This review is on the PC expansion pack to the 1999 hit game age of empires 2: age of kings. The expansion features the addition of 5 new civilizations namely Aztecs, Mayans, Spanish, Koreans, and the Huns. It also includes 4 new campaign chapters based around Atilla, El Cid, Montezuma and a misc of greatest battles.
For those not familiar with the Age of Empires series it is a RTS (real time strategy) where you play as one of the many civilizations on a map as you develop and achieve victory with your allies. The game has 2 distinct components namely the economy and the military. The economy has you focusing on building houses, creating villagers and collecting valuable resources in the form of gold, food, stone and wood. The resources gained is in turn used to research various technologies making your civilization more advanced as well as necessary for boosting your military forces. The military forces would be essential for defence and offence and to destroy your enemies on the map.
conquerors boost some major and minor changes to this tried and tested gameplay. Apart from the new civilizations and campaign there are also a number of new technological upgrades as well new units. New maps, multiplayer types and certain tweaks and command interface are easily recognized by veteran gamers of the series. However they arent as obvious to the rest of the population who never played age of kings before.
The music and sound effects are pretty much the same as age of kinds and no change to the graphics are seen. The campaign is definitely a good play but once finished offers little replay value as most players tend to play online with friends. While the new civilizations do add a little more expansion the difference between individual civilizations are merely in a handful of technology upgrades and a special unit.
For those who love RTS games particularly the age of empires series go for it. For others stick to the age of empires 2 age of kings game as you wont be missing out on much if you didnt buy this expansion.
A great expansion to a great game. Age of empires 2 - The Conquerors Expansion adds five new civilizations. The Aztecs, Mayans, Spanish, Koreans, and Huns. It also adds four new campaigns. Eleven new units, tewnty six new technologies, new game modes and new maps.
It also adds new heroes such as william the conqueror and atilla the hun.
Conquerors also introduced 15 real world maps such as Britain, Central America and Italy.
The new civilizations in the game all have there own advantages and disadvantages. The Aztecs and the Mayans lack the ability to train cavalry units this slightly balanced by the fact that they start with eagle warrior infantry that move at the same speed as cavalry. Both civilizations also lack the ability to create gunpowder units. The huns do not need to build houses and start with the maximum pop-limit.
The 12 new units the game are as follows:
Eagle Warrior & Elite Eagle Warrior (fast moving infantry also resist conversion)
Halberdier (an upgrade to the Pikeman).
Jaguar Warrior & Elite Jaguar Warrior (anti-infantry infantry, unique to Aztecs).
Plumed Archer & Elite Plumed Archer (tough foot archers, unique to Mayans).
War Wagon & Elite War Wagon (heavily armored ranged cavalry, unique to Koreans).
Conquistador & Elite Conquistador (mounted gunpowder unit, unique to Spanish).
Hussar (an upgrade to the Light Cavalry)
Tarkan & Elite Tarkan (anti-building cavalry,unique to Huns)
Petard (Siege units with barrels of gunpowder that explode on impact)
Turtle Ship & Elite Turtle Ship (heavily armored short range ships unique to the Koreans).
Missionary (mounted monks, unique to Spanish).
Genitour & Elite Genitour (Light Cavalry Skirmisher only available through use of map editor.)
So as you can see there are quite a few new units added to the game through this expansion though I feel that they should have added more buildings also.
Age of Empires 2- The Conquerors is an expansion pack to the original 'Age of Kings' game that adds various new standalone campaigns, civilisations, technologies, and units to the game, further increasing its already immense depth and variety.
As before, you control one of a wide number of civilisations, advancing from the dark ages through up to the late middle ages, and must build structures such as houses, farms, stables, barracks, town halls, blacksmiths and castles in order to support your population and military, also using peasants to mine gold and stone, harvest food and collect timber whilst simultaneously building up an army of cavalry, foot soldiers, archers and siege weapons.
Perhaps the most notable feature of the game is the inclusion of five new races, in the form of the Huns, who are nomadic and hence dont need to build houses to support their populations, the Conquistadors who have unique mounted gunpowder units, the Koreans, and finally the Maya and Aztecs, who have fast and powerful ground troops but an absence of both cavalry and gunpowder units. These new sides allow for some interesting new tactics, and are colourfully and convincingly portrayed, making for some great battles, as in the original game.
There are new map-types, including jungle terrain, and the Maya and Aztecs have their own unique architecture, which as awlays is stunning looking and immensely detailed. As before all the newsides have their own unique technologies as well as their own unique units, increasing the depth of the gameplay yet further.
There are four new campaigns on offer; one in which you play as Montezuma trying to hold off the Conquistadors, one in which you play as Castilean nobleman El Cid in a campaign against the Moors; one in which you play as Attilla the Hun; and a final campaign that consists of different standalone battles from history including the battles of Hastings and Agincourt.
Like the original game, The Conquerors Expansion is a highly polised and playtested and well-researched game, with well-balanced sides and historically accurate units and campaigns, meaning that it is educational in addition to being great fun. The new sides give the multiplayer mode an additional boost, and overall the Conquerors is essential for all players of the original standalone Age of Kings game, as well as for fans of Warcraft, Starcraft, Rise of Nations and the Command and Conquer games (although you do need the original game in order to play the expansion).
Age of Empires II - The conquerors is the highly anticipated sequel to Age of Empires II - The Age of Kings. It features five new civilizations including new single player campaigns.
In multiplayer Age of Empires II - The Conquerors offers two new multiplayer modes, King of the Hill - defend a wonder from an onslaught of enemies and Wonder Race where the two sides race to complete the wonder first.
The expansion adds more maps to play in as well covering more of Asia then Europe. It offers a chance of more variety.
The best reason to get this expansion is because it's probably going to free. If you don't already own Age of Empires II - The Age of Kings for PC, then chances are it will come in a gold version including both games for the price of one.
The expansion doesn't add anything revolutionary and the graphics remain largely the same, but for the price of AOE2 Gold you can afford to have them both.
This game is awesome, but I have one question......how do u vs. real people...?
Hi, I just update my review for good, trying to describe the experience and joy from playing this game.
This game is one of the best Strategy,
The game description
Beside the 13 civilization you got in AOE II, this expansion add 5 new civilizations, the Spanish, the Huns, the Koreans and the Mayas, every civilization got its own attributes, buildings and technology, just as a unique combat unit base in history.
The new four campaigns, base in historical figures like Atila the Hun, The Cid and Montezuma lets you burn to the ground Europe with the horde of Huns, combat for the conquer of Spain using the Cid, and live Tenochtitlan`s siege one more time, even so play historical battles, Agincourt, Manzikert y Hastings and enemies like Henry V, Yi Sun-Shin y Erik the red.
In The Conquerors you will have to built your army once again, looking for food in the near bushes, hunting, fishing or making farms, the wood is always free but you need lots of villager to get it, the gold and stone is not enough but using the market should give you great profit.
There is a multiplayer and make your map options, maybe the best options in the game.
The game experience
Building a Empire is always a great reason to play a game, and AOE 2 is not the exception; you will a lot of recourses but the rewards are much enjoyable when you destroy all of your enemies, you will control large armies with powerful weapons or you will have villager hand to hand combat, make this game trilling and excitement.
From a single rock to a large city full of villager, weapons and nice paladins that will defend your city and attack your opponents
You can also, make your own map and share it on the Internet and play it with your friends. Yes, there's a multiplayer option, I maybe the best out of this game is to play against other human players in a local LAN, when your furious hunger for killing explode to the maximum levels
The technical issue
* Microsoft® Windows® 95/98/Me/XP/NT 4.0 with service pack 5
* Multimedia PC with a Pentium 166 or higher processor
* 32 MB of Ram for Windows 95, 98, ME, 64 MB for Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000
* 80 MB of available hard disk space (in addition to the original Age of Empires II required disk); additional 100 MB of hard disk space for swap file
* Quad-speed or faster CD-ROM drive
* Super VGA with 2 MB of video memory
* Sound card, speakers or headphones required for audio
* Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
* 56.6 Kbps or better modem for online play
Age of Empires® II: The Conquerors Expansion
The official add-on to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Focusing on legendary leaders, The Conquerors will challenge veterans and novices to wage war on an epic scale with all-new civilizations, unique units, technologies and campaigns
Repeat that: The award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game! Nice.
This game is great for a variety of simulation game fans. For those who enjoy history, combat, strategy games, and games that keep you on the edge of your seat.
this... is a MUST! to have it, play it, and pass it to your kids!
God this game is good! Got the original Age of Kings for the PS2 when it first came out, then got the computer and died and went to heaven. This game is unbeatable for longevity, after all this time, when other games have come and gone, this still gets played.
So many ways to play it, with different levels, ways to win and of course you have ABSOLUTE CONTROL, ideal for control freaks like me!! If you haven't tried this game, shame on you, go and buy it.
Make sure you go through the tutorials and learn it all before heading into battle and then the world is your lobster (as del boy would say). Make your own maps, create your own world and then go and blow up someone elses!!
Plus we have two computers, networked them and beat each other up over the computer at home! Plus you can play online.
I first came across AOE many years ago. I like to play God and so creating my own civilisation was just up my street! I like games where you can start from scratch, create people, towns, armies and then go to WAR! This I think describes AOE. I have since bought all the expansion packs and no matter which new games I have/play, I always go back to AOE BECAUSE you have plenty of random maps and therefore, more gaming longevity. You click on random civilisation (and there are plenty!), random map and you can play again, again and again....never playing the same map twice...or so it seems. I've bought other games of the same genre and they have a drop-down menu of maps and once you've played them, well, you've played them! We all like to play the campaigns and then we go onto playing as and when we want and AOE is great for this. Me and my entire family re-install this game time and time again - I'm hoping that they will bring out another expansion. I've played Age of Mythology but I prefer 'real' civilisations and 'real' weapons! Please give this game a try - you won't be disappointed!
You haven't Lived Until youv'e played Age Of Empires 2 The Conquerors This isn't any ordernary game like civilisation.You don't take it in turns and it isn't birds eye view of little cities.This game is birds eye view but you get a whole land and you build up one big city you have to put everything in to it.You don't take it in turns either you all play at once.This game has everything!. First I will tell you about building.When you build in this game you need the resources to do it.There are 4 types of resources they are Wood,Food,Stone and Gold.Every time you select something to build you need the proper resources to build it like a house takes 60 wood.If you don't have enough resources you will have to send your villagers to go and get it for you.To get wood you have to cut down trees.To get gold or stone you have to mine it.And lastly to get food you can kill animals,falm or pick it from bushes.Once you have the resources you need you then select where you want to build it and tell some villagers to build it.Depending on what building it is and how many villagers are building it it will take differrent lenghts of time.There are many different types of buildings.You can get things to increase your population eg Castles,Town Centres or Houses.You can also get buildings to create villagers or soldiers.And you can get buildings for defence eg Walls,Towers or Castles.Lastly you can get buildings for resources these are Farms,Mines or Wood Camps. Now I will tell you about the different civilisations.You can be many diferent civilisations during the game.Each civilisation has its own buildings or its own type of military.There is a different civilisation for each type of person for examle if you prefere archers you could be Japanease.Also if you make an allience with other people you can join up with people that have the type of millitary taht you don't then you will be a very powerful allience. Next
I will tell you about different millitary types you can have.There are many different types of millitary people.Each civilisation has its own special people for example Aztechs have Aztech Warriors.But you also have normal millitary there are archers,seige,sordmen and many others.For each type of people there are many more for example there may be 3 types of archers.This makes the game a little bit confusing but more fun.To help with these type of people when you buy the game you get cards with the buildings civilisations get and the millitary they can get. You also have different ages for example imperial age is the most advanced where you can research any technology or have any people or buildings.If you select this you will usually start with alot of resources unless you select not to.The beggining age is the dark age.In this you will start very low on resources and you will have to research almost everyting this age is for if you want to start like civilisations would of thousands of years ago.Inbetween both these ages are many more but no matter what age you start on you can always advance if you do what it says you have to.If you don't advance then you will probaly stand no chance against other civilisations. Now I will tell you about the 1 player game.During 1 player you can play a story mode where you pick a famous person from history and follow in their footsteps.But you can also play a game with no story where you select everything in the game for example how to win.If you play this you can also select how many computer are playing and I find this more fun. You can also play multiplayer over the internet.On websites like zone.com.On this you will have a host which sets up the game the same as you would on 1 player if you wern't on story mode.You can only have up to 8 people playing but it is alot of fun if you make alliences with your mates and fight other people. By now you must be thinking that there can't
be anything else but that is where you are wrong.You can also make maps.You don't only make maps on this option you also pick how you win or you can make your own story mode!.I'll leave you to experiment with this.I will finsh this review by saying get this game or you will never forgive yourself.
Yes, I must agree that Age of Conquerors (AOC), the expansion to age of empires 2 (AOE2), is an excellent game, but, but I say, you havn't felt victory, you havn't felt the glory of seeing your enemies lying dead on the blood stained battle field untill you've fought on the shifting sands of Egypt, untill you've brocken down the walls of Troy or untill you've battled giants in the frozen Norse plains. That's right, you havn't tasted real stratergy gaming untill you've played age of Mythology (AOM) the latest game in the line of AO games. AOM is the latest, greatest and most technologically adapted game from Ensemble studios and Microsoft. Set in a mythological place and time, AOM takes on a different format from its pre-accesors. You have the choice of only 3 civilizations but each has, in a way, 3 sub civilisations within it. You see, AOM is bassed on mythological gods very much, in each civilization you must choose from one of 3 major gods each same and different in there own ways. The three civilisations are Egypt, with Set, Ra and Isis as there major gods, Greek with Zues, Posidien and Hades and Norse (Viking) with Thor, Odin and Loki. Each god has the same sort of structure as the other two but has certain differences and specialties that could be a matter of victory or shameful defeat. As you progress through the game and advance ages (much like AOE) you must choose out of two minor gods whom you will worship. Each minor god gives you a certain god power and a certain mythical unit. For example: In the Greek civilization, if you are Poseidon, and upgrading from the Archaic Age (1st) to the Classical Age (2nd) you must choose from Ares or Hermes. Ares will allow you to train Cyclops from your temople and allow you to use the god power "Pestilence" (only once), Pestilence, when used on an enemy building, will disable it from creating any units for a period of time (preferably while you attack).
Hermes will allow you to train Centaur from the temple and will allow you to use the god power "Ceasefire", Ceasfire is a power, that when used (only once) stops all players from attacking (preferably used when under attack). Each minor god will also allow certain improvments that will help your army improve. The resources in AOM are somewhat different to those of AOE, your civilization will require gold, food and wood (like AOE), no stone, but it will also need "favor." Favor is the god's gift to you. Favor is required for mythical units and other things. Each civilization has a different way of creating favor, Greek send villagers to pray at their temples, Egypt build monuments to the gods and Norse gain favour by battling. There is so much more I could tell you, but there is, as in every great game, too much to tell, so, my strong recomendation, if you are interested in the game, is to go buy it and find out for yourself what it feels like to battle on the shifting sands of Egypt, what it feels like to brake down the walls of Troy and what it feels like to battle Giants on the frozen Norse plains. This Marvin PA, signing out...
If you asked me what would my top ten games be on the pc i would straight away say that age of empires:the conquerors expansion is the best game on pc without a doubt.If you ,like me, have previously played other war titles like the age of kings and the civilization series you would know how good these games actually are.Take the game you have played and times the amount of fun by ten ,then you have this great game.There cannot be one person who can bad mouth this game.In this game there are plenty of civilizations to choose from all with their own characteristics.there are four ages to travel through each time getting more advanced and allowing you to access more fighters,boats,buildings and research to try and make your civilization the best of the rest.There are hundreds of fighters and different things to research which all cost resouces which you collect via your villagers(workers). I think this is one game which every pc owner should own.
General/Summary: I loved this game. I love medival RTS games, and this is the best one ever. I love the battles, and the units. Microsoft could have been a little more creative, but it's good enough for me. Gameplay: One of the best features I think is the gameplay. It was really easy to learn. Like most RST games, all you do is click, click, click. Another good thing about this game is the amount of units you could select, at the same time, wich I am pretty sure is 40, much better than other RTS games suck as Starcraft. Graphics: The Graphics in this game are fairly good for a RST game. The levels were nicely done, but were very anoying when you could not place a building because there were rocks in the way. The units are easily distinguised from others, and the building have improved over the first AOE. Sound: The music in this game is really good at first, but after a long time, it gets very repetitive after a few hours of gameplay. But on the other hand, I thought that the battlefield sounds were very good, and also the speach is very good to.
