Summary: Age of Empires Online has not lived up to what the previous games laid a foundation for. The Age of Empires Online game claims to be free, but allows you to only play as certain civilizations, with limited advancement unless you play as a premium user. This is a demo, not a full version, free to play RTS/MMORPG.
Summary: Age of Empires online is a great RTS game, first let me explain why the reviews are low. The original fan base grew accustomed to more realistic graphics.... that's about it folks GRAPHICS! Really? See to me it's all about the gameplay/replay value! Not how pretty it looks! Look at games like Minecraft... ya graphics are nice but mean very little really. NOW onto why this game rocks. It successfully combines traditional RTS strategy with a mmo feeling to it.
Summary: I was looking for a way to get AOE Online for a while, however the only way I could find to get the game was to purchase a physical box... with a card in it. The card tells you where to go to download the game with an activation code. So I purchased an empty box with instructions to get a product online? Smooth move, Microsoft. The game itself is fairly decent. By playing more games, you unlock more technology which helps you further on in the game.
Summary: This game has the title "Age of Empires"; however, this is far from the truth. The online action is sad at best, and for true Age of Empires players that have played through the series I, II, and III, this game will be a horrible let down. This is not to mention that the graphics are cartoon and I don't know how that is supposed to coexist with a WAR game. For those real Age of Empires fans, wait and hope for AOE 4 to bless our computers.
Launch flaws fixed, much more features and game-modes
30 March 2012
Summary: I have always been a huge fan of the AoE series since my younger years. While the basic familiar gameplay remained and the graphics were polished, I initially gave it 3-stars when this game first launched, for lack of features and a rough leveling grind. The latest patch (3/27/12) has addressed a lot of those complaints and balance issues, and they have since then released "Booster packs" to make the overall gameplay much more fun.
Summary: Great RTS with the ability to play PVP and co-op. Would give a 10 but there have been a LOT of problems lately. The most annoying of which is getting disconnected half way or more through a quest, and the Celts which have been "coming soon" since like August 2011. They are gearing up for some major changes, and I am confident they will be successful at fixing the bugs and making the game even better. Will change my review to 10 when/ if this happens.
Summary: For a $19.99 Games for Windows Live game was an instant buy for me! It's fun to play and doesn't need to be complex or sophisticated. Overall, I'm a mostly a console gamer so I thought some additional mouse functionality. Without details I thought the mouse should have had more functionality, some things I tried seemed intuitive but the mouse input wasn't coded to perform the action.
Summary: I've been playing Age of Empires since it's first release. I'm not a fan of the WOW style of game play so I'm glad when Microsoft did a AOE online version they kept with the real time stragdy style of game play. First off you can download it for free and play alot but I purchased the special package they offered on release day. Anyone that played and liked AOE in the past will love this as well.
Summary: This may just be the worst MMO I've ever seen in my life. $20 per civ, a pay-to-win system, and wonky gameplay compared to previous Age of Empires games are signs that this game won't survive long. I find it hard to believe this was even meant to be a serious game and not an attempt to just see how far you could take microtransactions, and how much you could charge for them. A season pass alone is $100.
Summary: Age of Empires Online appeals to a broader spectrum of gamers than the previous AOE releases. In fact, this game will probably be a disappointment to RTS purists. However, it will have a greater appeal to people who liked the building aspect of AOE (and other RTS games) but didn't like doing all that work for an hour of gameplay. It's like Madden NFL players going through the draft, training camp, and preseason every time they want to play one football game.