“ Platform: Windows „
I've been playing Age of Empires for many years now, and I think I'll be playing it for many more. I bought the Gold edition because it represented the best value at the time - and considering how cheaply it can be picked up now, I think it still does. While AoE II with the Conquerors expansion installed is my particular favourite, I do also play just AoEII minus the expansion installation, as some of my online playing partners don't have the expansion. The later games - AoE III and Age of Mythology - are not even close to being as engaging as AoE I & II. While AoM has some interesting units, the gameplay quickly becomes too easy & repetitive to maintain that interest.
AoE isn't a game for beginners - it's a reasonably complex strategy game that requires you to manage & balance the gathering of resources, production of various types of units, constructing building, developing technologies, and conducting military campaigns. The games offer a set of campaigns that increase in difficulty as you work through them, or the choice of playing random map games. The player can set up a map, changing various settings to suit their own playing style - or to present themselves new challenges. Different civilisations have different strengths and weaknesses that make them suited for different types of map or game objectives. While the computer opponents do tend to play in fairly predictable patterns, turning the difficulty settings up does produce a fairly challenging adversary - and when the player has had enough of playing against a computer, they can bring new life back to the game by playing online against real people.
All in all, AoE isa keeper. I've yet to find another game of this type that meets the standard of AoE, let alone betters it. Get into it!
This game has aged a bit but for the price you will get good value as you will get hours of game play out of it.
There are various different senarios you can set up but I always just play me vs the computer.
The aim of the game is that you are a small community somewhere themed (dessert, islands, egyptian times, stone age etc) land. You have to explore the area and build you community up. You can instruct your people to build buildings but first you will need to collect the natural resouces to enable a build. You can expand your community by producing more villagers but you need to have enough houses to shelter them, so you have to work to get bigger it wont just happen.
As you explore the area you may come across your opponant, I have always set the competition cirtera so that we are at war with each other. This means that you can have hours of fun building up a massive army and then set off and destroy them!
As your community progresses through 'ages' more and more advanced buildings become available for you to build. From these buildings such as temples you can produce mythical creatures who can form part of your army. the mythical creatures that you can produce depends on which civilization you chose to be at the start (roman, egyptian etc).
All in all this is still a good family game as there is no blood and gore however is only recommeded for ages 11+. Your kids can have hours of fun building massive communities and also facing attach on their community and attacking others! Though you may not want to encourage that!
Age of Empires I & II (2) Gold Collector's Edition is the celebration of one of the finest of the original strategy games released.
The 'Age of Empires I' took strategic gaming to a new level, involving online and LAN multiplayer via the MSN Gaming Zone.
The Age of Empires is a strategy game built in the medievil period, allowing you to build your armies and village to conqueor the world.
There are many game modes to chose from, Nomad for example starts you off with nothing more than a villager. You need to collect wood, stone, food and gold in order to build further farms, docks, temples wonders and barracks. The game heavily relies on strategy, you can either rush produce a population which will be weak, though attacking the enemy and outnumbering might just work, but if they hold this initial attack, you'll be elft defenseless.
This is still, one of my all time favourite games, as the mutiplayer elemtn to it was gripping and could last hours per game, not so great back in the days of 'dial up' where you disconnected every 2 hours or so!
Age of Empies II, this was a revamp on the original, building on the success and improving graphics, villages, population limits, armies and tactics. It didn't prove as sucessful as the original, the single player campaign did in fact have a better storyline than the original, though the multiplayer element lacked players, who made the move back to the original Age of Empires.
As time goes on, 'patches' were released improving the games, this included raising population limits (up to 200 people could be in your army now) and fixing any possibly bugs.
Overall a great game for it's time. It's unlikely you'll enjoy it if you have never played it, as times have progressed and the graphics and gameplay of modern day games really do wipe the floor with this game, but it's a cheap bit of fun and a very good laugh!