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Age Of Empires 2 is an historically based real-time strategy game with a unique style of play within the 'trilogy'. The aim of the game is to advance through a variety of different ages to gain new abilities to complete your main objectives: To gather resources, gain and research higher technology, grow the population of your village and to create an army large enough to take on and wipe out your enemy/enemies as fast as possible. Although the game is quite old it still retains its fun factor and it's one those games that despite the graphics not being as high quality as many of the next gen. consoles like the Xbox 360 or PS3, the fun and excitement you experience when playing this game makes up for all of this and you hardly even notice about the graphics not being 'perfect'. The controls are simple and effective and don't over complicate things as with other real-time strategy games. There are 13 different civilizations within the game to choose from. Ranging from the British to French and from Japan to China settings with their buildings and variety of different soldiers and villagers. With the options to go through the tutorial missions, the long campaign/story mode as well as the options to go online and create your own randomly generated scenarios with the map editors to change the amount of resources you can start with, and where you and the other enemies start on the map. There are cheats available in the game and these cam speed up the games you play drastically if you just want a quick game. As well as this the cheats can make the game more amusing by spawning in Dodge Vipers that shoot cannonballs at the enemy and cause chaos throughout the whole of the enemies towns and they can easily tare through any opponents army. No matter how you chose to play Age Of Empires 2: The Age Of Kings, this game will keep you coming back for more even years after you've stopped playing it. There are all different aspects of fun within the game no matter how you tackle it, whether that's going through the campaign, playing online, or just causing chaos with the large variety of cheats available at your side. If you've ever played any type of real-time strategy game or like the classical medieval style of real-time strategy games then definitely pick this game up on eBay or if a games store near you still sells classic, amazing PC games. Despite this game being released by Microsoft in 1999 i still find time to play and enjoy this game in 2013.
When I say that I play a lot of computer games, I mean a lot, especially on my computer, and Age of Empire 2 is one game that I particularly enjoyed playing. When it comes to video games, I like to be able to face a challenge when playing, and unlike some, this game kept me entertained for hours and hours. I had played the first edition of Age of Empire, so knew the basic genre is you like, but was surprised at much improved this 2nd edition was. At the time, when it came out, especially for a PC game, Age of Empire 2 added feature upon feature to keep any game player entetained. I didnt buy this game when it first came out, so didnt pay full price, I picked it up on Ebay in a collection of other games, so I would say I paid about £2 for it, which is about right for a PC game these days. Even when I finished the game, I kept on repeating it, as there are so many different ways to complete it, which is the very reason I love strategy games. I found that the further I went into the game, the harder it became, another bonus in my opinion, which is why it took longer to complete. Because 10 tens years ago, graphics for video games werent want there are today, I would give the best rating in this area, but I image that at the time, they were amazing. Even so, I definitely recommend this game to all avid gamers, not to be missed. Thanks for reading.
This is probably one of my favourite PC games of all time. It such an entertaining game, and can keep you occupied for hours! So what's it all about? Well, Age of Empires 2 is a strategy game. You start with nothing (usually) and try and build up the biggest armies to destroy your enemies! In the standard game, you usually start with a town centre, a handful of villiagers and some resources nearby. You also start of in the Dark Age. Basically, you have to build up your village. You start by gathering in food (forage bushes, farms, sheep and deer), gold, stone and wood. These allow you to create people or build. For example, you need to collect wood to build houses. Every house means you can have 5 more people (increases your population limit). But people need food to be created. And to gather food more efficiently, you need a mill. This also needs resources.... Well, you get the picture. As you build more and collect more resources, you can advance ages through to the Castle Age. Each age allows you to do more things. For example, building barracks in the Dark Age allows you to create Militia. Advance to the next age and you can upgrade your Militia to Soldiers. but you will also be able to create and extra unit (such as pikemen). You can also create seige engines, such as onagars, or trubuchets if you build a castle. What you build depends on your civilization. There are numerous ones to choose from, including Britons, Franks, Turks, Mongols, Goths, Saracens etc. Each have specialist units, and specialist areas (Vikings are obviously better on water, for example). But by the end of it all, you should have a thriving city, with lots of resources, a huge army, a castle, stone walls and guard towers. Then it's just a case of marching to your enemy and crushing them! It does depend what game you play. Some, you have to kill the King (Regicide). Other, destroy all enemy units. Or, just build a Wonder (which takes tons of resourses and time) and allow it to stand for 1000 years. There are a reange of scenarios, which is good for variety. Or, just create your own! You can customise it right down to what resources are about, how many people you each have and what the terrain is like. The possibilities are endless! Or, go on a campaign. Follow in the footsteps of Joan of Arc or Ghengis Khan, as you build up their empires by completing various different scenarios. Graphics may leave a little to be desired for some gamers, but I think it adds some kind of charm to the game. After all, this is an almost top-down strategy game. The graphics don't need to be amazing HD quality! But saying that, they aren't terrible! As for difficulty, you choose! Easiest, Easy, Medium, Hard or Hardest! This game really does cater for every ability, whether you're a novice or an expert! I began a novice, and now I'm pretty good. It can get frustrating though. Some scenarios you'll need to de a few times. I got stuck on the second mongol one for ages, but on about the 20th go (slight exaggertion!) I realise where I was going wrong. That's right, you need to think about this game a bit! It's annoyingly addictive as well. I think to myself 'I know, I'll play Age of Empires for half an hour', and 2 hours later I'm still on there, so engrossed in it I even name the people I create! Overall, I think this is a great game... one that will be a classic very soon! It's got a lot of variety with scenarios, civilizations and creating your own scenario. It's got good difficulty options, which makes it an ideal game for all abilities. And most importantly, it's a great game to play! I enjoy it everytime I play it, and I never get tired of it! Highly recommended for all those budding commanders out there!
I was never too fond of this game to begin with, i never could put my finger on why however. I had been an avid Age of Empires (AoE) player with the previous title and its expansion, the Rise of Rome (RoR). I suppose it was quite a leap from the original Age of Empires, that was probably what i didn't like. Firstly, the original AoE had a population limit of 50, now this was fairly annoying, but you probably wouldn't need more than 50 units in order to destroy your enemy, luckily in the network mode of the game, there is the option to have a pop limit of 200. AoE II has a much larger population limit, as units were less powerful on their own, meaning you had to have a lot of units for a fairly small amount of damage compared to AoE. Sure this made battles look nicer, but again i didn't like it, i liked having an army of about 30 or 40 units that can really put up a fight. Rather than needing about 100 or 200 to attack someone. There was always something that nagged me about the graphics too, i liked the original AOE's graphics, however boring they were. AoE II is still a 2D game, however it could almost pass as 3D, there are shadows on the building, i don't believe AoE ever had shadows. Really i can't see anything wrong with the graphics, it was just the terrain and water especially looked so... fake, like it was modelled out of some solid material (mainly the water im talking about here). AoE II adds more sophistication to the game, another thing i didn't like (im a very simple person, that why i like Settlers II). There are tonnes of technologies to research, as well as units to build, there are probably about twice as many buildings too. AoE II also includes a lot more civilizations, each with their own unique unit, this adds a bit more variation to the game, instead of everyone having the same units like in AoE. As you may have noticed if you've played this game, it has moved on to later stages in human history, now focusing around castles and the like, instead of the bronze age ect. Really this is a good game, an improvement over the original AOE, i just prefer to stick with the game i had good memories with, i never really had any good memories with this game. But buy it, its a good purchase. You may be aware of the network issues the AoE games have, in case you aren't, be careful. A lot of newer computers will refuse to connect with each other on games such as AoE and AoE II, its best to have all computers playing running on the same operating system preferably 98 or XP, Vista and 7 have issues with the network game. If you're having issues playing over the internet, try using the Hamachi program, it will bypass your router's firewall to allow you to play directly with your friends, only use it with people you trust however.
I'm not a huge RTS game fan generally, but Age of Empires 2 is a game that managed to sustain my attention for a lot longer than I expected. If you thought the first game was loaded with features, you've seen nothing yet, for this really ramps up the accessibility, making this a game that hardcore RTS fans and newbies to the genre alike can enjoy. Given that it's now about a decade old and dirt cheap, there's no excuse not to pick it up. As someone who doesn't generally like RTS, this isn't a game I play that often because I've already beaten it, but the fact that it is strategy-based of course means there are numerous ways to defeat the enemy. Also, some of the later levels in particular are very challenging and will take well over an hour unless you want to sustain significant losses and just scrape through. Graphically, it may not be up to much now, but in it's day it was a huge advancement over the first game and boasted first-rate visuals. It still looks alright now, but of course, don't expect anything mind-blowing (for that, get Age of Empires 3). Age of Empires 2 is an easy game to recommend to those who are fans of the genre and also those who enjoyed the first game. It is easy to come across on EBay for a few quid now, and manages to hone and refine everything that made the original game great in the first place. It relies on smart gameplay, where you have to use your brain, rather than a simple war of attrition, and with its myriad facets of gameplay, will keep you occupied for a while.
