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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 keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. 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.
  2. An engrossing and highly playable RTS game, Age of Empires II will even convert the people who didn't like the original.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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: 57 out of 73
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 73
  3. Negative: 16 out of 73
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    10
    The fact that I still play it today with friends and still have an awesome time shows how amazing this game is. And yes I got it in 1999 for my birthday. Every area of the game is superb. Lots of campaigns, map editor, easy LAN play. It is much better with the Conquerors expansion of course but is still one of the best games I have ever played. Expand
  2. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    This is a great game made by Ensamble Studios and Microsoft Company.Graphic was perfect in time when it had been released.I've spent hours and hours playing campaigns and custom scenarios.Good web site for this game is www.aokheaven.com where you can find a tons of mods,custom scenarios and custom campaigns.Game campaigns are made by real history persons and happenings but on mentioned web site you will find some custom campaigns which had been made by etc. Britain so it says that Sir John Fastolf won all of his battles against Joan of Arc but in real history he died in first of his comanding his cavarly and in Age of Empires II : The Age of Kings , in Joan of Arc's campaign that is in 3rd scenario which is very very hard. Expand
  3. May 28, 2012
    10
    A classic. Amazing game.
  4. Jan 20, 2013
    10
    This is the first strategy game i've and let me tell you it is also the best. Creating your own army and destroying other cities gives you a great pleasure and becoming stronger and stronger till you dominate the world! Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2013
    9
    first computer game I ever played, at the time my parents computer could barely handle it. picked it up at Wall-Mart for 10 bucks a while back just for some good memories. STILL love this game, the bad graphics and music/sound affects was exactly what I was looking for. think in 10 years I could play it and still be thrilled. not a bad pick up for the money if you want a classic RTS, easy to play and you will be able to dump hours and hours into gameplay. WARNING!! if you have trouble playing with windows 7 look it up on Google or whatever because its a real easy fix. happy gaming Expand
  6. Jun 1, 2014
    7
    Great LAN play. Mostly similar to AOE II which was a masterpiece of gaming. The addition of Gods is fantastic but a little more work probably could've netted better results. 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 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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