Summary: while it is rather slow and dull compared to modern games, it brought something new which has lain untouched ever since. The multi-layer maps brought a new dynamic to gameplay, and the cutscenes were well worth the wait, adding a darker feel than Warcraft 3.
Summary: Well I was quite excited when I purchased AoE. I love 'real-time' strategy games, so I had been looking forward to playing AoE. I was very badly disappointed. Virtually every aspect of the game is good. The graphics are beautiful, making full use of your PC's graphics card.