Even if you've never played a Real Time Strategy game in your entire life, the sequel to the award winning Age of Empires PC game is an incredibly addictive and compelling game. Focusing on the monarchs and rulers of Europe and parts of Asia, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings combines fanatstic gameplay with excellent history. With many different civilizations to control, ranging from the French under Joan of Arc to the Mongolian warlord Ghengis Khan, there is a vast array of units, buildings and improvements to use and master. With several different campaigns involving different civilizations to play there is plenty to do to keep you occupied. But without a doubt the most enjoyable aspect of the game is the unlimited wealth of game time to be experienced in the skirmish game mode. Here you can pit even the most unlikely allies and foes against each other and fight til the death in either supremacy, deathmatch or king mode. If you are an experienced RTS player or someone who is new to the genre, AOE II is a fantastic game to play and experience.
Age of empires. I love this game and always will! Although sometimes annoying and can get a little boring for me. ---Gameplay--- The gameplay for age of empires 2 is very interesting and really brings the player into the game. The player must think about strategy and resources, his allies and his enemies and there locations on the map. There are many different factions the player can choose from. And in these factions different units to choose from. Each faction has different culture...Buildings are built differently depending on your culture. Each culture has a special unit that can be trained exclusively by them. A revolutionary concept for the age of empires series is the resource gathering. Wood, stone, food and gold are the main resoruces. A player gathers resources for his empire by sending villagers out to chop trees, mine quarrys etc etc. A player advances by reseaching new technologies and going up in 'ages'. By default you will start at the dark age and advance from there up to the imperial age. Overall i think the gameplay is very good and in depth with many different options to choose from and keeping the player amused at all times. ---Graphics--- The graphics of this game are very good for its time. The main aspect of this game however is focused on the gameplay. Units are distinguishable and many nice effects are used such as fire. The arrows released by archers and the such are a very nice effect especially when released in large numbers. Overall the graphics for me are more then suitable, create a good feeling of the time period in the game and different effects are put to good use such as tree stumps being left behind where lumberjacks have been working. ---Learning Curve--- The learning curve for this game can be different for many people. Depending on which kinds of games you play normally it can differ. For me this was one of the first real time strategy games i played and it took my quite a while to get the hang of it. This may be because each map can be completely random, with new resource layouts each time, and the fact that there are so many different tactics that can be applied. It can be hard because you have to manage so many different things at once... ---Artificial Intelligence--- I didnt pick up many faults with the AI for this game although i do remember being annoyed a few times with my own allies. However overall the AI is fairly smart and can make strategic decisions based on many factors. The AI can be a challenge even to experianced players. ---Overall--- Overall i think this game is extremely fun and addictive. The variety of map types, cultures and units is wonderful! This can keep you entertained for a long time and i would definantly recommend it to those who like real time strategy games. You really have to use your head in this one and think about what it is you want to accomplish.
Ages of Empires 2 is a real time strategy game (RTS) in which you play though many levels through combat and building. You get to play with a chopice of 13 different civillisations, which were the most powerful in the era the game is set in. The gameplay is made up by creating your own empire through creating small towns and getting the resources to make them bigger and expand. Throughout this process you will be fending off attacks from other enimies and civilliasations whilst sometimes trying to wipe their bases out. The campaign mode has specific goals to achieve for victory such as take the enemy bases down, or surviving certain attacks alunched at you. The game have a large amount of features and you get to build units such as archers, knights etc. The game has a lot of variety and the replay value from this game is aamzing you can play this for so many many hours on end. I have to say this is one the best games in the series and one the simplist to pick up and start playing. However if you do not like strategy games then this is not for you.
