Summary: Age of Empires is one of the older strategy game series. Before Supreme Commander , before Sins of a Solar Empire , before even StarCraft, there was Age of Empires . As a fan of planning and scheming, the series has been a staple to my PC gaming diet for some time. You could not believe my excitement when I saw that there would be an HD remake of both Age of Empires II and the Age of Conquerors expansion for Steam. Middle ages, here I come.
Excerpt: This is a decent digital version of Age of Empires II and its expansion, however it doesn’t offer much. I would suggest it to fans of the initial release, but others may find it to be a bit dated and buggy. It’s a release that simply repackages a classic, adding Steam’s modern conveniences without taking anything from the original.
Pros: Same gameplay you knew from the original release, Steam matchmaking
Cons: Buggy, lots of slowdown on multi-display systems
Excerpt: When it was released back in 1999, Age of Empires II was one of the finest real-time strategy games ever made. It is still to be found on many all-time top 50 game lists, including my own. Indeed, I put it behind only Warcraft III and AoEII’s half-sibling Age of Mythology on my list of the greatest RTS titles of all time. But times change, and standards and genres change with them. So does Age of Empires II retain its crown? In short, no, it does not.
Conclusion: Age of Empires II: HD Edition is a mixed experience. On one hand, the visuals haven't received any major improvements, except the fact that they now scale to current resolution displays. On the other hand, the addition of Steam-powered multiplayer and support for the Workshop will certainly give the classic game a new and pretty decent lease on life. There are, however, quite a few glitches and many areas where improvements were certainly needed have been left unchanged.
Excerpt: Age of Empires makes use of the isometric semi-3D viewpoint that we all know and love. The graphics are fairly well detailed, even by today's standards, and the game even supports changing resolutions up to 1024x768. The various units and buildings look prerendered, like most games of the sort. One graphical oddity that bothered me was the fact that 'unit carrying meat' looked the same.
Summary: All this construction and destruction takes place on a well-designed set of maps. The terrain in the game is well done and quite varied, with woods, deserts, grasslands, shallows, water, and deep water, as well as actual hills in addition to the standard cliffs. In a departure from most RTS games, the maps you play on are teeming with wildlife, most of which can be killed and used for food. Some of the wildlife (alligators, elephants, etc.
Summary: Age of Empires also brings you the expanse of the unknown. You have room to roam -- the maps are large, plenty of room for you, and up to eight other players, to play in a multiplayer forum. In Age of Empires, there are many different multi-tribe scenarios you can choose from. Each with one or more victory conditions. Do you want to take part in a quick race to domination? Or an epic affair involving exploration of the known world and the accumulation of wealth?
Excerpt: System Requirements: IBM-PC or compatible Pentium 90 processor Microsoft Windows® 95 16 Megabytes of RAM 130 MB total hard drive space 2x Speed CD-ROM Super VGA graphics card (1 MB VRAM) 28.8 KBPS modem for head to head play. The Best Real Time Strategy Game Ever! Well, I think this is it, the best Real Time Strategy game ever, realistic graphics, game functions and 12 different civilisations to choose from, each with its own abilities and units, Age of Empires tops the...