Pros Graphics have been significantly improved: Jameson Thottam
Cons Sounds need work: Jameson Thottam
Summary Jameson Thottam: Summary Review of Age of Empires
Microsoft's Age of Empires has long been considered to be the pinnacle of the RTS gaming world alongside other equally deserving titles as Blizzard's Starcraft. Like many other hugely successful titles before it, the emergence of clones should come as no surprise. It is a huge improvement over its now ancient-looking predecessor, featuring superior graphics & sound. In spite of all these upgrades though, there are still several flaws which tend to limit the game's overall playability. Among them include a somewhat low-set population limit. Further details on the issue will be discussed in the gameplay section below. Graphics is always the first on the agenda.
Graphics: Jameson Luke Thottam
Veterans of the original Age of Empires will find the graphics in to be more than just simple eye candy some of them might even start drooling over their keyboards after seeing how detailed the buildings & units are compared to the ones in its prequel. The structures you get in are comparatively larger & more refined. The detail in the landscape is rich & nicely laid out. Each of its civilizations sports a unique style of architecture you get to see nice old English castles while playing the Britons & ornate looking Oriental palaces when playing the Chinese or Japanese. The ships, though nicely drawn tend to look a little off at times. I often compare them to the more richly detailed ones found in Cossacks European Wars, from which those in look as if they could use a little brushing up. Overall grade: B+
Sound: Jameson Thottam
Perhaps the biggest complaint with AOK lies with its rather lowly sound department. Although AOK has a huge vocab derived from the speech of each one of its civilizations, the effects you get during an actual game is somewhat sparse. The music replays itself over & over again, giving the player a bit of a monotonous feel. Additionally, the in-game tunes aren't as catchy as the ones you get in Cossacks. Almost all the tunes have somewhat of a mellow medieval flavor, which some might consider a nice touch while others like me would opt for something a little more upbeat. Overall grade: C-
Gameplay: Jameson L. Thottam
As mentioned in the first paragraph, a list of nifty improvements does not make AOK a perfect game. There are still several issues that require some attention. While most may feel comfortable with the newly set 200 unit population limit, others might still complain that it's a little too low to mount a decent offensive. The lowly set population limit prevents players from building large armies & engaging in massive invasions as seen in titles like Cossacks. A squad of 150 isn't going to do much compared to say an army of 2000 or more. This is why most campaigns in AOK tend to drag on for days without an end in sight.
Itdoes require a moderate level of micro management. Farms do not rejuvenate so you'd have to rebuild them every now and then after they get exhausted. This can be a bit of a pain, especially when you're engaged in a seige against an enemy. Being told you're out of food halfway during a heated battle is not something you'd want to experience. The player is then faced with a dilemma on whether to leave the scene of battle ( thus risking his troops ) to go plant some crops, or continue on. The AI can be surprisingly strong at times making you wonder if the CPU is actually cheating behind your back. Then again you could always cheat back by typing in special keywords in the chat-box. One such cheat even allows you to build yourself a souped up Shelby Cobra complete with twin machine guns to mow down those annoying little invaders.
CPU Tactics: Jameson Thottam
The tactics employed by the CPU controlled opponents can be a little tricky at times. A favorite method of deception would be to falsely petition for an alliance in an attempt to buy some time then stabbing you in the back after building itself a fairly large army. There is an option at the start of the game where you are able to pick your teams & enemies. If you're playing a 6 player game, you may adjust sides according to your preferences it can be 2 against 4, 3 against 3 or maybe 5 against 1.
Camapign Editor: Jameson Luke Thottam
The campaign editor is a cool feature that allows you to create your own scenarios & campaigns. Creating a custom campaign may take up sometime but it's well worth the effort once you've beaten every one of the pre-set in game scenarios. Overall grade: B
Summary: Jameson Thottam
It is one title no RTS fan should be without. It's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of the original AOE or others like Starcraft. The game works fine on higher end processors so you might want to make sure to have at least something over 600 Mhz for it to run smoothly. Believe me, you don't want to be running this based on its minimum system requirements. Final Grade: B
Jameson Luke Thottam
Pros Better than AoE II
Cons Not a HUGE leap forward.
Summary This game will give you hours and hours of fun but i thought it would be AWSOME and it was alright I think my expectations were too high.
"Hal La Looo YA"on by bmanweiler
Pros Great Game best ive ever had for PC
Cons Nope none at all
Summary Like i said best game everUpdated
Its not the best anymore but its in my top 10. Everyone needs to buy the game F.E.A.R!!! Ausome graphics and a fricking auesome game.
Pros great game engine
Cons it crashes like there is no tomorrow and the AOE III web forum is FULL of complaints
Summary The game looks great, sadly I can't play it. After a sloooooow installation (3 CDs!! better games came in less, what about a DVD instead)I managed to get going. after a few minutes of play, the game just switches back to dekstop and an error message came up. I checked the offcial site, and loads, I mean loads of people are having the same problem and no response from the makers. There is a patch which does not address the problems, and which tends to crash and then the whole game is sort of gone funny, reinstall is the only answer. Another patch should be coming soon they say, meanwhile, 37 pounds (here in the UK) down the drain, I have a pretty package, 3 coasters and no game to play, you wonder about the so called bete testing process, maybe there is something to it, I mean, I may sound crazy, but, hey, why not try that next time you make a game and charge 37 pounds for it? given the experience of so many people, putting a gun to someone's head and taking their money would be as ethical.
"great game"on by anshu94
Pros nice fantastic
Cons nothing man
Summary like i said wow