Conclusion: All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Age of Empires: Online , but I think more can be done to make it a truly compelling online experience, and the marketing men at Microsoft are kidding themselves with those premium prices. Nevertheless, this is a bold step for an RTS into the ripe and unconquered pastures of the Internet, and while it isn’t completely surefooted, its spears are certainly sharp.
Summary: Parents need to know that Age of Empires Online is an online strategy game about building empires, with player interaction for cooperative missions. The game also works off a micro-transaction model, foregoing a monthly subscription fee in lieu of offering items and civilization upgrades for real-world money.
Conclusion: Still, it's free to dip into and trial the system so why not give it a go? Who knows, you may even consider it worth the cost of two brand new games. It's honestly a shame that Microsoft hasn't shown a bit more intelligence in this regard.
Excerpt: The Age of Empires franchise has been around for a long time. I played it and enjoyed it, but other than the cool eagles flying around and beating natives into submission, I don’t have many memories of it, other than this one time a girl beat me at it in an office LAN game. But I’m sure she cheated.