Released in 2000, 'Age of Empires 2- Age of Kings' is a highly detailed real time strategy game set in the middle ages. As with most RTS games the game requires you to collect resouces, here in the form of chopping down nearby forests for wood, mining deposits of stone and gold and farming, foraging and hunting for food. This allows you to produce troops such as knights, cavalry, archers and also siege weapons in the form of battering rams, catapults and trebuchets that can be used to knock down enemy buildings and walls. Siege warfare plays a big part in Age of Kings, which allows you to build gate walls to keep out your enemies and also defensive turrets and castles to help protect your territory. It really does matter when and how you employ your units, as they all have their own strengths and weaknesses, for example pikemen are excellent against mounted units but get slaughtered by footmen. You can also form your armies into numerous different battle-formations at a simple click of a button, which both looks great and affords real tactical advantages. You must build stables, blacksmiths, barracks and siege-workshops in order to produce and upgrade your combat units, farms to feed your populance and houses to house them, timbermills and mines to process resources, and can also build monastaries that at allow you to harbour relics, which when stored in a monastary bring in a steady stream of wealth, as well as to produce monks who convert enemy units to your side and also heal friendlies. The game allows you to play as any of thirteen different civilisations, including the Celts, Britons, Franks, Vikings, Tutons, Turks and Chinese, with four different architectural styles, and each side has its own unique attributes (eg the nomadic Mongols don't need to build houses for their population) as well as a uniqe unit, eg viking berserkers, japanese samurais and briton longbowmen. The high-res SVGA graphics still look great, and the graphical scale allows for a lot of combat to take place at once on screen, and though the game is most fun in multiplayer there is also a single player mode with lots of varied, historically based campaigns, all of which are well designed and fun to play (even if they do suffer from some rather dogy voice acting).A varied, cerebral and absrbing game, Age of Kings remains a great RTS despite its advancing age.
Age of Empires 2 is a real time strategy game that is available for both PC and Mac. It was orginally released in September 1999 making it very old now but it really is a fantastic game. If you have not played on it yet there is a demo that is available from the Microsoft website. I first tried this demo and then absolutely loved it and ended up buying the game for £15 many years ago. I'm sure that it is now available at many stores including Game and Amazon for £10 or less. The game itself is about building your own empire buy building towns and gathering resources and then from this growing a population. As your population then grows you empire will then expand and you will be able to develop your empire with the technological advancements that are available. You have the option of conquering and taking over other towns on the map and you advance through the four ages, which are the Dark age, the Feudal age, the Castle age and the Imperial age. It really is a great feelign seeing your empire grow and then go through the four ages whilst becomming bigger and stronger. You can choose from being in 13 different civilisations including the West European and Far Eatern. The different civilisations have different postive and negative factors making it a tactical decision to make. The game itself is very easy to install and requires minimal PC specs in order to run smoothly, it also takes up a minimal amount of hardrive space which is good. I found the game very easy to pickup and get on with because the controls are relatively straight forward, although there are tutorials available if needed. The interface of the game is very simple and effective allowing easy use of the tools. There is a large amount of features available so you really do have many options available when building your empire. I love the scenarios that are available and how you can have a match with the computer on a varyig difficulty! Considering the year in which this was released the graphics are very good, however I think many people would not be impressed nowadays. I love the fact that there is a multiplayer feature with this game because it adds to the hours of gameplay available. I really do think that this game is a classic and it still provides me with many hours of fun. I really would recommend this game and considering that you can get it very cheaply, there is no reason why you shouldn't. The game may be seen as out of date now, however I can assure you that it really is a superb game and is very enjoyable. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
Basic information and the aim of the game Age of empires 2: the age of kings, the sequel to the award-winning Age of Empires, was released in 1999 by the Microsoft Corporation. It is a strategic game of combat and empire building, with many different ages ranging from the fall of Rome right through till the Middle Ages. You control one of 13 civilisations, one of the most powerful civilisations at the time, in order to build the most powerful empire. You're the boss as you decide whether you're going to conquer the world through military might, seize power by means of intrigue and regicide, or rule with diplomacy and commerce. There are many paths to power but only one civilisation will remain standing at the end. New features * 13 new civilisations, each with their own unique unit and team bonus * new units - including Kings, Heroes, female villagers, knights, cannons and exploding demolition ships * new buildings - including improved castles and gates that automatically open for you and your allies * new technologies you are able to research - including Conscription, which increases the speed military units are created, and Town Watch, which increases the line of sight your buildings have * new formations - more expert and precise control of how your army moves and engages in combat * new multimedia campaigns - unique music and more than 300 pieces of original art to really enhance and improve your game experience as you follow a soldier through battles with many of history's great legends including William Wallace, Joan of Arc and Genghis Khan * new ways to trade - trade with other players over land and sea by buying or selling resources at the market * learning campaign - master the basics as this tutorial shows you how to help William Wallace defeat the British * new regicide game - defend your king to win the game * 8 new map types - including Arabia, Black forest, Rivers and Random where the