"Age of Empires 3" received very positive reviews from IGN and Metacritic, the latter of which aggregates reviews from a variety of user and critical sources. Reviewers praised the high quality of the graphics and gameplay, and it received an 8.8/10 rating on IGN and an 81/100 rating on Metacritic.
The sequel to the critically acclaimed "Age of Empires 2," "Age of Empires 3" was a deviation in the series from both a graphical and gameplay standpoint. Despite the enormous changes that the series went through, critics were almost universally happy with the new direction of the series. One particular point of praise was the fast-paced gameplay, which was welcomed by most as a positive change over the previous game.