Well if you have not yet heard of The Age of empires series of games then you do not know what you are missing. This is just the final in a series of excellent quality games from Microsoft that will get you playing for hours. the basics are simple, you take over a historical figure ie; Montezuma and have to fight a series of battles that relate to real historical battles. It is not as easy as it sounds though as you start the campaign with limited supplies, for example 250 wood 250 stone 250 food 250 gold 4 villagers The wood is used to build things like wooden pallisades or fences and is needed to create crossbowmen etc as they have wooden crossbows. it is easy to get more wood as all you have to do is assign villagers to harvest more. The Stone is used for building better buildings and fortifications and is just as easy to gather once you have learnt how to mine , you simple get villagers to mine it. Food can be collected in different ways by fishing, collecting sheep or wild deer and by farming but you can build better boats and farms as your civilisation progresses. Gold is needed for just about everything and it can be mined in certain areas just like stone but can also be made by trading with an ally. Villagers are your backbone of society as they are needed to do all your basic duties as well as repairs when you come under attack, without some villagers around you will not last long. Well the maps are not true to life or anything but this will not decrease your enjoyment of this game. You will want to get your villagers of working and builing as soon as possible while you "research" different and new technologies which enable you to build better fortifications as well as builings, troops, and weapons . Think of it as upgrading what you have, and this is what you will need to win at this game. get defenses up as early as possible to protect what you ha
ve and keep the marauding masses out of your territory. slowely build your army with the elite and when ready take your forces to destroy your enemy, dont forget though to take a few villagers as you can build your own buildings around your enemies to get more troops and supplies where you need them most in the shortest time. A trick I like with these games are the way you build churches and produce priests , get them chanting to convert the enemy over to your side as when you are at your population limit you can still build your forces this way. just think of playing the part of Attila the hun and destroying all that stand in your way.The Conquerers addon brings five new civilisations to AOE II Hun, Aztec, Mayan, Korean and Spanish. As well as new weapons and fortifications etc which only increases the longevity and playability of Age of Empires II (AOE II) and if you are new to the game stick to playing it offline until you get used to the controls and actions. However when you do feel big and hard enough to take it to MSN's gaming zone then you will be in for a surprise as when you think you are good and hot enough to destroy the game you find all your work is for noaught as when you play solo you get a lot more time to do what you want. In multiplayer it is someone just like you who is out for your blood. Now the real fun begins because you have to work hard and fast and leave almost nothing to chance well not if you want victory. the online playability of this game is unrivaled as this is a widely played game with people from all over the world. The conquerers addon like it's predecessors has it's own civilisations with their own unique abilities and capabilities as well as just being downright great fun. But the fun does not stop there as you can build your own maps and even use your own maps to play online. There are differing multiplayer versions such as deathmatch where it is a fight to the end. a game that you wil
l definatley enjoy and will please you but do not go thinking that you can just go out and get this game though because you will have to have the full version of Age of Empires II to be able to play this. Plus you can have up to eight players at a time on one single game so it can be mayhem at times as you get attacked from all sides as well as have fun by throwing taunts at enemies or recieving them. Plus with the extra 26 new technologies that this addon brings to the series you will have even more fun as you explore all the new possibilities for you to create. Take control of your army seek out and destroy anyone who stands in your way. go to http://www.ensemblestudios.com/aoeiix/ for any further info you may reqiure or to look at some of the lovely graphics for this game Operating System: Win 98, Win 95, Win NT. Pentium 166 MHz or higher , Windows 95 + , 32 MB RAM, 100 MB Hard disk space plus 100 MB for swap files Age of Emires II required disk space, 4X CD-ROM speed, mouse, SVGA monitor supporting 800x600, 265-color resolution, local bus video card that supports 800x600, 265-color resolution 2MB VRAM, full version of Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.
It is a Stratagey game and get u thinking quit a lot on what u do. The story line is that u r a civilization who need 2 grow an army and defeat enemies it is a good game because it make u think about thinks like food, money etc 11 new units- including the Huns Tarkan, the Koreans' War Wagon and turtle ship, pluse the Aztecs' Plumbed Archer 26 new Technologies- one for each civilization, including chinese Rocketry people and British yeomen New game types- experience new challenges with wonder race , defend the wonder and king of the hill Real world maps- based on geograpphical locations such as Britain, France and Italy smarter Villagers- villagers work smarter, buill walls more intelligently, gather resources automatically after constructing a drop of building Farms Automatically Replant- Queue farms so they replant after being harvested Command Allied Computer Players- Use chat commands to order allies to attack, tribute resources, and build and economy or military Batteing rams- Units can garrison inside Battering rams for protection or to increase the rams speed when attacking foes
I found out about this game from a friend. I asked him could I test it he said yes. I was very impressed with the result, A.O.E2 is superb. The game is about trying to take the world through either piece or hostilitys. There are many different nations to choose from, each with there spiecal unit. The story There is'nt just one story in this game theres several different for each nations. The game is'nt too difficult, it depends on what setting you put it on. Basicly the idea of the game is to complete each mission that you are set. But beware some campaigns are very hard no matter what setting you put it on. When I played this game I found it hard yet challenging which I love challenges. I like base building and training soldier to destroy my enemys. The graphics are kind of lame because some builings are smaller than some of the units. Other than that its all cool with me. You can buy this game for 30.00 pounds amd can purchase it at your local game store. I recommend this for ages eight up and everyone else enjoy and conquer the world.