computer picks a surprise map for you * garrisoning - where you can station your units inside buildings for healing and protection against surprise attacks * new combat features - order military units to patrol, guard or follow and you also choose their combat stance * record and replay games - re watch your games after they've been played * find idle villagers - automatically locate villagers not assigned to a task using the 'Idle villager' button * new online tech tree - see what is available to your civilisation and which units and technologies you've researched while in the game * improved multiplayer features - save and then restore multiplayer games, lock the game speed for all players, lock the game teams so players cant change alliance during the game, and signal your allies * gather points - new units automatically gather at a location or garrison inside a building * improved game interface - units behind buildings and trees are now visible, the chat interface has been expanded and help is now integrated into the game * new mini-map modes - now has 'Normal', 'Combat' and 'Economic' modes which you can switch to depending on what's happening in the game at the time * user profiles - customise options and hotkeys and they will be automatically saved from game to game * online encyclopaedia - extensive histories of all 13 civilisations, background information on the Middle Ages, armies, weapons and warfare for the more inquisitive amongst you :) The game menu Campaigns Join Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Saladin or Frederick Barbarossa in a series of historically based scenarios. You must win each game before you can progress to the next one in the campaign. To play a campaign click Single Player on the main menu and click Campaigns, then click the name of the campaign you want to play. If you are learning to play the game, you may want to start with the William Wallace learning campaign. Just click 'Learn to Play' on the main menu. Random maps In a random map game, you play a different game every time because the map is never the same (hence the random part to the name)! You can use the standard game settings or customise them yourself, including the number of players and their civilisations, map type and size, population limit, amount of resources you start with, starting age and victory condition. To play a single-player random map game click Single Player on the main menu, click random map and then choose the game settings. For help choosing these settings, hold your mouse cursor over any item on the screen to display information in the lower right hand corner. Regicide games In a regicide game, your King must be the last to survive. If your King is killed, you are eliminated from the game. All players start the game with a King, a Town Center, a Castle and several villagers. Your King has low HP and no attack so keep him carefully protected as you cannot create a new King, and a King is only available in a regicide game. To play a single-player regicide game, click Single Player on the main menu, click regicide and then choose the game settings. Death Match games In a death match, all players start the game with huge stockpiles of wood, food, gold and stone...and then fight to the death. To play a single-player death match game, click Single Player on the main menu, click Death Match and then choose the game settings. Custom scenarios and campaigns A custom scenario or campaign is a game or series of related games that you or your friends have created. To play a custom scenario or campaign, click Single Player on the main menu and then click Custom Scenario or Campaign. My favourite game My favourite game on Age of Empires is probably CBA, because I personally find this the easiest game to play. You don't have to think about all your villagers and what they're doing, because the main point of CBA is to kill the men, and destroy the buildings to get the razings. And when I play normal games I tend to forget about my villagers so they just stand around doing nothing, and if I build a barracks or an archery range I set it to make 15, which is the maximum you can make at any one time, and then again I forget about it so once they've been made I don't make any more. So the advantage of a Castle Blood Automatic game is that the men re-spawn automatically and you actually have to work for your razings. What you can find is if you start with villagers, some of the more experienced players can build ridiculous amounts of defences, and then they are practically impossible. This makes CBA a much fairer game in my opinion so the less experienced players have more of a chance. And finally, my personal opinion In my opinion, Age of Empires 2: The Age Of Kings is a great game if you like strategy games. It truly is addictive once you start playing it because there are so many different kinds of games and scenarios there's always going to be at least one you love. So if you're thinking of buying this game, you've made a wise choice! :) I also think that if you have the Internet, you should definitely try to play Age of Empires over it, as this is the main way to discover new custom scenarios. The best program to download in order to play Age of Empires over the internet is probably Gamespy Arcade. The official GameSpy site can be found by typing it into Google, and then you can download the program GameSpy Arcade which enables you to play Age Of Empires, as well as many other games, online over the internet against human opponents. I think the best custom scenario to try is probably CBA. It can also be called Castle Blood or Castle Blood Automatic. The main difference between this and the normal game is the fact that uunits are spawned automatically, until it reaches a certain limit which is whatever the population limit is on the game. Then once you send your units to battle and they start to die, new units are automatically respawned in their place. By explaining briefly about each game, and the whole game in general, I hope I have helped answer any questions you might have had about Age of Empires. But if you do have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask, and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Thanks again for reading =]
Age of Empires is an epic real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years, in which players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of small stone age tribes. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations. Gamers can choose from one of several ways to win the game, including: world domination by conquering enemy civilizations, exploration of the known world and economic victory through the accumulation of wealth. Age of Empires was developed by Ensemble Studios and features the expertise of Bruce Shelley, co-designer of the hit strategy game Civilization.
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!
Upon purchasing Age of Empires I was concerned about the price I was paying for a game that had no graphical genius. I didn't expect the influence the game would have on me. Its basically an experience of a peice of history in the comfort of your own home, where you can rule a kingdom and fight for glory while you slay the likes fo Barbarosse or Henry VI! --------------------------------------------- In the game there are different modes of play, -Campaighn- This is where you take up the role of an historical character in a story based mission. Characters include William Wallace and Joan of Arc. -Deathmatch- Given lots of goods to build an empire then to destroy your enemy. -Regicide- You have to work for your recources then fight, which is more rewarding. -Scenario- You can play many scenarios which you can create or download. There are several campaighns so there is endless fun! --------------------------------------------- On game modes such as Regicide and Deathmatch you can choose to build and battle with such civilisations as the -Britons- known in the game for Long bows and defensive capabilities. -Teutons- For there defence and strength and there elite units, Tuetonic Knights. -Vikings- For there longboats and control of the water. this is just three of the 13 available civilisations. --------------------------------------------- I must add that there is an amazing intro movie which shows a full scale war, this really sets your appatite for war. --------------------------------------------- In the game each civilisation has there own special unit or units with which to fight with, which include Longbowmen for the britons and Samurai for the Japanese. But the civilisations share units such as Villagers- Which do all the hard work such as fish and farm. Infantry- Which include swordsman and spearman. Archers- Which include skir mishers and archers ofcourse. Calvery- Which include scouts camels and knights. Boats- Which include fishing ships and war galleys. oh and trade ships. Monks- Which can convert other units and buildings. Allied civilisations can trade allowing large profits which can contribute to army building, It gets fun when you have a large army because you'll start to find lots of little dead people decorating the floor. --------------------------------------------- If you like the historical feel to the game and you enjoy that sort of thing theres a large encyclopedia inbuilt for you to read up on civilisations and kings so you can choose your favourites. It also shows images of many weopons and people which are interesting. --------------------------------------------- Ive covered most things but I feel now the only way for you to experience the game fully now is to buy it yourself, please do as it is well worth it, especially if you like history. Hope that aint put you off!
This game is for those who want lots of power and freedom to do what they like. Age of Empires II is one of the best stratagy games of all time, and you have the ability to rule and command one of many of the great acient empires of all time! There are loads of cheats for the game for when you are bored or in trouble and the scenarios give you the ability to place entire cities and armies of men without any trouble at all. The game designers at Microsoft had very good ideas for the game like having women villagers and heros from all empires. The vidios at the start and during the campaigns are exelent, with good graphics and action. The campaigns are good for logic and for a good chalange, as well as learning about acient times. This is good for young children because of the knoledge and the difficulty of the game is pretty easy compared to most other games. A good tip for destroying your enemies is to make allies with them and then move all your units that you can into your "enemies" town and build as many bombard towers or castles as close to there town centre as possible. Then you declare war on them and start destroying them! After they say "Change your stance to Ally imidiantly!" or something like that, you then change to ally. Then you change back to enemy and repeat this until there gone! Overall its a brilliant game with plenty to do like ruling the world e.g. and with exelent graphics and game play.