Empire Earth 3
There's A Thing you get in a cheesy film when the quiet girl with glasses takes them off, shakes out her hair and, now a beautiful bimbette, breaks into song. I think the word is "blossoming". The Mad Doc guys just blossomed Empire Earth. They've changed it from a staid, historical simulation into a game, that's pretty, exciting and different. But is it Empire Earth? Does it work? Is she cute?
The problem is that the quiet girl was more... complex. She had facets, a lot of history. Sure, this girl is charming, attractive, individual... and, well, enjoyable. But it isn't Empire Earth anymore; it's closer to Kohan II or Warcraft III. Instead of the impeccably researched units and factions of the previous game, which were halfway between Civ 4 and Rise of Nations, Mad Doc have simplified everything, giving every unit silly catchphrases and introducing some ludicrous super-units, like Atomic Annie (a nuclear artillery device). This is in aid of chasing that element of fun which many strategy games sacrifice to accuracy. I think they've made the right decision. The previous game was too complicated; it was more about memorising tech trees and grabbing land quickly, than tactics.
Not There Yet
But you can't help but feel that too much has gone. There's only three factions now; Western (big, expensive units). Middle Eastern (mobile, hit-and-run units) and Eastern (many, many units). They've only got a limited number of buildings and unit types, all of which upgrade as you travel through the five epochs. The combat is still wooden and oversimplified. Indeed, that could be a black mark against EE3 - it's crude and easy to master, which reduces the amount of gameplay. Where something like Total Annihilation rewarded varied strategies, EE3s limited tech tree makes this come down more to the build rate.
The new domination mode is different from any of the staid campaigns of yore. It's set on an X-COM-style globe where you get to choose one of the three factions then attempt to take over the world, Purple Tentacle style. The mixture of zoomed-in battles and large areas to fight over, mixed with persistent buildings and armies, turns the whole game into something approaching Total War Lite -which is not only a gap in the market but also one worth filling. But EE3 is still a confused mixture of the previous game and something faster and more exciting. If Mad Doc further develop this new, it could be a great, fast RTS game. At the moment, the girl's let down her hair, removed her glasses, but she's still short-sighted and a bit ugly; Mad Doc needs to do the full makeover in the expansion.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode