I remember when Age of Empires III came out I could barely play the game on my parent’s laptop.
I could not even watch boat battles. Any large battle with more than 100 units was would also slow the game down to a crawl. So I had to attack move everything and then move the camera away.
I deeply appreciate that Relic/Microsoft decided to go through the effort of building two renderers for this game, just so people with slower machines can have a go.
I know there are plenty of people who are disappointed with the max graphics of Age 4. And there are definitely areas that could use some improvement.
But I absolutely love that so much effort was put into getting this game running on older hardware.