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  • Summary: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keepsAge of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. While those of you with hypercritical eyes will argue there's room for improvement, AoE 2 is the best RTS game of the year to date, and as such is worthy of our GDR Gold Award.
  2. An outstanding game. It looks great, is very well balanced, and is easy to get started with. The game has more strategy and fewer mouse gymnastics than the average RTS game.
  3. An engrossing and highly playable RTS game, Age of Empires II will even convert the people who didn't like the original.
  4. The AoEII environment is extremely rich in detail. Even more than the original, details on buildings are captured right down to the dead leaves resting on the rooftops.
  5. If you've ever liked any other real-time strategy game in this classical style, then you'll clearly see why this one deserves so much credit, even in direct comparison to the finest examples in its category.
  6. AOK is as addictive as crack, but at the same time, as refined as a 30 year old cognac. Package all that into a drop dead gorgeous graphics engine and it's easy to see that Ensemble and Microsoft have a real winner on their hands; AOK is going to be around for a long time.
  7. A rock-solid real-time strategy offering from folks that have a proven track record for providing historically accurate and fun strategy games. Its depth and long list of features will keep even the best empire builders and military strategists busy for months.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
  3. Negative: 16 out of 76
  1. May 11, 2014
    10
    Well, to start: I don't believe how this game got less than some CoD ones, and less than those all crappy games that have only graphics.
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    Well, to start: I don't believe how this game got less than some CoD ones, and less than those all crappy games that have only graphics.
    Age of empires II is one of the most creative games I've ever seen (suffered thousands of plagiarism after being released). It is basically two games in one! The scenario editor, a powerful editor which allows you to create your own world, your own game in any style (RPG, B&D, and whatever), and have the awesome multiplayer, in which you can load your own scenario, or play one of the several modes it have!
    It deserves a lot more than 9.0 (in my opinion should be awarded by a 9.5-9.8, because it's (if not the best) one of the best games ever! To summarize, I will write the positive and negative points bellow:

    POSITIVE POINTS
    - Awesome gameplay, and perfectly balanced;
    - Scenario editor with thousands of possibilities, letting you make anything!;
    - It doens't takes that much money from you (like those recent games, which any item costs around 10 Dollars);
    - Is the first one to have this theme (and well-succeeded);
    - Great graphics (for its time), overcoming many games made two or three years past it!;
    - Almost no annoying bug, just helpful bugs (like invisible unit trick, invisible tile trick, heal unit trick, etc);
    - It can be a noob game, for relax, or can be a fuqin hardcore game (depending the way you play it!);
    - Quite good ES campaigns;
    - Many sound effects of good quality.
    - Good voice actors;

    NEGATIVE POINTS
    - Some annoying pathfinding bugs;
    - Repetitive combat sounds;
    - Shadows aren't very realistic;
    - Water sucks;
    - ES campaigns are too lengthy, and sometimes boring to play;
    - Some not well done objects (such as Flowers 1,2,3,4, cracks, etc);
    - Too dumb AI (However you can design your own);
    - Stupid Villagers, that walks in a disorganized way and sometimes can slow your economy down;
    - Some bugs could be solved down before releasing.

    So those are all I think about AOK. Despite having some bugs, it still awesome and (IMO) the best game ever! (Better than those all recent overrated games).
    Play it by a whole before judging it just by the multiplayer/random map. One half of the game is in the scenario editor, DO NOT MISS IT!
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  2. ZuffuluZT.
    May 1, 2008
    10
    Best RTS game of all time. Period. ;) Seriously this game has everything you ever wanted in an RTS game. The graphics may not be up to date Best RTS game of all time. Period. ;) Seriously this game has everything you ever wanted in an RTS game. The graphics may not be up to date anymore but since it's 2D it doesn't grow old as fast as 3D titles do. (look at 3D games of that time and you know what I mean ...) The gameplay is just awesome, because it has such a great balance between economy and warfare, which allows you to build huge cities and train enormous armies to besiege them. Besides that there is just an endless amount of stuff to do in this game, because there are so many different factions, units, strategies, campaigns, scenarios and probably the most easy to use map editor of all time. It is already 9 years old and I am still playing it every now and then, because it just has so much more to offer than all the other RTS games that were released since then, especially AOE3, which was really disappointing to me. There has never been such an addicting RTS game out there, so if you still don't own it, buy it! It is more than worth it. And if you already have it, go and play it again! It is really so much more enjoying than all the modern RTS games with fancy graphics but no substance. Expand
  3. CameronM.
    Mar 25, 2007
    10
    This is by far the most balanced game I have ever played. I still (it is 2008) play this game with my friends via lan. I cried when it left This is by far the most balanced game I have ever played. I still (it is 2008) play this game with my friends via lan. I cried when it left the zone and the zone was disbanded. The civs have plenty of diversity and the random map generator is far better than premade maps (see warcraft, starcraft etc). I personally consider this the best video game ever made. Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2010
    10
    One of the best PC games ever! It's fun, historical, and the music is epic! I always play it whenever I have the chance these days to forgetOne of the best PC games ever! It's fun, historical, and the music is epic! I always play it whenever I have the chance these days to forget about that awful Age of Empires III game. Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2012
    10
    This game is perfectly-balanced tactical game that i kept playing for almost 13 years.. There's only a few other RTS that simple and fun.This game is perfectly-balanced tactical game that i kept playing for almost 13 years.. There's only a few other RTS that simple and fun. Although its graphics are obsolete, units still can be differentiated from one another unlike many of modern strategy games. It's a milestone in RTS World. If it were served in a higher resolution like 19200x1200 i could be still playing it today.. Expand
  6. Nov 20, 2014
    9
    This game is the gold standard for historical real time strategy (RTS) games. I best remember it for its competitive multiplayer andThis game is the gold standard for historical real time strategy (RTS) games. I best remember it for its competitive multiplayer and elaborate defenses/sieges. Well-balanced, fun, and colorful. Expand
  7. Mar 1, 2014
    0
    The fact that I still play it today with friends and still have a boring time shows how useless this game is. And yes I got it in 1999 for myThe fact that I still play it today with friends and still have a boring time shows how useless this game is. And yes I got it in 1999 for my birthday. Every area of the game is **** crap. Lots of campaigns, map editor, buggy LAN play. It is not at all good with the Conquerors expansion of course but is still one of the worst games I have ever played.
    This review tells how jobless i am,.but this is what my heart says out.. !
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