Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties brings a new twist to the popular real time strategy game Age of Empires. Unlike its predecessors, Age of Empires III features a rich, non linear storyline, which ties into the gameplay quite nicely, whilst enhancing the game's depth with the addition of the different dynasties of Asia. Players start by choosing one of the four dynasties of ancient China, each with their own unique starting area, resources and goals. Starting power can be increased by focusing on either research or exploration, two of the key components to winning the game. As your empire begins to develop, stronger units are added to your army, which can be used to conquer neighbouring lands and ultimately take over entire maps, taking control of important cities and razing most of your opponents' armies in the process.
The Asian dynasties are further divided into three groups; the Ming Dynasty, the Tibetan Thais and the Mongolian Khanate. Each group has its own strengths, weaknesses and special units, allowing you to strategically counter your opponent's strategies as you advance through the game. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties expansion pack further adds to the depth of the game by providing two unlockable civilizations for players to choose from, giving players even more variety when customizing their strategy.
Additional content includes two campaigns that are based on the time periods featured in Age of Empires III, the Chinese Campaign and the Japanese Campaign. Each allows you to experience fully drawn out battles, utilising each nation's unique units and technologies to take control of massive territories. Additional items include a tutorial to help you get acquainted with the game, as well as three challenge maps featuring varying terrain and mission conditions. Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties expansion packs also feature two leader boards and a treasure map to help reinforce the challenge and enjoyment of playing the game.