Everywhere I go, it seems that everyone prefers the second game over the third or the first over the third. And, they all have something in common...Esemble dumbed it down OR it's all graphics and no gameplay.
I truly, honestly, think that in this case, dumbed down or just graphics and no gameplay just does NOT apply. I was an avid player of AOE2 back in the day and played it constantly. I also started on the first game with the expansion Rise of Rome and played the hell out of that until the sequal so I'm not some newbie who decided to play AOE one day, I know my stuff.
I really believe that AOE3 is the best. In terms of gameplay, it's no different then the originals besides a few tweaks and slight differences. And, the strategy is all there. But call me a graphics whore, I think that the greater visuals as well as the physics make the game that much better. Other than the visuals, the games are pretty much identical.
So what is this AOE3 hate or distaste coming from exactly? What is your stance on this game, do you prefer it over the originals or not?