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.