians Stephen Rippy and Kevin McMullan whose previous work includes other titles in the Age of Empires series as well as Age of Mythology.

Stephen Rippy, Music and Sound Director at Ensemble Studios said, "Age of Empires III is a game with an epic topic – it covers the colonization of the Americas over a period of some three hundred years, so it needed to have an epic-sounding score to match. Using a full orchestra and choir as well as some more period-inspired instrumentation, the music follows the story of Morgan Black and his descendants as they battle the Circle of Ossus for a foothold in the New World."

The soundtrack also features a bonus DVD that includes fourteen tracks remixed in 5.1 surround, a behind-the-scenes video of the studio session, the Age of Empires III cinematic trailer, and five exclusive bonus tracks.

Age of Empires III offers gamers the next level of realism, with advanced battle physics and unparalleled visual detail. The new game picks up where Age of Empires II: Age Of Kings left off, placing gamers in the position of a European power determined to explore, colonize and conquer the New World. This time period features stunning scenes, from towering European cathedrals to courageous tribes of Native Americans, and spectacular combat with Industrial Age units like rifled infantry, cavalry and tall ships bristling with cannons.

Age of Empires III once again demonstrates Ensemble Studios' reputation for excellence and innovation in the real-time strategy (RTS) genre. The game sets a new standard for visual quality and amaze players with detail never before seen in an RTS. Age of Empires III also provides strategy gamers with new gameplay elements, including the concept of a "Home City," new civilizations, units, technologies and an immersive new single-player campaign that spans three generations.

For more information on the game please visit www.ageofempires3.com.


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