Summary: Parents need to know that this game, while educational, inevitably contains a number of battle scenes. They are fairly innocuous, however, and the game includes an option to turn off blood. Also, parents should know that it can be played online and take proper precautions if they allow their kids to use this option.
Conclusion: With Empire Earth II, it would appear things are going to be tweaked all over the place. Firstly, the number of empires available is being reduced from 21 to 14, while the game will now span 15 epochs instead of 14 (although these epochs will take place over 10,000 years, as opposed to the 500,000 years traversed in the first game).
Excerpt: Like its predecessor, Empire Earth II (EE2) lets you lead your civilization all the way from the dawn of time through the present and into the future. As you move your way through 15 epochs, you begin by battling with sticks and stones and eventually work your way up to lasers and nukes. With such a large scope you can probably guess that EE2 is a pretty complex game.
Excerpt: Developed by Mad Doc Software, Empire Earth 2 follows in the tradition of the original game by being the historical RTS with the greatest span of time, with the greatest amount of civilizations, units, and environments. Those that have played real-time strategy games in the past (and especially those who played the original Empire Earth) should have no problem jumping into Empire Earth II.
Excerpt: My book summarizing the depth of EE2 will be released in about a hundred years, but for now, I'll try to throw it all into a few pages. To say that EE2 is in depth could possibly be the largest understatement ever. This is the single most in depth RTS game that this gamer has ever played. In fact, I can honestly say that I was overwhelmed at times.
Pros: Outstanding depth, including an incredible number of civilizations and units, Smart AI adds challenge to solo games, Virtually all rules and settings can be customized, Innovative new features, like picture-in-picture, the citizen manager, and the war planner
Cons: Serious complexity, even with the new interface features designed to make the game more user-friendly, Some pathfinding annoyances