Age of empires 3 is the newest addition to the age of empires franchise, if you enjoyed its predecessors and you enjoyed them greatly then this is a game you should get, if you are looking for a new game or you just enjoy the game type then search your bargain bin, this game is really nothing special and really isn't an improvement to the older games, if i was to recommend a game then get age of mythology, this game is just a basic expansion pack but it's in a different time frame, no real impact is made to players when changing from age of mythology and this, or even from team to team, the special units aren't really so special and game-play is repetitive and boring after a while. The new abilities such as home colony aren't really needed and are quite illusive and unnecessary, really just a con to justify charging you £30. The game does have more units and improved sound track ect but really isn't worth getting unless you adore the age of empires series and even then you are in for a large disappointment, such as myself, i have every age of empires and loved them all and this one was a regret. It is very same old same old so you might enjoy it and is no worse than its predecessors. Overall this game was OK but nothing new or special.