this map is a treasure to map! I love it, played a LAN with Steak and a couple of friends and we had to play it again and again. The map kind of has the "new world" feel to it as if you're expanding into a new colony. But you can't abandon you're last one either becuase you get attacked from both sides.
Great balance, no one is above any other player and everyone has the same resources surrounding their starting base. The AI get smashed around here a lot. The lack of gold is what stunts the AI's growth. The "Standard" AI does not move across or use the river at all and so gets pumblled by any human player. The "Admiral AI" uses the river but does not cross it. Admital AI does a better job at holding it's own but is also effected by the lack of gold. Overall a superb map! Great for PvP and Player+Comp vs Player+Comp if you want to treat the AI on your team like a pet and feed them gold to watch them grow (lol).
Map Design: 4.5
The maps Aesthetics are good, it's embellished and interesting. I would like to see more fish in the water or more water embellishment overall as the current river looks a bit blank. More embellishment on the starting side also wouldn't go a miss as there is a fair amount of blank space. I liked the amount of terrain elevation variation and enjoyed the unique use of terrain mixing found on the map. Most of the objects suited the terrain used and they created a rather nice atmosphere. I would have liked to have seen Elk and Caribou instead of Deer as they suit the terrain better. The amount of resources found on the map is adequate, more than usual - but not over the top. Map sizes generally suit the amount of players, however 1v1 can be a bit large for the players provided.
A neat re-make of Age of Empires III RMS. No extras, no buggy triggers and no game-changing triggers encountered. Game is balanced for all players.
I played this map on Large, with 4 Players, four times before reviewing. This is the first map to under-go reviewing via the New Review Guidelines. Congratulations on what you have achieved ~ Khan